Thursday, January 14, 2010
Pichitas: A Costa Rican Pool Documentary
Pichitas: A Costa Rican Pool Documentary from R A Dyer on Vimeo.
This is the third in a series of posts submitted in coordination with other online pool writers. It's part of the Pool Synergy project hosted this month by billiardcoach.com. Look for more installments in the future.
As usual, I'm taking great liberties with my homework. Our PoolSynergy assignment this month was to write about "some activity, training, or experience outside of the world of billiards and how that could be applied to help a person's pool game." Well, first off--I'm not really going to write about anything. Instead I'm submitting a documentary, the one you see attached to the top of this post. It's called "Pichitas" and it's about Costa Rican pool players. And as for it describing an "activity, training, or experience that could help a person's game" -- well, you can be the judge.
The documentary is something I put together about 18 years ago. It ran briefly on cable access TV in Houston and then pretty much has been sitting in my closet ever since. I got my son to create an electronic file of the film that would be appropriate for use on my blog -- and viola -- here it is.
And so how, you may ask, does this film illustrate some activity outside the world of pool that can help a person's game? Well, the fact of the matter is that I came to pool largely because of my willingness to go exploring. I lived for several years in Costa Rica, spent much of that time wandering around the streets of San Jose, and finally ventured up the steps of "Center Pool," which is the pool hall featured in this film. There I met a wonderful cast of characters, some of whom were vaguely disreputable. I watched them play pool and I fell in love with the game.
So, that's it. Go exploring. Take risks. Learn about other people. That's the activity outside the pool world that led me to improve my game.
OK, I know it's a stretch -- but whatever. I was never much good at homework anyway.
-- R.A. Dyer