StlSluggers wrote:If it can be done in bowling alley, I have a feeling you'll give it a shot won't you, Mad?
Lol. Oddly enough, neither one originated in a bowling center for me.
The first time I shot a game of pool, I was 6 years old (then again, I was 5 when I started bowling). My uncle had his own pool table and for my first visit (which was a surprise to him), he cut down one of his own cues and brought out a plastic milk crate (to stand on) so I could play. The next time I went to visit him, I had my very own "kiddie" pool cue. Custom built for me. I loved going to visit him, and as I got older, he upgraded my cue. No one has ever figured out why I shoot left handed though. My uncle, and whole family (including myself) is right handed. I do everything right handed with the exception of shoot pool. Just one of those odd things.
As to darts, I really hadn't played until my wife and I got together. She played in a dart league and I decided to learn how to play, so we could play together. With all my free time, I got pretty good, pretty quick. My first year of dart league I led the entire league in scoring points for the "501" games. Cricket scoring doesn't count, only record and I was 2nd with my cricket record. 1st place was our reigning state steel tip champion. Anyway, he ended up asking me to join his steel tip masters league and my game just kept improving. After a few years, I just ran out of time for darts and had to concentrate on other things, but even now, I can hold my own with the majority of people in any type of dart game. I've got a soft tip board on one wall in my home, and a steel tip board on the opposite wall, so I do get in a few games occasionally.