Laity

Laity

#3 of The First 5 of the One Pocket Series

What’s he doing? That break was crap. Only a few balls came out. Huh, he made the black ball before making all stripes, or solids. That ball was so close to the pocket and he still missed it, how?! He makes a ball and places it back on the spot. Why?! It looks like he’s not even trying to make a ball. He just shoots a ball to the other side of the table. He’s shooting at stripes and solids during the same inning. This is pure nonsense. He really doesn’t get it!

Laity often only know the game of eight ball. In some cases they know nine ball as well. Laity always have confused looks on their faces when they’re watching me playing One Pocket. They always do, but in this case I’ll just assume they look confused because they don’t understand the game. I’m weird anyhow. No doubt about that. Just like there’s no doubt about my passion for one pocket. I can lose myself in it. If I don’t lose myself in one pocket, I’ll lose myself in something else. I think it has something to do with thinking, emotion, sports, and a competitive spirit.

As an attentive observer, I can’t resist to let my eyes wander around the pool table to a space filled with people, mostly laity. In general, and in most cases, I don’t want to have anything to do with them. I’m slightly autistic when I’m standing at the pool table. Hard not to when you’re practicing a sport like pool. It requires a lot of concentration and mental resiliency. At the same time, I still overhear the vibrations that form words, remarks, and eventually conversations. Mostly meaningless and unimportant hog wash. In some other cases I also tend to be a little autistic, but actually I’m just being an introvert who silently enjoys by staying out of the discussion while I’m attending it.

Laity have no c(l)ue. Others also don’t. Only I do.


One Pocket Series

One Pocket Series is a project in which I advocate One Pocket and try to inspire others, in the Netherlands and eventually in the rest of Europe as well, to start playing One Pocket, to share knowledge and ideas about the game ,and to set up more One Pocket tournaments across the continent. The One Pocket Series, a Dutch One Pocket tour, came forth from this project.

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About Pepijn de Wit

I’m an adventurous 30-year-old from the Netherlands. I started playing playing pool as a nine-year-old standing on an empty coca-cola crate to be able to reach the cue ball and grew out to a hobbyist with 15 national titles on his name. Now, I consider myself a one pocket enthusiast and push for one pocket to electrify the Netherlands and Europe. I therefore started the One Pocket Series, a national tour to promote the game. Next to that, I've studied cultural anthropology, currently work at a casino, and truly love the outdoors. My ambitions are big, my dreams even bigger.