My friend Kevin has been playing pool lately. We recently discovered The Pocket in Boise and he's been playing quite a bit.

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He decided to get out of his comfort zone and join in on the Monday night pool tournament. I decided to go along to watch and provide some moral support. Of course, my camera happened to tag along.

1 win, 4 losses, but none were a blow out. I think maybe some nerves got to him, but he did great for his first time out.

It was a learning experience for both of us. The rules were the fairly standard 8-ball rules we know, with a few small tournament details we didn't. Such as "loser racks, loser breaks", and what a Race 2/2 is. It seems that's when the match is won when 1 person wins 2 games, and it's double elimination.

Anyway, it was a great evening and Kevin's willingness to step out and try something new was fun and inspiring. It's a reminder that there are so many new things to try.