Just some thoughts:
“One of the nice things about in Thalia was that the pool hall often opened by 6:30 or 7 A.M., the reason being Sam the Lion who owned it, was a very bad sleeper.”
The Last Picture Show—Larry McMurty
Some I knew would say: “One of the bad things is that the pool hall stayed open too late.”
Aw, pool halls. I was a kid that grew up attending a rural high school. I was not exposed to city ways quite as early as some but about my senior year in high school and certainly my college years we knew about the pool hall.
More times that I could count during my college years lunch came from the pool hall. I would have early morning classes and then about noon as I walked from the campus to my job at the Terre Haute First National Bank I would stop by the pool hall and pick-up three hot dogs (20 cents a piece) with chili and a coke. Lunch for about seventy cents. Sometimes would stay at the hall and eat other times get it and go. (Duane McCoskey, if you are reading this–your dad first introduced me to a pool hall.)
One of the first things I noticed at the hall was the blackboard behind the cash register and always the baseball scores posted generally from the night before. Also some numbers given after the scores. I was so naive that I did not know that bets could be placed at the hall and this was information for those who had bet on the games the day before.
Aw…pool halls, gas or fillin’ stations we called them and garages in small communities during my growing up days. They often could be like a library of learning.
More often than not, not what your mother would wanted you learning.
June 11, 2019
Posted June 21, 2019