Whoo hoo! I finally broke out of a three week slump today! I’ve been working very hard over the last three weeks focusing on fundamentals and trying to get my stroke back in gear. It’s not been fun or easy, but today the pool gods smiled on me and the seemingly endless drills and intense focus finally paid off. I’m not sure what’s changed, but my stroke today was incredibly straight and true. At one point during my one and a half hour practice session, I ran five straight racks of eight ball, missed a shot, then ran three more racks. At that point I unscrewed my cue stick and called it a day. Better to quit on a great note and do some post practice analysis: What happened? What changed? How can I maintain the gains? How do I press the pause button on this stroke, then hit resume when I enter the big tournament this weekend? All questions for which I do not yet have answers. I can only hope it was not a fluke, but I guess I’ll find that out tomorrow.
And now for the coup de grace of the day, I’m cooking chicken makhani for dinner tonight – better known to you gringos as “Butter Chicken”. This is trial recipe number two – with some modifications suggested by a coworker of Indian descent – as I try to create the perfect chicken dish. Yumm yumm!!!