I should have gotten here earlier and warmed up. There are a few things I wasn't expecting. During league, we play with a red-circle ball that is the same size and weight as the object balls. The cloth on the tables is pretty fast. Here, they're using a heavier ball, a "mud-ball" as we call it, so that it drops out on a scratch, and the cloth is so slow. I almost fouled a few times just not getting the ball to the pocket or rail. These may seem like small things that I should be able to adjust to ("We will adapt."), but without any practice games, I was screwing myself left and right. Afterwards, some of my friends came to console me and play some practice. By the third or fourth game, I was shooting like I should. Too little too late.
I'm not out of the tournament yet. It's double-elimination, but on the losers' side, I get a bye for the next match, and so I don't actually play again until 10:30 tonight. Yeah, long wait, so I decided to check into the hotel that Patti'd reserved.
I got here, gave both of our names, and they couldn't find the reservation. I gave the confirmation number, and she said, "Oh, yes, I remember. You were supposed to be here three nights starting last night." She says that she was told the 30th thru the 1st, not the 31st thru the 2nd. She also said in an arrogant yet pleasant manner, "We do not make mistakes." So had to put up the cards for $240 instead of $180. I called Patti and advised her of this, and of course, she says it is their error, that she said "Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights." I wasn't there, so I don't know what she said. I doubt that Patti would get the dates wrong, but the guy could have heard the days of the week and written down the wrong dates. She said she'd argue it with them when she got home tonight. Meanwhile, I didn't have enough on my debit card or credit card alone, so I split it and now have a debit card authorization that will put my checking in the red. Dammit! >:6 This is for another post, but my spending habits suck. Oh, Patti just called and said she'd prefer to argue with hotel management face to face, and that she'll call the BBB whether she gets a positive result or not.
I'm going to try to chill out a little. We got certificates for three free large 2-topping Domino's Pizzas. With my match schedule, I probably won't get one tonight. Anyone in Waterloo want to share a pizza tomorrow night?
Anyway, more tonight after my match if I don't simply collapse tonight. Wish me luck.