Monday, January 05, 2009

Preperations for DCC

It's now less than 3 weeks till the Derby City Classic kicks off, and I have started my preparations. I am practising many hours every day, and later this week I will get my table shimmed, to reduce the pocketsize.

For the first time in about a month I hit em good, and today I destroyed the 9-ball Ghost in practise. The rules when playing the Ghost are quite simple: Ball in hand after the break, you don't need to pocket balls on the break and it doesn't matter if you scratch. Then it's all about offense. If you fail to pocket a ball, the Ghost wins the rack. You have to run-out, or make the 9 on a legal shot, to win the rack. I played a race to 9 today, and it's available in the slideshow-menu on the UStream-screen in the bottom of this page.

Another part of my preparations for the DCC was to get myself a new passport. My old one is not accepted in the US, so I needed a new. I headed down to the police station today to deliver my old one and order a new.

The lady in the desk politely asked me after I gave her my passport; "where are your emergency passport?".

"Huh?" I replied, before I remembered that I had got an emergency passport, valid for six months only, when I couldn't find my passport in 2003 when going to Warzawa, Poland. Back then I was in panic the day before departure because I couldn't find my passport, so I headed to the policestation and got an emergency passport.

When I arrived in Poland and opened up my suitcase I found my original passport :)

Back home, after a few months, I moved from my apartment, and since the passport wasn't valid anymore I threw it in the garbage instead of hand it to the police. Not too smart...

A few weeks later the Norgwegian Directorate of Immigration called me at work, and asked me if I had lost my passport. I hadn't, so I said no, and asked why, and then they could tell me that in the airport in Oslo they had caught a Bulgarian claiming he was me, using my passport!

I had to admit to them that I had threw it away, and they believed me and since then I haven't heard more about it.

But the lady in the desk today wanted the old emergency passport... So I told her that a Bulgarian guy used it. She just said "pardon?". And I told her once again that there is a Bulgarian guy who used that passport, I don't have it anymore. She looked around as to see if there was a hidden camera or something, and when she looked at me again she didn't say anything. Just looked at me.

I managed to keep my face deadly serious, and she must have thought that I was either mad or stupid, or both. In the end I started to laugh, and told her the story, and she laughed nervous. I don't think she quite believed me, but she didn't ask anymore questions about the old passport :D

Another funny passportstory is from 2002, when I had been in Copenhagen, Denmark. Scandinavians don't need passport when crossing the Scandinavian borders, but after 2001 9/11 we do need ID when travelling with aircrafts. Well, I lost my ID in Denmark after too many beers, and at the airport they refused to let me into the plane, and I was sent to the airport-police. I explained them the situation, but they couldn't help me, and adviced me to take train through Sweden and half of Norway to get home...

Out of desperation I got a crazy idea, and asked them to call the police in Stavanger, my hometown. There I told them that I was stucked in Copenhagen without ID, and asked them to fax a copy of my passport to the police at the airport Kastrup in Copenhagen. To my surprise a friendly man there said he could try, and minutes later my passport got faxed to Denmark :D

It was impossible to see the picture, because it was all black after being faxed, but another surprise happened. The police in Copenhagen obviously felt pity for me, and wrote a note that I could show to the guards when entering the plane. The guards just barely looked at it and said "welcome aboard", and I was on my way home as scheduled.

It can only happen in the peaceful countries of Scandinavia, I guess :)

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How I practice

Most of the time I practice by playing the Ghost in 9-ball or 10-ball. Sometimes I line up difficult shots or safeties that I have been struggling with, and the rest of the time I am normally using on the system called PAT.

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