Monday, February 16, 2009

After some beers...

I had about 45 minutes to kill before the bus home, after been to the cinema watching Frost/Nixon. I really liked the movie, but that could be because of my background as a former politician though :)

Anyway, I went to buy a beer at Ovenpaa, a pub in Stavanger. Here they have liveband, 2 pooltables, jukebox and lots of people every night. I went there to have a beer before taking the bus, but I knew a lot of the people in the bar so one beer would obviously not be enough :D

After a couple of beers I decided to try my luck at one of the pooltables, and there I got
to challenge one of Norway's best boxer's ever, Ole Klemetsen.

He actually has a pooltable at home, and I could see that he knew some good shots, but before we got to play eachother a friend of us told him I was the best player in town. So then Ole told me that "ok, then I will only play you $ 50 per game instead of $ 250" :D

When we played pool, after a while boxing became the subject of our conversation, and I told him that a former Norwegian Champion in boxing had teached me some boxing when I was like 12 years old. (I walked his dog every day, and in return he teached me boxing). Ole confirmed that he had been taught boxing by the same guy himself when he was 14-15 years old :)

After that, I told Ole that instead of gambling all night I could give him some pool-lessons, and we decided to give it a try later, and he got my phonenumber and we agreed on some lessons later this month.

Then we went for a nightclub, "Backstage", and at the bar Ole said that no one had ever beaten him in drinking a pint faster than him before.

Well, I beat him twice in a row... Haha...

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How I practice

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