Our Pool Table

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I know you all most likely think we are nuts for dismantling and shipping our pool table all the way to Panama. And you would probably be absolutely correct in your assumption! We are totally nuts! ( We have long ago embraced our nuttiness!) But Our pool table has a history that is very sentimental to us. Way back in about 2003-4 when we were in the very beginning stages of designing and planning our remodel, we went to Reno for a long weekend. Mind you, in the process of dreaming about and planning the design of our house, we knew early on that we would incorporate a game room. While we were in Reno we learned that there was an art fair going on . We both enjoy walking through festivals and just checking it all out so off we went. Now let me give you some background on Scott and Me for those of you who dont know us. One of our greatest pleasures is entertaining our friends at our house. We love nothing more than preparing some good food, opening up a bottle of good wine ( or two, or three) having a group of friends over and having a good time. At our house a good time often includes playing a board game, a fun Wii game , darts, and Yes, you guessed it , a friendly game of pool. We love playing games together as well. Its hard to stop us when we get a good cribbage game goin’! Some of my fondest memories ( aside from Hollyween parties!) is sitting around our dining room table drinking and laughing while playing Apples To Apples, one of my personal favorite group games. I also have some great memories of playing Balderdash with our friends Mike and Maria. I’ll never forget laughing so hard with them as they kicked our butts with their knowledge of different languages , which I still think was an unfair advantage! Ha! Ha! Our pool table has seen some fun nights with lots of friends and it’s always been a focal point , especially at our Hollyween Parties.

So way back in 2003ish when we discovered a custom pool tables booth at the art fair in Reno, you can imagine our delight! Mind you, this was before Scott realized just how talented he is at woodworking otherwise I’m certain he would never have bought one that someone else made. Well, as you can imagine, we spent a good amount of time in that pool table booth at the art fair. By the end of the day we had arranged to go to the workshop of the two guys who owned the business. ( the custom pool table business that is ) We sat down with them and Scott drew a sketch of his ideas for the legs and the skirt and after much strategizing and back and forth sharing of design ideas we had our custom pool table planned out and ordered! We were so thrilled! This was the first big furniture purchase we made for our , not yet built , new house. It took them several months to build it then they drove to our home to install it for us. We have enjoyed many fun evenings with friends and just the two of us , playing pool. Neither of us is particularly skilled at playing pool but we are very skilled at having fun trying!

I didn’t realize that in order to pack it into the shipping container, it would require dismantling the pool table, Yikes! Of course my first reaction to this reality is my usual question.”You Can Do that?” Scott’s answer was,”I can take Anything apart! Putting it back together….who knows!” That’s not too comforting! Grrrrr! I know he’s just teasing me, I hope he is anyways! Well, time will tell, and I can always just call Al! Sela says he can do ANYTHING!! ( these are our friends who live in Boquete) In the end, Scott and I are both hoping to have a place to put that precious pool table and that we will enjoy many more evenings filled with new friends and lots of laughter. If we build it they will come! Ha! Ha!

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About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

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