Finishing the Pool Game

by Dave Schuler on December 20, 2012

In anticipation of the end of the world, my wife and I have decided that it might be prudent to eat an extra piece of chocolate this evening.

The title of this post refers to an anecdote about Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. One evening Loyola, while shooting pool, was confronted by an outraged novice who wondered what Loyola would do if he knew that the world would end in ten minutes? Without missing a beat Loyola replied, “Finish the pool game.”

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

My husband was a pool shark in his youth. I like pool. It can be terribly frustrating.

Andy December 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I’m drinking extra beer, but that’s because I’m stuck in an airport. I hope I at least reach my destination before the world ends.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Stuck in an airport sucks.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I’ve been twice. Once in Oregon and once in China. Hours and hours.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Then there was the year my mother died. That was Dallas. I could have walked home in the time it took to get out of that one. Delta.

Dave Schuler December 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Shooting pool was practically a requirement for graduation from my high school. The basement, used as a sort of large rec room, had 12 pool tables.

It also contained a firing range.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I really would like to learn how to shoot. At targets. Not people or animals.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Would you say that my Irish is up?

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Here , Hon, have a cordial.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

We Communists have to stick together, too.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

The joke is all in the setup.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I was having some wine with a friend at the Mayor’s House in Dallas and a huge cockroach came crawling across my shoulder. I didn’t notice. I was wearing a jacket.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Flicked that sucker off.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

What’s next?

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I found my business clothes when the kids decamped.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I mean business.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Get it ?

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm

You’re a champ, Uncle Dave.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Dammit, I’m back to AT &T.

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Can I ever get away from Ma Bell?

Janis Gore December 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

And Candy loves the oranges.

Janis Gore December 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

So maybe all airports need a pool hall. Nice way to while away a few hours.

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