Wanta buy a pool table ? They’ve got several over at the 4th Dimension for sale . Probably you could pick one up for a song . Well , picking it up , now that I think of it , would be one of the main problems . Obviously . There are people who do that , though , who move pool tables , I suspect. Like piano movers . Specialists .
Why are they selling their pool tables ? Maybe you thought they might be up-grading , buying new state-of-the-art , world class , super-duper pool tables , maybe with digitally displayed scoring , WiFi connection , and hi-definition instant re-play capability ? Or something . Maybe a buzzer sounds when the cloth gets too worn out .
Sadly , no.
Willie , Bill , Dan and I showed up after Christmas , on our regular Thursday rendezvous at the pool place , and it was locked up and dark . I was right in the middle of a pretty good joke when Willie interrupted . Something serious . He pointed out the sign posted on the glass door to the place : CLOSED INDEFINITELY .
None of us liked the sound of that word ‘INDEFINITELY’. Indefinitely seemed final ; forever . The end loometh and we all knew it .
” What’s going to happen to Tim , and Victor ? ” Tim is one of the owners , the one who showed up each night to run the place , the one who called us ‘The Three Wise Men’ until there were four of us . The one who would chew us out after the one or two times we hadn’t showed up on Thursday . Victor was the bartender , the guy who could pour the perfect pint of Guinness ( Tim couldn’t ) , the one who started pouring them when he saw us walk in because , as you know , Guinness takes a few minutes to settle .
We had a big rain here in the southland , the Inland Empire , the SGV ( San Gabriel Valley ) for a couple of days . Bill and I figure the ceiling of the old place finally gave way and Tim’s partners decided at long last to throw in the towel rather than finance the extensive repairs. Bill’s been warning Tim for years about the roof situation .We don’t know the details yet , though .
Willie went by the next day and saw a sign posted beside the ‘INDEFINITELY’ notice . It said : POOL TABLES FOR SALE . None of us like the sound of that either .
The end of an era .
Don’t cry in your beer. It will just get diluted .