Recently I was asked to share a "cool story" that has happened to me. You'd think that I'd pick the time a reality star thought my blog and tweets were so funny that we exchanged numbers, became friends, and had dinner and drinks together. Or the time that I met Kelly Ripa, Mark Conseulos, Ellen Barkin, Andy Cohen, and Anderson Cooper in a bar in New Orleans. Or maybe the time I won a ribbon at a national coding competition when I was in college. Oh wait, that's not cool. I'm a geek.
So, for my cool story. As you know, my father passed away when I was young. You may or may not know that he was a pool player. He was actually in a tournament when I was born and refused to leave because it was my mom's fifth trip to the hospital thanks to false labor. (He won, so I forgive him.) Anyway. My aunt had a book with his picture in it. Billiards Congress of America - The Official Rules and Record Book, 1987 Edition. His picture was in the back because he was on the Men's #1 Team that year. It was tattered, falling apart, and had been written in (including an obnoxious circle around his head). She offered to give it to me, but I wanted my own.
I scoured the internet looking for the book and eventually found a guy who sold Billiards memorabilia. I emailed him. The exchange went something like this...
Me: Hi. I'm looking for the Billiards Congress of America rule book from 1987. My father was on the #1 team that year and his picture is in it.
Mr. Man: I do have some of those, but they made all different versions, so it might not be the one with your father. What is his name?
Me: Well, his name was Rance Walter, but that isn't listed. It just has "Men's #1 Team - Texas" underneath the picture.
Mr. Man: Good news! I found one! I usually charge $15 per copy, but I just so happen to have one that has "WALTER" written on the front, so it's yours. What's your address? I'll mail it to you right away.
When I received the book, I asked my mom for something with my dad's handwriting on it. I'm no graphologist (yes, I had to look that up) but I'm pretty positive that it was his handwriting.
That, my friends, is my favorite "cool story". What's yours?