10 Reasons Why Billiards Is More Than Just A Bar Game

10 Reasons Why Billiards Is More Than Just A Bar Game

Billiards: alcohol not required.

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Billiards, known also as pool, has been known as a bar or pub game for years alongside darts, foosball, table tennis bowling... Pretty much any game where you're encouraged to grab a cheap beer and hit things. To be fair, it's earned the right to be considered a bar game; after a quick "pool hall" Google search, eight of the ten results were bars—and one of the two that weren't bars belonged to the local college's games center. Because of this, people have begun viewing billiards a game to play only when at the bar.

But the truth is a bit different; just like darts and bowling, playing a game of pool can be as challenging (and rewarding) as you make it. Ranging from health benefits to daily pleasure, billiards is far more than just a bar game.

1. Stretching: vital to both the game and your daily life

Stretching is vital for flexibility, injury prevention, and mental health, but people nowadays rarely stretch enough. By stretching over the table and changing positions for different shots, an hour of pool can increase your flexibility and overall health.

2. Focusing on that one shot can help you focus on the bigger things as well

Ask anyone who's tried to win a game of nine ball: trying to focus solely on one ball is a challenge, especially if you're in a loud room or you don't have a straight shot. Distractions in pool often turn into botched shots, just like distractions in life can turn into big mistakes. By learning how to focus solely on your goal in pool, you can apply that knowledge to your daily life and learn how to reach your goals quickly and effectively.

3. Who doesn't want to improve their test scores?

While pool isn't as simple as people may think, it's not a mystical thing, either. In all reality, pool is just a game of physics and geometry. If you can successfully master one, the other will be much easier.

4. Stress becomes a thing of the past

There's no cure all for stress and anxiety, but many people, including myself, have found that exercises like billiards, golf, and bowling can help significantly reduce anxiety.

5. Lonely? Not anymore 

Pool isn't a one- or two-person activity as a general rule. Some people use billiards and billiards competitions to help alleviate and combat their social anxiety, while others use them as a way to meet new people.

6. Disrespect is a thing that's quickly taken care of

Contrary to popular belief, most people are very polite when playing. Players will often be called out if they don't follow the PBIA's etiquette code, so both professionals and new players can feel calm and respected during a game.

7. Unlike your standard sport, people of all ages can participate

Unfortunately, most people can't participate in professional sports into their forties and fifties because their bodies can't keep up. After all, when do you ever see a 99 year-old football player? Meanwhile, 99 year-old Wesley Walker was still competing (and winning) back in 2001!

8. For the elderly, billiards may be an excellent low-intensity exercise

Or rather, an excellent way to maintain "active aging." One study found that men ages 70 to 95 who bowled four times a week were healthier than their counterparts.

9. Whether you're a new player or a pro, billiards isn't hard to get into

Despite all the trick shots and illegal jump shots on television, you don't need a master's degree to get started. With a quick YouTube tutorial, friend, or even kind stranger's help, you can be playing in no time.

10. Whether you're nursing a whiskey or chugging a Juicy Juice, it's always enjoyable

Take it from the girl whose purse can easily be identified as the one next to the juice box: you don't need to be drunk to have fun playing pool.

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New Urban Air Trampoline Park-And All You Should Know

Location, Pricing, and Contact Info!
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Recently I visited Urban Air Trampoline park in Cranberry Township PA. Upon going there, I was a little skeptical because I have been to a lot of trampoline parks, and all are relatively the same. There are the basic rules you need to follow for precautionary measures, but it's the most lenient park I've ever been to as far as rules. If you've ever been to Sky Zone, you know how many different times they'll blow a whistle for doing something you shouldn't have--which chances are you didn't even know about-but here, I wasn't asked one time to stop doing something.

This is a newer park, but with so many additional features that other trampoline parks I've been to, just haven't had. So here are a few things that are great to know before you make the trip there.

1.) It is definitely worth the drive.

I'm not sure where you're coming from, but if you're all for activities to keep you busy/entertained for hours, I would one hundred percent recommend going. It's definitely a family place, and people of all ages would enjoy this park. Before going (also know that some activities require you to be a certain height) so not everything is a free for all.

2.) WHERE IT IS

Like I stated up above, it's located in Cranberry Township PA, but more specifically, the address is 351 American Way, Cranberry Township PA, 16066. Putting this in your map/gps (or whatever you use) will take you to a general spot, but it is buried a little back. Meaning, you won't be able to see the building from the road. You'll have to go down a road to finally see it, so don't feel discouraged when your GPS leads you no where. A lot of people in that area are familiar with this park, so asking someone if you get lost is definitely recommended!

3.) What you'll need

Make sure you have some form of idea, know that you'll have to sign a waver, and also bring comfy clothes to bounce around in. If you're a girl with long hair, you'll definitely want a ponytail because I was dripping sweat by the time I was done.

4.) Cost for us

There are other packages, but I recommend the one we did. (I think it's less if you're under a certain age) but we did the 2 hour one, which was around 29.00 per person. This included tax and the cost for socks (that they make you wear in order to go into the park). The place we went to (I know there are different locations to, so check out there website https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/trampoline-... to find the closet to you) was very lenient on how long we were there. They said..."If you stay a little over your time, we don't really care! Only when it's really busy do we start asking people to leave after their time is up"). So I would recommend going on a day that wasn't as busy if you're thinking you could benefit from extra time! For us, we didn't even make it to the 2 hours before we needed to go get something to eat! We were definitely exhausted.

5.) What they have

If you didn't get a chance to see, I would definitely recommend watching the videos on this post. I pulled a couple pictures from there website (which is listed above). There was a dodge-ball pit (two I believe) but because we went at a time that wasn't too busy, we didn't have as many people to play with. There was the Ninja Warrior course which was definitely my favorite. It puts things in perspective to you with how much upper body strength you actually need to complete something like that. They also had something that we could not do that day which was a sky thing (not sure of the exact name). We weren't able to do this because in PA it's not actually legal yet! Which is pretty insane when you think about it. Soon enough they'll be opening that up, and I can assure you we will all be going back for it!

Other things are listed below!

They also had a few different rock climbing walls! I would recommend not wearing extremely tight pants because the way the harness wraps around you is definitely not too flattering if you're wearing tight pants. #woops. Another bonus for almost all of these courses that you go on, is that it can be timed, and you hit the timer just like you would in Ninja warrior! They also have adjustable lights that will dim really low and it kind of looks like a rave! I loved that.

I know you're able to book birthday parties here. They have several different themes too. I thought the Glow and the dark one looked pretty neat. It's definitely a place I'll consider for my kid's birthday parties someday!

So overall,

Was. It. Worth. It?

It definitely was! They have a concession stand area there in case you need food/water. They have additional water fountains for when you get really thirsty. Cubbies are available for you to set your stuff, and they even have lockers for any valuables (but the parking lot is really big, so you'll have a lot of room to park in case you'd rather just park close and leave your stuff locked in the car. For only 29 bucks, I thought having well over two hours was so worth it. I end up paying close to the same at sky zone, and they weren't comparable at all! I would hands down recommend Urban Air. Below are a few images I didn't include on my post, and below that is a map to show you where you can find one of these near you!

This was rock climbing-He won...

(Gravity Pro Zone) They're trampoline's that jump WAYYY higher than the other ones there that they have. They allow you to try and jump up onto the wall then you're able to stand on it and jump down. You can also do as many flips as you want, and off of the wall as well. (Just remember you do sign a waver...)


The foam pit with a twist.. I don't know if anyone ever watched Zoey 101 when they did something similar to this but in water.. (I feel like these things hurt much, much worse) Also, quick side note, they do have helmets you are able to wear, we just chose not to!

This is a map of all of the locations of Urban Air they have! If you click on the link below, it'll take you to this map, and also show you the address/contact info to whatever location you choose! https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/trampoline-...


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Everyone Has Inner Creativity, Regardless Of One's Major Or Personality Type

Because schools and the workforce stigmatize mistakes, people become scared of making them and, in turn, stifle their own creative impulses for the sake of security.

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Society seems to designate people to one of two categories: the "creative type" and the "science/math type." From what I've seen, so many intelligent, creative people believe that they're not simply because they have been led to believe that they can only be one of the two things. The problem lies partially in the strong association of creativity with visual and performing arts. Who do we tend to deem as creative? Artists, musicians, writers. Restricting creativity to these people is completely unfair. We are all creative. Yes, we fall on different parts of the spectrum in terms of creative strengths, but the ability exists in everyone. And, more importantly, our abilities are capable of growth and development.

Picasso once said, "All children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up." I believe that everyone is born creative. As kids, I'm sure we all remember creating our own stories and games no matter how outlandish they may now seem. What changes? For some reason, we seem to grow out of this and pursue new avenues that supposedly conflict with creativity. Creativity is not just the ability to be artistic and create art, it's the ability to be inventive and come up with new ideas and solutions to problems. Our education system conditions us to think a certain way to meet their standards by achieving a certain letter grade on a standardized test that, often times, ignores our individual creative strengths and weaknesses. We are forced into a cookie cutter mold of the "ideal student" and, eventually, the "ideal employee."

In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson delivered a TEDtalk titled "Schools kill creativity" in which he says, "... if you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original...And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity." Because schools and the workforce stigmatize mistakes, people become scared of making them and, in turn, stifle their own creative impulses for the sake of security. As a result, schools are preparing kids for a society that no longer exists. More and more jobs are centered around creativity in the great race to develop The Next Big Thing. Some jobs are beginning to value personal skills and experience over a college degree. Companies like Google, Apple and IBM have just recently removed the degree requirement from hiring consideration. What does this tell us? It is equally, if not more, valuable to strengthen transferable skills such as creativity and critical thinking as it is to pursue formal higher education.

There's a reason chemical engineering majors can get hired immediately in the business majors before graduates with business majors. Studying a subject like chemical engineering teaches you one of the most important life skills you can develop: critical thinking and problem-solving. Employers understand this and therefore look to people with similar majors when considering hiring new employees. They understand the value of transferable skills. Creativity is yet another powerful tool that's entirely transferable across everything you do. No matter what profession or industry you choose to work in, there are always obstacles to overcome that require creative thinking.

Physicists and mathematicians must devise creative solutions for research, marketing, and public relations specialists must develop interesting and attention-grabbing ways to appeal to the public, and architects and engineers must employ creativity in their designs and analyzation strategies. In your personal lives, creative problem solving can be the difference between the continuance and end of an important friendship or relationship. Having creative confidence minimizes the fear of making mistakes by providing you with the comfort of knowing that even if something doesn't go as planned, you can come up with an alternative solution. It completely alters your perception and empowers you to go out and augment the world around you.

Just like Troy Bolton learned that he can love basketball and theater in "High School Musical," you must also understand that your career or professional aspirations have no real effect on your creative energy and unlocking your full potential. If you're great at math and science, you can also be incredibly creative. The only hindrance consists of the limits you place on yourself. By assessing your creative strengths and weaknesses and taking steps to work on them, you are strengthening a skill that is necessary for every aspect of your life. It's sad to think that many creative people believe they are not and instead choose to dream and keep their ideas to themselves so as to not upset others or make mistakes. In life there are two types of people, there are dreamers and there are doers. The choice is yours, who will you be?

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