About 4 years ago, I decided to buy a pool table. I’ve always enjoyed playing, but was tired of spending countless hours in bars feeding my need. So, I cleared out a room in the house and converted it into an entertainment bunker. (I refuse to use the term “man-cave!”) I tried to do it on the cheap at first, but that just created a LOT of drama. (I’ll save THAT story for when you and I are chalking our cue sticks.) So, I eventually spent FAR too much money on a quality table. You can see it in my picture on the left.
Some would say that it’s an investment. And, I tend to agree. At first, I played constantly. But, over the years, constantly turned into once or twice a month…which has turned into once every two or three months. The problem: I don’t have a pool partner nearby. So, I end up playing alone most of the time. While it’s nice to know I will ALWAYS win, it takes a lot of the excitement out of the game. I’m competitive by nature, so I enjoy a challenge.
This morning around 6, I had the sudden urge to play a game. And, it got me to thinking. Considering the price of the table and the 5 or 6 times a year I play, how much is each game costing me? This involves math. Don’t try this at home! Without going into detail, I’m paying about 5X as much per game as I would in a pool hall. YIKES!
Have YOU made a frivolous hobby purchase…and then realized it just wasn’t worth the money spent? It could be a pool table. Maybe it’s a video game system. We could even kick it up a notch and say a CAR. Whatever it is, let me know about it. Leave a comment below with your story.