Playing Pool at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pool shark.

Playing pool at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I’ve been spending many of my days and many of my nights playing pool at my hostel in Chiang Mai. I’m not going to lie: I suck at pool. But every so often I manage to win. And every so often out of those times it’s an honest to God legitimate win that doesn’t involve a fuck up on the other player’s part.

I did manage to inspire a spit take when someone witnessed me breaking while taking a swig of Chang. It’s something you really have to see to believe how bad I am at breaking.

If nothing else, I like to think I’m good for a little entertainment.

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Carrie
    October 4, 2012at9:54 am

    Is that guy in the UNC shirt from North Carolina?!?

      • jeanelle keleman
        October 8, 2017at3:27 pm

        Do you mind if I use one of these photos on our billiard website?! I love these!

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