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Just wanted to put my story out there to make others aware of a local business in Hoover. Bumper's Billiards. I have been an employee since March of 2016. On January 1, 2019 I accepted a position as General Manager. While I don't believe that I was the best General Manager to ever grace a business, I do believe that I was good at my job. I was able to increase the profit by 96.6% within my first 12 months as manager and was able to increase client diversity. I spent my time ensuring that I built a community of non-judgmental and loving customers. Bumper's became known for it's diverse family atmosphere. Anyone who walked in was treated with the utmost of respect and was encouraged to continue returning. Throughout 2020, I became a vocal advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. In my personal time, I worked with others to bring awareness of the injustices that our country sees as well as the need for equality. My personal social media pages are not linked to the business and I made a very clear effort to stay respectful in everything that I posted. On Monday, March 8, 2021, Bumper's Billiards was sold to new ownership. My employment was terminated immediately. I was told by the new owners that I was being let go due to my public advocacy of the BLM movement. The new owners have been outwardly against the BLM movement and wasted no time in removing me because of my personal beliefs.
I have given that bar my heart and soul over the last few years. I wanted to build a safe place for ANYONE to come and play pool or have a few drinks without risk of judgment. There is currently no representation for people of color or for the lbgtq+ community in our Birmingham Pool Community and I wanted to make sure that there was at least one option for those that expressed their discomfort at other locations. There is now a void in our community. I am beyond saddened by the events of this week. I am angered by the loss of such a wonderful place. And I at a complete loss in regards to my future and the future of others that found comfort at Bumper's.
I'm not here for sympathy. I just needed a place to express my pain. Dark times are ahead for our little pool community. I think a lot of us could just use some prayers if you are willing to give us that.
Thank you for letting me rant.
Just wanna play with other friends. What about billiard? Air hockey? Niko, let's go bowling! Those were available in GTA IV... Why not? OMG I need those in GTA Online. They must add them to our arcade... It would be a nice addon IMO.
Do you feel the same?
I know that Billiards is a niche genre even in flat games.
but considering Rec room does at least half an okay job at it, I would have expected some indie sidequest developer to have made one at this point.
But it does not seem so.
What can be the reason for this?
You went to a billiards game.
She sat on a bench and rested for a while.
Huh? Sorry...Didn't noticed you there..
Did I really not introduced myself? Sorry! I'm Setsuka Chiebukuro. Otherwise know as the Ultimate Billiards player!
Since you've met me for the first time, Why not Ask me some questions!
I'll accept anything but inappropriate questions!
In the march issue of Billiards Digest, an article was published by Mike Panozzo titled From Bad to Worse***.*** In it he discusses Billy Thorpe's outburst, and how the response was all across the board. Though not all responses attempted to vilify Thorpe, there were definitely those who expressed dissent when it came to the opinion that he was wrong. I'll stop short of revealing more on that portion of the article, but it's safe to say he's spoken about in a way that doesn't let him off the hook for his actions early last month.
The article progresses, in time, to Jeanette Lee. It offeres up some insight to her present condition, as well as her mentality going into this fight. For those who have a subscription to this magazine, I encourage you to read the article a few pages later.
Needless to say, Jeanette speaks on the subject of her conditon, and how she hadn't noticed any changes in her day to day living on account of the chronic conditions plaguing her daily life. It wasn't until recently that she had trouble breathing, primarily when she laid down. At first, she though she had a case of bronchitis. Trying to be socially responsable given the circumstances surrounding covid, she made attempts to wait it out, and only go in as a last resort. It eventually came to the point where she made her way in to the local urgent care, only to be advised to go to her doctor. Fluid was discovered surrounding her lungs, which prompted biopsies to be done, leading to the eventual discovery.
Her overall health seems to be stable, from what I read between these two articles, and she remains in good spirits. I'm happy to hear things are well, for now, and hope that they continue to be for some time.
Just a random thought that I had the other day, but I feel like this would be really fun/easy to work into some sort of GMM-style game.
The balls could be valued with some sort of prize/food or the pockets could be. They could even have the "overhead" camera that the professional billiards/pool games have above the table.
I just see a lot of potential for fun competition with this. They already did other bar games (darts, "beer" pong, etc.)