Sunday, October 21, 2018 (Court Day #217)

After a lot of warm days, this overcast morning started in the low to mid-50s. It would burn off and get very pleasant.

It was an unusually light attended day at Derby Park, maxing out at a mere 25 players. With the Bay Area Senior Games one week away, Stuart figured that many tournament players were over at a Brommer Park instead. Not that we typically see the strongest players at Derby regardless. Once permanent courts went in at Brommer last year, the advanced players showed up less and less. It’s a shame for players like me who are pushing the skill level available for intermediate opponents. That’s not to say I don’t get challenged, I do. Bihg has very quick hands. Oleg is frequently the best player on a given day at Derby, like today. Grita provides good games. Nick (of Nick and Tammy) is catching on quickly with his strong tennis background. John P. keeps me honest, Karl is continuing to improve and gets some good shots in but you can catch him with some shots. The surprise of the day was playing against Art. The tournament wasn’t a fluke. Art played much better than I would think of him. He’s gotten a lot better. After the day wrapped up, Art mentioned that he’s planning to move to Mexico. That’s a bummer.

Oh, funny moment. Cameron and I were on one side of the net and were warming up with Bihg. Things were going normally until I decided to spin a dink sideways to my left to Cameron. As you’d expect, he was taken by surprise. We all laughed. We did more dinking then I did it again, but Cameron was ready this time! Bihg christened the shot a “Berne”—a twist on the naming of the Erne shot. Obviously, any time it occurred in a serious game, it’d be a mistake!


I was talking to John P. mid-morning about my paddle after a game. To demonstrate the delamination issue, I pinched the end of my paddle between my thumb and fingers and wiggled it back and forth and it’s made a bit of a crunching noise. Not good.

I received an email back from Barrett Kincheloe and he says that he’s completely switched from his Tempest Wave paddle to the Prince Response paddle with the thick grip. He says it has a “bigger and more consistent sweet spot.” The funny thing is that Paddletek makes the Prince paddles though an agreement, so it’s got the Prince name and maybe the Prince design tweaks but it’s a Paddletek paddle.


I’m really tempted. $148.00. Not cheap, but it’d get a lot of use.


Monday, October 22, 2018 (No Play)

Janet, the office manager for Paddletek got back to me first thing this morning and graciously offered to replace the paddle under warranty. But, she added:
“Please ship your paddle back to us when you receive the replacement so that I am able to submit it to the warranty department.”

At that, I sent a message via Facebook to Nanette who had responded to my post a couple of months ago in the Pickleball Forum and said I could keep my autographed paddle if I had it replaced under warranty adding that her husband is one of the co-owners.

Tonight, Nanette got back to me and said I could keep my paddle and she’d let Janet know that it was ok to do so. Great!


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (No Play)

Today, I emailed back Janet to which she replied and said she was getting the replacement paddle shipped out.

Lucky me, I get to have a molar pulled out this afternoon. I am not looking forward to it. Typically, it’s at least four days of rest and no strenuous exercise afterward. No pickleball for a bit. I was given tickets to the Oakland Raiders game on Sunday and I’m taking my dad. I’ll be forced to rest that day. That’s probably good, or I would have been tempted to play.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (No Play)

Ouch. Remind me to try to not have any molars pulled out in the future.


Thursday, October 25, 2018 (No Play)

Scotts Valley had play tonight. My wife called and asked, “Aren’t you going to pickleball tonight?” “I don’t know. I haven’t decided yet.” Being on antibiotics and work demands just made me tired, so I ended up not going.

Dave Cox asked if I wanted to partner with him for the Templeton tournament. I checked and men’s doubles is on Saturday, November 10. The good news is that it starts at 10 a.m., which means we could just drive down early and not have to rent a place to sleep the night before. Now, if work necessities will just permit me the time off. It’s my call, but I need staffing to be covered.


Saturday, October 27, 2018 (No Play)

I noticed last night that my back was a little sore. What’s interesting is that I haven’t played pickleball since Sunday. Granted, it’s typically more sore after pickleball, but to have it sore at all having not played is curious.


Monday, October 29, 2018 (No Play)

I received another box today at work. A second replacement paddle. Oops. Being that I’m an honest guy, I let Paddletek know and they are sending a pickup tag for it.


Number of days on a court: 217
Number of total hours: 596

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