Sunday, February 23, 2020 (Court Day #341)
I got to Derby Park at 10 minutes to 9. It was going to be a very nice day, if a little breezy later.
My first game was Joe and me against Binh and Stuart. Before the game, Joe wanted to change up the teams. I told him, “Playing against strong players makes you better. I’d rather lose than play against a weak team.” He replied, “But it’s nice to have a chance to win.” I responded, “I think we have a better chance than you think.”
Then we launched into one of the longest games I’ve ever played. It was a minimum of 30 minutes and perhaps even as long as 40 minutes! It was a good battle. Joe and I won a narrow victory. Afterward, I poked Joe in the chest with my paddle handle and told him, “See? What did I tell you?”
I was playing very, very well today. (For left-handed, of course. It still wasn’t near as good as my right hand.)
There was a first time player named Judy who came. I explained the game, then she and I bounced a ball back and fourth outside of the courts. She had very good hand-eye coordination.
I arranged for a game with her, Allan, Gary (82), and me. Judy wasn’t quite as good in a real game. We played a second game and she was a little better. There’s promise there though, just a ways to go yet.
My coworker Alain came again. This was his second Sunday and his third time out after having played on Thursday night too. He brought a friend, a guy named Jake from Los Gatos. I didn’t play with Alain or his friend today. It’s just the way the court sign up board worked out.
As the last game wrapped up, it was 2 minutes to 1:00 p.m.
Number of days on a court: 341
Number of total hours: 962
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