Tuesday, January 10, 2023. (Court Day #571)

I had a physical therapy appointment this morning for my right knee. Matt, my assigned PT, couldn’t make it today due to road closures so my appointment got rescheduled for 15 minutes earlier with Alea at 9:30 a.m. She said one muscle (of the four muscles) in my quadriceps was very tight. She gave me another exercise to do. From PT, it was off to work.

My wife texted later and let me know after the rain this morning, there would be a enough of a break that I could play pickleball tonight. At lunchtime, I went home and picked up my gear so I’d have it after work.


Today, Binh texted me asking if I would be willing to be his partner for a tournament in mid-March in Templeton. This was contingent on Shante accepting or turning down Binh’s invitation. When I asked, Binh said that he was giving Shante until the 15th to decide, which is only five days away. The tournament is still two months away.


I had some duties to finish, so I didn’t get the Skypark until just before 7 p.m. There were just two courts in use, though all were dry. Perhaps the chilly winter temperature kept people away. On one court was Kiko and Evan (who is Nolan‘s partner partner) and two additional players who had been there last night.

On the near court was David and his girlfriend Minori playing against Mark Dettle and Avery. When the game was done, Minori kindly stepped out and let me take her place.


David and I played against Avery and Mark. Honestly, I can’t remember who won that game.

Once it was done, Mark Dettle headed home and Avery and I played against David and Minori. In the first game, they won by a significant margin. David is a banger and it took me a while to readjust to his style of play. We switch sides and played again, this time Avery and I won.

Then we switched sides once more and went for that “best of three” game. Avery and I won the last game as well.

Avery needed to go, so at 8 o’clock we called it a night. Everyone else had left. Such a shame leaving with still an hour and a half worth of lights left. But one hour of play is better than nothing!

Speech to Text

I have to share this. A few months ago, I started using voice to text to start writing my blog entry while driving back from Brommer or Skypark. (Driving home from Derby requires more focused city driving.) This is what got transcribed by my phone:

“Initially, I was very unhappy with my play. My drop shot trailer heading into the net we’re going to I am becoming quite a Taco Bell shots but sometimes send it to Rowley in our opponents favor. But I felt better about my play the last two games.”

Here’s a more accurate interpretation of what I was saying…

Initially, I was very unhappy with my play. My drop shots were either heading into the net or were going [I have no idea what I actually said here!] but sometimes sent it too high in our opponents favor. But I felt better about my play the last two games.

Aches & Pains

When I got home, the outside of right knee was bothering me. Also my right wrist. I’ve been looking into wrist supports that don’t cover the palm and consequently affect my paddle grip.

Wednesday, January 11, 2022 (No Play)

I’m not happy at all where the level of my play is right now. Maybe it’s the infrequency of getting on a dry court.

Number of days on a court: 571
Number of total hours: 2,547.5

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