Thursday, January 12, 2023. (Court Day #572)

My lower back left molar has been hurting for a few days. It’s been mild, but enough that I made a DDS appointment yesterday for tomorrow. I feel like my teeth are constant battle. When I get my checkups and cleanings, they say I’m doing a good job brushing and flossing, but, boy, that doesn’t keep roots from cracking or other problems. By this time next year, I’ll have three implants. As long as this doesn’t require another! Sheesh.


My right wrist has been bugging me the last couple of days but not enough to keep me from playing.

Today was a dry day, it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow for another stretch of days. But when it came time to leave work this evening, I felt exhausted. I was ready to go home and my right knee was hurting a little bit from my PT appointment this afternoon and also played Tuesday night. Regardless, I decided to play anyway.

With my knee not feeling the best, I went ahead and opted to wear the knee brace that I have on loan from Ted. My PT doctor Matt, when I asked him about it last week, recommended against wearing it. But I felt that I needed the extra support tonight. Maybe Matt thought that I meant wear it all the time . . . that would definitely be bad . . . the knee needs to strengthen.


I arrived at Skypark shortly after 6:30 p.m. and they were eight courts going. It was nice to see all the courts full again—it’s been a while.

I spent every game this evening playing with Matt B. and Paul W. and assorted fourth partners. There was one game where Matt tapped out to allow someone else to play but that was it. He was back in afterward.

There were some really good games early on with Nate in the mix as well as Tim, the tennis coach. About half the evening were games like that and then later it was a mix of lesser-skilled players to be the fourth in the doubles games with Paul, Matt, and myself.

The last game was Paul and the tall fellow named Marcus, who lives in Redding. Marcus came down to visit his family and I partnered with Stair. Markus went to Soquel High School and has siblings that live in Aptos and mid county and his parents live down in Corralitos. Marcus is playing better than I remember him playing the last time that I was on a court with him some months back. He played pretty well tonight.

We finished up that last game and a few minutes later the lights clicked off at 9:30 p.m.

Another Local League

Afterward, Paul, Matt, Larry and myself hung out for a few minutes and Larry was talking about a league that he was playing in that he referred to as a “beta league”. It has nothing to do with the league that Hugh and Conner are organizing that hasn’t started yet. Larry says that his league—which he is organizing with a guy named Ken—would be wrapping up their initial test at the end of this month, and then everyone would be invited.

Monday, January 16, 2022 (No Play)

Yesterday, it rained overnight and there was no sun to dry the courts so I canceled Sunday club play at Derby.

I got an email from Mike Ballard, who moved to Texas. He said he misses us and he has to drive at least an hour to get challenging players. That must be a complete bummer. Around here, getting good play isn’t nearly that difficult. I hope to get to play with and against Mike again someday.

Number of days on a court: 572
Number of total hours: 2,550.5

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