Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (Court Day #600)
This morning, something popped up on Instagram so I looked up an article:
To quote the first paragraph:
“A portion of the Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, Arizona, will be converted into an indoor pickleball venue by a company called Picklemall in the first of up to 50 locations it wants to open nationwide within the next two years.”
This is related to news features that have been appearing earlier this month.
I left work today as soon after closing as I could, which turned out to be 6:35 p.m. and about 10 minutes later, give or take—or “give her cake” if you trusted my ‘speak to text’ phone transcription!—I was an Scotts Valley.
Things were very busy tonight. There is a group of about 10 people who were in their 20s. Our permanent courts were all in use as well of the four temporary courts.
The night was mostly pretty decent games. I had a few that weren’t challenging but the rest were decent or good.
Minori and I played several games against David and Rachel. Those were pretty balanced and fun. I have to say, there was one exchange where David was slamming the ball down toward Minori while they were both at the net. Minori pulled off an impressive series of returns from fairly short range. David did win that rally after another shot or two, but Minori did an amazing job of holding him off. Thumbs up!
I played in the game with Mark Dettle against Casey and his dad Tim. I didn’t play badly in that game but there’s not a lot of margin for error when you’re playing against those two. Mark and I lost 11-3.
Later on towards the end of the evening, David and I played a game against Tim and Casey and in this game we lost 11-1. There were a couple of rallies we lost due to a failure to properly communicate. Later, David and I were talking later and he mentioned that we both tend to play aggressively and go after balls in the middle.
We had a good mix of the normal crew. David and Minori, Mike, Tiffany, Max, Danny, Tim, H., Tim F. and Casey, Francis, Ethan, Rachel—Avery was there earlier but left around 8:30. There is also that guy named Chuck, who is a fairly recent addition. Matt B. was there with his son Lucas, and there is also the other Andrew. There’s also another guy name Matt who I’ve never seen before. Matt and I played a game against David and the other Andrew and it was a pretty lopsided game with Matt and I winning. He couldn’t pin the loss on David in that one.
As Mark Dettle was leaving, he asked me to make sure that all the nets were stowed back into the bin. I told him I would. David helped me with two of the nets. The final net was used by four of that young group and they helped me put that one away. That was considerate.
I wish I’d realized that it was my 600th outing last night, I would have shared that milestone with the horde.
Number of days on a court: 600
Number of total hours: 2,641
Number of paid coaching hours: 2
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