Tuesday, April 30, 2024 (Court Day #652)

This popped up and I thought it was so apropos and it’s so true:
https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5tH4sYM6lJ/?igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
Building up your partner on the court will have so many more benefits than criticizing or giving constant suggestions on how to improve his or her play.

Reservation

I opted to actually register for play tonight at Skypark using the new Rec.us system.

I was only number 12 out of 24, so only half the slots were booked.

I could guarantee that there would be more than 12 people there tonight! It seems that players aren’t taking to the online registrations.

Skypark

It was a surprising 70° as I drove from work to Scotts Valley. I decided I would try parking in the parking lot next to the skate park and the soccer field for the first time. I have to admit there’s a bit of a trek. I didn’t time it but it probably took 6-7 minutes to walk the quarter-mile to the courts. [Later note: It’s actually only a 5 minute walk, it always seems longer the first time!] Every minute that I walked, I could feel court time slipping away. I could also see how it would be really dark walking back from the courts after sunset. I got the courts about 10 minutes to 7 p.m.

I got some good games tonight and some marginal games. Overall, I felt that I was playing fairly well. Although I did have some of my returns fly deep. I think I’m still getting used to this new Gearbox power paddle. I never had the yips serving before, but I missed an extraordinary amount of serves tonight. Some into the net, some long, even one or two too far a left or too far right. It was odd.

Chris, Matt, Paul

I got into a good game with Paul and Matt and my partner was a stocky guy named Chris who sports a beard and glasses. This was the first time I played with Chris. I would say a very strong 3.0 or a weak 3.5 player. Chris and and I found ourselves down. I think it was 1–6, and later 3–7. But surprisingly we came back to win 12-10.

In the “rubber match”, Paul and Matt won and as we were walking up to court Chris suggested we play third game since we had split the first two games. But when we got off the court, without asking, Casey had signed up Paul and Matt already to play with his dad Tim and him. Club rules generally don’t apply, so anything goes. With club play, you can’t sign someone up until they’re off the courts. But again, this isn’t club.

I generally had weaker games after that.

I got into a game with Kevin against a guy named Mike—who I didn’t know —and Francis. Francis was the least strong player.

It was a fun evening. I got to play some games later against Tim Handley. Tim is a very worthy adversary. He has a lot of great spin on his shots and has angled spin serves. He got me on two or three of his serves that he curved off to to my right. Impressive.

We were expecting the lights to go off at 8:30 p.m, but they stayed on until 9:30 p.m. I’m not sure when the City of Scotts Valley will be changing it to 8:30 p.m. as they had announced recently.

Siblings

I helped take down the final portable net with Francis locking up the city bin. (There’s a SCPC bin there now too.) Rachael asked if I wanted to ride to my car. Given the distance and the darkness, I decided to take her up on her offer. She had offered once before, but I was only a block and a half away that time, so I had passed. I really appreciated the ride tonight. While in the car, she mentioned something about parking behind her brother. The car in front of us was Francis. I was thinking, “What?“ I asked her if Francis was her brother and she said “Yes, you didn’t know that?” When I asked, she said that Francis is 10 years older than her but also graduated from the same high school, Harbor. Rachel also said that her older sister Irene plays at Derby Park. I don’t think that I’ve played with Irene or I simply don’t remember doing so.


Thursday, May 2, 2024 (No Play)

Rec sent out an email blast today. The first photo that appears is me with my student that the launch event.

I opted to not go to Skypark tonight so I could stay home and work on the new dry erase court board at my house. (They need a new board for Skypark since Saturdays there are now official club play days.) That’s me, giving up play for the greater good.

Number of days on a court: 652
Number of total hours: 2,796.5
Number of paid coaching hours: 31.5

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