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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #120 on: October 23, 2008, 09:02:59 AM »
You must be much craftier than I am! ;-()

MT - I KNOW Euroka....YOU are no Euroka!   :rofl_2:

 :))  Methinks that MT is no Dan Quayle, either   :sad angel: (although I have lost track of the latter).

Only two more weeks of election stress.  :PHEW:)

Shall be taking it all out on the tennis ball tonight at Thursday night tennis  :trampoline: .

No better way of relieving one's stress  ://.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #121 on: October 23, 2008, 07:30:30 PM »
I visited both Viņa del Mar, Santiago, and Valparaiso while in the U.S.N.  I played tennis there as well, but can't remember which city or club. :(  I loved all of S. America, but Chile was by far my favorite country there. :))


Viņa del Mar is pretty nice, too. Great place for long, lazy seafood lunches, sipping vino blanco at a restaurant overlooking the sea.  Tennis tournament in January must be fun but I've never been around for that.

I had a good hit early this morning at 8am with the instructor. Even though I was digging into my quarters jar to pay him, it was worth it!  I really get to hit a lot of balls during this hour and feel my game is steadily improving. Most useful today was the work we put into placement of volleys.

It is clear that as one gets older and most things start to become slower, in tennis one just has to learn to become more crafty  :wicked: .
You must be much craftier than I am! ;-()


MT - I KNOW Euroka....YOU are no Euroka!   :rofl_2:
"I hate you guys!"

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #122 on: October 24, 2008, 09:24:05 AM »
 :rofl_2: :rofl_2:       "Screw you guys, I'm goin' home"!!!!    :rofl_2:

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #123 on: October 24, 2008, 12:24:50 PM »
We're not all bad  :mad1: and sometimes we even fail to be crafty  ::::)))) and devious  :sly: especially as with indoor tennis last night which was mixed doubles that involved lots of lobbing :scared: . It was 4-6, 2-6, 4-3 with two hours of tennis. Not very creditable.  :hell-no:

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #124 on: October 24, 2008, 01:14:42 PM »
It's good to see that you are playing so much.   ://
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #125 on: October 25, 2008, 06:04:20 AM »
We're not all bad  :mad1: and sometimes we even fail to be crafty  ::::)))) and devious  :sly: especially as with indoor tennis last night which was mixed doubles that involved lots of lobbing :scared: . It was 4-6, 2-6, 4-3 with two hours of tennis. Not very creditable.  :hell-no:
:rofl_2:  Just havin' some fun. :))
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #126 on: October 27, 2008, 12:56:12 PM »
Good doubles this morning. We did OK;  8-6, 5-4 and then people had to leave. First set went over an hour. I was playing fairly well at the net, helped by the opponents who fed me the balls.

Windy, leaves blowing onto court, but temperature in the 50s and good company so all in all pleasant. :)

Now, spitting rain again.  :(

BTW, I seem to have stunned people into silence over at Tennis Discussions.  :zipped:

http://www.tennis4you.com/forum/index.php?topic=5918.msg287698#msg287698

But, many happy memories still of the tennis4you get-together in July.

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #127 on: October 27, 2008, 01:19:28 PM »
Dude, the T4U gatherings have been better than awesome!   :)

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #128 on: October 27, 2008, 01:20:33 PM »
Dude, the T4U gatherings have been better than awesome!   :)

I may have to actually agree with you on this!   ://
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #129 on: October 29, 2008, 08:49:23 AM »
New members night at the downtown club last night. Pre-dinner drinks, rich food and wine plus good general fellowship.   :drinks: :drunk:

But it didn't help my 8am hit with the instructor this morning. He claimed I was just not watching and reacting to the ball. Still, he moved me around enough to more or less wake me up.  It did not help that he decided to work on overheads on what is a decidedly windy day here ::::)))) .  Ground strokes OK, however  :) .

Can't take the party life any more.  ::))11

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #130 on: October 29, 2008, 09:16:17 AM »
Nice!   Well at least the party part. 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #131 on: October 29, 2008, 10:29:33 AM »
New members night at the downtown club last night. Pre-dinner drinks, rich food and wine plus good general fellowship.   :drinks: :drunk:

But it didn't help my 8am hit with the instructor this morning. He claimed I was just not watching and reacting to the ball. Still, he moved me around enough to more or less wake me up.  It did not help that he decided to work on overheads on what is a decidedly windy day here ::::)))) .  Ground strokes OK, however  :) .

Can't take the party life any more.  ::))11

Do you meet with the instructor through a tennis club or is it a private arrangement? 
Lots of people make passes at me, I'm a tennis player!

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #132 on: October 29, 2008, 11:29:53 AM »
New members night at the downtown club last night. Pre-dinner drinks, rich food and wine plus good general fellowship.   :drinks: :drunk:

But it didn't help my 8am hit with the instructor this morning. He claimed I was just not watching and reacting to the ball. Still, he moved me around enough to more or less wake me up.  It did not help that he decided to work on overheads on what is a decidedly windy day here ::::)))) .  Ground strokes OK, however  :) .

Can't take the party life any more.  ::))11

Do you meet with the instructor through a tennis club or is it a private arrangement? 

Through the local Y but given as a private lesson. It has really been helpful to my game with the nagging attention he gives to all my bad tennis habits. The problem this morning, for example, was that I normally would not think much about the ball trajectory in overheads but when there is wind about, the brain just has to become interactive.

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #133 on: October 30, 2008, 11:10:16 AM »
i love me some overheads indoors!  i find them much easier to bash without wind!
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #134 on: October 31, 2008, 07:10:48 AM »
Thursday night tennis not great. 4-6, 2-6, 4-5. It's not that I was playing all that badly.  Serve was fine, ground strokes getting better all the time and some good work at the net.  Basic tennis problem was my inability to run things down the way I can on a dirt court and that was frustrating.

But there was some lack of congeniality in the group which I think bothered. It shouldn't be important but for me it is.

Such is life :dunno: . Some days (and nights) are better than others.   :Confused:

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #135 on: October 31, 2008, 08:25:18 AM »
Were you playing on hard court?  My footing/movement is worse on clay than hard courts.  I would be surprised if you are the other way? 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #136 on: October 31, 2008, 09:48:00 AM »
Were you playing on hard court?  My footing/movement is worse on clay than hard courts.  I would be surprised if you are the other way? 

Yes. What it amounts to on dirt, there is more time to get there! 
I'm still a bit nervous about the hamstring muscle I strained earlier in the year and have the upper leg bandaged as a precaution as much as anything to stop me doing something silly. The physiotherapist was very stern in saying that she did not want to see me back again  :mad1: . So far, that at least has worked.  These days, the hamstring mostly lets itself be known when I have to sit through long meetings and talks rather than on the court.

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #137 on: October 31, 2008, 11:58:18 AM »
Yep, you are right on that!  You have longer to get to the ball on clay. 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #138 on: November 01, 2008, 04:25:56 AM »
Were you playing on hard court?  My footing/movement is worse on clay than hard courts.  I would be surprised if you are the other way? 

Yes. What it amounts to on dirt, there is more time to get there! 
I'm still a bit nervous about the hamstring muscle I strained earlier in the year and have the upper leg bandaged as a precaution as much as anything to stop me doing something silly. The physiotherapist was very stern in saying that she did not want to see me back again  :mad1: . So far, that at least has worked.  These days, the hamstring mostly lets itself be known when I have to sit through long meetings and talks rather than on the court.
Good luck with that H-string, it's been years since I popped mine and it still bugs me every now and then. :(
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #139 on: November 01, 2008, 09:29:46 PM »
Good mixed doubles here today. We lost 5-7, 4-6 but it was congenial company, perfect fall weather, the county had apparently swept up the leaves from the court a day or so before, and I felt I was playing well on all fronts. Couldn't ask for much more.   :)

Extra bonus:  One more hour of sleep tonight.   :sleeping: