åTennis Club News
Saturday, July 8, 2017
"....In the afternoon
We will with some strange pastime solace them,
Such as the shortness of the time can shape;
For revels, dances, masques, and merry hours"
Love's Labors Lost
We revel well, don't we? The party on the 4th was a hoot. We feel bad for anyone who missed it. (The club's cello choir, the Ombudswomen, failed to appear due to undisclosed issues, but we partied on. Get strong, Choir. We missed you.)
We have some pics of revelers:
Staff: Good morning, Tennis Club.
Member: Are the courts open?
It's been raining for 2 days and it's raining hard right now.
But are the courts open?
Um... The courts are flooded.
Oh, darn. How about 9:00? Will they be open at 9?
Let's chat a bit about the courts. We have had a rainy time of it. The staff has appeared early and often to fight the rain and open the courts. The staff has spent many hours dolphining and brushing and throwing grit and rolling. (Let me roll 'em.) (Please don't make us stop.) The courts have been, oftentimes, wet and soft and have been chewed up a bit because they are played on when soft. The staff opens the courts as soon as possible. And that is a good thing if you are waiting anxiously to play but a bad thing if you play later and the courts are chewed up. The courts always settle down from the chewing. They smooth out, but...
And then we've had dry spells when the courts have been too dry. When the courts are dry, the dryness has been, er, much noticed and commented on by members. The staff has snuck out onto the courts whenever the courts are free and put down as much water as possible, but the courts have been sometimes, dry, dry, dry. Closed, too wet, a bit wet, too dry. Geez.
A solution to dryness is the application of calcium chloride which helps retain water. The problem with calcium are, not counting the cost and the laboriousness of applying it: if it rains, the calcium retains the water and the courts necessarily remain closed longer than they might without calcium, and if it pours, really pours as it has recently, the calcium leaches out. Yup, all gone.
So the staff has to play the weather. And the club's busyness. We've had a lot of weather. And a lot of busyness. If we have a protracted dry spell, calcium will go down. In the meantime, pray for occasional rain. And watch the ball.
Looking for action? We have all kinds of action:
Looking for a Doubles partner for this year's tournaments? A list has been posted on the clubhouse bulletin board to help match players who are also looking for partners. Please add your name, contact information and the tournaments you are interested in to hopefully find the partner who is right for you!
Skills and Drills Adult Clinics with Doug Eng
Changing to Tuesdays
9:00 - 10:30
Starting Tuesday July 11th
For questions regarding clinics and pricing
please email Doug at: email@example.com
We are still looking for players for the next
ROUND ROBIN Wednesday July 19th
$25 per player
$15 for dinner only
Pro Organized play and dinner and drinks provided by the social committee.
Sign up online now!!
Table Tennis Social Doubles Tournament
Monday July 24th 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Sign up by Monday July 24th, noon either on-line or on the sheet at the club.
The event is free and open to all levels and ages.
Teams will be drawn out of a hat at 6:00 pm Monday night.
Come for the fun! BYOB / snack is optional.
Matches will be best of five 11pt-games.
Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up.
CTC Author Event
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:oo pm
Terry Ann Knopf
The Golden Age of Boston Television
Join Author and CTC Member Terry Ann Knopf for a discussion and reading of her new book.
Book signing and reception to follow.
Please RSVP to:
2017 Men and Women's Ladders
Interested in participating in this year's ladder?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be added to the list!
Take a look
Men's and Women's Doubles are scheduled for Thursday and Mondays. Sign up on-line under Reserve a Court - Events.
The website has a tradition of blurbing books written by members. Let's try a new feature: club artists with current or upcoming shows.
We invite all club artists to send us info or blurbs on their shows.
A call for contributors: We need some on-the-spot correspondents. Please send us opinions or comments or jokes or observations or pleas. Or stories.
Some links of interest:Rogers Cup
ATP World Tour
Craig Lambert wrote a must-read article for Harvard Magazine about Bruce Wright's take on the 'high set' stance and movement in tennis. Take a look: High Set The article is accompanied by a separate video demonstrating the technique. High Set Video Thanks, Craig, for sending this nifty technical riff along to us.
The book? Membership for the coming year hasn't been settled, so the book will be a while in the making. In the meantime, the website will be updated as data dribbles in.
We are going to try out a new feature on the newspage. Let's call it The Book Blurb. The Blurb will note books not necessarily about tennis, but authored by CTC members. So, if you members have recently, or maybe not so recently, written a book that you'd like blurbed, please let us know.
Let's start with:
"The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?" Heady stuff, no?Well, the club's own Bob Doyle who works much magic here behind the scenes tackled this little issue in his book, Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy. And the club's own Craig Lambert wrote a nifty, readable article for Harvard Magazine on Bob and his place in the free will issue. Take a look at Craig's article,Two Steps to Free Will.
In the midst of renovating garages and ruling vast sectors of cyberspace, Bob Doyle wrote a bit of a magnum opus: Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy by Bob Doyle. "The fundamental question of information philosophy is cosmological and ultimately metaphysical. What is the process that creates information structures in the universe?"
We have a new book by a club member, Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports, by club member, Susan Ware. The book is: A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Sports Book.
We have some new books from club member, Julie Baer:
Love Me Later
Julie Baer presents us with a unique book. Her fantastic artwork depicts nature and people in a special way. -- Bookreviewcafe.com
I Only Like What I Like
"CHILDREN BEWARE –will have you trying the untried, 'cause it's FUN! The collages fill you up to the eyeballs."
Take a look at: William P. Homans, Jr., A Life in Court, by Mark S. Brodin. Bill Homans was a long time member of the club with "a storied legal career." A lot of folks at the club knew and liked Bill. He could tell a story or two, couldn't he?
We want to mention New Classic American Houses, a book by Dan Cooper about the architecture of Albert, Righter, and our own John Tittmann. "New Classic American Houses is an architectural page-turner brimming with creative interpretations of traditional forms."
Hot off the presses, a new book by Faith Moore, Celebrating a Life, Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances. "Celebrating a Life" provides the ideas, inspiration, and how-to advice needed for creating a meaningful memorial service. Light-hearted but sensitive, this thoughtful guide covers it all."
While We Were Sleeping by David Hemenway.
"This book powerfully illuminates how public health works with more than sixty success stories drawn from the area of injury and violence prevention."
The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development by Rick Weissbourd.
The New Yorker review said, "In this ardent and persuasive inquiry, Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, warns that 'happiness-besotted' parents do children a disservice by emphasizing personal fulfillment over empathy."
Some useful links:
Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.
And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggested a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.
"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. It's a richly interactive sport, both verbally and non-verbally. If players communicate clearly, simply, and consistently, the game will proceed more quickly, and with less fuss and misunderstanding. Here are a few guidelines that can make the game more fun, friendly, and fair for all...."
We've had some requests to run Craig Lambert's piece, sampled above, on Tennis Communication. (We'd better leave this link up on the newspage permanently.)
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2016. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent Archive of last year's news.
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