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Saturday, April 22

What's the problem with the lines and how come we don't have any on our front courts yet?

Well, let's talk about lines. Our lines come up every year and the nails are removed. The courts are covered with mud in the spring and need a lot of cleaning: it would be difficult to clean around the lines. Also, we worry that the tapes would come up into the surface of the ice. So, before we can open the courts, we have to put the lines in again. It is a bit of a task.

The lines can't simply be laid out and nailed in. They have to be stretched so that they don't bunch up, or bubble. If we try to stretch them when the courts are too soft, the nails won't hold and the tapes give: they crumple; the corners pull in. The tapes are nailed in with three inch aluminum nails made just for tapes, one nail every three inches.

How many nails, you ask? You heard it here first: one hundred billion.

A note from our web designer.

Now that the crew has rebuilt our wonderful courts, the web site faces its greatest challenge, our PILOT STUDY to display court reservations every day - without any added burden on our club staff.

It won't be as exhausting as shaping sixteen tons of clay into a level playing field, but it will not be easy. If you want to help us, take a look at the RESERVATION REQUESTS link to the left.

The asterisk indicates an empty court.
Clicking on it (in the real "timeLines" window) let's you send in a request for that court time.

N.B. Please report any difficulties you are having to Bob Doyle. Don't assume that it's your problem. It's our problem if the web site does not work for you.

All members are welcome to come to my lab at 77 Huron Avenue (a big red three-decker - three houses in from the fire station at Garden Street) Thursday evenings at 7:30. We'll have a hands-on tutorial using the web site, and talk about getting on the web in general.

Court conditions: Under water. Again.

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Joe DeBassio, Webmaster.

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