A reader, who goes by the handle, Ishmael, writes:
"The season is now over. It was another in a long line of sun-favored seasons, when we few, we happy few, who may play in this other Eden, store up against our winter of discontent those glorious summers of yore.
We are presently consigned to those darkling plains, where the sun never shines, the fetid air is never refreshed, and no birds sing. But, soft, in the East, spring will come, we fervently believe. And if pitchers and catchers report, surely the opening of the courts can't be far behind."
(with apologies to W.S., and others.)
We were chided for being a bit too elegiac (not to say whimpery) towards the end of the season (last week). Elegiac was wrong: the season ended with a bang-up snowstorm. We've never seen the courts, nets, and curtains under so much snow. Ah, the courts. They're gone now, as is the season. During the storm, the Cambridge Skating Club held its annual skate exchange at the clubhouse. It was perfect: snow falling, kids excited, slinging skates around, looking for cookies. We had two, count 'em, calls (during the storm), asking if the courts would be open the next day. We like your spirit, oh callers. We wish that you could keep calling for courts all year.
There is no real tennis news during the winter, so this newspage is going to play for a while. The website stays alive, though. The links are all active. And if nostalgia batters you too brutally, you can scroll down to the bottom of the newspage and surf around through past newspages. They are all archived.
We thank Bob Doyle and the wizards over at skyBuilders who created the software underlying the website. Bob is also our teacher and guide in all things computeristic and philosophical. We also thank all our contributors, proof-readers, and our readers.
The club usually holds its annual meeting and party on the first Monday in March. As the meeting approaches, we'll pop back on and post.
We've had some requests to keep the link to Barbara Wiget's piece, Slow-Motion Tennis active.
And we've had some requests to re-play this item: Club member, Craig Lambert, who is a writer and editor for Harvard Magazine has given us a stylish, pertinent piece on Tennis Communication. Give it a read.
We'll keep the tournament draws available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid:
And the previous tournaments:
And here's the saga of 2002's tournaments (so's we can compare and contrast):
And the saga of the year before (we're mighty fancy here, and mighty grateful to the Java Kid for doing all this work):
Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.
And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggests a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.
As noted,the CTC book for 2004 is available. Much of the information in the book may now be found here on the website. The information is current. The waiting list for membership, as well as a list of new members is up to date. That information can be found through the 'FAQ' page. The Activites Page (round robins, tournaments, etc) is also up to date. The Rules page is also up to date and we have been urged to urge our readers to "review the rules and refresh their memories on some of the finer points."
'Members', and' Reservation Requests' are not active parts of the site nowadays. 'Timelines' is for adepts.
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2003. From there you can see the whole of the Persistant Archive of last year's news.
Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.
Joe DeBassio, Webmaster
Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that you can read the news pages for the whole year (2004). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the last issue of the newspage.