Tennis Club News

Sunday, October 30, 2005

 

Bulletin:The Mixed Doubles Finals, Schaffer/Hemenway versus Downer/Turnbull, will be played on Sunday, November 6, at 9:00 a.m. The match promises to be a corker.

Further (way) Bulletin: The club will stay open for play until Sunday, November 13.

 

"In tennis the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snow-shoe."

~Elliot Chaze

 



The courts were open on Saturday, until the snow fell, about 3:00.

We were planning on watching the mixed doubles finals today. We were planning on posting pictures of the two teams involved. But alas, all we have is more pictures of wet (snowy) courts.

The courts were open last week, between rain and snow and, it seemed, a lot of darkness



Jim and Jeff played at 7:00 a.m. one morning. The temperature was about 35 degrees. Way hardcore.

 


 

The club's Closing Party will take place on Sunday, November 6, from 5:30 to 7:30.

Our season ends on November 13. Please play as much as possible before that date. We anticipate that very few people will play here. (Lenny disagrees.)

 


 

We've had some response to Nature Girl's, er, ponderings. We'll post some next week. A response that we liked a lot came from a member who requests absolute and deep anonymity. As a response, it is a bit oblique and will take you a minute to read. You all remember Nature Girl's, er, essay on the Doppler effect and tennis? (If you are not a wordfreak, or don't have time for longish jokes, please skip over this next item.)

Washington Post's Mensa Invitational

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's {2005} winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of (censored).

5. (Censored)

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an [censored].

 


 

"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. Itís 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.)

 


 

Take a look


at what was happening at this time last year.

 


 

Some useful links:

And 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.

 


 

The club book, right now, should be right by your hand. The website also has up-to-date info. The Rules section, the Governors and Committees and Activities (tournaments, round robins, etc) sections are current for 2005. Also, the Waiting List (which is not featured in the book) is current and ordered on the website. (The Waiting List and the list of New Members can be accessed through the FAQ page.) We thank the committee heads for making the information available in such a timely fashion and we urge all public spirited readers to proof-read.

'Members', and' Reservation Requests' are not active parts of the site nowadays. 'Timelines' is for adepts.

 


 

We'll keep the tournament draws available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid:

 


 

And the previous tournaments:

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):

Phew.

 

 

The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2004. 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.

Click for Boston, Massachusetts Forecast


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.

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