Tennis Club News

Sunday, May 21, 2006


      " let not Nature's hand
Keep the wild flood confined! let order die!"

-King Henry IV, Part ii
Act 1, Scene 1



Miraculously enough, we have some open courts today. We pumped and pumped and a staff person worked all day and into the night on Saturday and we opened 4 courts on Sunday morning. (Way to go, Dave.)



The New Members party is scheduled for today, May 21, from 5:00 to 7:00. Please come and welcome our new members and see old friends.



The tale of the flood:



Rick mans the big pump.


Bill tunes the big pump.


About 7 inches of water were pumped out, but then...


We were visited by assertive fellows from the MWRA and the City of Cambridge, Dept. of Inspectional Services. They didn't think that we should pump water into the street. In the above picture, Bill is scratching his head, explaining that he does not know anything about any pumps or any laws. The fellows were not convinced.

Longfellow Park is flooded. If and when we get rid of 'our' water, we expect a lot of seepage from Mr. Longfellow. Perhaps Bill could complain to the Dept. of Inspectional Services?

5-19-06: the if and when issue.



We were pumping water out and water was pouring in (from the sky) and we pumped and it fell and we pumped, etc. and in our delirium of pumping we wondered were we pumping out water that 10 minutes later rained on our heads? How fast is the evaporation/precipitation cycle? For a question like this, we naturally think of our pal, Nature Girl. So we contacted her.


You want me to write a bit about the water cycle? The water cycle is called the hydrologic cycle. You should know that all water is very, very old, including the water in you. You are relatively young but the water in your body is old. The earth has about the same amount of water now that it did zillions of years ago. The cycle of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation is also very old and it never ends. We hope.

This water cycle is actually one of the original forms of recycling. (We Cantabridgians believe in recycling.) Mother Nature uses that water over and over again, as the millennia go by. All water is the same water. What goes around, comes around, you might say.

How fast is this cycle? Are the same drops that you pump out falling on your head moments later? Yup -- metaphorically speaking. Maybe it's not the exact drop, but its brother or sister drop, that's falling upon you. You poor, wet thing.



The first round robin of the year is scheduled for May 24, a Wednesday. The meal will be catered.



Tom, our friend and club staff member, has some serious health problems and some...attendant financial difficulties. (He is currently on a medical leave of absence.) If you would like to help, please contact Len Singer, or a member of the staff. (Also, please check out the new website feature, the President's Corner.)



The Badminton and Tennis Club closed last week after completing a raft of tournaments. The B and T shares some members with the CTC. Some of our members did very well in the B and T's very competitive tournaments. Congratulations to Sarah Carter Clunan who won the Women's A Singles, to Esther Williams and Jessie von Hippel who won the Women's 50's Doubles, to Jim Baldwin (partnered with non-CTC member Lindsay Frazier) who was a finalist in the Mixed B Doubles, to Vicky McEvoy and Jeff Millman who were finalists in the Mixed 50's Doubles, and to Esther and Jessie (again, always) who were finalists in the Women's A Doubles. All of these tournaments had big draws and many strong players.



The club book is back from the printer and should be in your mailbox soon. Meanwhile, much of the book's information is now available on the website. (Thanks to Sheila and Ann for getting the info to us in a timely fashion.) Events, Rules, Governors and Committees are all updated, as is the New Members List. When is the first Round Robin?,

The website has a long overdue new feature: a Champions Page. Check it out.

The website has another new and important feature, the President's Corner. Check it out.



We still have the tournament draws (from 2001 to 2004) available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid. We are re-locating the links, however.



"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.)



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.



Website note:
The new club directory is, as we say, on the way. The website does have this year's info.

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


Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2005. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent 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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