"Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness freezeth"
King Richard III
Act 4, Scene 2
Welllll, the ice melted last week. We started pumping out the water. The snow and dare-we-say-it ice storm has, er, refreshed the ice cover. It's, like, pretty. We are ordering clay this week in spite of our feelings of hopelessness. Hard to imagine courts under all of that slush and ice and water.
Hang onto those indoor contracts, folks: it's going to be a while.
Our annual meeting and kick-off party took place here at the club on Monday evening, last. We had about 85 people here, but no cameras. So we have no pictures of party people.
A club member stopped in at the newsroom last week and somehow the conversation turned to youtube, of all things. The member couldn't believe that youtube is a subject worth chatting about, much less visiting.
-Isn't youtube for teen boys only?
-No, you can find all kinds of great stuff on youtube.
-James Brown, Glenn Gould, Von Karajan, Roger Federer. There's a search engine. You can plug anything into the search engine and see what you get.
And, serendipitously enough, what do we find in our email box the very next day, but a youtube (Thanks, Richard) link to a clip of Roger Federer playing one of those absolutely unbelievable points against Andy Roddick, a clip that you might be interested in watching. We should caution readers that clicking on the link will open a browser window to a short movie from youtube. Viewers will benefit from a fast connection to the internet. Give youtube a try.
The club book should be in your hands always. Much of the book's information is also available on the website. Events, Rules, Governors and Committees are all updated, as is the New Members List.
The Waiting List for membership is posted online. You can find it, in chronological order, in the FAQ section of the website.
The website has a long overdue new feature: a Champions Page (updated to include the winners of this year's tournaments). Check it out.
The website has another new and important feature, the President's Corner (updated 11-17-06). Check it out.
And we've added new info on the membership process. Check out MEMBERSHIP.
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.
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
Website note: The website does have all of the information available in the club book on-line except the membership directory.
'Timelines' is for adepts.
Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2006. 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.
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 said clicker can read the news pages for the whole year (2006). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take clickers to the previous issue of this year's newspage. (Skywriter is for Initiates.)