Riding in the Pickle Boat

RIDING IN THE PICKLE BOAT What makes our sport great is all the interesting people you meet. I love spending time, on and off the court, with ‘pickle pals’. It is a stimulating experience to play our game and make new friends. For me personally, I find it also stirs something in the literary realm of my mind, that causes me to make other attachments. To rephrase…it gives me the incentive to make some ‘imaginary’ friendships. For new readers, I … Continue reading

Divorce and Pickleball

DIVORCE AND PICKLEBALL I am reluctant to bring up sensitive subjects. I have no expertise in relationship counseling. However, I received an email from an international subscriber who needs help. I have decided to give my opinion in the hope that I can be of service to the troubled parties involved. I have changed the people’s names to protect their privacy. Dear Doug, I read your articles and I think you are a person who may be able to help … Continue reading

Pickleball Rap

PRACTISING YOUR HIP HOP MOVES Has this happened to you? You meet someone, you get to talking, you work ‘pickleball’ into the conversation. Your acquaintance gives you a blank stare. ” What’s that ”, they ask? You go into the explanation– ” It’s like table tennis, but on a bigger court”….” It’s like tennis, but on a smaller court”…….or, if you’re a weirdo like me… ” Pickleball…oh, it’s cut up gherkins, Philly cheese, mayo , and sliced almonds. I take … Continue reading

Why Half a Brain Is Adequate for Most Tasks

MANUFACTURED IN THE 1950’s I’m trying to understand – what makes us stronger, versus, what is wearing us out. If I have practised a sport too long, or too enthusiastically, to the point where I am injured, then it is easy to see the obvious – I am broken. I must get fixed up. Suppose I stop at the point just before I get injured. I go home. I put my feet up. The next day my battery is not … Continue reading

Great Netspectations

COMING CLEAN When I get to talking to people about the blog, some of them ask me about my motivation. ”Why”, they say, ‘do you go to the trouble in putting out the CHALLENGE COURT”? They seem suspicious. I had a difficult time explaining my reasons. I wasn’t sure what to say. I decided to get some advice, so I called my friend Kevin (a former Saturday Night Live alumni) to get his advice. He stated emphatically, ‘With all the … Continue reading