Saturday, January 2, 2010


January 2 – Our friend Rich conducted a clinic on Pickleball skills at TT Peace River.

There was a large group of about 16 participants.

We all had a lot of fun!! Wonder what’s going on between Dave and me and Nate?? Wish I could remember!!!
And we learned a lot. Now we’ve got it organized!!
Rich, I may not be able to execute, but now when I play I’m conscious of how I hold my paddle when at the net so I’m ready to volley!! And when I’m receiving serve, I hold my paddle with “wrinkled wrist”!! But, I’ll never get used to using a Backhand volley when it’s on the Forehand side!!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010


Our friends, Joe and Cis arrived at Torrey Oaks on December 30. They had invited us to join them at the Torrey Oaks New Year’s Eve party. Stan and Sally have also moved over to Torrey Oaks, so all of us gathered at their rig for a pre-party party!!

Ken pops the cork!!

Sally pours the Champaign!!

Cheers to everyone. From left to right: Ken's head, Stan, Joe, Sally, Cis and Cis' Mom

And Cheers again!!

Sally and Faye enjoy the Champaign!!

Then we went over to the party. The club provided Hot Wings and members brought other goodies to share. The party was a lot of fun with our friends and also meeting some new friends. The only problem – four hours of bad Karaoke is a little much to take!! One good thing – none of our gang sang!! HA HA



Earlier this week, Nate got the idea that we should have a New Year’s Eve Pickleball Tournament at TT Peace River. We all agreed it was a great idea!! So Nate posted a flyer announcing the tournament. With input from Donna and Stan, Nate got together all the information he needed to run a tournament as well as prizes.

On New Year’s Eve we gathered at the Pickleball courts ready to play – 12 men and 10 women!! Here is the group that played, and the winners.

Winners of the Women's Tournament: Sally 1st, Diane 2nd, Barbara 3rd. CONGRATULATIONS!

Winners of the Men's Tournament: Mike 1st, Austin 3rd, Dave 2nd. CONGRATULATIONS!

The first place winners: Mike and Sally!!! Great Job!!

A great time was had by all!! Thanks Nate for a great tournament!!!

Here is some of the action. (Click on the collage to enlarge. Click the Back Arrow to return to the Blog.)

Above 1st Column: Diane and Sally; Mike and Jack; Stan with Dave
2nd Column: Dave and Mike; Sally and Faye; Abe and Nate
3rd Column: Barb and Donna; Barb and Christie; Bud and Greg
Above: 1st Column: Diane and Sally; Austin and Tony; Dave and Mike
2nd Column: Donna and Kim; Jack and Ken; Nate and Jack
3rd Column: Sherry and Sally; Sherry and Christie; Donna and Diane
Above: 1st Column: Diane and Sally; Donna and Diane; Sherry and Donna
2nd Column: Barb and Donna; Sally, Dave and Mike; Tony and Bud
3rd Column: Mike and Jack, Christie and Sherry, Kim and Karen
Above 1st Column: Barb and Sally; Ken; Jack and Stan
2nd Column: Sherry and Donna; Donna and Kim; Austin and Dave
3rd Column: Eddie and Stan; Barb and Diane; Karen and Bud
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My Picasa 3 did not post all of the collages the first time. Here are more action shots from the New Year's Eve Tournament.

Above: 1st Column: Bud and Stan; Dave and Nate; Kim and Christie
2nd Column: Mike and Austin; Jack and Greg; Sally and Faye
3rd Column: Eddie and Abe; Ken and Abe; Donna and Krystal
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Above: 1st Row: Nate at work keeping track of the match scores; Nate explains the scoring for Sherry, Sally, Kim and Dave; Sally receives her 1st Place prize
2nd Row: Diane gets the 2nd Place Prize; Barbara receives the 3rd Place prize; Mike wins the 1st Place prize for the men
3rd Row: Mike looks at a "Stumpy" pin he received as part of the 2nd Place prize; Austin (Nate and Krystal's son) receives the 3rd Place prize
AND Nate. Thanks again for a job well done!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Larry, who went bowling with us on Monday, told us about a Torrey Oaks group that gets together at Giovanni’s Restaurant on Main Street every Tuesday about 5 o’clock for Pizza, Etc. We had never been to Giovanni’s so decided to join them. And I'm glad we did. The Pizza was recommended, but Ken and I decided to split the Eggplant Parmesan which came with the soup and salad bar and we ordered a second salad bar. It was wonderful and just the right amount of food so we did not have to doggie bag any leftovers!!

This is the group of eleven at our table. There were as many or more of the group at another table, but we did not meet them.

One thing different about Giovanni's -- they invite you to bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Here Ken and I are enjoying a bottle of Burgendy that Sally and Stan gave us for Christmas.

The Burgundy was from Pahrump Valley Winery and it was delicious!! Pahrump Valley is located in Nevada, West of Vegas and a little East of Death Valley. It is probably best known as the home of the Chicken Ranch Brothel which was moved from Texas to Nevada some years ago. Stan and Sally toured the Brothel as well as the Vineyards when they were out there.

Pictures of our group.

Upper right: Diana and Phil. Lower right: Mary Ann and husband. We just met the four of them at dinner. Upper left: Ray and Jane, bowlers. Lower left: Larry and Sally (she gets around)! Center: Sally and Stan.

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There have been lots and lots of Pickleball players at Peace River this season.

Some of the action!!

Waiting to play!!
Those who are waiting to play line their paddles in the basket hanging beside the courts. Today there were 15 players waiting to play!

Renate is ready!! Let’s play!!
Dave and Keith go for the same ball!

Faye and Christie were really happy to win a POINT!
At least I LOOK like a winner!!
Rich watches Ken take the ball.
Eddie shows Travis a new move!!
More action on the courts! (Click on the collage to enlarge. Click the Back Arrow to return to the Blog.)

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Last year our friend, Stan, coordinated a lot of the recreational activities at TT Peace River, Wauchula, FL. This year, Stan and Sally purchased a site at Torrey Oaks, about 7 miles north of Peace River. Stan is coordinating some of the recreational activities at Torrey Oaks now. A huge loss to Peace River!! One of the activities Stan is involved with is Monday Bowling at Bowl-Of-Fun Lanes. On Monday, December 28, a group of us joined Stan for a fun afternoon of bowling!!
It turned out there were five bowlers from Torrey Oaks: Stan, Sally, Ray, Jane and Larry.

And five challengers from Peace River: Austin, Nate, Krystal, Faye and Achor Ken.

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So we divided the group for a competition between Torrey Oaks and Peace River. The end result was that Torrey Oaks won all three games, but we gave them a good run for their money. It would have been a bit more even if Stan and Sally had disqualified themselves as “Professional Bowlers”!!! Nevertheless, a fun time was had by all!!!

Some of the action:

Austin was low scorer in the first game and with some instructions from Stan, he ended up high scorer in the last game!! Good Job, Austin!!
[I "Stole" these pictures from Krystal's Blog.]

Monday, December 28, 2009


Sally and Stan were at it again!! They invited us to join them for Christmas Dinner at Torrey Oaks along with Donna and Rich and another Rich who frequently plays Pickleball with us.

Before dinner we gathered at Sally and Stan’s for drinks and good times.

Sally and Stan enjoying our company!!

Faye and Ken enjoying our drinks!!
Dinner was $3 each and the club provided turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy. UMMMM Diners brought numerous luscious side dishes for a very enjoyable Christmas dinner.

Sally and Donna spreading Christmas cheer to Rich and to Ken and the other Rich!!
How did I miss out on that!!!

After eating, there was some entertainment provided by the new entertainment lady at Torrey Oaks. She passed out tambourines and maracas and had us get in front of the group and play while she sang "La Bamba". That was OK and fun at first but she went on FOREVER!!! Then there was Karaoke by a couple of guys. That was about as good as our rhythm section!! HA HA
Sally really got into the act!!
We provided the rhythm for LaBamba (don't know the two in the middle).
Thanks Sally and Stan for a great time!!
PS. Some of you will recognize these as Donna's pictures. I forgot my camera!! Thanks Donna.