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Labor Day Fun

Posted on September 24, 2020 by under Food and Drink, Hobbies, Things to Do.    

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We had 12 people and 3 courts at Riverside Tennis Center (RTC) on Labor Day. We did a mixed doubles “keeper of courts” format where winners move up and losers move down and pairs split each time. It was so much fun!

I started on the bottom court for the first game but then pretty much bounced back and forth between the top two courts after that. Pretty much the only times I lost was when I played against Jamie. He didn’t lose any games at all that day. Basically I would win in middle court and move up. I’d play with Jamie and we would win so I’d stay. Then the next game I’d play against Jamie with the guy from the team moving up and then we would lose. I’d play on middle court with a new partner, win and move up, and the cycle basically repeated over again.

The highlight of the day for me were my two ATPs (Around the Post). Jamie had a good in between the legs one too when we were playing together. It was a great pickleball day for me.

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Oh, I took a selfie with Gary Miller because we rarely ever get to play together. He wasn’t even originally playing with us but Ryan Wolfe, who Jen T organized the pickleball play for, backed out last minute. We were scrambling to get a 12th and, thankfully, Gary was able to fill in.

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Fun fact: This is also the day I met Alex Silcock in real life for the first time ever. She’s a local fitness and lifestyle guru that I follow on Facebook. Naturally, I had to get a photo with her. I totally felt like a midget.

After pickleball, Brooke, Karen, and I met Brian at the downtown Meddy’s for lunch. I’m familiar with their food but it was my first time at that location. Here are some pictures of our food.

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They have a super cute patio with a fireplace (which wasn’t on that day because it was a nice day) and a wooden Wichita flag hanging above it. We thought the flag decor was cool so we had to get a picture with it. We are so silly!

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Anyway, it was the perfect start to the week! Until next time. GNG.

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Lunch at Saigon

Posted on September 23, 2020 by under Food and Drink.    

I was super hungry after pickleball one day and decided to meet up with my friend Brooke at Saigon. I hadn’t been there in a very long time because Brian usually doesn’t gravitate toward Vietnamese food when we are out together. Brooke, on the other hand, loves Vietnamese and other Oriental foods, which works out perfect for me. Here are some pictures of our lunch that day.

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This is what Brooke usually gets. I love this pork stuff. It reminds me of tocino but better because I don’t have to mess up a frying pan to enjoy it.

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She also got some spring rolls. I love spring rolls and theirs are so good!

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I got the appetizer platter so I could try all of the different starters they have. I was not a fan of the shrimp rice cake thing but everything else was good. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy their food. I will have to go back soon.

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Here’s their address and phone number in case you want to go or order takeout. Until next time. GNG.

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Monthly Pedicure Date

Posted on September 22, 2020 by under Date Ideas, Things to Do.    

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We had our monthly pedicure date with our friends Teresa and Ross a couple of weeks ago. I love that the four of us go to the same place and that Kathy can accommodate our group. It’s definitely something that I’ve come to look forward to each month. These guys are so fun!

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League Finals

Posted on September 21, 2020 by under Events, Hobbies.    

I’ve been totally slacking on the blog because I’ve been consumed with pickleball. We had our league finals this week at Chicken N Pickle. While I didn’t make my goal of winning all three of my leagues this session, I actually didn’t do too shabby.

So I wrote about how Jimmy H and I won our Nahola league a few weeks ago. I wanted to also win my Wednesday night competitive women’s doubles and Thursday night competitive mixed doubles leagues at Chicken N Pickle. Unlike the Nahola league, you have a permanent partner for the CNP leagues so I actually got team shirts made for us. I found this lady who does amazing customizations through a mutual friend. Her business is called Simply Charming Designs and her work is awesome!

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I got matching “Asian Invasion” shirts for me and my mixed partner Tom. I picked this team name since we are both Asian. We’re actually going to continue playing together this next session. Since it’s a Halloween league, we had to modify our team name a bit. Our official team name for this session is “Asian Invasion of the Pickle Snatchers” — so we can get more mileage out of our existing team shirts.

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I don’t really like playing in t-shirts so I always turn my shirts into tank tops or muscle shirts. Here’s a pic of me and my partner Tom.

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Our team name for women’s doubles is “Backhanded Compliments” so I got matching shirts for Renae and me from the same lady. Both shirts turned out fabulous! Anyway, before our maroon team shirts, we were wearing our tie dye CNP shirts that I’d gotten for us at the beginning of league.

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I just love matching outfits! This is a group photo of us after the competitive women’s doubles league tournament championship match. Karen and Jenny (in the pink tanks) won our league. Renae and I came in second.

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Even though we didn’t win, I still had a ton of fun.

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Karen and Jenny lost their first match so they came out of the opportunity bracket (it was a double elimination tournament format). Since Renae and I were undefeated in the winner’s bracket, even though we lost the best 2 out of 3 championship match, we had to play again. Karen and Jenny had to beat us in a game to 15 to win it all.

The championship match was a bloodbath. Karen and Jenny played amazing and we couldn’t do anything. Here’s a video of that brutal championship match, in case you want to watch it.

The competitive men had their league finals that same night. Patrick Smith and Jamie Lynch won (again). This is their fifth consecutive time winning. The only thing that ever changes is who comes in second. Matt Conrad (aka Dr. Conrad) and Dave Belew took second this time.

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There were more men’s teams so their bracket is bigger and messier.

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The following night, Tom and I played in the competitive mixed league tournament final and won it. Huyen Nguyen and Michael Harris came in second, defeating lots of higher seeded teams including Undercover Secret Weapon (Jimmy and Fong) and Dropping L’s (Donnie and Tiffany).

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Here’s a picture of our bracket on Thursday night.

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We actually ended up playing only three matches total that night because we had a bye for being the top seeded team out of the seven teams. There were originally eight teams but Michael Cheung and Jen Reifschneider had to move to Tuesday evenings because of her work schedule.

Our first match was against C&K (Chris Wilson and Kim Knotts) after they won against Barbie & Ken (Amy Jaramillo with Robert Bell subbing for Amy’s husband Todd). After that, we played against Dropping L’s (Donnie and Tiffany) who won against Undercover Secret Weapon (Jimmy and Fong).

Then we had to wait for all of the opportunity bracket matches (one game to 15) to finish to play the championship match. It ended up being Dink, Dink, Goose (Michael Harris and Huyen Nguyen) with us in the finals. They did the hard work of eliminating our toughest competitors so they actually saved us a lot of effort.

In the end, I fell short of my goal of winning all three of my Fall leagues but first in two leagues and second in one is nothing to shake a stick at — I’m actually quite happy with how I did this time around.

The next session is only five weeks long and I’m playing in both mixed and women’s again. Tom and I are going to try to defend our league title in competitive mixed and then I’m playing with my friend Brooke Ayala this time for women’s because my previous partner Renae DeSantis can’t play.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to another fun, succession league session. I hope I have great results to share next month. Until next then. GNG.

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Fun Monday Off

Posted on September 6, 2020 by under Hobbies.    

Last week I took Monday off to hang out with our out of town guests, Noi and Antonio, and happened to get a bonus Doug Oxler sighting at the park. For those unaware, Doug is the father of local pickleball and tennis legend Jack Oxler.

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I got a video of Doug playing with the guys.

After a few games, we decided to have lunch at TJ’s and then after lunched I played some more at someone’s house. They have a pickleball court in their backyard.

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It seems pickleball courts are the new swimming pools. Everyone I know seems to be building one these days. Anyway, that’s all for now. GNG.

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