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Post Pickleball Cookout at Nahola

Posted on June 8, 2020 by under Events, Hobbies.    

Since Nahola has reopened, we’ve resumed our Friday night play. Here are some pictures of the Friday night crew in action.

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It was Greta’s first night rejoining our group so we had a cookout in her honor. Also, Robert who has been filling in became a permanent part of the Friday night crew so this was the first night that we were full string with no subs.

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Brian joined us that night and was our grillmaster.

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People didn’t get the memo about just bringing their own meat and brought meat for everyone to share. We had way too much food.

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Here are some pictures of our group, hanging out on the patio, enjoying our food, wonderful company, and the cool night air.

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This group is so fun. I’m so glad that I’m part of it.

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The funny thing is, I almost wasn’t part of it because, when Debbie started the group late last year and asked me to be part of it, I could not commit because I had just begged David New to open up Friday nights at FLC to lower levels. Originally he had it for 4.0+ and then, after several others including myself convinced him that 3.5 players needed a place to play on Friday night, he opened it up. I wanted to make sure that the attendance was up so I told Debbie I couldn’t join them at Nahola as I would be playing at FLC instead.

Besides contributing to the attendance, FLC had other advantages too. For one, it was cheaper ($3 vs. $10). It was also only a couple of minutes from my office and closer to the house. It was the perfect place for me to play, at the time. Anyway, Debbie kept me on her sub list and would contact me in case a spot was open.

I stayed pretty committed to FLC in the beginning but as the attendance got stronger I felt that my absence wouldn’t be felt so one momentous Friday I finally agreed to fill in at Nahola on Friday night. It was one of those weird nights. I lost every single game I played but I had the most fun ever. I remember calling Brian on the way home and telling him how amazing it was and I hope to get invited again because it was so much fun. I didn’t win a single game but the challenge was stimulating and I enjoyed every minute of it. I asked Debbie to please let me know any time there was a vacancy because I couldn’t wait to play with them again.

I think I didn’t play at FLC again after that because it seemed like someone else was always missing. Then when some people fell out of the group for one reason or another, I ended up becoming permanent.

It cost more to play with the group (we each pay $10 for the court reservation) but the court surface is better — real outdoor court surface vs. wood gym floors at FLC. Also, there’s less waiting in between games. We always have ten people on the roster. Between the two courts, you don’t really have to wait very long for the next game. And, winners always stay so if you’re winning, you rarely have to wait. Winners stay and split is my favorite format. And, Debbie runs a really tight ship. She has a very specific sub list (everyone on her sub list is really good — I was amazed I made the cut) and ensures there’s five women and five men each week.

I’ve actually said to the group many times, “You guys must really like me because you let me play with you even though I suck.” I’ve won some games since that first night but in the beginning I lost more times than I won. It didn’t bother me though because I felt myself growing and getting better each week. This group was actually part of the reason I decided to start lessons. Most people aren’t like me — I can have fun even when I’m losing. For most, they don’t have a good time unless they’re winning so I didn’t want to be that person that nobody wants to play with because you always end up losing when you get paired up with them (because they just suck so bad). I wanted to get better so I would be more fun to play with.

I always joke that I make up for my lack of pickleball skill with cute outfits but cute outfits can only get you so far. If you really suck, no one will want to play with you. So at the beginning of the year, I focused on improving and started weekly lessons with Chris Heck. It’s actually making a difference. I can tell people enjoy playing with me because I am getting invited to play with people I normally wouldn’t play with and, when I ask people to play, they actually consider it instead of laughing me off. Also, I noticed that I can get some shots past the guys sometimes and that feels really good when it happens. And also, I noticed that I can actually keep up with the players who used to have to “baby sit” me when I first started playing.

Anyway, the lessons are paying off. I still need to work on a lot of things and build confidence but I am so much more comfortable now than I was last fall. And, my third-shot drops have gotten better. Everyone I play with on Friday nights is so good, it’s really helped me out a lot. My favorite day of the week will change from time to time (there was a time I absolutely loved Sundays because of all the calories I would burn between teaching multiple workout classes and playing tons of pickleball) but, I have to say, right now, Fridays are the best.

I specially like it now that we are hanging out after playing. The previous weekend, my friend Steve got to fill in because Kimberly and Eric were in Kansas City for the weekend and Brian brought pizza and wings from Ziggy’s for us to enjoy after we finished playing. The weather was perfect that night too.

Friday night pickleball is definitely something I look forward to each week. I guess that’s all I’ve got time to share for now because it’s bed time. Until next time. GNG.

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Jenni and Adam’s Wedding

Posted on March 18, 2020 by under Events, Family.    

I’ve been a little bit scatterbrained lately because I am utterly consumed by my pickleball obsession. Anyway, we forgot to put Jenni’s wedding on the calendar and I thought it was on a Saturday — like most normal weddings. I found out two days before that it was on a Friday, which happened to be my favorite pickleball night because I get to play for four hours non stop at Nahola. I usually try to get there shortly after 5 PM for the competitive open play from 5 to 7 PM and then I stay for the private group that my friend Debbie sets up from 7 to 9 PM.

Needless to say, I was not too happy about missing Friday night pickleball. However, it’s not everyday that your sister gets married so Brian and I opted to attend the wedding. I’m really glad we did because it was a beautiful wedding and I would have regretted missing it. Here are some pics…

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Oh, I did get my pickleball fix in on Thursday night thanks to my friend Mark. I whined on Facebook as soon as I found out I wouldn’t be able to play on Friday night because of the wedding and Mark booked a court on Thursday night. We got to play for a couple of hours at Chicken N Pickle.

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I love when things fall into place and I get to do everything without having to give anything up. Like the nights I can teach Zumba or Aqua Zumba and also play pickleball. This time, not only did I get to teach my Aqua Zumba class and then play pickleball after but I didn’t have to skip Jenni’s wedding the next day.

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One of the best things about weddings is seeing friends you haven’t seen in forever. After that, we met up with Jay, Becca, Mama Dill, Tina and Justin at the Port. Jay, Becca, and Mama Dill were at the wedding with us but weren’t quite ready for the party to be over I guess. So we went to karaoke night. Everyone had fun except for Brian. He hates karaoke. LOL. Until next time. GNG.

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Rotary Social at Dave & Buster’s

Posted on March 7, 2020 by under Events.    

Finally got around to checking out the Dave & Buster’s thanks to my Rotary club. The Andover Rotary Club decided to hold our final Thursday club social there last month. I have been wanting to check it out but, because of my crazy, jam-packed schedule, we have never had the time to do it. I’m not sure we would ever have another opportunity so, even though I teach Aqua Zumba on Thursday evenings, I told them I would just join them after class.

Brian was a trooper. He went about an hour ahead of me and ordered my food so it would be ready by the time I got there. I felt really bad because, when I finally arrived, everyone had moved on to playing games and Brian was sitting alone at the table. I quickly scarfed up my food — I was starving as I usually always am, specially after teaching a class — so we could also move on to playing games.

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Norm got this pic of us while we were playing. In classing Brian fashion, his RBF makes him look grumpy even when he’s having fun. Trust me. He was having fun. He loves arcade games.

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I, on the other hand, absolutely suck at them. However, I have fun doing everything — even the things I suck at. Also, I usually always look like I’m having fun even when I’m really not. Heck, I made my thyroidectomy look like a party. LOL. That’s just the way I am.

Anyway, that night reminded me of the time we spent the weekend in Kansas City thirteen years ago. It wasn’t our first time there because I found some older Dave & Buster’s pics on Flickr but it was one of the times I blogged about it. During the 2007-2011 span, we went a few times before we finally grew tired of it. It was kind of a fun thing to do within driving distance.

I think part of the reason it started to lose its appeal for us is that the Wichita landscape began to change about ten years ago. We started to get more fun things to do in Wichita so you really didn’t have to drive to Kansas City as much anymore. Also, there were other fun things to do like Top Golf. And we were started taking bigger trips so we didn’t do as many weekend road trips anymore.

Speaking of the Wichita landscape changing, besides finally getting a Dave & Buster’s here, we also have a Chicken N Pickle, which I think is even cooler. I spend a lot of time there because I’m completely addicted to pickleball. The next big thing Wichita is about to get is Top Golf. That is another fun place/activity that Brian and I have driven out of town to do. We even did an up and back for our wedding anniversary one year. I’m so excited that the one in Wichita will be less than ten minutes away from our house! Of course, the tricky part will be finding time to check it out when it finally does open.

Speaking of finding time — yes, I am blogging this at 4 AM. I just don’t have as much time to devote to blogging anymore but I know how important it is to keep grandma updated. Until next time. GNG.

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Another Weekend, Another Pickleball Tournament

Posted on March 4, 2020 by under Events, Hobbies.    

Kimberly and I had the opportunity to play in one of the the “Light Up Edgemoor” Tournaments in February. They’re happening almost every weekend these days. We didn’t do so hot but we had the most awesome “Jail Sucks” shirts that her friend who owns Big Fish Bail Bonds provided for us to wear.

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Here’s a picture of all the amazing women who played in the tournament (minus one team, not sure where they were at the time of our group pic).

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Do you like all the matching outfits? I love it!

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Here’s me and my friend Kimberly showing off the front and back of our awesome “Jail Sucks” shirts from Big Fish Bail Bonds.

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With my friends Patti and Karen.

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With Krystal, Huyen, and Tommy.

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Krystal and Huyen played amazing and won the tournament.

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Winning is definitely more fun but I was grateful to be able to play with this group and grateful to my partner for inviting me to play with her. And, I was happy to support a worthy cause. I can’t wait until we can get some lights over the Edgemoor Park pickleball courts. Anyway, we will get them next time!

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Aaron’s Farewell Party

Posted on February 23, 2020 by under Events, Hobbies.    

We had a farewell party for Aaron Trost a couple of weeks ago. It was a little premature. LOL. At the time we thought he only had a couple of weeks left in Wichita. In reality, he actually had another month.

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Aaron is the super amazing, super fun pickleball pro at Chicken N Pickle. Everyone loves Aaron. Anyway, we found out that his time in Wichita is limited because he’ll be moving to San Antonio to run the pickleball program at the CNP there. So we all decided to throw him a going away party.

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We wanted to surprise him, though it didn’t turn out to be much of a surprise. It’s kind of hard to keep a pickleball event a secret from the guy who runs pickleball.

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Aaron usually wears his ref uniform whenever there’s a tournament or round robin at CNP so for the farewell part, Debbie wore her ref costume in Aaron’s honor.

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Debbie and I took the opportunity to get a few pics with him.

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The event had a great turnout. Also that same weekend, everyone’s favorite pickleball ref Ron Ponder happened to be in town as well so I got a few pics with him too. It’s always fun when we have visitors.

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Next is a pic of me and Vee who’s another open play fixture.

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Finally, below is a pic of me and my friend Kimberly in our matching CNP holiday sweatshirts that we got from playing the holiday round robin tournament.

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I’m so glad we were able to have this event. I hoping we can have another get together just like it before Aaron leaves. He’s made such a huge difference in our pickleball community and will be sorely missed. May just have to visit him in San Antonio one of these days. Best of luck in the future, Aaron! We will miss you!

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