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World Pickleball Day 2020

Posted on October 10, 2020 by under Events, Hobbies, Things to Do.    

World Pickleball Day is an initiative that was conceived by the World Pickleball Federation for the purpose of introducing the sport to new players and spreading the love for pickleball on a global scale. October 10, 2020 is the first ever World Pickleball Day. I celebrated the day by spending my entire morning playing pickleball at Chicken N Pickle.

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We started the morning with our usual Queen of Courts. We have eight players on two courts play one game and then winners and losers play against each other the next game. Partners split each time, which gives everyone a chance to play with everyone else. We just repeat this over and over until we reach the end of our time. It’s super fun and always really competitive since winners and losers are always playing against each other.

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We made time for a few fun pics this morning. On this one, Brooke was pretending to feel left out because there were a couple of times that the four of us played together and she was the only one who was not playing with an Electrum paddle.

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Chicken N Pickle celebrated World Pickleball Day by hosting an “Addict + Newbie” tournament. It immediately followed the King and Queen of Courts (the guys have King of Courts the same time as the ladies’ QOC and they usually even have more players/courts; except for today when both groups only had two courts because the Sons of Pitches took over all of CNP’s indoor courts for their cornhole tournament).

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I managed to talk Brian into playing in the tournament as my designated “newbie” partner by bribing him with a beer and a burrito. The burrito is so good. I’m actually looking forward to having it again for brunch tomorrow.

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We didn’t do great on the tournament. In fact, we didn’t win a single match today, but that didn’t keep us from having fun. I really appreciated Brian playing with me this morning. I also love that World Pickleball Day falls during my birthday month so, if all else fails, I can play the “birthday card” to force him to play pickleball with me. I didn’t have to twist his arm too much today. I think he was actually pretty “into” it. He even picked out our matching shirts.

I love my forever newbie partner. Until World Pickleball Day 2021! GNG.

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Brunch and Bingo

Posted on October 3, 2020 by under Things to Do.    

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a Sunday, check out Brunch and Bingo at Chicken N Pickle. They’ve been doing it for a while but I didn’t get a chance to check it out until a couple of weeks ago. Now I’m hooked!

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The best part of Brunch and Bingo is that it’s absolutely free to play. You only pay for any food or drinks you enjoy while you’re there so it’s good, cheap fun. Also, bloody marys and mimosas are just $5 during brunch.

Here are some pics from the two times I’ve been.

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Two weeks ago Rick won an Engage Encore MX 6.0 paddle. It’s worth $150!

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I’ve gotten close several times and then finally on Sunday I got a bingo and won this awesome shirt. It’s actually my second black skyline shirt. I also have it in the gray and white colors because I love it so much.

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Several players from the Sunday morning open play stayed to play bingo this time. Here’s the huge stack of bingo cards they amassed at their table.

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Brenda and Rick are regulars. This is an every Sunday thing for them.

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Christian and his family also came to check things out.

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Anyway, if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, I highly recommend going to Chicken N Pickle for Brunch and Bingo. I’m filling in for someone in the Wichita Fall-Out tournament at Riverside Tennis Center (more on this later); otherwise, I’d be there tomorrow. I’ll be back next weekend, though.

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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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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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Coronado Heights Castle

Posted on August 26, 2020 by under Date Ideas, Things to Do.    

It’s amazing how you live in a place for so long and yet still find places that you’ve yet to explore. This was the case with Coronado Heights Castle. After a quarter of a century in Wichita, I still had never been to this gem a little over an hour away.

Brian and I made the drive the weekend before last. It’s an easy drive and the place isn’t hard to find. The views of the expansive plains were spectacular and I guess sunrise is not to be missed here. Although, that would require getting up way early (not so much a problem for me but I don’t think Brian would be up for it – literally and figuratively – LOL). Perhaps we can stay for sunset one day. Not quite the same but much more feasible for Brian.

Here are some pictures that we took on our adventure.

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The hiking is pretty good here and we saw several people doing that. There was even a guy who as running up and down the winding, hilly drive multiple times. Brian isn’t much of a hiker so we didn’t do any of that. We did walk around a bit. The place is really cool. They have these stone picnic areas with fireplaces all around the hill. Each one offered fabulous views.

Brian and I talked about going back with some friends in the fall. Our plan is to have a sunset picnic. We would bring a tablecloth for the stone picnic table, a nice cheese and charcuterie board, several bottles of wine, and some wood for the fireplace. Anyway, I can’t wait to go back.

I guess that’s all for now. Until next time. GNG.

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