Pickleball: Serving Team – How to Get to the Net

After playing pickleball for just a short while, an attentive player will learn that it is better to control the net, i.e. be at the net ready to volley a ball that is hit rather than staying back and volleying from the baseline.

The question then arises: When is the best time for the serving team to head toward the net? It isn’t necessarily wise to run to the net as soon as possible.

Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports, has created a video to demonstrate how to “earn” the net.

You can also see Deb Harrison’s take on this situation by watching this previous JBRish post:

Pickleball: Earn the Net

STATUS QUOtes — 20151231

Welcoming the New Year! for All JBRish Readers with a wish for
a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling 2016

“Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy. The neglected brings regret.” — Max Lucado

“The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.” — Dave Weinbaum

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” — Henry David Thoreau

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” — Bill Vaughan


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STATUS QUOtes — 20151230

“Pardoning the bad is injuring the good.” — Benjamin Franklin

“There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.” — Mandy Hale

“In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.” — Frantz Fanon

“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, but I trust a dog who doesn’t like a person.” — Bill Murray


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PL8ATUDES – December 29, 2015


We continue our series of personalized (vanity) license plates in Arizona. To maintain individual privacy, we try to show as little information about particular cars as possible as long as we can reveal the license plate.

NOTE – License plate photos may have been archived for quite some time. The years indicated on the registration stickers DO NOT necessarily reflect the current status of any given plate!

We hope you enjoy these PL8ATUDES!


He sometimes seemed Like a


he was just a BIG

Teddy Bear

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STATUS QUOtes — 20151229

“Envy no one. Whatever it is, a price was paid.” — Unknown

“If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.” — Jeromy Shingongo

“You are the extraordinary result of all the wishes of your ancestors. You are made of dreams.” — Tina Dietz

“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” — Bilbo Baggins, ( J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring )


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Pickleball: Run Do Not Walk to the NVZ (Video)

Every once in a while I find myself playing Pickleball (PB) with a player who does not feel comfortable playing at the net, i.e. near the non-volley zone (NVZ) line. Often these players are beginners so that can be understandable. When questioned, they report that they are not “good enough” or they can’t handle the fast balls.

Unfortunately, the best chances for winning the point are at the NVZ. Watch the expert matches, all four players will be at the NVZ as much as possible. Yes, a point can be one every now and then from the back of the court, but not consistently.

If a PB player wants to improve, they need to gain confidence at the Kitchen and what better way than by playing there? The brief video emphasizes this point.

>Mark Renneson breaks down the movement patterns of the best pickleball players after returning a serve.

STATUS QUOtes — 20151228

“Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.” — Edward R. Murrow

“Those who leave never come back; even if they return.” — Unknown

“A baby is a blank cheque made payable to the human race.” — Barbara Christine Seifert

“If I could believe in myself, why not give other improbabilities the benefit of the doubt?” — David Sedaris, Holidays on Ice


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There’s cold and There’s COLD!

It is hard to believe that anyone who has browsed the Internet over the last three days has not seen this picture, shown below courtesy of a screen shot from the website of Michael Davies.

Apparently they tried an experiment of taking a number of thermoses filled with hot tea and tossing them in the air in an area near the Arctic Circle where temperatures are thirty degrees below zero; now that is cold!

This is what happens to the hot tea when it is swirled in an arc at such cold temperatures.

Hot tea freezing in mid-air at 30 degrees below zero

You can read the rest of the story and more details on the Gizmodo page where I saw this picture for the umpteenth time… well maybe not quite that many times!

I hope you had a good holiday!

Be back soon with more quotes and interesting information.

Thanks to phtographer Michael Davis for providing the world with this beautiful and outstanding photograph:

See his portfolio here or his Flickr page here.