STATUS QUOtes — 20190120

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“A pebble and a diamond are alike to a blind man.” — Native American Proverb

“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” — Washington Irving

“We must get beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths… and tell the world the glories of our journey.” — John Hope Franklin

“You can’t create fate ‘cause then its not fate, its voodoo.” — Ray Romano

 

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Merida, Spain – Ancient Roman Ruins

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Merida, Spain – Ancient Roman Ruins

Merida Spain is less than two hundred miles southwest of Madrid and only a 3.5 hour ride (+/-) from Lisbon and tours of both Portugal and/or Spain often stop at this UNESCO World Heritage site to gaze upon the well-preserved ruins and monuments dating back to a time prior to the Christian era..

What makes Merida special among most other cities on the Iberian peninsula is that it was once one of the ancient Roman Empire’s most important cities and as such is home to numerous Roman ruins. There are more Roman monuments in Merida than any other Spanish city.

Shortly after walking through the visitors center, the ruins become visible.

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As we walked closer to the ancient structures, there were visible signs of the modern city which envelops this unique part of history. (notice the rooftops and tower rising above the rim of the ancient walls in the background)


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As we walked to a central area, our guide pointed to a series of horizontal rocks strategically placed in the middle of the “road.” Notice that there are three large structures that elevate above the surface. These served the purpose of our modern day speed bumps. Ancient chariots would have to navigate these hindrances by keeping the wheels on each side of the middle impediment by slowing down.


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One of the two main attractions is the amphitheater. Visitor access is through the entry arch.


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This is a view of one side of the circular area which is not restored.


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Perhaps this a better view from a bit farther away. The Amphitheatre is only partially restored showing the contrast of how it probably looked during the Roman Empire and how it was discovered; a then and now comparison.


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As depicted in many Hollywood films, this structure was used for gladiatorial combat. One can imagine the combatants walking through the entrance tunnels knowing what was facing them at the other end.


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Of course with crowds shouting for the victory of their favorite gladiator, the throngs needed a place to take care of their biological needs. This was a latrine area.


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As we walked through the restoration project, we noted some of stones had a large “R” chiseled onto their face. The guide explained that the “R” signified that this was not an original stone, but a reproduction.


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There were many original stones that have survived the centuries.


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Leaving the gladiator ring, we headed to the theater which is still used today for seasonal productions.


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Amid the scaffolding, notice the statues between the columns. These are beautiful works of art that have survived through the ages.


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Let’s take a closer look at some of these sculptures.


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Some had names of their likeness (Tiberio Claudio Nero and Druso El Mayor)….


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and Cayo Julio Cesar Agusto


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Walking through these old and almost unfathomable ruins, one cannot help being taken aback by the history and craftsmanship represented by these stone structures.


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The areas immediately surrounding the ruins have been modernized with gardens, paths and water features. Rather than detract, they frame the Roman creations.


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The imporance of the UNESCO World Heritage site does note escape visitors as there are reminders throughout the town. This was a view from the front window of our bus. Notice the replica of a Roman column ruin at the center of the traffic circle.


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As with many magnificent finds such as this, there is often a yin and a yang. As the town plans for modern buildings, additional ruins are often uncovered. In many instances, construction must then stop and assessments made. This often delays, or in the worst case, cancels any renovations or building. As we can imagine, this is very frustrating to current residents of Merida wanting to upgrade their properties.


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On the way out of town, we passed another impressive sight, a portion of the Acueducto de los Milagros (Miraculous Aqueduct). Only a small portion of the aqueduct bridge stands today. Many of the granite blocks were taken to be used on other structures before the aqueduct was a protected legacy.


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Storks are fond of nesting atop tall structures and being an ancient, historical piece of history does not deter them. The White Stork is given protected status in Spain and many towns make sure they are cared for because they bring tourists.


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Of course after such an excursion, we needed to stop for lunch. This is the Parador de Merida.


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The ride through the countryside to our next stop, Seville, was charming and picturesque.


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Even the requisite rest stop provided intersting sights such as large pig legs and other meats offered for sale. One sign is for Paleta Ibérica Bellota, acorn-fed free range pigs. Interestingly enough hams from front and rear legs are differentiated: Paleta is ham from the front leg while Jamon would be from the rear leg. One famous producer is Fermin in Salamanca, Spain. (read more HERE)


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Next stop, Seville


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Read previous posts about our adventures traveling in Portugal and Spain:

Portugal – Alfama District, Lisbon Part 1

Portugal – Alfama District, Lisbon Part 2

Portugal – Lisbon Streets & Garden

Lisbon Portugal – The Belem and Tejo River District

Sintra Portugal – National Palace and Quaint Streets

Portugal – Seaside Resort of Cascais

Portugal – Lisbon’s Edward VII Park

Lisbon, Portugal – Walking the Avenue to the Rossio District

Lisbon, Portugal – Unique Gift Shop

Portugal – Evora’s Capela dos Ossos

Portugal – Historic Evora

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190119

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” — Libba Bray

“We were entering a world where things were done because they offered a better return, not a better world.” — Bill Bryson, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” — Thomas Fuller

“The repairman will never have seen a model quite like yours before.” — Murphy’s Law Corollary

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190118

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.” — Mitch Albom

“In the quiet hours when we are alone and there is nobody to tell us what fine fellows we are, we come sometimes upon a moment in which we wonder, not how much money we are earning, nor how famous we have become, but what good we are doing.” — A. A. Milne

“It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.” — Anne Tyler

“Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.” — Steven Wright

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190117

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“We often get in quicker by the back door than by the front.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“I think about how there are certain people who come into your life and leave a mark. The ones who are as much a part of you as your own soul. Their place in your heart is tender; a bruise of longing, a pulse of unfinished business. Just hearing their names pushes and pulls at you in a hundred ways, and when you try to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless. If you had a lifetime to talk, there would still be things left unsaid.” — Sara Zarr

“The public only takes up yesterday as a stick to beat today.” — Jean Cocteau

“It always bugs me when I’m singing along with a song on the radio, and the artist gets the words wrong!” — Charles Lauller

 

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Pickleball News – 2018127– Archived Version


December 27, 2018

 

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!

Hello Phoenix Area Players:

I hope everyone had a joyous holiday celebration and that you are looking forward to more of the same to begin the new year. I didn’t want our players to miss out on an opportunity so I am passing along this interesting information. I just received this information so if it is a bit late, I apologize!




********** 2019 World Team Pickleball Championships **********

You may remember that a while back I wrote about the World Team Championships coming to our general area. Well, it is happening. They are hosting three days of tournament play in Surprise, AZ at the Surprise Pickleball Courts, W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374.

According to the information I received, “NO TEAM IS EVER ELIMINATED! Teams will accumulate court wins, game wins, and total points to determine the overall winner!”

Here are the Details

Event & Divisions:

Mixed Team Event: 2 Men & 2 Women

Skill Levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0

*Players must all play at the level of the highest skilled player on the team.

Age Brackets: 18+, 50+, 60+, 70+

*Brackets may be combined to complete the division.

Tournament Ball: Dura Fast 40


TEAM FORMAT:

Each team will consist of 4 players (2 men and 2 women).

Each team may carry 2 more players for substitutions* each round of play.

6 players maximum for each team.

Day 1 = Mixed Doubles (2 courts of mixed doubles played at the same time/Round)

Day 2 = Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles (played at the same time/Round)

Day 3 = Mixed Doubles (2 courts of mixed doubles played at the same time/Round)

FORMAT OF PLAY:

Round Robin or Pool Play will be determined by the number of teams entered in your division.

Every team is guaranteed a minimum of 9 matches over the weekend!

*Player Substitutions: Each Round a Team Captain may substitute 1 player during a match.

For example: Kimi and Peter are playing Mixed Doubles against Orlie and Ashley. Kimi is not playing well or gets a cramp (yikes). Team Captain Carol can substitute Donna in for Kimi, but no other substitutions can be made for any of Carol’s players during that remainder of that Round.

WTP Championship Registration:

The 2019 World Team Pickleball Championships is scheduled for February 1-3, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona on the Surprise Pickleball Courts.

Registration Fee: $85.00 per player for all 3 days

No refunds after December 31, 2018

Every player will receive a WTP Swag Bag at registration!

Registration Process: All players will register on R2Sports.

Click the registration button at the top of this page.*** [ See link below! – Jeff]

Team Captains should register first, as the rest of the team will select the captain or team name to register under.

Registration closes January 25, 2019

Last date to cancel is December 31, 2018

QUESTIONS? Contact Kim Waddell at WorldTeamPickleball@gmail.com

Register at this link: https://www.worldteampickleball.com/register-wtp-events/2019/1/4/wtp-sectional-tournament-arizona-tbd

NOTE – I am still in need of a couple of previously owned, but still usable paddles for beginner classes at the community centers. Kindly keep that in mind as well! – Jeff

 

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This is related to the idea I mentioned in a previous newsletter, i.e. having a plan. When you return the ball, do you try to return it to a particular spot. Better players are able to hit a target spot whether it be the opponent’s forehand or down the middle.

The video below gives some good pointers, especially about the return of serve. This one tip may help you improve your game even if you need to make adjustments in the course of a game.

Improve Your Accuracy – Something Most Players Don’t Do<>/strong>

 

********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.
Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Winter Session Pickleball Lessons at PVCC **********

 

The next round of Introductory and Beginner Pickleball Lessons at Paradise Valley Community Center are now online and they are filling up fast. If you know someone who would like to learn about our sport, they can check out the offerings HERE.


********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
Join the USAPA – Click HERE for More Information

 

Join the USAPA

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********** That’s All for Now **********

 
Stay well and I hope to see you on the courts!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



STATUS QUOtes — 20190116

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“We’re always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it’s a little raw and nervy.” — E. L. Doctorow

“An amazing thing happens when you stop seeking approval and validation: You find it. People are naturally drawn like magnets to those who know who they are and cannot be shaken!” — Mandy Hale

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” — E.M. Forster

“The largest room in the world is the room for improvement.” — Unknown

 

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Today’s STATUS QUOte Picture Quote

I love that this morning's sunrise does not define itself by last night's sunset. - Steve Maraboli

“I love that this morning’s sunrise does not define itself by last night’s sunset.”
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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“If you realize you aren’t so wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you’re wiser today.” — Olin Miller

“Men at forty learn to close softly the doors to rooms they will not be coming back to.” — Donald Justice

“I got a fortune cookie that said, ‘To remember is to understand.’ I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a writer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.” — Anna Quindlen

“Often it’s just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams, assuming you don’t drown in the metaphor.” – Robert Brault

 

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Pickleball – Let’s Talk Etiquette

Line Calls

Over the last several weeks at our community center’s recreational pickleball program, I have heard some players make line calls by saying: “I think the ball was out!” We can probably all agree that on some courts the lines are difficult to read and calling balls correctly may be a bit tricky at times, but let’s examine the sentence above.

It seems to imply that there is some doubt as to whether the ball was “in” or “out!” In such an instance, we can look to the official rulebook to learn how to deal with this situation.

Here is what the rulebook states:

“6.D.3. The opponent gets the benefit of the doubt on line calls made. Any ball that cannot be called “out” will be considered “in.” A player cannot claim a “let” because the ball was not seen or there is uncertainty. A player may appeal to the referee to make the call if he or she did not clearly see the ball land. If the referee is unable to make the call, the ball is “in.” [ USAPA & IFP Official Tournament Rulebook (2018), p. 31 – Emphasis added by me]

The remedy to “thinking” the ball was out, in my opinion, lies in the first sentence, i.e. the benefit of the doubt goes to the opponent. Secondly, “Any ball that cannot be called ‘out’ will be considered ‘in’.” Careful reading of that sentence suggests that if the ball cannot definitively be called “out” it is considered to be “in.”

When playing recreational pickleball, we should always be in a position to give the opponents the benefit of the doubt. After all, isn’t that what sportsmanship is?

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Balls Coming on to the Court

At the community centers or churches where I play pickleball there is an attempt to share the fun of pickleball with as many people as possible. To accommodate a large number of pickleballers, these facilities generally squeeze in as many courts as feasible; within reason. There are times, of course, when balls come rolling or flying onto a court of play from a nearby game.

At that point someone yells “ball” or “pickle” and then play stops. The reason for this procedure is to avoid someone stepping on the ball and getting hurt by twisting an ankle or falling.

At the time the words “stop” or “pickle” are shouted, all play should stop and the point should be replayed from the beginning with the same server initiating the point as before. I often call the score and use the word “over” (2-2-1, over) to review that this is a replay of the previous point.

Naturally there will be times when the stoppage of play is called and you may be just short of making a great shot and your opportunity is removed because of the stoppage. This can be frustrating, but over the long haul those kinds of breaks seem to even out and the other team may likewise lose opportunities for a winner. [On a side note here – there really is no thing as a sure winner. If you have ever hit an easy ball into the net, you know what I mean!]

There will be times when the call for the stoppage of play will be close to a swing at the ball or during a swing. It would seem to me that if a player indicates that hearing the call caused them to react in such a way that they did not play the ball effectively because of it, I offer to play the point over. Once again, I offer the opponent the benefit of the doubt. Even if the ball is not on the court on which I am playing, if the shout affects play, let’s start the point again.

If the play is just over when the call is made, then the play stands because it “was over.” If we are going to offer each other the benefit of the doubt in the cases above, then we need to be as consistent and honest as we can be. Few people will want to play with someone they cannot trust to reciprocate in giving the benefit of the doubt.

I have tried my best to lay out my thoughts about the scenarios above. I think they make sense!

What are your thoughts?

UPDATE – 1/17/19 – Frank asks a good questions which leads to some more thoughts for consideration. Read the comments below and chime in if you so choose!

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