STATUS QUOtes — 20230112

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Everyone has to feel like they matter.” — Elizabeth Strout

“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.” — Lois McMaster Bujold

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” — John Boynton Priestley

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” — Truman Capote

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20230110

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“The receding wave does not despair; it knows it will rise again.” — Marty Rubin

“It is the historian’s function not to make us clever for the next time, but to make us wise forever.” — Jakob Burkhardt 

“When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.” — Thomas Carlyle

“I married for love but the obvious side benefit of having someone around to find my glasses cannot be ignored.” — Cameron Esposito

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20230108

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Someplace between apathy and anarchy is the stance of the thinking human being; he does embrace a cause, he does take a position, and can’t allow it to become business as usual. Humanity is our business.” — Rod Serling

“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” — St. Jerome

“An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault.” — William Castle

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20230106

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.” — Latin Proverb

“After watching birds year after year returning to their nesting grounds…’Frankie why do you love those birds so much?’ Luis would ask him each year when they returned. And Frankie would always say the same thing: ‘Because I can count on them.'” — Kathryn Fitzmaurice

“I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.” — Dr. Seuss

“I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.” — Mark Twain

 

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Zagreb – Capital City of Croatia

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and like most capital cities, it serves as the center for the arts, cuisines, administrative offices, etc. While it has some of the modern touches, it is the historic “old soul” of the city that draws most visitors.



Map Source:https://www.getamap.net/maps/croatia/ modified by JBRish.com

Zagreb was one of the numerous cities that had 3-D replicas of the “main district” which enabled guides to provide a brief orientation for the tourists.



Replica of Zagreb’s Upper Town and Lower Town

Our first stop in the capital was in the area known as Upper Town where many of the old buildings and landmarks can be found. At Kaptol Square, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary rises above the surrounding buildings and streets.

Through the years, wars, earthquakes and other events destroyed parts of the Cathedral and there have been many periods of reconstruction which is ongoing.



Note the scaffolding around certain areas

A medieval turret adjacent to the Cathedral provides one more example of the historic architectural styles.



Along the same wall as the tower, is an old clock showing the time it stopped as a result of the magnitude of 6.3 earthquake on the morning of November 09, 1880 – 7 hours 3 minutes and 3 seconds.





Just west of the Cathedral is Herman Bolle’s fountain (Monument of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) which is the pedestal for a golden statue of the Blessed Virgin.



The artwork is quite remarkable. The column is surrounded by statues of angels. The ornate water taps designed as decorative masks further enhance the beauty and character of this monument.



Visitors can take a bit of a zigzag walk just a few short streets southwest of the Cathedral to find the well-known Dolac Market affectionately nicknamed “The Stomach of Zagreb.” It is an expansive farmers’ market characterized by large red umbrellas sheltering the stands.



Fresh produce of all types and varieties is easy to find at the market.



Garlic bulbs piled high

Established merchants also provide cheese, fish, baked goods, etc. in a building located in the market area. We stopped at the Gligora Cheese and Deli shop for several samples .



At the west edge of the market where the square begins to intersect with the city streets, a bronze statue pays homage to the market workers and farmers.



Read more about the Dolac Market HERE

As the country’s capital, there are numerous churches each with unique and often very ornate designs as evidenced by the green and gold tower of Saint Mary at Dolac built in the 14th century and remodeled periodically.



Perhaps the most colorful example of religious architecture in Zagreb is St. Mark`s Church located at St. Mark’s Square. It is one of the oldest buildings constructed in the 13th century. Quite noticeable are the colorful roof tiles representing the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on the left and the emblem of Zagreb on the right.



It is interesting to experience the characteristics of other cultures. Wending our way through the city streets of Zagreb, we heard a “happy” commotion. Graduating students were marching through the streets dressed in colorful shirts while blowing whistles to celebrate this rite of passage.



The Zagreb Funicular dating back to the 1890s is the oldest and shortest public transportation in the world.

*”Its primary purpose is linking Lower Town (Donji grad) and Upper Town (Gornji grad). The ride takes about a minute and it departs every 10 minutes from 6:30 AM till 10 PM. It costs only 4 HRK each way.” [less than $1. as of this writing.]





Another of the destinations on our visit to Zagreb was the tour of iconic Trakošćan Castle located in Zagorje. The hillside setting gives the castle a storybook aura.







Local citizens work to cultivate interest in the castle and its history. By special arrangement, they display period apparel and provide insights into life at the castle with anecdotes and stories.



There are beautiful examples of craftsmanship throughout the interior and windows that allow for remarkable views.



Astute visitors may window-peep and notice the picturesque Woodland St. Cross Chapel in Trakošćan park.



 


Drone footage of Trakošćan Castle

In Zagreb proper,Tkalciceva street** is an intersection of history, cafes, boutiques and restaurants. It is also noted for spirited night life according to reviews. If you are in the area, look at the unique sundial built into the side of the building at number 25.

“The sundial in the shape of a pentagon was incorporated into the facade of the building, roofing and windows. What followed was an hour scale painted in array of rainbow colors on the fresh plaster, in fresco technique. In subsequent minor revisions, binder in fresco colors were fresh cottage cheese and lime, mixed with a spatula. Symbols of months are placed along the curve of characteristic shadows in two vertical rows. Drawing on the sundial was carved with scraper. Some lines were painted black with casein paint, and some remained white. The Sun was formed by compressing the copper and eventually patinated. In the center of the Sun, copper gnomon is anchored to the ring. The sundial was completed on November 3, 1955.”


See a closeup of the sundial HERE

I enjoy visiting gardens when we travel so I was excited to find the Zagreb Botanical Garden near our hotel. The garden is part of the University’s “Faculty of Science” and some sections seem to serve as research projects.

This gazebo was very nicely set off against the trees and surrounding foliage.



The Exhibition Pavilion had old-fashioned beauty and elegance.



Next stop Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital and largest city!

 

 

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zagreb_Funicular/

** Tkalčićeva: the most vibrant street in Zagreb

*** Read more about Zagreb, Croatia HERE

 

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See Previous Posts in this series:


Dubrovnik, Croatia – Pearl of the Adriatic

Old Town Dubrovnik – Above it all

Old Town Dubrovnik – The Low Down

Dubrovnik from the Adriatic and Mt. Srd

Montenegro & The Walled City of Kotor

Mostar – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Coastal City of Split, Croatia

 

 

STATUS QUOtes — 20230104

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Done and over with … weeding is a must, it’s necessary!” — Abha Maryada Banerjee

“You are not supposed to feel happy all of the time. Trying to feel happy all of the time is not the solution; it’s the problem.” — Brianna Wiest

“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.” — Cal Newport

“A dangerous driver is one who overtakes you despite all your efforts to prevent him from doing so.” — Woody Allen

 

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“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”
— Marlene Dietrich —

 
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Pickleball News – 20220801– Archived Version

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – November 2, 20222


Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter
OLD NEWS


 

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

 

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – November 2, 20222

Hello N. Phoenix Pickleball Players and Friends:


*****Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships *****



One of the major national pickleball tournaments is coming to a court or screen near you!

The Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships will feature Live @ Nationals with expansive coverage on ESPN+, For The Fans, Roku, Selkirk TV and YouTube, and over 80 total hours of live action from 3 courts. The program will provide coverage from November 8 – 13 (originally they had the 5th as the start date which apparently was an error!- see their graphic above!!) on the respective platforms and accessible from the official event website.





********** Celbrities are buying Pickleball Teams **********

Read the story about LeBron James HERE

and Tom Brady HERE



Reset the Point to
********** Get out of a Jam **********

 

USA Pickleball
********** Rule Changes **********

DID YOU KNOW that the USA Pickleball website maintains a list of proposed rule changes and those that have been passed and those that failed to be accepted?

One rule change (ID #521) that seems likely to go into effect in 2023 is the “Clothing as a distraction” rule. For years I argued that in tournament play, players should not be able to wear clothing that is the same (or very similar) color to that of the ball being used. There are times, depending upon the server’s motion, that a ball matching a garment color would be difficult to pick up immediately upon serve.

If you want to see the proposed rules, the USAP Board Voting Status and the USAP Rules Committee Voting Status click THIS LINK: [ See Hints Below ]

HINTS:

1 – There are multiple pages of proposed changes. Look at the upper, right-hand side above the headings and you will see numbers 1 through 6. Click on 6 to see most of the current rules that have passed.

2 – Reading the “View Details” notes often clarifies the reasons for and the anticipated results of the rule change.

To read about the rule change process or suggest one of your own, visit THIS WEB PAGE!



For Advanced Players
********** Around the Post Shots & Strategies **********

1 – ATPs – Around The Post shots – A pickleball shot can go around the side of the net without going directly over the net and still be a valid shot!
2 – Court Coverage




NOTE – There are many courts where there is not enough room around the courts to attempt ATPs so be very careful and AVOID RUNNING ONTO ADJACENT COURTS WHEN PLAY IS IN SESSION!


Doubles Strategy
********** Getting to the Net **********

While the video below is a demonstration of “higher level play,” there are good, basic strategies discussed by Jordan Briones throughout (don’t rush the net willy-nilly, court coverage, when to move back as a defensive strategy, and more).

********** Pickleball Problems Podcast **********


For those who cannot get enough pickleball or who want something of interest to listen to in the car while driving, you may want to drop by Mark Renneson’s Pickleball Problems website to check out his podcasts.

 


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

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!

Regards,

Jeff Ross
N. Phoenix Pickleball Enthusiast

STATUS QUOtes — 20230102

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“Stolen pleasures are always more thrilling than those come by honestly.” — Ann Leary

“Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict.” — Donzella Michele Malone

“I enjoy using the comedy technique of self-deprecation – but I’m not very good at it.” — Arnold Brown

 

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“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”
— Marlene Dietrich —

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20221222

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Sometimes taking time is actually a shortcut.” — Haruki Murakami

“Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.” — Mary Sarton

“The cheap, no matter how charming, how immediate, does not wear so well. It has a way of telling its whole story the first time through.” — William Littler

“Thank goodness we’re living in a country where the sky’s the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to the Internet.[ed]” — Joan Rivers

 

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— Marlene Dietrich —

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20221220

“Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes.
Platitudes are there because they are true.”

— Margaret Thatcher —

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Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Leave well – even ‘pretty well’ – alone that is what I learn as I get old.” — Edward Fitzgerald

“I think that’s one of the biggest signs a person has matured—knowing how to appreciate things that matter to others, even if they don’t matter very much to you.” — Colleen Hoover

“Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we‘d give blood.” — Charles Dickens

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” — Michael Pollan

 

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— Marlene Dietrich —

 
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