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NoShear wrote: February 8th, 2024, 2:54 pm
With your post here, thought of the old Wilson white tennis balls in a laundry basket combo which my father had around the house, Dargo.
And this now prompted me to internet search the answer to: What year did tennis balls become yellow?

As I only had a vague recollection of it being sometime in the early to mid-'70s, the answer I found was 1972.
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The view out one of the front windows of my house taken 10 minutes ago, and the result of Pacific atmospheric rivers when they hit the higher elevations of northern Arizona, and why my tennis matches were once again cancelled today...WAAH!

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Dargo wrote: February 8th, 2024, 6:26 pm The view out one of the front windows of my house taken 10 minutes ago, and the result of Pacific atmospheric rivers when they hit the higher elevations of northern Arizona, and why my tennis matches were once again cancelled today...WAAH!

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Nice photo. My wife started playing tennis about 2 years ago. Thursday night is her weekly practice \ game sessions, and she is hoping the courts are dry, so they don't have to cancel.

Hey, don't you have access to any indoor courts? E.g. where do you play during those hot summer days?
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The weather guy on KTVU in Oakland, CA. mentioned snow in Sedona this morning.
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jamesjazzguitar wrote: February 8th, 2024, 8:19 pm
Nice photo. My wife started playing tennis about 2 years ago. Thursday night is her weekly practice \ game sessions, and she is hoping the courts are dry, so they don't have to cancel.

Hey, don't you have access to any indoor courts? E.g. where do you play during those hot summer days?
Thanks. Yeah, not a bad view around these here parts, isn't it! ;)

And, nice to hear someone is taking up tennis now days, as it sometimes seems the sport is dwindling in numbers as Pickleball is gaining so many new players, and besides the idea that I don't seem to see that many young people taking up tennis much anymore nor as much as they used to. The courts at the newby Cottonwood Rec Center, which is about half an hour's drive from my home here, is where I've primarily played for about a dozen years now, but a few years ago the rec center changed two of the four courts there into Pickleball configuations and considering how fast that sport has taken off recently.

And re the indoor courts, there's aren't any in the Verde Valley at all. I'd guess this might be because of the very temperate climate around here. Remember here, we're usually anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees cooler than they are down in the Phoenix area.

How we manage the variations in temps during the year is that during the late-spring, summer and early-fall months we begin playing at 8am and play until about 10:30am. By the time we're done it's usually hitting the high-80s or low-90s. And then and as the weather begins to cool throughout the year, by mid-winter we're starting at 1pm and when the usual temps tend to be in the low to mid-50s.
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Dargo wrote: February 8th, 2024, 6:26 pm The view out one of the front windows of my house taken 10 minutes ago, and the result of Pacific atmospheric rivers when they hit the higher elevations of northern Arizona, and why my tennis matches were once again cancelled today...WAAH!

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The proverbial breathtaking view without the need of faux desert landscaping: Must be heaven in your design's eye, Dargo!
May I suggest this stand-in for the neighbor's white car, though:

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NoShear wrote: February 8th, 2024, 9:55 pm
The proverbial breathtaking view without the need of faux desert landscaping: Must be heaven in your design's eye, Dargo!
May I suggest this stand-in for the neighbor's white car, though:

Images://cdn.elferspot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/1973-porsche-911s-sunroof-coupe-9-1024x683.jpeg[/img]
Yeah, the would be nice. Cool car.

Actually though, there is a guy who lives right down the road who's a big Porschephile. One of his cars is a classic old 911 similar to that one, but his is blue.

All this now reminds me of the yellow 911 that Redford drove in 'Downhill Racer' here...

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(...bet you remember this too, don't ya NS) ;)
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Dargo wrote: February 8th, 2024, 10:10 pm
NoShear wrote: February 8th, 2024, 9:55 pm
The proverbial breathtaking view without the need of faux desert landscaping: Must be heaven in your design's eye, Dargo!
May I suggest this stand-in for the neighbor's white car, though:

Images://cdn.elferspot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/1973-porsche-911s-sunroof-coupe-9-1024x683.jpeg[/img]
Yeah, the would be nice. Cool car.

Actually though, there is a guy who lives right down the road who's a big Porschephile. One of his cars is a classic old 911 similar to that one, but his is blue.

All this now reminds me of the yellow 911 that Redford drove in 'Downhill Racer' here...

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(...bet you remember this too, don't ya NS) ;)
Oh, yeah, Dargo: I actually considered sending it to you for a combo of film and the ski rack before going with the white one...

"To win is everything; to place is nothing.": Your on-court motto?
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NoShear wrote: February 8th, 2024, 10:29 pm
"To win is everything; to place is nothing.": Your on-court motto?
Nah, not really, NS. Ya see, I'm not one of those "win at all costs" kind'a guys. Never have been, in fact. I've always been more the kind'a guy who's prized playing a well-played match by all involved, than I have the idea of who wins and who loses. Although, it does always feel better to win a well-played-by-all set and/or match, of course.

Now, over the years I have played with people like that. I've noticed they're prone to resort to making questionable line calls and always in their favor.

(...and when they do that, I lose respect for them...both as a player and as a person)
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Winning at all costs reminds me of Tonya Harding.
On Sunday, someone will not win the Superbowl.
Companies will pay 7 million bucks for a 30 second spot.
Going to the game costs something like $6500 as a starting price.
For the record, I have no clue who Usher is but have seen Reba in concert.
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jimimac71 wrote: February 9th, 2024, 11:52 am Winning at all costs reminds me of Tonya Harding.
On Sunday, someone will not win the Superbowl.
Companies will pay 7 million bucks for a 30 second spot.
Going to the game costs something like $6500 as a starting price.
For the record, I have no clue who Usher is but have seen Reba in concert.
I attended Super Bowl I and it cost me $20. True.

My watering hole of choice got group tickets.

The seats were in the end zone. When an offense was playing near my end zone they were pretty close. The other end zone was at the turnstile end (of the Los Angeles Colosseum) where there were no seats.
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laffite wrote: February 9th, 2024, 4:40 pm
jimimac71 wrote: February 9th, 2024, 11:52 am Winning at all costs reminds me of Tonya Harding.
On Sunday, someone will not win the Superbowl.
Companies will pay 7 million bucks for a 30 second spot.
Going to the game costs something like $6500 as a starting price.
For the record, I have no clue who Usher is but have seen Reba in concert.
I attended Super Bowl I and it cost me $20. True.

My watering hole of choice got group tickets.

The seats were in the end zone. When an offense was playing near my end zone they were pretty close. The other end zone was at the turnstile end (of the Los Angeles Colosseum) where there were no seats.
So if someone made a terrible throw, you may have caught a "fowl ball." That makes you at least 21+57, right? :smiley_cheers:
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In two months, I will be 21+59.
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Wait ... How does this thing work?
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laffite wrote: February 9th, 2024, 4:40 pm
The seats were in the end zone. When an offense was playing near my end zone they were pretty close. The other end zone was at the turnstile end (of the Los Angeles Colosseum) where there were no seats.
If you're referring to the east end of the L.A. Coliseum here laffite, the one where the column for the Olympic flame is located, that is known as the "peristyle" end of the stadium, not the "turnstile" end.

The following is a shot of the L.A. Coliseum during Super Bowl I...

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(...must have been pretty cool to have attended the inaugural game...I remember watching it on TV at my childhood home at the time and which was located about twelve miles and almost due south from the event)
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