Played tennis this morning! First time back on the court since all this. Felt normal! I’ve written quite a bit about tennis – for example, in The Tutor and A Perfect Crime – and in Chet and Bernie, too. Here’s the tennis lesson from Thereby Hangs A Tail:

The tall blond guy took a ball from the bucket and hit it to Ganz. Ganz wore white shorts, had skinny legs like sticks. He swung his racquet and hit the ball back. The tall guy let it go by, took out another ball. “Brush up, Shermie, brush up. Spin on the ball, always spin on the ball.” He hit the ball over the net. Ganz swung, this time missing the ball completely. “Brush up but through, up but through, up but through,” said the tall guy, sending over another ball. Brush? I knew brushes, saw none around. Maybe tennis was tougher than it looked, but I didn’t worry about that because a ball came bouncing over in our direction – we were now beside the court – and I snatched it out of the air, and who wouldn’t have, the ball being right there practically saying, “Catch me.” And then – this part was a bit harder to understand – I was on the court, racing toward the net. Up and over: not much of a challenge, tennis nets turning out not to be very high, but still it felt so great, being airborne and all, that I kind of twisted around still up there, if you see what I mean, and landed facing back at the net, and the next thing I knew I was jumping over it again, from the other direction, and, yes! doing the spin move once more, and when I landed this time, somehow with two balls in my mouth now – how had that happened? – I –



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9 Responses to “Tennis!”

  1. B. Stover
    1:15 pm on May 29th, 2020

    LOL! My favorite C&B novel.

    Good afternoon all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    2:37 pm on May 29th, 2020


    I love Chet’s joie de vivir!

    Good Friday afternoon to all!

  3. Hobbit
    4:37 pm on May 29th, 2020

    There is actually an outdoor tennis court in a nearby park. Seldom used but lately I’ve seen a foursome playing pickleball. Hss OFA played and if so, how does it compare to the real game of tennis?

    Hot, hot, hot today. 63 and it might reach 70! I have a hose sprinkler doing its job outside I have fans going inside but why do I have the oven on baking meatloaf? (Sadie gets a separate small one without onions and seasonings).

    Rio: I tried staying up until darkness hit but I was involved in a book and the next thing I knew, it was 2:00 am and dark. However, I can say that at 3:20 am it started getting light. Three more weeks of gaining daylight.

    Wose: do you think movie theaters will ever open? I miss the big screen.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:35 pm on May 29th, 2020

    Hobbit: There is some talk that movie theatres may open in August. Some of the big chains like AMC and Regal, may be forced into bankruptcy if they can not open at that time. Grizz and I miss going to the movies. We really miss the series that Turner Classic Movies does. This April TCM was scheduled to show “Gladiator” and “Apollo 13.” :^(

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on May 29th, 2020

    Tennis!…My friend says she used to play tennis a lot when she was much younger. But never got exceptionally good at it as I’m sure our fave author is. He’s had years and years of experience…snort!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on May 29th, 2020

    Hobbit!…If it stayed light here all night maybe my friend would get more yard work done….sniff!…Then again, maybe not. Maybe her and I would sit in the patio and have a refreshing beer at midnight…heh!heh!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on May 29th, 2020

    Rose!…Remember the first Rabbit my friend crocheted and you posted the photo?? Well her little great nephews birthday is this weekend so she made a hat and a bow tie for that rabbit…snort!…He looks much better. She wanted to put a flower on his hat, but decided lil nephew probably would not really want that extra thing…heh!heh!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on May 29th, 2020

    Kat!…Now she has to doll-up the purple Kat to give to her great niece whose birthday is just a week away….yeeep! …Her order of eyes and noses has still not been delivered so she will have to make kitty-kat eyes and some other stuff…gah!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    12:07 am on May 30th, 2020

    Boring!…I know, I am boring. Nobody wants to hear about this or that going on around here which is not much…sniff!sigh…

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