Since a very entertaining US Open is going on – and this particular hacker is sidelined by his first ever encounter with tennis elbow – how about the tennis lesson scene 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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13 Responses to “Tennis”

  1. B. Stover
    10:51 am on September 9th, 2021

    Well done Chet!

    Good day to all.

  2. Hobbit
    12:53 pm on September 9th, 2021

    We can always count on Chet to make ball games more delightful: football, baseball, golf…I don’t know about basketball.

    Another day of clearing out the house.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:02 pm on September 9th, 2021


    WTAFP: Grizz and I loved the video of Franklin you posted yesterday. He is really starting to fill out, and looks like such a happy dog!

    Good afternoon to all!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    4:38 pm on September 9th, 2021

    Good day everyone! I
    We worry about golf balls here there’s swallowable, yuck.
    Baseballs and softballs are questionable but the girls love them. About the only bar that gives problems here or basketballs. Just a little too big to fit in a mouth but the girls enjoy trying it!
    Have a wonderful day everyone!

  5. dawson
    6:49 pm on September 9th, 2021

    This is just the scene I was thinking of while watching tennis the other day. I was thinking Chet would not have been an idle spectator at the game. Definitely not!

    Now I must go to yesterday’s post to see Franklin’s video!

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:12 pm on September 9th, 2021

    RIO! I forgot to mention that I have “Anxious People” on my Nook. I read “Bear Town” and its sequel “Us Against You” and liked them both. Has your Friend read them?

    RIO! Send any pictures to my SDD. Chuffle! By October 1st.

    ***** ANNOUNCEMENT *****

    I have been collecting pictures for a 2022 edition of The Plunder On! calendar from some of the ones that have been posted on the blog. If you would like, you can also send photos to me via my SDD, or post on this blog no later than October 1st. Once that deadline arrives, I will begin to assemble the calendar.

    With that being said, if you would like to have a copy of the Plunder On! calendar, please let me know by October 1st, so that I may have a final count on how many calendars I will need to order. You can post your request here, or send me an SDD. The cost is $25. Once I receive your payment, I will get the calendar out to you as quickly as possible.

  7. mlaiuppa
    9:41 pm on September 9th, 2021

    Man. I missed the Franklin video and had to go back too. What a cutie. (I don’t see the links very well, not even with reading glasses.

    I used to worry about Diana swallowing stuff as she chews up sticks and such, but she never swallows anything that isn’t food, just chews it and then drops it on the ground. Freyja seems to be the same way.

    Hobbit. How much is left? Do you have any help? Not that I could go up there and help. Glad you took a day off. I shudder at the thought of having to pack my house in boxes and label stuff for a move. Moving is one of the top stressors in life along with a death and losing your job.

    Tomorrow is trash day and I’m checking to see if they took Labor Day off so my pick up would be on Saturday instead of tomorrow. Not that it would make much difference. Going to be hotter tomorrow. 87 today, 91 tomorrow.

    Diana’s hair is getting patchy, possibly from scratching. It is dry and dull. Nope, not fleas, she gets meds every month. But…I think she might be allergic to fish. Fish oil in fact. She got itchy as a puppy when I gave her sardine/anchovy/krill oil so stopped. A few weeks ago I started her and Freyja on some Omega 3 chews that had salmon. They both loved them. But Diana started scratching again and her coat was dull and dry. So I stopped giving them to her. But I read the ingredients on her food and it has fish in it. So I’m taking her off fish. I’m going to start them on a food that has flax seed instead. I have a bottle of fish oil for Freyja but I will be giving Diana either Flax, Coconut or Olive oil as a supplement along with a little Vitamin E to make sure she doesn’t get deficient.

    I think I’m also going to cut down on the baths. Freyja only needs them 3-4 times a year. Diana is German Shepherd/ Golden Retriever, but I think her hair is more GSD so I’m thinking maybe cut down on her bathing to 3-4 times a year too. Or at least every 8 weeks instead of once a month. See if that helps along with the oil. She used to have such a beautiful shiny coat.

    Ramses was allergic to chicken. Caesar had seasonal allergies. If it isn’t one thing it’s another.

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on September 9th, 2021

    Rose!…We here loved “Anxious People” and then we read “A Man Called Ove” and then “Bear Town”. By then we were smitten with Fredrik Backman…snorkel!…We have put off reading “Us Against You” as we were very attached to the characters in Bear Town. I do know at some point we will read it but we need a little distance first…wuffle!…Fredrik is such a good writer it is amazing how his work comes thru in translation so well…wheeze!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on September 9th, 2021

    Mlaiuppa!…From last night I am so glad to read that you will be enjoying “Project Hail Mary” very soon!….yeeeep!…I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it…snorkel!…I want to reread it but my friend just brought home 2 books which we need to read first!…snornt!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on September 9th, 2021

    Recipe!…Hey does anyone out there have a favorite recipe for making spaghetti sauce from home grown tomatoes??…wheeze!…My friend has way too many tomatoes to eat before they are too ripe…and more coming everyday…yeeeep!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on September 9th, 2021

    Worrit!…I’m worrit about our Charming Mr Abrahams suffering from Tennis Elbow….wuffle!…I wonder how long it takes to recover from this painful thing. Knowing how much he loves to play tennis this is very bad news. I hope he can still tippity-tap away on the new book and ride his sparkling bicycle….snuffle!

  12. BooBear’s Mom
    11:01 pm on September 9th, 2021

    WTAFP! Caught a glimpse of Franklin’s tail in the video yesterday and saw the beginning of the plume! Going to be a very handsome boy.

    Wose! In case I haven’t posted this, I definitely want a calendar. Your calendars are a work of art and I keep all of them.

  13. mlaiuppa
    3:25 pm on September 10th, 2021

    Sorry, Río. No recipe for fresh. What I used to do was can my extra tomatoes from the garden, then use those to make sauce. I don’t imagine it is much different.

    Blanch the tomatoes to remove the skins. Then cut them and remove the seeds and watery insides. They you proceed with your favorite recipe. Don’t have one?

    Spaghetti Sauce

    3 large cans tomatoes (Squish tomatoes)-pear shape

    1 small can tomato paste

    3 buds garlic (whole) (put toothpicks through them to find them later)

    1 TBSP salt

    1 tsp pepper

    1/8 cup dry oregano (you need more if you use fresh)

    1 TBSP dry basil (you need more if you use fresh)

    1/2 cup red wine (Chianti is good, sweeter better than dry)

    Add 1/2 oil from frying the meatballs and sausage. Simmer 3 hours after adding meatballs and sausage.


    2 lbs hamburger

    6 eggs

    4 slices dry Italian bread, soaked

    1/2 onion, chopped

    parsley, chopped

    1/2 cup grated cheese (Romano preferred but you can use Parmesan)

    1 large bud garlic (pressed)

    2 tsp salt pepper

    Squish everything together in a large bowl with your hands until it’s all consistent. Roll into balls slightly larger than a golf ball but smaller than a tennis ball. Slightly smaller than a handball too. (We actually slap them hand to hand to make a firm ball) Fry in 1/2 inch olive oil, turning until all sides are browned. Then fry sausage in oil. If using sweet sausage, add few grains hot pepper. Save oil for spaghetti sauce. Use 1/2 of oil. (I pour half off, then use the half with the lovely brown bits in it for the sauce.) See spaghetti recipe.

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