Tennis Lesson: From Thereby Hangs a Tail

Tennis has been the topic a few times lately – it comes up in my work from time to time, can’t help it. Here’s the tennis lesson from Thereby Hangs A Tail, a Chet and Bernie novel (for newcomers, Bernie is the detective and Chet is his partner and the narrator. A dog, yes, but not a talking one).

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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7 Responses to “Tennis Lesson: From Thereby Hangs a Tail”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:26 am on March 21st, 2023

    Good morning to all! So Chet had two balls in his mouth. I wonder how many he can get in there? Saw a dog on TV once get five tennis balls at one time.
    Have a great day everyone.

  2. B. Stover
    11:49 am on March 21st, 2023

    Way to go Chet!

    Good day to all.

  3. WTAFP
    12:59 pm on March 21st, 2023

    Franklin can fairly easily handle two balls at a time, but beyond that is definitely more challenging. May have something to do with numbers larger than two but then again maybe just the size of his mouth.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:12 pm on March 21st, 2023


    WTAFP: I would love to see a picture of Franklin with two balls in his mouth. :^)

    A very beautiful first full day of spring in this neck of the woods.

    Good afternoon to all!

  5. Mlaiuppa
    8:01 pm on March 21st, 2023

    Diana pawPrints can only fit one ball but it is a really big one. It is one of those large yellow squeaker tennis balls that KONG makes. She loves them. I worry about the tennis sized balls getting stuck in her throat or something. Another favorite of hers is the large JOLLY equine ball. It’s 10 inches across and has a handle. She loves to carry it around. I have no idea why.

    Rio: Photos of pies will have to wait until I am home with my laptop. You must remember I am on Pacific time so I finished the pies around 9:05pm, in time for NCIS. I started around 7:45. Made both a banana cream and a buttermilk pie with a few modifications. I added a bit of cardamom and I also sprinkled nutmeg across the top of the buttermilk pie. This recipe called for a merengue topping so you can’t see the nutmeg. Anything that calls for citrus, like lemon peel or juice I like to add a bit of cardamom. People rarely use it but it does zing things up a bit. My Mom like to soak the bananas in orange juice before assembling the cream pie so that is what I did.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on March 21st, 2023

    Wait!…Of course I can wait till the cows come home and you can produce the evidence…grunt!

  7. Shaine
    4:54 am on March 22nd, 2023

    I like this blog so much, saved it to my bookmarks.

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