Big Norfolk Weekend

Had occasion to catch the end-of-semester dance show at ODU. I’ve seen a lot of these over the years and they’re almost always a great time. College dance majors are on a different level.

And since we’re in baseball season, we hopped over to the ballpark to see the AAA Norfolk Tides take on the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders. The Tides are apparently loaded, so we didn’t want to miss a game full of future major-leaguers.

Tulips are here.

It’s always exciting when these bulbs come up. They’re huge.

Thursday Game

I’ve been catching an earlier game on Thursdays, instead of playing in the standard 8pm start. It generally gets me home earlier, unless I stick around to watch the 8 o’clock guys play (and then meet them for a beers afterward)

I need to figure out how to translate my indie service game to outside. I was smashing the ball again, and I can’t seem to do the same outdoors.

We lost, which was kind of a bummer, but one of the other players was a 3.5, so I’m not taking it too hard. I fell into some old, dumb habits. I’d like to play a match where most (but certainly not all) of my shots are the “smart” play.

Tuesday Tennis

I had some plans fall through so I was a late add into a game with some 3.5 players looking to tune up for our club’s member/guest tournament in a few weeks.

My partner was another 3.0 who I only just met but we had complimentary games so we clobbered our opponents, 6-2, 6-4, and the we played a 10-point set to use the rest of our time and we beat them 10-5.

We played inside and my serve was hot. I need to find a way to transfer my inside serving to outside play. I’d be a real tennis player if I could get that going.

Big Eclipse Day

We had a pizza party here at work with Moon Pies, Sunkist, Starbursts, and Capri Suns.

The iPhone-through-eclipse-glasses photo didn’t come out so great.

USTA kickoff

Broke the seal on the spring USTA season with a reasonably comfortable win, 6-2, 6-3, playing line 2 doubles. I’ve learned a lot about my doubles game over the last couple of years.

I’m good at the net but slow as hell, so if I can partner with someone who has decent ground strokes and can run, I trend toward success. That was the recipe this weekend.

Playing outside this week was also a huge help. There’s a big adjustment from the brightly-lit and windless indoor courts.

Lots of moving around

Started the Day of Activity (DoA) with some lawn mowing during lunch. We’ve had a bunch of rain lately and things were starting to get out of control, lawn-wise. I especially liked the map:

I also scheduled a tennis double-dip with some outdoor hitting:

Once the sun went down, it got cold, fast. It was good to get some swings in as a warmup for the normal Thursday night game:

I was pretty beat by the time we got to the beer-drinking part of the evening. And sore.

Ducks Ltd. at Richmond Music Hall 4/2/2024

The Richmond Music Hall is a nice room for bands.

Ducks Ltd. is a new-ish band to me (thanks, CHope) and I’m glad I went out for the show on a Tuesday night.

The sound has lots of ringing guitars and I’d mention The Clean, Soft Pack, and maybe some XTC as points of reference (2 of those 3 bands are faves of mine).

Here’s to live music!