Saturday, June 4, 2011
Pickleball Comes to Mayne Island
And what could we use for a net?
I had picked up a starter package in Tucson with two wiffle balls and two paddles.
Shelby has ordered online an official pickleball net for Father's Day...
But I was anxious to not miss the chance to play while the guys were home for the weekend.
So, I went to my scrap pile and found some weathered half-inch plywood from which I could make a couple more paddles so that we could play doubles right away.
Soon Seth and I were batting the ball back and forth... having a great time.
I don't have a picture of the next stage of development, which was adding the masking tape to the pavement to create the serving zone and the rear limit line. This was important so we could play a game and know if our serves were good or our shots were too long.
In no time at all we were in the throws of a serious game of pickleball.
Shelby came out and saw us having such a good time with next to nothing for equipment and said,
"Plywood for homemade paddles... 50 cents.
Rope for net... 75 cents.
Whiffleball... 90 cents.
Cars to hold up the rope... eighty thousand dollars."
Yes... and I might add, "A grandson to play pickleball with... Priceless!"
She said it was great water for drinking and invited us to have a drink from the hose.
As we were driving home we were wondering how best to find out if there were other people on Mayne Island who might like to play pickleball. That will be my next challenge.