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  1. Topaz

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    AQ, you too? I'm so glad you don't have to quit USTA now!
     
  2. tennismonkey

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    grats to all the bumpees. i am awaiting my appeal to be bumped down to 3.5 -- because nobody wants to play with an overweight 4.01 at the 4.5 level.
     
  3. downs_chris

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    double bump down?

    so does this mean, no paulman-monkey senior tennis?
     
  4. Sup2Dresq

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    Topaz! Are you a 4.0 now?

    *insert Virginia slims ad- you've come a long way baby*
     
  5. tennismonkey

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    downs -- i believe team monkey pauls is still in effect but we'll have to take on older, more craftier folks at 4.5 senior league.

    topeezy and AQ -- congrats on a great season. give em heck in 2013.
     
  6. JRstriker12

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    You could always have two more kids, sit out a year or two and appeal down ;)

    4.5! Congrats TM and all the USTA bumpees

    Also thanks for getting me into the dubs club yesterday. Some really good players in that group. I need to up my game. The same old wookie frying pan hands are back at net, Ugh! Seriously, I missed about 10 poach volleys in a row, but recoved with a back-hand volley cross court winner to close out the game.

    Guess I did okay as CM said he would put me on the list for future hits.

    BTW- Did downs get the double bump yet?
     
  7. downs_chris

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    topaz...i'm surprised my 8.0 partner survived the bump ups...
     
  8. downs_chris

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    just one bump for me...haha, no way i would get double bumped...i was just milking my 4.0 rating...2013 will be very different...haha
     
  9. hollywood9826

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    I havent even checked that crap. But Im pretty sure sub 500 record in the 5 matches I played mixed keeps me steady in the 4.0 range. I always like be being a gatekeeper 3.5.

    Its like if you can beat me you are good enough to get destroyed by 4.0.

    If you can hang and keep it close then you have a littel work to do.

    If I destroy you you have alot of work to do.

    But playing 8.5 mixed with two 4.0s is not fun. 4.5 dudes wont even hit it to me and when thye do its always to my backhand. They need to atleast once in a while let me blast a FH sometimes.

    Im pretty sure Im still 4.0. I dont even know If my USTA membeship expired or not. If it did I dont think I will re-up it. Probably wont play mixed this year even though it was fun hanging out PPL and a younger. But I always felt out of place when they would talk about college and other stuff smart people would talk about.
     
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  10. zapvor

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    damn everyone is bumped up except me


    HW i miss those serves you hit at me at howard u. i would step up to the line, see the fuzz on the court and be like 'F u"
     
  11. hollywood9826

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    yea those were the days. I was probably the only 3.5 in the history of tennis with a 5.5 serve and 1.5 everything else.

    Just be lucky I didnt have a ball machine grwoing up or I would have been like jim courier with an ugly but effective baseball like 2 hander
     
  12. Topaz

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    Yes, I have clawed my way to 4.0! Only took....a lot of years. Haha! Funny, I may be the only one I know who is *excited* about moving up.

    Downs, I know, but it is EXCELLENT news for our 4.0 singles team! haha! I'm trying to convince her to be my 4.0 dubs partner when I'm not duking it out in singles! I was actually thinking of appealing, until I remembered B ratings can't. Haha! Just to see what would happen.

    Our 7.5 combo teams are a bit of a joke now, aren't they?

    TM....congrats!!! Lots of guys got bumped to 4.5! It seems like everyone who didn't get bumped, got bumped this year! Its all the same guys!
     
  13. PaulMan

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    lol TM, you're right - I guess we're gonna have to play senior league 4.5.

    There wasn't any chance they'd bump me to 4.5 cuz I haven't played USTA in two years!! That and I have blubber hanging out past my tennis shirts...haha! Suppose I should try bagging sand like Downs and TM have for years...lol
     
  14. tennismonkey

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    paulman -- i think like most restaurants the USTA has the same policy. your vibrams are gonna make it hard for you to find a team. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  15. PaulMan

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    Whatcha mean?? Whats wrong with me Vibrams?!
     
  16. datsveryinterestin

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    $38 vibram kso at r.e.i. outlet stock up PAULMAN!!!!!!
     
  17. hollywood9826

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    Is that like at a physical store? Or online deals?

    Ive been wanting to try them things for disc golf. For 38 bucks ill pull the trigger.
     
  18. datsveryinterestin

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    online at r.e.i.
    only in a few sizes though.


    good lord though... if you play disc golf with vibrams... everybody on the course is going to ask you to share
    your WEEEEEEEED!!

    totally groovy buddy!
     
  19. coolblue123

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    went out tried to hit this morning. found out that a sure sign that it is no longer tennis weather is when balls don't want to bounce. therefore, I am going to my local shop and get regular duty balls. dang even my strings feel dead in the cold.

    btw, anyone got anything this weekend.
    tmonk, congrads to ur recent promotion. don't be so discouraged. it could be worst remember when sensai got DQ'ed for the past 15 matches when he got a disgruntled 3.5 opponent calling 1800-sandbag to the usta police.
     
  20. PaulMan

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    Thx Dats! But I'm good for vibrams now. I've stocked up before. Got a few pairs at least. Haha
     
  21. Cindysphinx

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    Well, well, well. Topaz and AQ are 4.0s, eh?

    I'd say congratulations, but I can't spare the saliva. I am too busy licking my wounds. 4.0, she is a beach, I'm tellin' ya.

    The computer did some funky things around here. KH and MR are still 3.5s. Go figure. And one of my 3.5 singles players, NMS, won all of her singles matches and eeked out a tie against someone who bumped up, and she stayed 3.5.

    The good news is that my combo team lives! Only one lady bumped up from 3.5 to 4.0. Which means we are in the hunt to make 7.5 Combo Districts again!!
     
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  22. downs_chris

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    topaz -- did your 7.5 nova team win last night?
     
  23. PaulMan

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    "We, the Citizens of the Great State of Texas, and Dallas Cowboys fans worldwide, have been oppressed by an over controlling, delusional, oppressive dictator for way too long. Request the Executive Branch's immediate assistance in removal of owner and GM, Jerry Jones. His incompetence and ego have not only been an extreme disappointment for way too long, but moreover, it has caused extreme mental and emotional duress."

    ^^^ That right there is way too funny! :twisted: hahaha We could have done the same thing here by replacing the fans, Cowgirls section and owner with the fans, Foreskins and Danny but we may have lucked out with RG3...

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/46182/cowboys-fan-takes-case-to-washington
     
  24. tennismonkey

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    RGIII just needs to win 4 out of the next 5 games and the skins have a shot at salvaging a fun but mediocre year. and danny for all his shanahanigans has stepped out of the spotlight.

    what's for lunch people?
     
  25. downs_chris

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    Banh mi! 10 sammiches...
     
  26. PaulMan

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    Hahaha like what you did there ^^TM!
     
  27. PaulMan

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    Smoked turkey banh mi sammiches??!? :lol:
     
  28. tennismonkey

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    bad puns are my specialty p-man. downs says his specialty is mixed dubs.

    banh mi sounds awesome. i likes mine with double fried egg.
     
  29. Topaz

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    Cindy, I've played up the last two years with reasonable success. I'll be fine, thanks. I'm ok not being a big fish in a small pond. Nursing school has shown me how lucky we are to even be playing tennis and able to complain about the stuff we do. All about perspective.

    Downs...dont worry about it...you'll see when the scores go up. Why do you ask?
     
  30. Topaz

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    M, K, and NMS can always appeal up if they want.
     
  31. downs_chris

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    haha because i want your team and my team to make it...all the other teams need to go away!

    i even told the captain of "Team America" that...haha
     
  32. coolblue123

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    Had a gyro and now waiting for 1/2 priced food by the pound bar. dang, shouldn't of skipped breakfast this am.

    Anyone got in on that Sodastream deal yesterday?

    Made this as well during TG dinner:
    [​IMG]
     
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  33. Angle Queen

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    It's fixed, I tell ya. The distribution here in our metro area is a damn-near perfect bell curve.

    At our club, we had more than the usual bump downs from 4.0....and no wanky bump-ups. In fact, if I had to say so, they probably got it right this time. Lots of us are on the bubble and I wouldn't be surprised to see some more up-this-year-down-the-next...except that, with 40+ counting, that might make for some big reassessments next year as the younger 40s (in theory) beat up on the early 50s (who'd just aged into "Seniors"). I still think the whole age thing is a crock. So is some of the gender stuff.

    /Rant over

    I probably won't be playing much USTA next year anyway. Like Topaz, I was already on two 4.0 and a 7.5 Combo team. Spots are secure if I want 'em. Which...I don't think I do.
     
  34. Cindysphinx

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    I played 4.0 for several years before I became 4.0. I will be interested to hear your experiences for next year.

    I swear, it was a lot tougher being a 4.0 on a 4.0 team than being a 3.5. I'm not quite sure why. Some of it, I suppose, is self-imposed pressure to live up to a number. "I need to hit like a 4.0 now" type stuff.

    There was more going on, though. I think I had easier 4.0 opponents when I was playing up. The captain perhaps knew it will look like a sacrifice to put a 3.5 on Court One or in the line-up against killer opponents, so she tended to give the 3.5 Cindy an easier draw?

    The minute I had 4.0 by my name, captains weren't the least bit shy about tossing me to the wolves -- sometimes with a much weaker partner. Maybe all of this is less of an issue for singles players, though.

    Anyway . . . why are you scaling back, AQ?
     
  35. Angle Queen

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    Good enough...but I got put in the forefront sooner than I would've liked. My long-time dub partner (also a 3.5) and I were supposed to play together. Both springs ('11 and '12) she had some emergency surgery that kept her out of play...and I had to play singles or with an uncommon partner. Both of those teams are still intact, so if I want to play, I've still got a slot. Although I'm hoping my partner can keep herself out of the OR this year, I still think I'd have to play a less-than-consistent slate. But none of that really bothers me.

    What does bother me are the logistics and finances. Some of the leagues (including a non-USTA one that I really enjoy playing in) overlap and the schedules can be brutal. Two and three matches a week just ain't gonna cut it around here. Stupid start times, hellacious reschedules. And the money is crazy. ~$40/league. Nah. I'll keep my time and money...and play some more for fun.
     
  36. Topaz

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    I think it does make a difference with singles. Plus, when I do play dubs, I have a set partner already, possibly one more depending on whether she plays this year or not.

    Bottom 4.0 is really 3.5...has been for a while, plus the 3.5s that play up. My team put me in at singles for playoffs, and I didn't feel like I was getting thrown to the wolves. Maybe because we have a pro who has a say in the lineups...he said out loud that I got the nod because of how I was playing.

    I paid my dues for several years...working and working on the strokes. So I feel ready. *shrug* Maybe that will change later one, but really...I still get to play, so all is good.
     
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    Oh *really*...I'm sure that went over well! Hahaha!

    I'm sitting on the scores. But we are on track. I'll give Ms. Team America your regards on Thursday. If you could help us out by getting AP stuck in traffic that would be much appreciated.

    Our '7.5' teams need to meet in the final at Boar's Head...all out war then my friend!!! ;)

    How are your 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5 teams doing?????
     
  38. downs_chris

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    the two 7.5, 8.5 and 9.5 teams are all on track to boars head...which would be a problem...haha - both tri level teams going to sectionals too...hmm
     
  39. JRstriker12

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    *Drool*...........
     
  40. Topaz

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    Mr. Clutch, in sure, has already procured your blood signature for 7.5 declaration.

    8.5 has a tough one coming up! Good luck! I'd come watch but I have a date with Team America.
     
  41. zapvor

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    !!!!!!!!!!forget tennis. can i just meet up with cb for food
     
  42. zapvor

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    i had fun hitting inside the bubble after the stadium meet too. i was hitting like crap that day
     
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    Not surprisingly, the latest ratings have brought out the crazies from NY again. Sad, isn't it.

    I mean, it isn't like we made a big deal out of it when a certain someone was demoted last year, right?

    Nursing school has given me an evil streak. :twisted:
     
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    Yeah, I hear ya. I just turned down an invitation to join a team based on time and finances. I am on three night teams and one day team for January, so that is $160 straight down the toilet for nothing.

    I think captains should get free registration.
     
  46. Topaz

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    ^^^Or MOCO needs to stop charging 100+ to register. That's one thing I prefer about NOVA, 25 to register, and then pay as you go.
     
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    Which tri-level teams are you on? I'll be down @ the beach in January as well and want to let our 4.0 teams know who's sandbagging...
     
  48. PaulMan

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    Sup, is that Claire Forlani? Sure looks a lot like her...
     
  49. tennismonkey

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    yes it's claire forlani. she definitely looks older but has held up pretty well.

    what's for lunch people? i have an office pizza lunch. fortunately we get some interesting pizzas like buffalo chicken and gorgonzola.

    anybody got hook ups for indoor court time?
     
  50. Sup2Dresq

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    Paulman,

    Yes that's her. There is a tennis player who plays at the woods of Endor courts that resembles her.

    Tennismonkey,

    You such a stud now to sound like Claire isn't worthy of your tennis court giggle anymore? Lol jk.

    anyone,

    Is the stuff any good?
     

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