I'm pretty sure Travlerajm thought I was going to rob him

Fairhit

Semi-Pro
OK, full disclosure, I'm not saying @travlerajm said or do something that gave me that idea, I'm not saying that he actually thought that, all I'm saying is that after the facts I think that at some point the thought must have crossed his head, he was such a nice guy that I have to make it very clear, I'm just sharing what I think must have crossed his head at some point.

The following is a true story, no names have been changed, I take full responsability for what I'm about to tell.

OK, story time!

So, like a month ago Travlerajm was visiting Bogota for the weekend and we agreed on a friendly match (friendly for me, he kicked my @$$), he wanted to play on clay and taking into account the weather I decided that the best court was in a club where they have roof over some courts, I had a children's party to attend with my family and I had to rush to get to the club where Travlerajm was waiting for me after the party, so I went with my wife and children, I arrived with my oldest son, we said hi to each other and started to play, as soon as we finished I asked him where he was staying and it was far away so I offered to give him a lift, he graciously declined so I insisted until he agreed.

Everything in order until this point.

So, this club is by the north of the city in a semi rural area, there's no houses or anything around it was dark and in the middle of nowhere, Travlerajm hops in the back seat with my children and in the front is my wife, I chat with him and try to be a good chat partner, I ask him if there is any problem if we stop for a few minutes to buy some groceries in a nearby mall and he said there was not a problem at all, as we arrive I invited him to join me and offered him something to drink or perhaps to eat, he respectfully declined so I dash through the supermarket and get everything I need so I don't keep him waiting.

The rest of the ride was uneventful, we arrived to his hotel, said goodbye and we start our ride home, my wife says she has something to tell me.

It went something like this, when Travlerajm was hopping in my wife reached for my black backpack to make some room In the back seat, she didn't realized that she accidentally took Travlerajm's black backpack, when I got out to buy the groceries Travlerajm gestures to my wife to give him his backpack, my wife is mortified for this, he obviously checks for his phone and we resume our ride.

Thinking about what happened it clicked for me, I choose the farest club, dark in the night, in the middle of nowhere, I insist to give him a ride and as soon as he hops in my wife takes his backpack with his phone, later I insist for him to join me, no wonder why he declined, I'm pretty sure the whole ride he was thinking I was gonna rob him.

The cherry on the pie? My daughter sent him a big red heart trough WhatsApp thinking she sent it to my wife, if he didn't thought we were a criminal family gang out to get him, at least he thought we were insane.

We have laughed every time we recall it, good times...

Anyway, sorry guys for my terrible English and sorry Travlerajm if I gave the impression that I was going to rob you.
 
Nah... never crossed my mind.

- Fun city with pleasant climate yearround.
- Membership at a nice tennis club.
- Beautiful well-behaved kids.
- An adorable Colombian supermodel wife.

A guy with these things doesn’t need to take risks by robbing foreigners. :)

When I saw the heart emoji in response to my ‘I’m on the court’ text, I honestly thought, ‘gee, this guy really must love tennis!’

Thanks again for hosting me and going out of your way to drive me back to my hotel. Let’s do it again next time I’m in Bogota! And I’ll take you and your family out for dinner too.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
OK, full disclosure, I'm not saying @travlerajm said or do something that gave me that idea, I'm not saying that he actually thought that, all I'm saying is that after the facts I think that at some point the thought must have crossed his head, he was such a nice guy that I have to make it very clear, I'm just sharing what I think must have crossed his head at some point.

The following is a true story, no names have been changed, I take full responsability for what I'm about to tell.

OK, story time!

So, like a month ago Travlerajm was visiting Bogota for the weekend and we agreed on a friendly match (friendly for me, he kicked my @$$), he wanted to play on clay and taking into account the weather I decided that the best court was in a club where they have roof over some courts, I had a children's party to attend with my family and I had to rush to get to the club where Travlerajm was waiting for me after the party, so I went with my wife and children, I arrived with my oldest son, we said hi to each other and started to play, as soon as we finished I asked him where he was staying and it was far away so I offered to give him a lift, he graciously declined so I insisted until he agreed.

Everything in order until this point.

So, this club is by the north of the city in a semi rural area, there's no houses or anything around it was dark and in the middle of nowhere, Travlerajm hops in the back seat with my children and in the front is my wife, I chat with him and try to be a good chat partner, I ask him if there is any problem if we stop for a few minutes to buy some groceries in a nearby mall and he said there was not a problem at all, as we arrive I invited him to join me and offered him something to drink or perhaps to eat, he respectfully declined so I dash through the supermarket and get everything I need so I don't keep him waiting.

The rest of the ride was uneventful, we arrived to his hotel, said goodbye and we start our ride home, my wife says she has something to tell me.

It went something like this, when Travlerajm was hopping in my wife reached for my black backpack to make some room In the back seat, she didn't realized that she accidentally took Travlerajm's black backpack, when I got out to buy the groceries Travlerajm gestures to my wife to give him his backpack, my wife is mortified for this, he obviously checks for his phone and we resume our ride.

Thinking about what happened it clicked for me, I choose the farest club, dark in the night, in the middle of nowhere, I insist to give him a ride and as soon as he hops in my wife takes his backpack with his phone, later I insist for him to join me, no wonder why he declined, I'm pretty sure the whole ride he was thinking I was gonna rob him.

The cherry on the pie? My daughter sent him a big red heart trough WhatsApp thinking she sent it to my wife, if he didn't thought we were a criminal family gang out to get him, at least he thought we were insane.

We have laughed every time we recall it, good times...

Anyway, sorry guys for my terrible English and sorry Travlerajm if I gave the impression that I was going to rob you.
The first time I saw trav I thought he was a vampire. I would never try to rob him...
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
- Beautiful well-behaved kids.
- An adorable Colombian supermodel wife.
What a timing! I just finished this reply on another thread:

Zara said:
dgold, at this stage of your life as it is with most others - you should have had a beautiful house, a lovely wife with 2 adorable kids and 2 dogs and mind you, not cats.
Why should the wife be "lovely?" Why should the kids be adorable? Can a kid not be mentally challenged or ugly? Can't the wife be fat?
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
OK, full disclosure, I'm not saying said or do something that gave me that idea, I'm not saying that he actually thought that, all I'm saying is that after the facts I think that at some point the thought must have crossed his head, he was such a nice guy that I have to make it very clear, I'm just sharing what I think must have crossed his head at some point.

The following is a true story, no names have been changed, I take full responsability for what I'm about to tell.

OK, story time!

So, like a month ago Travlerajm was visiting Bogota for the weekend and we agreed on a friendly match (friendly for me, he kicked my @$$), he wanted to play on clay and taking into account the weather I decided that the best court was in a club where they have roof over some courts, I had a children's party to attend with my family and I had to rush to get to the club where Travlerajm was waiting for me after the party, so I went with my wife and children, I arrived with my oldest son, we said hi to each other and started to play, as soon as we finished I asked him where he was staying and it was far away so I offered to give him a lift, he graciously declined so I insisted until he agreed.

Everything in order until this point.

So, this club is by the north of the city in a semi rural area, there's no houses or anything around it was dark and in the middle of nowhere, Travlerajm hops in the back seat with my children and in the front is my wife, I chat with him and try to be a good chat partner, I ask him if there is any problem if we stop for a few minutes to buy some groceries in a nearby mall and he said there was not a problem at all, as we arrive I invited him to join me and offered him something to drink or perhaps to eat, he respectfully declined so I dash through the supermarket and get everything I need so I don't keep him waiting.

The rest of the ride was uneventful, we arrived to his hotel, said goodbye and we start our ride home, my wife says she has something to tell me.

It went something like this, when Travlerajm was hopping in my wife reached for my black backpack to make some room In the back seat, she didn't realized that she accidentally took Travlerajm's black backpack, when I got out to buy the groceries Travlerajm gestures to my wife to give him his backpack, my wife is mortified for this, he obviously checks for his phone and we resume our ride.

Thinking about what happened it clicked for me, I choose the farest club, dark in the night, in the middle of nowhere, I insist to give him a ride and as soon as he hops in my wife takes his backpack with his phone, later I insist for him to join me, no wonder why he declined, I'm pretty sure the whole ride he was thinking I was gonna rob him.

The cherry on the pie? My daughter sent him a big red heart trough WhatsApp thinking she sent it to my wife, if he didn't thought we were a criminal family gang out to get him, at least he thought we were insane.

We have laughed every time we recall it, good times...

Anyway, sorry guys for my terrible English and sorry Travlerajm if I gave the impression that I was going to rob you.
Thanks for successfully executing part 1 of our plan fairhit. Next week when I hit with @travlerjam, he should be an easy target.

I’ll still cut you in for half of the take. Good work man
 

Fairhit

Semi-Pro
Thanks for successfully executing part 1 of our plan fairhit. Next week when I hit with @travlerjam, he should be an easy target.

I’ll still cut you in for half of the take. Good work man
All according to plan.

The first time I saw trav I thought he was a vampire. I would never try to rob him...
You first saw me in daylight with my 100 spf layered on thick. I requested to @Fairhit if we could play after sunset so I could avoid equatorial UV rays.
I knew something was up that day, we almost had to play at midnight, I'm starting to think it was I that avoided getting my blood robbed...
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
This is old. From what I understand he has been playing alot more and is serving even better.

Nice lift into the serve, @travlerajm but that could cause The Big One in SoCal if Sabooshs tries to make like you. (Get that right leg to drive more forward towards target and you’ll get an easy extra 5mph)!

Refreshing to see real tennis instead of the Technicolor Pachydermal Ballet, IYKWIM!
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Nice lift into the serve, @travlerajm but that could cause The Big One in SoCal if Sabooshs tries to make like you. (Get that right leg to drive more forward towards target and you’ll get an easy extra 5mph)!

Refreshing to see real tennis instead of the Technicolor Pachydermal Ballet, IYKWIM!
Lol, 100% agreed.

I'm gonna try to take some video of me and my friend hitting this weekend and possibli post it up. :)
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
So is travel jam that good in tennis or are you not so good ???

I would never give a stranger a ride I only meant one time in a strange nation or even in the USA . Too many things could go bad
 

Fairhit

Semi-Pro
So is travel jam that good in tennis or are you not so good ???

I would never give a stranger a ride I only meant one time in a strange nation or even in the USA . Too many things could go bad
My wife prior to the match was afraid, as you say, too much can go badly but I think it was him that had the most to be afraid, he's been posting here many years, he's been playing with many people in here and he was in a foreign place meanwhile I'm new here and nobody knows me, he took a giant leap of faith in humanity by meeting me in such a far place in the middle of nowhere.

Sometimes you believe in your instinct and have a little faith in your fellow humans, that's all.

And to answer your question, I don't think I'm that bad, actually I think I have a pretty good level for someone who's been playing just two years, on the other hand Travlerajm has been playing since he was a kid so, I don't feel bad at all, I know that there's a gap between levels of experience and is normal to receive an @$$ kicking when you play against two or three levels up.

And he has an awesome service too, once he dialed it in it was a little too much for me, I left happy because I've never before played against such a service and I think I did a relatively decent job for my first time.
 
And he has an awesome service too, once he dialed it in it was a little too much for me, I left happy because I've never before played against such a service and I think I did a relatively decent job for my first time.
There is some interesting physics going in that thin Bogota air at nearly 9000’ elevation.

On groundstrokes, it felt like spin hardly does anything to the ball, making it very difficult to take a big rip and expect it to stay in the court. Slices and moonballs were the only sure way to keep a rally going.

But I discovered after a few games that when I took a really big cut at a spin serve and exceeded a certain rpm threshold, the ball behaved differently. The ultra thin air doesn’t slow down the rpm much, and so the ball actually dives downward into the court more sharply than I am used to. So big cuts on spin serves are rewarded with huge bounces.

I went to full eastern backhand grip on serve that day to take advantage of the conditions that favored big spin serves.
 

Fairhit

Semi-Pro
There is some interesting physics going in that thin Bogota air at nearly 9000’ elevation.

On groundstrokes, it felt like spin hardly does anything to the ball, making it very difficult to take a big rip and expect it to stay in the court. Slices and moonballs were the only sure way to keep a rally going.

But I discovered after a few games that when I took a really big cut at a spin serve and exceeded a certain rpm threshold, the ball behaved differently. The ultra thin air doesn’t slow down the rpm much, and so the ball actually dives downward into the court more sharply than I am used to. So big cuts on spin serves are rewarded with huge bounces.

I went to full eastern backhand grip on serve that day to take advantage of the conditions that favored big spin serves.
You certainly took advantage of the conditions, your serve was fast and just driving itself down, it took you like 2 or 3 games to dial it in.

The kick serve was awesome.
 
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sureshs

Bionic Poster
My wife prior to the match was afraid, as you say, too much can go badly but I think it was him that had the most to be afraid, he's been posting here many years, he's been playing with many people in here and he was in a foreign place meanwhile I'm new here and nobody knows me, he took a giant leap of faith in humanity by meeting me in such a far place in the middle of nowhere.
Each time I have played with him here, he used Uber.
 
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