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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Save the Shuffleboard memories.

Here are my favorite excerpts from this week's newsletter (written by Phil):

Edison II got a 5-2 win over “visiting” Edison I, with good scoring from Jeston (37-24, 3-for-4), Frog (22-15, 2-for-3), and Michelle (a 13-pointer in her only game of the night).

An unusual match at the Edison saw both teams show up a player short. It was decided to play the match anyway, so everyone got to play 2 in a row and sit one out, and 2 players played 5 games each for both teams. In the end, it was Edison I coming out on top of home team Edison II, 5-2. Buck Buckius went 50-25 for the winners, not quite so astounding considering it was accomplished in 5 games, while Mark Meyer wound up 40-26 in 5 for the losers, and Michelle made a monkey out of yours truly with a 14-0 drubbing in game 6. Everyone agreed that the format made for a hell of a fun day of shuffleboard for the 6 players involved.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Princess of Tides

I rent a spot in a building we call Sloughside Studios. I sit at my desk and while I paint, draw or internet, the ducks play in the slough water out the window. The tide rises and falls. The dock rests and floats. Down the street are the bars where we play shuffleboard.

When the tide is in, the ground saturates with the water and the landscape changes ever so slightly. The shuffleboarders seem to be of the few that notice without looking at the water level or knowing their tide charts. The subtle underground gorge seems to effect shuffle play on certain boards, tilting them this way or that. This is especially noticeable when the king tides come in.

Two weeks ago, my lovely scientist friend Lisa flew in from Nashville for a birthday visit. We, of course, inducted her momentarily into the shuffleboard league and gave her a match against one of the league's best players. She held her own very well. I've invited Lisa to write a guest blog for Exit 236 about observations and insights she might've adventured while in Bow. Let's give her a round of applause.

lisa plays shuffleboard