It was proclaimed on these pages that the court rehab crew had beaten Mother Nature by opening the courts on May 17. We've had lots of responses, leading off with:
I would like to take exception to your claim that the court crew 'beat Mother Nature.' Wasn't this season's opening date the latest in history? Didn't Longwood open a month ago? (And please don't tell me that you had snow and ice. There hasn't been snow or ice on your courts in months.)
Doesn't Mother Nature still rule? Sure seems that way to me and some other right-thinking members.
-Greatly Incensed on Brattle Street
(Here you should see an animation, or slide-show. We've heard from folks who can't see it, alas.)
followed by (our favorite):
(Mother Nature)...may prove more or less of an adversary depending on the local topography, water table, surficial geology and drainage patterns. "Greatly Incensed" fails to account for the differences between Longwood and CTC on all these accounts. Whether the ice and water on the courts in and of themselves have any appreciable effect, I cannot tell. However, their lingering legacy combines with CTC's polder-like location to prolong our "mud season" long past that obtaining on the comparatively "high and dry" Brookline courts.
By implication, at least, the staff has been unfairly maligned, slandered, vilified, calumnied, and denigrated. One must attribute this to the frustration engendered by a long awaited spring, without playable courts to enjoy. Doubtless this bout of ill temper is only a passing fit, and will dissipate under the kindly influence of the warm sun.
and this one:
I want to respond to Greatly Incensed: Longwood is looking for new members.
and this one:
You "beat Mother Nature?" Oh ya? Are you playing much tennis over there lately?
Please consider the possibility that your hubris, your prideful insolence, is responsible for this rainy weather. Please consider apologizing to our Mother.
- A Son of Mother Nature
(Dear Son, Do you propose we sacrifice a goat?)
and this one:
Let me reply to Greatly Incensed: Take it easy on the staff. I've talked to them quite a bit and I know that they were as eager to play....ooops, I mean, to get those courts open as we were.
-Sympathetic in 02138
The first round robin of the year is scheduled for this coming Thursday, May 29. The meal will be catered. Tennis starts at 6:00.
|Club member, Charles Ansbacher will lead his Landmarks Ochestra in a series of free concerts again this year. Check out the website for info and a schedule.|
Take a look
at what was happening at the club at this time last year.
Here's the saga of last year's tournaments:
Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.
And here's a link to the official French Open site.
The CTC book is hot off the presses and all members should have a copy by now.
The information in the book may also be found here on the website. The information is current. The 'Activities' page (round robins, tournaments, etc) has been updated, i.e., the schedule of events for 2003 can be found on the website. Also, the waiting list for membership, as well as a list of new members has been updated. That information can be found through the 'FAQ' page. The 'Governors and Committees' page, and the 'Rules' page have been updated.
'Members', and' Reservation Requests' are not active parts of the site nowadays. 'Timelines' is for adepts.
We thank our on-line proofreaders and contributors to the effort to update the website, most especially Lucy Fowler whose help is, as always, much appreciated.
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2002. From there you can see the whole of the Persistant Archive of last year's news.
Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.
Joe DeBassio, Webmaster
Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that you can read the news pages for the whole year (2001). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the last issue of the newspage.
The letters below will waft the clicker to a translation program, so that you can see these deathless words translated to wonderfully unidiomatic French, Italian, etc. (You can use this program to translate web-pages other than the newspage.)