April 13, 2007

They should not call it squash

*Squash* is not the sound that a racket makes when the edge of it, on a backswing, smacks into your cheekbone just below the eye socket. It makes more a sound between a crack and a dull thud. I know this from personal experience. I gained this personal experience, followed by application of ice to said cheekbone for 40 minutes, this morning while playing someone with a big tennis backswing. I tried a rail shot (scooting the ball down the wall) when I should have gone cross court because when you play a tennis player, the best thing to do is to hit the ball so he has to move away from you in order to make his swing. This was sage advice given to me by an old and wily squash player. I had followed it to great effect and safety up to the point that it seemed a rail shot was called for and then *WHACK* I get slammed in the face with the edge of his backswing.

I am going out for lunch and I am going to apply, internally, a great big extra spicy Bloody Mary. Or maybe even two. I am certain that after ice, vodka, applied internally, is the best thing for me.

Posted by Random Penseur at April 13, 2007 10:40 AM | TrackBack


I hope that "medication" helps!

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 13, 2007 12:55 PM

Owwwwie. I'm cringing now just thinking of it.

You're going to have a heck of a shiner. Hope the vodka worked. You can have one for me while you're at it. That ought to really help with the pain. ;)

Posted by: Kathy at April 13, 2007 11:21 PM

And now.. have you any after-effect of your "Squash"?

Posted by: Artiom at April 17, 2007 09:25 AM

Were you playing doubles? I've seen so many people get whacked playing with four. That's why I was always too scared to do it.

Not that I've been playing recently. :( We left the club that had the courts a couple of years ago and believe it or not, NOBODY else anywhere near our little city has courts except them! And they are a little too far away from where we live now for us to go there anymore.

Today we are touring a club not far from us, with a much larger pool and pool service, something the old gym didn't have. Dan says unless we see something we don't like, we are joining there.

But they only have tennis courts, not racquetball courts. :( And I love love LOVE racquetball (squash to you). :)

Sorry you got hurt. Hope it's all healed now. But damn it, I'm envious too! Racquetball is the most fun I've ever had playing a sport. And I'm good at it, too.

Posted by: Amber at April 17, 2007 10:14 AM

LOL.......Friday the 13th!!!!!!
Oh man.....hope you are doing alright.Bloody Mary will do the trick tho!Or as we say in the South "Git'r Done!".

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