Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Here are a bunch of gourds that I got in the Black Island Farms box.  Very cool and unique.  Alot like the real Gords.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bay area Table Tennis kids

Whenever I go to Nationals or the Berkeley Open, I see these kids from ICC and the Bay Area.  It's weird cause I see them so much that I forget to realize that these are superstars!  Kids like Krish and Ariel are going to represent the USA in the Olympics one day, and they may just end up on a Wheeties box, and these are kids I see playing right in front of me at tournaments.  We have a ball that Ariel signed for us at last years Berkeley tournament hanging on the wall next to our table in the basement where we have a picture of her and Jacob. Watching these kids play in person is indescribable.  Their control and instincts are inhuman!

PONG from California is a place. on Vimeo.

I love Krish's priority list for playing:

1) Having Fun
2) Passion
3) Fight
4) Win!

Austin's list appears to be completely backwards.  It really depresses me when it causes him emotional distress when he doesn't win.  When he doesn't win, he stops fighting for every point and gives up.  He loses his passion and he definitely doesn't have fun.  His face says it all.

But how can you teach that?  You can teach drills, but how can you get a player to adopt a mindset like that?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oliver's morning routine

Last night poor Oliver wasn't feeling so good, he was coughing and whining and wouldn't sleep in his own bed so I had enough and gave him just a tiny bit of Nyquil.  Wow that stuff really worked.  He quit coughing and slept really well.  I slept in with him and Cathi got back from her run and woke us up.  Oliver woke up happy.  I got in the shower and was talking to Cathi when she looked back in the bedroom and started laughing and yelling "Go Oliver!".

Oliver was doing pushups on his own without being asked.  What gave him that idea.  What a stud!  Here's a video clip of him doing 10 reps....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My favorite beverage in the whole world!

I love this stuff!  This is my Mountain Dew.  Seriously, it keeps me a little wired with the natural sugar, but it doesn't have caffeine and so I get a similar effect without feeling like I'm a jack Mormon for drinking it!  So tasty!

Especially full of potassium to combat those leg cramps.

What's your favorite beverage?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Damn you Gordon! My name has been tarnished!

Just to make it clear, I am NOT a sex offender.  But apparently there is another Gordon Gridley out in Florida who has now smeared my good name.  What a jerk!

By the way, what guy is 6'0", 178 pounds and has a double chin like that!?  That can't be right.  He should be also charged with falsifying his weight when he got booked into jail.

I hereby excommunicate you from your name.  You have to EARN the right to be GORDON GRIDLEY and you really blew it.  Your new name is Paul Hornswallow.