Sunday, May 30, 2010
Pingin' and Pongin"!!!
Reid and I have a new toy! You may remember that I helped a friend put together a ping pong table a couple of months back. This one was a "no assembly required" kind of deal. Can you believe that someone gave this to me? Apparently it had been sitting in storage for a number of years just taking up space and collecting dust. I was lucky enough to score this "like new" table by simply hauling it off for them. It now has a nice new home in my shop. It is a really great table that folds up and can be rolled over to the corner that you see in the picture for storage when not in use. Reid and I have been playing all day. He does better than I thought to be only seven years old. He can actually volley with you a little bit. He may not always hit the table, but he can hit it back to you.
It seems like I have always been around a ping pong table growing up. The Stone boys down the street had one when we were kids. That is where I learned to play the game. Kevin and I would stay up late at night to improve our games in hopes of beating Eric one day. Eric was older and in my case much taller. The game was easier for him. During my teenage years we played on a table at my church or at a friend's church, and in college we played on a table in the fraternity house. After I joined the real world I would sometimes play at my uncle's house. He is really good so he made you better just by trying to stay in the game with him. I had not played in years until just recently and I realized how great a game table tennis really was. It is one of those games that you can always play no matter how old you get, and it gives you that competitive fix that all of us older athletes need from time to time, without sacrificing hamstring pulls or torn muscles.
Even though I do love to play, I really got this table for Reid. He is not old enough to really enjoy it yet, but I figured as he grows older, this may be something that just might keep him around the house and out of trouble. I would love for him to have his friends over for tournaments and such. He may even want to play a couple of games with his old man.
So, since Reid has a few years before he will really put this table to use, I invite all comers who want to take on the challenge of beating me on what is now my home court! I'll be waiting if you think you have the game!!
P-I-N-G..... my serve!