Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rest in Peace

Ronnie Rierson (5/17/1937 - 1/13/2017)

Carolina Petanque has lost a valued member and wonderful friend.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Back at Miller Park for our first play in 2017

We were very happy to be back in the Carolinas for play with the group on Sunday, and we had a pretty good turnout for January 15th. Thirteen of us played from about 1:00 PM until around 5:30 or so. We had Steve and Jane Gantt down from Morganton. John Wilson drove over from Greensboro. Rick and Maggie Sweeney came all the way from Leesville, SC. Ed and Anne Shoaf from Charlotte were in town visiting their daughter and came by to play. Fred, Bob, Rom, and Kerry were the locals from Winston-Salem and Shirley and I drove up from Lexington. It's a shame our group is so spread out, but it's a pleasure to be able to see everyone, even if it's rare for all of us to be able to get together at one time.

Old friends

Two of our very best friends were in Lexington over the weekend for the first time in a while. Terry and Sue Wien are in the process of moving to Lakeland, Florida, to be nearer the grandkids. By the way, it was great to see Sue's son Tommy for the first time in a while too. he is looking great and doing well.

Shirley and I went to their Lexington home to help out a little with the loading of a moving truck Terry had rented to move some of their personal belongings down to Florida. Terry had enlisted three of his Lexington friends who, along with Tommy, did most of the heavy lifting, but everyone else pitched in also.

It's sad to think that Saturday may have been our last time to play at the Wien home, but we look forward to visiting them often in their new location. Terry is already planning where he'll put the petanque terrain!

Our last Texas play for 2016

Sorry the snapshots didn't turn out better, but we played at the Browning Hangar 
in Austin on Friday night 12/30/16 for our last chance to play before returning to North Carolina. It's a fabulous petanque venue. Don't miss the chance to play there if you're ever in the area.

From Khalid (12/30/2016)

Unfortunately, I haven't talked with Khalid recently, so I'm unable to post the story behind these Facebook pictures of his, but it looks as though he must have done very well playing in Morocco on his last trip.

Here are his comments from Facebook:

I want to say thank you to the president of the IRT petanque club of Tangier, Morocco , Ms. Najat Daoudi , Ms. Widad Elmarrakchi, Mr. Hassan Oharoune and all the club members for their Hospitality, great tournament and amazing organization, and for giving us the opportunity to be a part of their success. Also, I want to thank the president of CBT petanque club Mr Mohieddine Elmarrakchi, Mr. Abdessalam Mesbah his wife Hafida and all those who supported us since the start of the tournament. Thank you all !-- Khalid

From Bob (Dec. 29, 2016)

In the midst of hours and miles of Lindy Hop--Thursday afternoon p├ętanque in Asheville with Rick, Rich, Ray, Jordan and Bill at the Prospect. FREEZING! Thanks, guys

Nelson Ranch Petanque Club in Cedar Park, Texas

It was about an hour drive for us from our RV site near Spicewood, Texas, to play with Rudy and the guys at Nelson Ranch Petanque Club. Very nice terrain with room for about four games at a time. Check them out if you ever find yourself in the Austin area. We'll be happy to put you in touch.