April 30, 2014
Today Steve Ferg and Daniel Duflot played their last game, in Cottonwood Lane in Fort Lowell Park. Daniel soon will be flying back to his home near Verdun. We are sad to see him leave.
Aujourd’hui, Steve Ferg et Daniel Duflot ont joué leur dernier match, à Cottonwood Lane dans le parc Fort Lowell. Daniel volera bientôt à son domicile près de Verdun. Nous sommes tristes de le voir partir.
Photos – Mar 16, 2014 – visitors from Prescott, Jerome & France
This week we had visitors from the Jerome petanque club, “Goules with Boules”.
Bill Volk (center) is the ringleader of the Jerome group. That’s locals Jon on the left and Lucien on the right. This week we lost Jon, who is returning to Seattle after enjoying Tucson’s winter climate.
Photos – Mar 9, 2014
Hans had visitors from Bremen — Willy and Johan — who came down to play. Ella was there also, taking pictures. Unfortunately, I shot most of my pictures into the shade and got nothing. Here are the best that I have.
Photos – Feb 16, 2014
A great turnout today with 11 players — two doubles teams and two triples teams. Visitors Lucien Masson and friend Natacha drove an hour-and-a-half from Pearce to join us. Mario and Karen brought along young Cameron, who stepped in when Jon left and took to the game like a duck to water. Jon, Steve, Tom, Hans, Koren and Rob. Lucien and Hans pretty much mopped the floor with their opponents. The second triples game… Mario, Karen, Cameron vs Koren, Rob, Natacha… was particularly challenging, with winners gaining only one point per end and the scores never more than one point apart until the winning point.
Weather was unseasonably hot for February — we hit 82 degrees around 3 pm — but a light breeze and high cloud cover prevented Solar Grill Syndrome. In fact, the temperature was quite pleasant.
Trying out a new camera, I grabbed a lot of quick long shots. I guess the real star of this particular picture show is our playing area in Reid Park.
Photos – Jan 12, 2014
Playing on the unmarked natural terrain in Reid Park — a Provencal town square, transported to Tucson, Arizona.
I fell down on the job this season. I failed to get pictures of some of our new regulars… Elaine and Linda.
Photos – Mar 15, 2015
Our 2014-15 winter season is winding down. Jon has been back in Seattle for a couple of weeks. Rob and Koren are packing for their trip back to Alaska. Elaine will be heading back to Newfoundland at the end of the month.
But we had some nice drop-in visitors — Margaret (left center), and Lupita (far left) and Erasmo (far right).
Photos – Feb 22, 2015
Photos – Feb 1, 2015
At 11 am this morning the sky was cloudy and gloomy, but the sun came out around noon. By 2 pm the temperature was balmy.
Hans and Dave, and Koren and Rob, and Steve (me) were there, and we had six visitors. Anna was passing thru Tucson on her way to the West Coast. And five folks who had heard of us through the Alliance Française dropped in.
These photos were taken by Koren in December.
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Photos – Nov 16, 2014
Some of our newer and younger players.
Photos – Nov 09, 2014
Several new players this week.
Leslie came with Cassie and Taylor
Glen and James
… and Jon is back from the northern wilderness of Edmonds and Seattle.
Photos – Nov 2, 2014
A nice turnout today — 10 players. Two triples teams and two doubles.
Bill, Brian, and Adan are visiting from Jerome and Coolidge.
Kassy, Taylor, Alissa, Logan, and Dakota are new players who have taken to squat pointing more quickly than any new players I’ve ever seen.
Special thanks to Dakota for posing for the picture of picking up the circle too soon.
Photos – advertising via the Loft Cinema
I’ve arranged for some advertising via the Loft Cinema. Over the next several months, a black-and-white 1/8-page ad will appear in their monthly magazine, and they will show an on-screen slide as part of their pre-show advertising.
In the ads, I don’t try to explain what petanque is. That would be impossible in the limited space that we have. My goal is just to let people know that we exist, and how to find us. So the message is simple. There is a Tucson petanque club. If you want to learn more, google “Tucson Petanque Club”.
The 1/8-page ad will look like this, but in black-and-white.
I’m pretty happy with on-screen slide (below). As Matt McCoy (Photoshop wizard on the Loft’s design staff) said, “Just looking at this slide gives you a pretty good idea of what petanque is.” You may recognize the gentleman in red as Marco Foyot, one of the all-time great players of the game. The photo of the players in Bryant Park, in New York City, is courtesy of La Boule New Yorkaise.