Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Old Man and the Sea

Even in his mid-fifties my dad is as competitive as ever. On a recent trip to another beach* Papus Yiannis challenged all stragglers* to a game of Racketta. As we all took our turns he would call out, "watch this!" followed immediately by hurling the ball back at the other player at warp speed. In his mind I suppose he thought he was showing his fans (ie the stragglers) his immense talent at playing Racketta (a game I've now been playing for weeks and still am not sure of the rules) but in reality was mearly gathering pity for his opponent from his fans (ie the stragglers). Yet still somehow it was one of my favorite moments of the summer.

*see "I got a pocket, got a pocket full of Sunshine"

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