HOT NEWS! TOURNAMENT FEVER, FRIENDS ARE IN TOWN! AT THE MUELLER HANGAR

Hello everyone and welcome.

Friends are starting to show up to town. Yesterday as we were practicing at the Hangar, three teams from CA showed up, some old friends like Rodolphe Lagrange, (we did Millau together)  and some new faces that became instant friends, like the secretary of the  Petaluma Valley  Petanque Club, Bleys Rose who got to meet  his new partner from HOT Earl Lowell , and from the Los Angeles Petanque Club a face that I only saw on the Petanque America blog before and became reality, Mark Greenberg (famous for always  having a camera around  around his neck ). Also, a new  great guy Henry Wessel.  And of course the famous Jo Sanchez who came from France this year again. At seventy seven years old  Jo decided again to go across the Atlantic carrying this time a suitcase  full of gifts like  five triplette of balls ( including my new RCX Obut), hundreds of cochonnets, all custom painted with the name of the HOT players labeled  on it as well as two full books of  hand made paintings of players from all around  and he started to give  them away the minute he landed.  He had  the chance to practice with his new partner from HOT, Jim Schwobel.  We all got to greed each other and  they had the  chance to pre test the ground at the Hangar.  We played some doublette and triplette, sweet games!   All of them followed me across town to discover for the first time the Zaytouna Lounge, where we were welcomed by Amine and started to help him  finish the set up of the courts  for Sunday’s tournament.  This is just the beginning.  Today is a big day at the Hangar!  We will start to preset the courts for Saturday’s tournament  and tonight we have a Texas Hospitality party to welcome the players coming to town.  Tournament fever is in Austin TX.

Jo Sanchez and Jim Schwobel

Jo Sanchez and Jim Schwobel

Earl Lowell and Bleys Rose

Earl Lowell and Bleys Rose

Jo and Rodolphe

Jo and Rodolphe

Jo and Rick

Jo and Rick

Henry, Mark,Rodolphe,Jo,Jim

Henry, Mark,Rodolphe,Jo,Jim

While raking the grounds we found and saved a baby turtle.

While raking the grounds we found and saved a baby turtle.

Arsene and Jo

Arsene and Jo

Zaytouna

Zaytouna

Gerald  Lankes helping  Zaytouna courts  set up.

Gerald Lankes helping Zaytouna courts set up.

Ben Stitou Zaytouna set up.

Ben Stitou Zaytouna set up.

Bleys Zaytouna set up.

Bleys Zaytouna set up.

Amine and Arsene Zaytouna set up.

Amine and Arsene Zaytouna set up.

Some of Jo's paintings

Some of Jo’s paintings Joe Cortright.Some of Jo's painting Garry and Shirley.

Some of Jo’s painting Garry and Shirley.
Some of Jo's painting Juan Garcia.

Some of Jo’s painting Juan Garcia.

Welcome to Austin Texas and to our fifth annual HOT tournament.

A+ Love Arsene

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One Response

  1. I like Jo’s art very much. What happened to the baby turtle?

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