Thursday, April 11, 2013

Who's up for a game?

I like this sign on the bridge. It points toward the western end of the island and a bit of ground that's made for a game of boules, also known as pétanque and similarly, in Italian, bocce. I've only ever played once. It was the first year we lived here at a party hosted by our neighbors across the street. I was asked to join a game.

I love the little green man tossing a ball and the other balls at his feet. I know enough to know that if those balls are at his feet, he's not going to win anything.

Well, I had had plenty of wine at that point in the afternoon and had no idea how to play, but I had no inhibitions and joined the game. The guys laughed at my foreign lack of skill and more than once told me to just throw the ball "over there," which I did. More laughter. But once or twice I apparently made a good play, although I'm not sure how. At least, that's how I (almost) remember it.

6 comments:

  1. bocce is still played here by groups of italian men. looks interesting, but I have never played. probably cause I am not italian by heritage.

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  2. As soon as the rains come in, and I have a green lawn again, I'll be getting out my Bocce balls for a game.

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  3. There's a place to play bocce in Los Gatos. We went there several times as a "team building" outing from work. It was fun. It's one of the few games one can play without possessing any athletic ability. The pizza, beer, and wine weren't bad either!

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  4. I've seen it played many times, but have never played myself. But I do kind of understand it and know a good "toss" when I see one.

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  5. We've got a club here in Eugene that I've been playing with for over 4 years, now. There are a few other women but mostly men and we also have 3 large high school clubs that we interact with during late spring and summer. Pétanque is more strategic and challenging than Bocce. If there is a club near you, I eagerly suggest you give it another try! A very relaxing, low-stress game as long as the other players aren't professionals! When I play it reminds me of France and that is a GOOD THING!

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  6. i have three questions

    where it is
    when it was created
    and i do not know what i want to ask because i dont know and i love that place because it's cool and I never went there so i dont know but i love it more than mc donals

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