The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. I, Issue 43 - November 11, 2002 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Archived JOB Weekly issues
•   Non bocce product of the week
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #43 November 11, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

We didn’t get much response to Tom Cretella’s question about “friendly wagering” on bocce. I’m guessing that most people are not playing for money. One reader suggested that gambling on bocce might turn things into a circus act.

Tom indicated that “I just built my own court. Now the joy of bocce is right in my back yard. I know my father’s games involved some wager or another.”

{ I have never wagered on my bocce games…which might explain why I am still financially solvent.}

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John Monaghan offers this…

“There should be a National Registry of Bocce Courts open for the general public. This would direct people to them and prevent public officials from removing them without interested opposition.”

{Makes perfect sense to me – how would a group or individual go about setting such a plan into motion?}

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Lots of great bocce news from John Ross…

{About the bocce documentary we have been anxiously awaiting…}

“I finally tracked down the producer, Blake Direkson. He is in New York working on another film. He said that the documentary is almost finished and should be out soon.

They had some editing problems, but the director has solved the problems and the final cut should be ready soon.”

{John promises that I will be one of the first to know when the video is released, and I will quickly get the word out here}

{A critique of a past issue…}

”I just finished reading e-zine #40. You did an outstanding job reporting on the North American Championships in Chicago. I was impressed with your synopsis of the rules and the photographs you used to represent different aspects of the game.”

{That issue generated the most positive feedback of any issue to date, especially from people who had no idea such a level of bocce existed}

{News of an intriguing fund-raiser…}

”I'm sorry that I missed meeting you in Chicago. My wife Andrea and I were invited to play on the western teams, but were unable to because of a long-standing prior commitment. We have a bocce court and a small non-commercial winery (Shady Oak Cellars) in our back yard which we "sell" at a charity auction for the Sequoia Hospital Foundation. We provide brunch, bocce lessons (from one of the current US national champions, Andrea) and a winery tour and barrel tasting. Then we coach and supervise a long afternoon of bocce for the winner of the bid. This event has raised over $7,500 for the foundation the last two years, and we could not cancel the date.”

{Congratulations on the excellent community service project incorporating bocce – would love to hear more about this}

{Finally, a promise of things to come…}

”We recently bought a digital camera. We are having trouble getting our computer (Mac 8.6) to co-operate. As soon as we figure out how to make everything work, you will have photos of every court in the west!”

{Great news…photos of every court in the west!}

 Archived JOB Weekly issues
We've been hard at work archiving past issues in response to readers' requests. We're not finished, but issues 1 - 22 and 40 - 42 can be found at joyofbocce.com by clicking on the Back Issues button.

The first 18 issues were in plain text (no html) so you might encounter formatting problems with those (you may just have to scroll a mile-and-a-half to the right to read a paragraph).

Also, the links for Photos of the Week will take you to the current photos, not those alluded to in that week's Ezine.

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 Photos of the week
Recently our Monday morning bocce had to be moved because my court was not ready. We've had a lot of rain lately and my Har-Tru surface hasn't "cured" or "set up" yet. As soon as we realized the court was unplayable, we moved over to the local ball park and played on the stone dust infield.

This week's photos depict this outdoor play.

We brought two sets of balls along and had two games going on simultaneously. Winners and losers played each other in a kind of round robin format.

Warm weather gear was in order on this fall morning. One game was played from home plate towards first base and the other from third base towards second.

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 Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Drag Brush

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made, and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

Recently I met with a couple of very nice young men, representatives from Lee Tennis (makers of that Har-Tru surface). They showed me some court maintenance tools that were created for tennis courts but look like they will work fine for bocce courts as well.

I’ve been experimenting with their 7-foot drag brush which I absolutely love. It is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without players standing around waiting. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $137.95 plus shipping.

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 Non bocce product of the week
Tri-Omega PLUS for cardio-vascular health maintenance

{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

Heart disease is the number one killer of people in North America, taking more than half a million lives per year. The good news is that in combination with a proper diet and regular exercise, there are certain nutrients that can help maintain health. Among these are "omega-3" long-chain fatty acids.

Tri-Omega PLUS provides a powerful blend of pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 fatty acids along with B6, folic acid, and B12 to help you maintain cardiovascular health.

Let me make things simple...if you don't eat fish as many times per week as you should, this product can fill in the gaps and go a long way toward improving cardiovascular health. Bottle of 60 softgel capsules retails for $14.95 plus shipping.

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