The 2011 McPherson Beach Year in Review
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life, it means forever and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here to tell you there's something else… McPherson Beach. A place of never ending happiness, you can always see the sun, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, you know the one, Dr. “Everything Will Be Alright”. Instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind, baby. 'Cuz in this life, things are much harder than at McPherson Beach. In this life, you're on your own.
Greetings and salutations and welcome to another edition of the McPherson Beach Year in Review. Two exciting new additions were added to the Beach this year. The first was adding a second volleyball court. Participation in the MBVL has been growing over the years resulting in the need/desire for a second court. First, I spent several weeks building a couple of retaining walls to add more surface area. Then, over two weekends, there was 10-15 of us moving trees, poles, retaining walls, and a whole bunch of sand. Work on the second court continued for a few weeks while we played just on the first court until the magical day when both courts were used.
The second addition this year was the East Beach Bridge. The bridge, built in May with the help of my brother & nephew, is 10 feet wide and 26 feet long and looks damn good, if I must say so myself! In the far less exciting department, the bottom of the driveway and the surrounding retaining wall were recently replaced. Doesn’t really up the fun factor at the Beach but it does look nicer.
The MBVL had another great season from April to October. The second court was used most weeks as we averaged around 15 players per week and had a record high of 81 players throughout the season. We generally play for about 4 hours and go out to eat afterwards making volleyball days great, great fun for me.
The Mac Beach Open had its best year ever raising $1680 for Camp Twin Lakes. Taking advantage of the second court, we had 15 teams participate on the Co-ed 4’s tournament on Saturday and 23 players in the King & Queen of the Beach tournaments on Sunday. Both days ended at Taco Mac which donated gift cards that were given to the winners
Mostly due the construction of the second volleyball court, there was a whopping 72 tons of sand added the Beach this year bringing the total to 497 tons (some people incorrectly estimate the total at 6 tons but we won’t name names). The Beach now contains sand from 319 different beaches as sand from Aruba, Virgin Gorda, England, Alaska, Spain, and (my favorite beach name ever) Wilbur by the Sea were added this year.
Poker Night at Mac’s Game Room continued for an 8th year. 15 tournaments were held including 4 “majors”. It was a very good year for yours truly as I won 4 tournaments including a “major”. $4536 was raised for charity this year bringing the total to over $28K donated thru the years.
The Summer Kick Off and End of Summer parties were held once again and enjoyed by young and old. The Summer Kick Off had a record setting crowd of over 100 people and the End of Summer was threatened by rain but the magical powers of the Beach kept all but a drizzle from falling from the sky.
Pictures on this year’s card include the East Beach Bridge, two volleyball courts, a group picture from the Co-ed 4’s tournament, a nighttime picture of the pool & grotto, 6 drunks in the hot tub, me & my crew in the Bamboo Lounge. On the inside is me winning the PN@MGR Players Championship (again!), the bonfire from one the beach parties, and trophies from the Mac Beach Open. On the back is…, uh…, hmm…, I’ve got no explanation for that.
My travels this year took me to Biloxi in January for a poker tournament, West Palm Beach in February for a poker tournament, a couple of spring training games, and some beach time, Fort Walton Beach in April for the annual Fudpuckers volleyball tournament where my team once again lost in the first round of the playoffs. I’ve adopted the Cubs’ slogan of “wait until next year”. I also spent one night in Pensacola following the tournament playing cards at the local poker room. I went to Tunica in August for yet another poker tournament (see a pattern developing here?), Baltimore in September for Braves/Nationals & Orioles/Red Sox games, back to Biloxi in November for, you guessed it, a poker tournament, and I just got back from a trip to Daytona Beach to play some poker (no tournaments this time) and hang on the beach.
Finally, after nearly 13 years and 200K miles, I actually got a new car just a few weeks ago. The Malibu has been replaced by a brand new 2012 Chevy Cruze LTZ and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it every day since.
Happy Holidays and see you at the Beach in 2012,
The McPherson Beach Staff (a.k.a. Dave)
P.S. For those that didn’t “get” the opening paragraph, please google “prince let’s go crazy”.
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