At approximately 1:30PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 I served, sliced, spun and dinked for the final time as a regular pickler at Woodside Bible Church. As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I have been playing pickleball at Woodside during my “extended lunch hour” on most Tuesdays and Thursdays for the better part of two years. In those two years I not only learned to play the game, but more importantly, I made some amazing friendships.
Condo – Perfect for a Guy Who’s Not Handy!
For the past several years my wife and I have wanted to transition from home ownership to condo ownership. Afterall, who likes mowing, shoveling snow and dealing with the seemingly never-ending headaches associated with home ownership? Not me! In May, 2014 we put our house up for sale – and in December, 2014 we closed on the sale and became “homeless.”
Since that time we have been fortunate enough to take advantage of an empty house as the in-laws have been traveling throughout the southern United States as part of their SOWER’s RV ministry. While “house-sitting” we have been anxiously waiting for the perfect condo to hit the MLS system – one with a pond/lake view and a clubhouse and pool. It still hasn’t hit. Unfortunately these “amenities” are not typical in Michigan, at a price point we desire. We, therefore, decided to expand our search to our neighbors to the south. And if Michigan was our first choice, southwest Ohio became our second choice after visiting the area several times.
The Jig is Up — They’re Coming Home!
It’s now the last week of March and, unfortunately, the jig is up. The in-laws have said they are coming home. We still don’t have a condo that we can call home – but we’re still actively searching. To maximize everyone’s sanity – we decided to get an apartment – and we decided to get one in southwest Ohio while we continue to wait for the perfect condo. We have reserved the moving truck and we’ll be driving it down on Monday.
I’ll Always Consider Woodside “Home”
Although we will no longer take up permanent residence in metro Detroit, we will still be visiting and returning to the area quite regularly. The in-laws still live in southeast Michigan and I still have clients in the area that I manage (I own my own digital marketing business) and with whom I will continue to meet. In true, pickleball-addict fashion, I will make every effort to schedule these meetings around a Tuesday or Thursday so that I can come back and rekindle the friendships I have made on the pickleball courts at Woodside. I also look forward to playing in some pickleball tournaments in the area each summer, including the Royal Oak Skill Level Pickleball Tournament slated for August.
You may no longer see me playing pickleball every Tuesday and Thursday, but I will still always consider Woodside my “home.” See you on the courts!
Todd is the talent behind PickleballMAX. He knows pickleball and demonstrates it on the court as a 4.5 – 5.0 player. In addition to creating content and running the PickleballMAX business, Todd is IPTPA Level II certified. As an instructor at the Ohio Pickleball Academy, he instructs students and runs adult and youth clinics. He also manages tournament desks throughout the tri state for tournaments ranging from 100-500 participants.