SUBJECT: All quiet on the Eastern Front
Dear International Community,
Yesterday, in the early afternoon, I drove to the Clearwater Shuffleboard Club as I had done for the entire past week. Outside courts and benches were empty with a light wind blowing some new fallen leaves. Not a soul could be seen anywhere. Birds singing in the trees broke the utter silence. The parking lot appeared much larger in the absence of vehicles and the contracted trolley shuttle was now a thing of the past.
Only a week earlier, at this very location, I walked among the 113 international competitors and received nodding heads, pats on the back, words of greeting in various languages, smiles and great big hugs. Gone are shufflers walking about with cues in one hand a game schedule in the other. How time flew. In reality, I feel nothing for the games lost or won but I miss terribly the sounds of laughter, banging of disks and gentle chatter in many different languages. Planning has already begun for next year’s tournament but 365 days seems like so long to be in your presence once again.
Until we meet again, I’ll just hold on to each and every memory.
Sincerely, Michael Robert Zellner, ISA President