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A 3-month journey of regularly playing Petanque

Posted on: December 18, 2016

A 3-month journey of regularly playing Petanque

After 3 months of regularly playing Petanque and being on time, I discovered that irregularities in behaviors of the members have taken a toll on me.

It was no longer that much fun and pleasant to pass quality time with the new acquaintances I linked up friendship with.

We enjoyed wonderful evenings accompanied with plenty of quality laughter, the kinds of involuntary loud laughter. It was a nice journey that permitted me to learn and socialize and discover my humoristic tendencies and joking mind.

So he got upset and quit the game. All the players left, sheep-file, through the gate

It was a good 3-month ride (moushwaar). An opportunity to communicate and observe my town people, closely and personally, on the game field.

A few examples of the unnerving behaviors of some players who considered themselves above regulations and polite rules.

Someone enters late and decide to be the leader and pick his team, irrespective of whose turn to play.

Another one come in drunk, sit on a chair, appoint himself leader and exercise a veto right of whom should be on his team. He has no idea who is playing and when he gets up, he hits the balls of his team members, claiming that he was Not aware. And it happens twice in a row.

At my last game I had a row with A.B Knot, who considers himself the best player of the club in seniority. He played with his preferred team. My team, all of them used to come regularly and on time to games, registered 4 points and I said: “The other team should remain at zero”. I guess this joke didn’t set well with Knot but he didn’t reply to my challenge.

In the next set of the game, it was our team turn and I was studying the field and Knot got upset on the ground that he knows the disposition of the balls and he insisted on interfering with my right. I finally got upset and told him defiantly that the rules say that he should Not interfere. (Actually, this was his own rule that refuses to abide by it on the ground that he has some privileges that he bestowed on himself)

A few seconds elapsed to rewind the spring, and this tiny and wiry toy sprung at me, screaming “Are you shouting at me? Are you shouting at me!”. It was a comical moment but I retained my composure.

We resumed the game and we were 8 to zero since we lodged 4 more points to add to the score. The Leader of the losing team, AB Knot, opted to remind himself that he is still pretty upset and created to himself an excuse Not to continue the game.

So he got upset and quit the game.  He should be sanctioned for quitting, but he was rewarded grandly: all the remaining members in the tent decided to quit also. All the players left, in sheep-file, through the gate, tink tink.

We all get upset, angry and we shout. So what? Getting upset and quitting is a generalized flawed sense of pride.

Note: These are a few notes and comments I posted on FB related to my experiences and this event.

Ejetlo sha7meh 3ala ftireh, wa narvaz le2enno nabreti tol3et. Ma tebe3 al kanoon elleh houweh 7atto 3ashwa2eyyan, wa etddakhal fi keef lazem faree2na yel3ab. “3am tosrokh 3aleyyeh?”  I was about to laugh, but maintained a serious demeanor.

T3ebt: ketret al 7azazaat. Heda ma byel3ab ma3 heda. Heda ma byelyab ella iza heda le3eb bi fari2o. Heda ma 3endo raghbeh yel3ab sa7: biyel3ab 3afshika le2enno modtarr yefel wa bi hott al mishkleh 3ala rfi2o. Mnarvaz, jou3aan, nharo sayye2… Iza  ma baddak tel3ab min kel alba2, fel, wa ma tsamem al jaw

Saar kel wa7ad mnarvaz, mhayyaj, met7ammass… bado yet7atat 3aleyyeh. Ou3a tejra7 shou3ouro al morhaf bi telmi7a. Wa ana saber 3ala kalimaat, wa estehdafaat montazima, wa mwata 7ayteh min ajel al jam3a. Shou ana walad ta seer maksar 3assa? 3arfeen ma bosbor 3ala zolm, wa 3a yalleh dareb 7alo bi 7ajar akbar minno, wa laysh ketret hal zakzakeh? 

3am bet3ayyet 3alay? wa lesh 3ayyat 3allay abel ma 3ayyet? Enta moush bi fari2e tat wajjeh te3limatak. Haydeh we7de min kawaninak al 3ashwaeyyeh.  baddo youda3 al shourout wa al 2awaneen  3ala zao2o, fi al aw2at  elleh betnasbo, wa biyekser al awaneen 3ala zao2o. . Ma 7ada bi ello ra2yo, wa 7atta washwasheh.

houweh shayef kel shi. a3ed 3ala kersi wa moush dari enno wa7ad min fari2o arrab aktar 3ala al koshonneh. saret martayn bi da2 wa7ad. wa ba3do mousser enno shayef kel shi.

2el shou? wa laww. houwweh 3allamna 3ala le3beh al boule, wa biye7lelo yebahdel elleh baddo, sa3et elle baddo. Ka2nno mawdou3 boule.  wa moush drouret mouwajehet al zolm.

Shou ana walad 3ind Mr. Mawalad?

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