Why croquet is cool

Why croquet is cool

I had a super busy week last week with a trip to San Francisco.   I shot more than 8 rolls of film while in the US so I have a lot of scanning to do.     The first three rolls I scanned were from an offsite team building event in Napa Valley.     We started off with a round of Croquet at Meadowood...  I have never been to Napa Valley before and found it beautiful. Today's Configuration:  Leica M6 Millennium with various Leica Lens shooting Kodak Ektar 100 and Kodak Portra 400 films.

Croquet in Napa Valley

Croquet in Napa Valley

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Now croquet is something that many of us remember playing on our lawns as kids or at our grandparents houses...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Last year's champions...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Against all of us...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Waiting for defeat...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Now while all of us remember playing croquet it isn't always thought of as the cool sport.   Let me tell you why this might not be the case:

10 reasons why croquet is cool

#1 Fast paced action on the green...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#2 If you forget who goes next check the color on the pin.   It doesn't get easier than that and due to #5 and #6 this can become important.

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#3 Trash talking is expected and encouraged as a part of good sportsmanship and team building.

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#4 You have sticks to lean on while waiting your turn

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#5 Alcohol is readily available and walking up to a bar with a club isn't viewed as 'threatening behavior'...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#6 You can drink while playing

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#7 lounge chairs are available if you don't want to lean on your sticks while you wait

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#8 disputes are resolved old school style through Rock Papers Scissors

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

#9 Big hats are in style...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

...and #10 Flasks and cigars seem only appropriate

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

This is not part of the game...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

My dream team...

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Sadly we came in second to this team... There is always next year.

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

Croquet in Napa Valley at Meadowood

After a physically taxing day of croquet we retired to a wine tasting at Silverdo...it is important to keep your energy levels up.

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

This place is gorgeous.  I would love to be here in the fall...

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

I took the opportunity to take a few more of my headshots...film style!

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

I look forward to coming back one day soon...

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

Wine tasting at Silverado in Napa Valley

I have 4 more rolls from my San Francisco Photoalk and a few other Tokyo rolls in process.   Look for some more coming soon.  Thanks for stopping by today...

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Pushing Thorsten

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