Jon's Volley Blog and More

I’m back

Okay, so it’s been a six full months since I’ve posted anything on this site.  Let’s see who is actually still checking…


A few updates in my life:
Jackson is now 1 year old.  How crazy is that? He is way past crawling and walking (almost running) all over the place. Eating solid food.  Drinking milk, no more formula!  Too bad he’s still in diapers.  No real words but mumbling stuff.  He very much has his own personality.  He is the BEST!!!!  Laura and I PLAN to bring him to the beach on Saturday.

Laura and I are still trying to sell our (town)house in Safety Harbor.  We are close to purchasing a house in Tampa (right outside of West Chase) by Courtside Grill (not the one in St. Pete).  Keep your fingers crossed for us.

I got a promotion at work back in October.

I broke down and joined FaceBook.


Other than that same old same old.  Now onto the stuff you all come here for.  The volleyball.

My first week back from my six month break was two Saturday’s ago.  I got to play with Bryan Rambo.  Neither us of had played in a while.  6 months for me, 6 weeks for him.  We literally called ourselves Team 66.  We actually fared pretty well.  We won a few and lost of few but overall had a great time.  Bryan is fun to play with and plays great defense.  And his setting is not as bad as he thinks it is. 🙂

The week in between Laura’s parents were visiting from Michigan to help celebrate Jackson’s first birthday.  We had a very small party on Saturday and went to the zoo on his official birthday.  On Sunday I took Laura’s dad dead sea fishing on the Double Eagle.  Great fun and good fishing.  I had not fished since I was a kid.  We caught about 25 fish (mostly White Grunts) and keep 20.  Plenty to cook up for dinner that night.

This past Saturday I played with Sean.  Sean has great hands and threw up some great sets.  Sadly for Sean (and me) I was not ready to actually spike any of them.  If I remember correctly we lost to Rob/Dustin by 10+.  Then we lost to Murray/Partner, I believe Sean had a tough first ten points.  We made a run at the end but ran a little short at the end.  Next we played Brown/Daryl.  They beat us too but I sneak in a great block on Brown.  I showed line and jumped all over the angle.  And with all my blocks it didn’t turn into a point.  I think Brown covered and got the next shot for a winner.  However, this was our best game as a team.  I believe we lost 18-21.

The Plumb/Kuk team seemed to be winning most of the early matches on center.  Brown/Daryl and Ian/Dan seemed to be playing well also.  I recall a close game where Plumb blocked a ball to make it 21-21 but he netted, thus losing 19-21.  The team of Plumb/Kuk split so that Ryan/Plumb could team up.

This brings us to my last game of the day.  Kuk picks me up.  I proceed to tell Mike that he better have his backpack ready.  I also state my passing has been good all day but I can’t sideout.  We play Rob/Dustin.  First play, I shank my first pass (great).  They serve Mike on accident, i think it never even made it over.  Dustin made a funny comment that I can’t recall about serving him.  I played awful.  Mike missed a bunch of serves.  Rob kept digging me and putting it over on one for a kill (this was a pattern for this game and the first time we played too).  I think we lost by 4-7 points.

Hopefully I can continue to come out for Saturday mornings and early afternoons and get back a little bit of my game.

Last thing I recall as I was walking off the beach, Darryl’s net on center while talking COD to me.  Which I cannot wait to play with you guys.  I plan to change my gamertag tomorrow.  Then I will email it to you.  It’s currently a company name and I need to change it because I do not own that company (long story).


I need to put my two cents in.  I was not there.  So this is MY HUMBLE OPINION.
I would have thought it weird also if we’ve been setting up in the same spot for a long time and and group has been playing in a different same spot for a long time.  Then the different group setup in our so-called spot.  WEIRD is the key word her.  NOT wrong.  Just weird.  The beach belongs to none of us.  First come first serve to location.  As long as we can all remain friends that is the important thing.


What else, if anything would you like to POST about?
i.e. movie reviews


Any one got any scoop on the AVP?  I saw Darryl’s FB post and the date on their website.  What gives?


Florida Beach Tours
Again, IMHO, do what you want with your tour.  I personally think it would be in everyone’s best interest to have tournaments on different weekends but I’m totally okay with it if you don’t.


Going Forward
Please bookmark because I will most likely be dropping the redirect.
Also, keep an eye out for a new email address and mailing address when/if I move.


I actually enjoyed writing this again.  Hopefully you enjoyed reading it.  If you do, please post something, anything.  If you want me to add a sponsor link, let me know, I’d be glad to.  Only one that comes to mind is the Kong Volleyball.


April 13, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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