Total CIO Ping Pong

Excuse the quality of this video, which my wife took while challenging me to a game of ping pong.

So what’s the point?

It’s important to work hard, but also to enjoy life and have some good times as well.

There is a Talmudic saying that he who goes through life without enjoying the world will be held accountable by G-d.

Aside from Judaism being against strict asceticism, this saying always sort of bewildered me, like why would religion need to tell you to enjoy yourself?

I think the answer is that in our zeal to advance ourselves–whatever that means for each person (accumulating wealth, offspring, expertise, fame, wisdom, spiritual growth)–we can go overboard, become obsessive-compulsive, and forget to refresh, rejuvenate and just relax and enjoy the life too.

You don’t have to deny yourself; but also, you don’t have to go crazy and be a pig either–just be balanced.

Play some ping pong or whatever, let loose a little, and be yourself. 🙂

The Tiger Woods of Ping Pong

This 9-year old kid–Tom Spicer–from Australia is quite simply amazing.Hard to believe this is real–but I understand that it is!This kid throws a ping ball every which way into a tiny cup.

Straight shot, with a bounce and even 4, off the wall, rolling off a roof, behind his back and around the corner, out of a window, a backflip while laying down, with a flick of a skateboard, with the cup in motion, even while bouncing on a trampoline.

This kid is an inspiration with just a ball and cup, a million and one shots, and a big smile.

Tom has been practicing for 5 1/2 years.

Amazing discipline and creativity–seems right for America’s Got Talent.

Imagine what we can do if we set our mind to accomplishing great things too.

Everyone can score! 😉

Coolest Ping Pong Table

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Here is the coolest ping pong table that I have ever seen.

Art Deco table makes for quite an eye catching game.

Yes, they do need to fix the broken net, but I think that’s because everyone loves to play on this table.

So did I tell you that at one time my dad was quite the ping pong player–although in those days I think they called it table tennis.

I doubt though they had a table that looked as cool as this.

Hope you enjoy!

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)