Thank you Madeleine

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A couple of years back Madeleine asked the question, what would you do with $1000 to invest in something that you really don't need -- no repairs, nothing ordinary. 

I thought ... bocce court!  So I built one.  I thought it might be cheaper than 1K, but the project grew to meet the challenge Eye-wink

And guests love it. 

Right now we have a huge family group staying - all great folks - they spend hours and hours playing bocce.  They stayed out last night until it was so dark you could not tell red balls from blue.  Just now they are inside due to a thunderstorm.  Moist but happy.

So I encourage you to take up the challenge, what might you do that really doesn't make sense financially, but might be fun?

 

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Lawn darts.... Smiling

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Shuffleboard is another possibility. Doesn't cost too much, not much maintenance, and people enjoy it because it's for all ages and generally not a game they've played often, or at all.

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Another contender!

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We have a shuffleboard court that unfortunately has fallen into disrepair (been that way for as long as I can remember). Still makes a good place to put Adirondack chairs and look out on the harbor, though.

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Oh, I would love that! And I have the almost perfect lawn for it, too!

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Bocce is great fun for all ages. We have 2 tournament grade bocce courts in our City Park (under roof with lights). We host bocce tournament fundraisers and during the summer have  bocce leagues. I never played before we built these courts (City gave $2000 "seed money" and the rest was raised with donations & volunteer labor) and I am an alternate because I never know when I will have guests. I also am asked to play in most of he tournaments.

True story: Extreme snow collapsed one of the buildings at the City's Public Works garage. When our City Manager was about to leave to get the contract signed with the local contractor, she received a phone call from the man building the bocce courts (volunteer) saying, tell Lee he can put the roof on the bocce courts this weekend. She goes to Lee's office and as they do the greet patter usual, when tells him Wil says you can put the roof on the bocce courts this weekend. Lee says OK. As she is leaving, Lee asks if the roof on the bocce courts was a deal breaker. She replied that she did not know he was doing it until Wil called. Lee said - I didn't know it either. Lee and his men put the roof on - gratis.

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