Archive | June, 2011

Uncle Dan Wants You…to Play Petanque!!!

29 Jun

This Saturday, July 2nd, in Forest Park! Saddle up your pony, stick a feather in your hat and call it macaroni! We’re having a multi-national, star-spangled celebration which will include a home baked frosted Independence day, fourth of July cake emblazoned in the colors of Ol’ Glory for all to share! The shot around the world kicks off at 11 AM with my own harmonica rendition of “Oh Canada” in belated celebration of “Canada Day” on July 1st …bring a hockey stick…and don’t forget to congratulate our own U-S of A Pay-tonk champion who will represent us, the US, Chicago, Forest Park and perhaps even Wendy’s (???) in the upcoming World Petanque Championship this October in Marseille, France!!! ZIGGY-ZIGGY-ZIGGY-ZIGGY-ZIGGY!!!


28 Jun

His team WON the CHAMPIONSHIP! His team will be representing the USA in the World Championship. WOW! This is tremendous. Let’s celebrate this Saturday in Forest Park starting at 11 a.m. More exciting news to come.

One Short of a Dirty Dozen…

26 Jun

Eleven petanquers came out to shoot the boule on this spectacular summer day! Most of us played five to six games for over 6 hours of fun! We even organized ourselves into impromptu intramural tournament play! After three rounds of play, the stats looked like this…

Dan & Steve (Winner of the 2011 desert challenge) Won 2 games, Lost 1.

Bob & Brandon “the Nebraskan Assassin” Won 2 games, Lost 1.

Ian & Loic “the Landscaper” Won 1 game, Lost 2.

Tom & John “the Kaizer of Petanque” Won 1 game, Lost 2.

Then, unfortunately, one player from each team had to leave, creating the Amalgamated Team of Steve and Brandon to play against the United Confederacy of Ian & John for the championship.

Steve and Brandon won the final game 13 to 6, and let me tell you, they were tough. Really tough. Steve is so tough, he doesn’t shave. He pounds his facial hair back through his jaw with a steel boule and chews it off…from the inside! Brandon is so tough he doesn’t even have to shoot our boules away. If we hold the point, he’ll just kind of stare at our boules until they sort of roll away…voluntarily!
Between rounds, both of them do push ups…or so it seems. If you look closely enough,
you’ll realize they aren’t pushing anything UP…they’re pushing the earth DOWN!
Now that’s tough!

Ian is tough too! Not only can he OPEN a beer with his Leinenkugel’s hat, but he can CHILL a warm beer to 39 degrees with his COLD, HARD stare!

A chrome plated “Wind-Up Bob” hood ornament will soon adorn Peugeot automobiles everywhere!

Special thanks to Brian and Mitch from UBK studios who came out to enjoy a couple of games with us today! They’ve finished their documentary movie “Petanque America Open” filmed amongst other places, at the above said tournament in Florida back in November of 2010. It’s on DVD! Check out



Petanque & Lunch. Bring a Dish to Share.

23 Jun

Escape “The Taste” this Saturday!!!

22 Jun

Toss away that Turkey drumstick, stale slice of pizza and unused food tickets!!! Come out to Forest Park where you can pack a lunch, play some petanque and rest in the shade of our resident Maple tree away from the crowds! Escape the madness this Saturday; we’re looking at 75 degrees, an imperceptible 7 mph wind and no wet stuff…Play begins at 11 AM! Please respond by email if you think you can schlep yourself over to the terrains and play a few games! Hope to see you there!

Playing Schedule Locations and Dates

12 Jun

2011 Chicago Petanque Club Calendar (to date)

June 18 Saturday, Playing in Forest Park 11am
June 25 Saturday, Playing in Forest Park 11am
July 2 Saturday, Playing in Forest Park 11am
July 9 Saturday, Playing in McGuane Park. 11am Bastille Day Picnic and Petanque.
July 16 Saturday, Playing in Wheaton, 11am
July 23 Saturday, Playing in Forest Park, 11 am
August 14 Sunday, French Connection Demo, Cantigny Wheaton

Chicago Club Fundraiser

5 Jun


If you are crazy for petanque, you won’t want to miss the WENDY’S BIG BURGER dinner on Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m in Melrose Park.
Petanque lovers from all over the Chicagoland area will be meeting for a fun, tasty dinner of OLD FASHIONED BURGERS. (Salads and other yummy sandwiches also available).

We’ll eat burgers, discuss petanque plans for the rest of the year, and solve all of the world’s problems.

PLUS, 15% of all WENDYS sales between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9th will be donated  to our CHICAGO PETANQUE CLUB. So, be sure to attend this gala event and bring your appetite and all your friends.

Meeting and dinner time 6:30 p.m. at WENDYS at 901 W. North Avenue (at 9th Ave)  in Melrose Park. This is an excellent fundraiser to support petanque in Chicago.

If time allows, maybe a game afterwards in Forest Park.

I believe; They’re out there…

4 Jun

Steve earns top billing this week. Only three petanquers came out to brave the temperatures which registered at 101 degrees in the sun on Saturday! We played 6 mono-a-mono games where Steve came out on top eighty percent of the time wining the Chicago Petanque Club’s “Desert Challenge”; for which he will be ceremoniously guillotined to kick off our Bastille Day event later this summer…

Although my beer soaked brain was boiling in the confines of my cranium, I managed to snap this photo which appears to be an Alien spacecraft abducting a little green cochonet…perhaps they mistakened it for one of their own. Stare at the center boule for a minute and you’ll get the full effect…