Let the Games Begin!

Kettler Cabo ping pong table on the patio
Our new ping pong table with a view.

We had a ping pong table gathering dust at our old home. We went back and forth on whether we wanted to move it or not. Our movers showed up with too small of a truck, they had to find a Uhaul to complete the move — so that set the nail in our ping pong table’s coffin. We donated it to Angel View Crippled Children’s Thrift Shop.

It had some good years of use. We raised our kids playing ping pong. We had relatives and friends over to play. The swim team played at our house. But lately, it had sat folded up in a corner in our garage.

Once we moved, I didn’t think about ping pong until our August beach vacation. At the park above the beach there were two concrete ping pong tables. My husband and played several games a day. We’d laugh so hard and it kept our heart rates going.

Summerland ping pong tables in a park
Beach ping pong at the park on concrete tables.

Then we went to Berkeley for a long weekend to visit the kids. My son found as an amazing airbnb that had a ping pong table in the living room. We played with the kids every evening. My son who had shoulder surgery had to play left handed and he was still beating us. It turns out that at his former job, they had a ping pong table at work. He played hours with someone he said was very good. It will be interesting to see how he does when his shoulder is healed and he plays us right handed.

airbnb with a ping pong table in the living room
Ping pong at the airbnb.

After the beach and Berkeley trips, I decided to order a new ping pong table. It would have been so much easier if we had kept the old one, but that’s like crying over spilt milk. We researched tables and decided we wanted one that was outdoor and could stand up to weather. I was so disappointed when it was delivered!

ping pong table in a box

The ping pong table arrived. Now about that “some assembly required.”

I’m usually pretty good at assembly required projects, but this one had me spooked. My husband cut open the box and there were multiple plastic packages of bolts, screws, nuts, etc. numbered starting at 40 going through the 50s, jumping over a hundred and ending at 128. My first step in assembly is making sure all the parts are there. I got out the instructions and they listed all the parts — but the numbers started at one and were consecutive — contrary to the contents in the box. I noticed the same type of screws in multiple bags. It completely overwhelmed me how to start.

My husband said, “Let’s send it back.”

I googled our area and ping pong tables. I found a game room guy. I called and asked if he’d assemble the table.

He said “Yes, next Wednesday for $450.”

My husband said, “Like I said. Send it back.”

I texted our realtor and asked if he knew anyone to assemble ping pong tables. He told me to use a website called Thumbtack.com. Good advice. They have service professionals at reasonable prices to do whatever you need. We found an affordable person who turned out to be a nice young man in his early 20s who assembled our ping pong table just like that for a fraction of the cost of my first quote.

So now I can say “Let the games begin!”

What fun activities do you like to do on vacation and at your house? Do you play ping pong or pool? What else do you do to stay active?

Do you like assembly required projects? How do you approach them?

20 thoughts on “Let the Games Begin!

  1. All depends on vacation. When we went to Turks we played tennis and went snorkeling and pool basketball. We also played cards. At home my husband and I play cards, backgammon and darts. I sometimes do jigsaw puzzles and my husband watches. I do the NYT crossword every day if that counts as an activity. I am the assembler in our house.my husband is not good at DIY. That being said, when we got our exercise bike I paid our handyman to assemble it.

  2. I enjoy DIY projects and ‘some assembly required’ and games (prefer athletic ones to board ones) but only if I have the time to enjoy them and do them right. Otherwise, they all just add to my stress. I have not had much time for anything this year and I’m working on changing that! 😀 I like your ping pong table – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blue one before!

  3. Lovely! We don’t play games at all. We used to play canasta when we were dating and games with the kids when they were little but that’s about it. That looks so nice there with the view too. Have fun!

    • We played games growing up, but I was the one in the family who would rather be reading. We played with our kids, too and then stopped after they left home. Ping pong is fun because it’s fast paced and doesn’t take up much time.

  4. If the instructions are well numbered and in English so we can read them, we have so far been able to assemble them, an once or twice we unassembled them to pack them up and send them back. If it looks like it will require a professional to put it together we do the smart thing and “Send it back!”

  5. That’s a great story. I’m only aloud to purchase items that say some assembly required if it’s an assembled chair without the legs attached!!!

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