ペタンク (Petanque) & Cigars
Which out-door game, well some might call it sport, can be played with cigar in mouth and a glass in one hand? Petanque (ペタンク) the French game of throwing steel balls towards a small target as close as possible, is the perfect choice. And as with many games where hand-eye coordination is all important, the more wine and cigars the higher up goes the level of play, …or so it seems.
A few cigar aficionados gathered on sunny and warm Sunday afternoon to seriously try a hand at this game. As you can see from the photos, it was fun! Cigar smoking the relaxed way. Although I have never seen so many smokers chewing on their cigars; it must have been the pressure of making those perfect, game-deciding shots.
Top row, from left to right:1) Ben-san’s stash on my out-door humidor. 2) A bundle of Connies No. 9, the perfect out-door cigar. 3) Examining a few H2000 wrapper stogies.
2nd row, from left to right:1) Gathering on a nice Sunday afternoon. 2) Zuko-san’s shiny, new “my-balls”. 3) …and the new guayabera long-sleeves! shirt.
3rd row, from left to right:1) BIB-san concentrating hard. 2) Kochi-san, quite professional style. 3) BIB-san’s friend placing one close. 4) SanRuy-san, the stylist.
4th row, from left to right:1) Zuko-san launches a fast ball. 2) Where is the target? 3) BIB-san counting the points.
Last row, from left to right:1) Me practicing a knock-away throw. 2),3),4) After the Petanque game, more wine, food and of course; another cigar.
How to ペタンク？