The head count

The pool isn’t busy at all. Today is the first time that I swam with another person in the lane for about 20 laps which is long. One other time I got into the lane with a person already in there but after a lap he left.

There is a girl by the entrance who counts us. Yesterday was 93 (because of the little summer campers) and today I’m the 31st, at 5:53pm, a little over an hour to closing.

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1k in 27 minutes

Current women’s swimming Olympic records. 

Hooray: I’m able to reduce from 34 minutes to 27 minutes in 1,000 yard of swim.

Ok … truth be told, only because I’ve more use of limbs – not yet 100% but most of them anyway. I still can’t kick full force so, there is still some tiny room to improve.

This morning, I was able to do the flip turns but won’t kick too hard.

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Seeing Serena, 2021

Seeing Serena by Gerald Marzorati, published on June 15, 2021.

He begins with, that this book is not an authorized biography and that his access to her, merely as a journalist who writes for New Yorker. All the info is from his own cumulation and from that of his peers.

In the book, the author discussed the Thiem – bad personality episode.

He also wrote about the Belgium player Justine Henin’s hand job at 2003 French Open. (reporting on the case, from Tennis and Greg Couch @ 4:25 mark.) Henin did put her hand up and caused Serena to miss her first serve but the chair umpire didn’t see the hand job, denied Serena’s first serve. At that point, Serena was leading … but ended up losing the match. (Head to head, Williams leads 8-6.) Very, very unsportsmanship.

Seeing Serena (2021) 📖 看到小威

作者Gerald Marzorati 为纽约客写网球. 上个月出版的这本书没有特别通行道 都是积累. 他自己所见所闻+其他同行的报道. 写的挺中正.

Margaret Court 玛格丽特阔特 的24 单打 满贯 一直是小威追赶的目标. 但阔只赢了11个公开赛的满贯.在很多人心里 威的23 就是才是公开赛的记录.
不知道她锲而不舍的在追啥. 同感.
完美主义? 同感.
就是喜欢打. 同感.

2⃣️ 是她老爸 … [捂脸] 很难忍受的一个人. 总是希望他闭口 走开… 但每每想起他调教了二个开心阳光又成功的娃 (姐妹俩赢了一大堆双打大满贯和奥运金牌🏅️)
算了(俺收声走开) 让他享受一下他二秒钟的风光吧 [偷笑] (还记得他在温网💃吗 [捂脸][捂脸][捂脸])

3⃣️ 她2021温网 夸张吗?

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8pm closing time

Saturday 7:35pm

For 3 days, July 15-17, the pool that usually closes at 7pm, extended an extra hour, closing at 8pm. How did I find out? When I left at 6:50 and there were still a few swimmers in the pool, so I asked.

“Because of the heat wave, we’re closing an hour later.”

What’s the point when no one knew?

“How do we find out?” IF I weren’t there? “Call 311,” the lady manager who also cleans the bathroom, said, “we were told in the morning, to open late today.”

Who would know to call 311 to find if a pool will extend its opening hour???

On Saturday, I called 311 and was told, yes, it opens till 8pm.

Goose (or geese) is main stay in our area. They walk leisurely and poop all over the place.

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Fatso …

Recently, I noticed a little change in the active wear industry: they showcase the fatso next to the perfect bodied models. 

Isn’t this something to celebrate? 

Let’s face it : how many of us has the perfect body?

… that 99% body type get a spot on the commercial 👏🏻 Athleta is one of many active wear brand, nothing really special but by putting up a fatso is eye catching, simply great. Buy from it, Gap’s many brands.

哇 99% 的体型在广告上占有一席之地 👏🏻 Athleta (Gap’s) 是众多运动服品牌之一,没啥特别的,但是通过放一个胖子很引人注目,棒 🐂. 变粉 起买.

Happy Monday 

The skirt sells for $69 and the skinny short at $59.


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The little ones

The summer is here and the day campers for swimming and tennis are coming to Whitney Pond Park.

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Coco Gauff, Degas’ dancer

Coco Gauff (2004) advanced to Wimbledon 2021’s third round.

She always reminds me of Degas’ Little Dancer. This ballerina 3⃣️ is the one at The National Gallery of Art in DC.

Last time to Museum d’Orsay, saw a short stage play of the teenager 2⃣️ – it was a treat. [愉快]

Currently Federer is playing Gasquet – this is a treat. Wish the French could win once.

小豆豆 晋升第三圈🎾. 她像不像 Degas 德加的小舞娘? 3⃣️是在华府国家美术馆里的小舞娘. 上次在巴黎的多赛博物馆里看到一个别出心裁的创意表演 2⃣️ – 扮演小舞娘 [强]

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Where is the pressure?

“You’re 23, you’re healthy, wealthy, your family is good. Where is the pressure?” Boris Becker hits out at Naomi Osaka over media stance.

In a statement announcing her withdrawal, Osaka made it clear that media interactions had taken a toll on her mental health. The 23-year-old revealed she had been suffering from depression since 2018 and claimed she would get bouts of social anxiety when interacting with the media as she is not a natural English speaker.

She has been living and training in U.S. since age three, “not a natural English speaker” is an outright lie.

“Is that really pressure? Isn’t it pressure when you don’t have food on the table? When you’ve got to feed your family and you don’t have a job? When you have a life-changing injury? Isn’t that more pressure?” Boris Becker said. “You’re 23, you’re healthy, you’re wealthy, your family is good. Where is the f****** pressure?”

Good question. Isn’t mental toughness a part of everyone’s life, if you want to be on top? Her quitting the French Open and Wimbledon, two tournaments that she never advanced beyond 3rd round, perhaps didn’t make as a big news as she and her endorsors had hoped for? Lukewarm to say the best. Another controversy is the hammer thrower Gwen Berry who turned her back to the flag at Olympics trail where she earned a third place, which meant she made the team to Tokyo. But the overwhelming comments on Facebook is, to bar her from representing the country.

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Katie Ledecky & Janet Evans

Two generations of distance swimmers Janet Evans (1971, 5’3″/1.65m) and Katie Ledecky (1997, 6’/1.83m; niece of Jon Ledecky), both are my idols. Ledecky is tall but Evans is not but she won over the big girls who took drugs, which was some awesome accomplishment. They were all graduated from Stanford, Katie this month.


1⃣️ Katie Ledecky (1997, 1.83米) 2012 伦敦奥运会 15岁 800米赢了她第一奥运金牌
2016 里约热内卢奥运 四个🏅️
到目前为止她赢了34面主要奖牌: 28金 5 银1 铜

2⃣️ Janet Evans (1971, 1.65米) 也是史丹福毕业生. 赢了四面奥运金牌(1988, 1992). 她身材瘦小 但🐂到轻轻松松赢过高头大马+吃药💊打针💉的同行 [偷笑][玫瑰]

有人说看🐟降血压, 看🏊是无聊[偷笑]

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Jon Ledecky, 1958

The owner of the Islanders, Jon’s uncle of Katie Ledecky, the legendary distance swimmer. He bought out Charlies Wang in 2014 and became the majority owner since 2016. Fans love him too.

What to wear to a game is a headache: too many outfits to choose from.


We went to Giants’ play off in 2012 … then they won the Super Bowl. So will 2021 be the year for both of them, especially for Jon – I’ve no doubt that Katie will win more gold.

看球赛 🏒️ 穿球衣 只是件件都不好看. 苦水里泡大的娃和甜水里长大的娃 好像就是不一样 🥲. 胸前那个徽和咱们的补子有的拼: 一品清官? 要不九品芝麻官😉

岛人队的主要股东, Katie Ledecky 🏊‍♂️ 的叔叔Jon 喜欢和粉丝们互动,赛前赛后都会在门口伺候: 合影签名 high five. 俺谢了他后说 ‘祝福你和Katie!’ 他好鸡冻喔, 搂着俺 “thank you thank you!” 虽然是她第三个奥运会 觉得她赢🏅️的机会非常大, 问题是几个.

他的卖主王嘉廉(1944上海-2018纽约) 刚刚买了岛人队后也被粉丝们媒体追捧,人气旺盛好一阵. 老王也曾经在门口服侍粉丝们:握手. 有时还带着他的小儿子. 只是他可能缺少一点激情还是他木纳的外表吧 有点岔路,格格不入的感觉.
老王曾经的宏伟蓝图是把岛人球场周围改建 高大上的商业区 酒店, mall, ballpark, etc 成为拿骚县的新中心. 商场和官场不太一样 也可能他的政客体量不够. 长话短说 几经缩水 还是胎死腹中.
岛人球场破破烂烂 需要更新 最后只好搬家. 唉. 在布鲁克林打了几年. 那个球场非常不好 我去了二次就不想再去了. 这次比赛是在旧址 Nassau Coliseum 会是最后一次了, 有些依依不舍. 下一季岛人会返回长岛 但是在另外一个地方新建的球场打. 有些唏嘘 搬来搬去瞎折腾. 老王的蓝图挺好 没有被采用 小原因之一我觉得是种族.

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