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This is out of boundary

Equinox closes at 2pm yesterday and today. The parking lot is pretty full in the early afternoon. As I was taking shower, a cleaning woman came in, staring at me. I was stunned. I said excuse me … She made no move. “Get out.” I shouted. She left then came back twice!!!!!! When I came out of the shower she followed me with hateful stares. I felt violated, insulted, intimidate and humiliated. I went to the front desk, one of the staff went to talk to her. She made no apology instead of saying I said fxxx her.

Over the years all the cleaning crew is nice and show us great courtesy. At least I return with consideration and courtesy. This woman is something else.

What  a way to start Christmas … well, the silver lining …

 

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Life is short, live it hard

WSJ reports the former Sara Lee CEO Brenda Barnes Dies at 63.

In 2010, Ms. Barnes had a stroke while working out at a gym near her home in suburban Chicago and resigned as CEO of the company when it became clear she faced a long recovery. She was able to regain much of her mobility but didn’t return to work. The balance is thin and varies from person to person: how much and often do you exercise. My take is, do as you desire. If you enjoy doing it, then by all mean, do it.

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Ops, she did it again

The same woman opened my shower door again at Equinox. I’ve been hanging a towel or cloth on the door since it’s happened the first time. Today I’ve a black legging and the gym is empty.

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FIDE World Chess Championship 2016

It’s going to be held at Fulton Market Building in South Street Seaport, downtown New York City, starting tomorrow Nov 11-30.

Magnus Carlsen is the current champ from Norway. The Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin (Jan 12, 1990) becomes an International Master at age 11 and the GM Grandmaster at age 12 – the youngest – surpassing Bu Xiangzhi 卜祥志 who’s 13 in 1999, my idol Bobby Fischer was 15 in 1958.

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Robert James Fischer (1943 – 2008)’s the Match of the Century beating the then title holder Boris Spassky to win world championship in 1972 was epic. A lonesome American defeating a team of Russians and its strong hold on the championship – 24 years uninterrupted. Aside from the cold war background, the championship itself was full of dramas. From disagreement on locations for the championship – they finally settled on Reykjavík, Iceland, to lack of prize money (which then doubled to US$250,000), to refusal to continue the second game due to the playing condition, (a championship match usually contains 20+ games) which could have forfeited the entire match to Spassky. Out of sportsmanship, Spassky gave in to Fischer’s demand because he didn’t want to win by default. After 21 games in 2 months (1st on July 11 and the last on Aug 31), Fischer won 12½–8½ becoming the 11th World Champion.

Funny as history would have, Fischer refused to defend his title in 1975 due to some of his demands not being met, forfeiting his title to the Russian rising star Anatoly Karpov.

The significance of this match, in the eyes of the world, wasn’t about Fischer but world power. It’s all about USA and USSR. The former champ who succeeded Karpov and a fellow New Yorker Garry Kasparov sums it up the best:

I think the reason you look at these matches probably was not so much the chess factor but to the political element, which was inevitable because in the Soviet Union, chess was treated by the Soviet authorities as a very important and useful ideological tool to demonstrate the intellectual superiority of the Soviet communist regime over the decadent West. That’s why the Spassky defeat […] was treated by people on both sides of the Atlantic as a crushing moment in the midst of the Cold War.

Fischer played against computer program developed by Richard Greenblatt @ MIT in 1977 and won all three games.

Strong evidence supported that he’s an illegitimate child, and from an impoverished childhood. When the riches found him after the 1972 championship, he declined. Unfortunately better part of his life was a mess – perhaps he felt nothing else to prove – but no one would forget his epic battle when he’s 29. The adaga that truth is indeed stranger than fiction, couldn’t have written better.

Highly recommend this book Searching for Bobby Fischer, warmly and smartly written by the prodigy Joshua Waitzkin’s dad intelligently; although Josh would only rose to an International Master. There’s a movie of the same title out in 1993.

Fischer played/developed his skills at two NYC premier chess clubs, Manhattan Chess Club (1877-2002) which had closed and the prestigious Marshall chess club. I’ve been to both. The interior of the Marshall is just magnificent in an elegant brownstone on 10th Street.

Chess appeals to Wall Street, at least when I subscribed to chess magazines a while ago, there were plenty ads seeking/recruiting chess players, as they drool over West Points grads. Bankers Athletic League chess tournament is a pretty serious thing where my husband had played.

The Classical World Chess Championship 1995 was played on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center in New York City. Garry Kasparov, the defending champion defeated the challenger Viswanathan Anand, who’d won the title in 2000. Kasparov played many computer matches, from multiple computers (32! simultaneously and won all) in Hamburg in 1985, to Deep Thought (won, 1989) to IMB’s Deep Blue (won 1996, lost 1997 – documentary) to Deep Junior (draw, 2003) and X3D Fritz (draw, 2003). NPR on it in 2014

Chinese women have been dominated the chess world since 1991: Xie Jun 谢军 (1991–1996 and 1999–2001); Zhu Chen 诸宸(2001–04); Xu Yuhua 许昱华 (2006-8); Hou Yifan 侯逸凡 (2010–2012, 2013–2015 and 2016-). Chess has two world championships, Open and Women’s – women are allowed to play in both. The youngest Polgár sisters Judit is the best female player for the past two decades but she never competes in Women’s. I saw her play in Vienna in 1990 – yes she’s the only girl.

IMHO, two other epic battles are Miracle on Ice 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, between United States, and the defending gold medalists, USSR, and Van Cliburn winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, in Moscow.

Yes, I think I’m impartial!

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2016年 FIDE 世界国际象棋锦标赛将在纽约市南街海港举行,明天开始,十一月11日至30日。

Magnus Carlsen 是来自挪威的现任冠军。 俄罗斯挑战者谢尔盖·卡里亚金(Sergey Karjakin; 1990年1月12日)11岁成为国际手 (international master), 12岁成为棋圣 (GM – grandmaster) – 历来最小的. 在他之前是 Bu Xiangzhi卜祥志 (1999年/13岁),我的偶像鲍比菲舍尔 1958年/15岁。

罗伯特·詹姆斯·费舍尔(1943 – 2008)的‘世纪比赛’,打败当时的冠军鲍里斯·斯帕斯基赢得1972年的世界冠军,实在是史诗。 一个孤独的美国人打败一整个俄罗斯队,尤其是他们保持24年不间断的冠军。 除了冷战背景,这个1972的冠军赛本身充满了戏剧。 从在哪里比赛的地点分歧 – 他们最终定在冰岛雷克雅未克,到缺乏奖金(最后翻倍到250,000美元),到由于比赛条件拒绝继续第三场比赛,(一个锦标赛通常包含20+场),这样可能会输… 出于运动精神,斯帕斯基同意菲舍尔的要求,因为他不想默认赢。 在两个月21场比赛后(7月11日第一场到 8月31日的最后一场),费舍尔赢得了12½-8½ 成为第11届世界冠军。

历史常常喜欢捉弄人。由于他的一些要求没有得到满足,费舍尔拒绝在1975年捍卫他的头衔,俄罗斯崛起的明星阿纳托利·卡尔波夫轻易成为12届世界冠军。

1972 这场比赛的意义,在世界的眼睛,不是关于费舍尔,而是世界争强,是关于美国和苏联。 接替卡尔波夫的前冠军和一个纽约人加里·卡斯帕罗夫总结的最好:

我认为你看这些比赛的原因可能不是象棋因素,而是政治因素,这是不可避免的,因为在苏联,国际象棋被苏联当局作为一个非常重要和有用的意识形态工具,以证明 苏联共产主义政权对腐败的西方的智力优势。 这就是为什么斯帕斯基的失败[…]被大西洋两岸的人们视为冷战时期的一个破碎的时刻。

费舍尔在1977年 赢了 MIT 麻省理工 Richard Greenblatt 开发的计算机程序,所有三场比赛。 有力的证据支持他是一个私生子,他的童年也贫穷。 当财富在1972年冠军后找到他时,他拒绝了。 不幸的是,他大部分生活是个混乱 疑神疑鬼。 也许他没有什么别的证明。 但没有人会忘记他29岁赢得史诗般的冠军。事实永远比小说精彩。

强烈推荐这本旧书寻找费舍尔 Searching for Bobby Fischer,作者是 Joshua Waitzkin的爸爸 (Josh 只升到国际手 – International Master)。 1993年有一部同名电影。

菲舍尔在两个纽约二个象棋俱乐部,曼哈顿国际象棋俱乐部(1877-2002),已经关闭和着名的马歇尔国际象棋俱乐部练习/发展了他的技能。 我两个都去过。 比较喜欢在10街的上的马歇尔, 内部装潢典雅。

国际象棋手对华尔街一直有很大的吸引,至少当我订阅国际象棋杂志一段时间,有大量的广告寻求/招聘象棋手,就好象他们在争取西点军校的毕业生。 银行家竞技联盟国际象棋锦标赛是一个相当有规模的赛事,俺家属参赛了好几年。

1995年的古典世界象棋锦标赛在纽约世贸中心的107楼举行。 Garasp Kasparov 卡斯帕罗夫,卫冕冠军击败挑战者 Viswanathan – 他等多了三年,在2000年首次赢得了冠军。卡斯帕罗夫自 1985年开始和电脑计算机比赛,从汉堡的多台电脑(32台!同时赢得所有),到深思想 Deep Thought 到IMB的 深蓝 Deep Blue 。。。有赢有输。

自1991年以来,中国娃娃们一直主导国际象棋:谢军(1991-1996和1999-2001); 诸宸(2001-04); 许宇华(2006-8); 侯逸凡(2010-2012,2013-2015和2016-)。 国际象棋有两个世界冠军赛,开放赛 Open 和妇女赛。妞子们二个都可以参加。 最年轻的Polgár姐妹Judit是目前(近20年来)最好的女性球员,但她从来不参加女性赛事。 1990年我在维也纳看过她比赛 – 是,她是唯一的女孩。

IMHO,另外两个史诗般的战役是美国之间的纽约普莱西德湖1980年奥运会,以及保卫金牌得主苏联和范克利伯恩在1958年在莫斯科赢得第一届国际柴可夫斯基大赛的奇迹。

是的,我觉得我是公正的!

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Playing through the pain …

During the 6th inning of Mets vs Miami Marlins, one of the commentators said that one of the older player had said to a younger one (I’m only half watching, multi tasking, as usual) that if you want to be a super star, not just a good ball player, you’ve to play through pains.

It’s so true.

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Meritocracy 任人唯贤

Although connections 关系 often get you to the front line but if you’re willing to work hard, you probably would get your chance.

Dan was one of the membership staff @ Equinox who signed me up initially in Nov 2012. In December he emailed me to say that they’vea special agreement with my spouse’s company that’s 1/3 off with a few fringe benefits. At the time, my husband had no idea at all to join a health club. But the 1/3 off got him thinking … and soon he signed up too.

I’ve no idea how Dan found out about my husband’s employer. In any case, he did his homework. We’re both rather happy, till now. Except the weakening water pressure.

During Dan’s tenure at the club, I canceled my membership a few times due to extended trip and returned smoothly, every time. Two years ago Dan got promotion to become the membership director at another branch. So this time after my return fm a trip, re-signing up (reinstall) was problematic. Actually, it’s bit confusing at cancellation since no one seemed to know what to do. When I went back to the club, first two women staffer didn’t know how to handle me. They graciously let me used the club in the mean time till the third woman called me in a few days later, and signed me up as a new member with 1 year long commitment. This type of membership means you’ll be fined if you cancel before you fulfill the year long contract.

I asked Dan for advice, even he’s at another branch now. He replied immediately and clearly:

It would just be a reinstatement of your membership. Regardless though, the company memberships are month to month because the company corporate agreement instructions state that cancellations can be submitted at any time. They would just take in effect at months end. Also, even if it was a year contract, based on “Equinox rules”, you’ve been a continuous Equinox member since I signed you up back in 2012. Your breaks of membership have not been longer than 90 days. So technically, you are well out of your 1 year obligation. If you need to submit a cancellation, you’ll be able to.

What would happened if a new employee signs up and then wants to cancel it within first few months? – Less than a year. Which rule governs here?

If it’s a brand new membership under the Citi corporate, it would be an initial 90 day commitment, but after that, month to month

Chinese has proverb three heads are better than one (三个臭皮匠胜过一个诸葛亮). If one of the three women has done a little homework, this would not have happened. Dan’s promo was well deserved.

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Lang Ping

Link郎平早就看透了这个薄凉且势利的世界
原创 2016-08-22 王旭 王旭的王

郎平带领中国女排,时隔12年再夺奥运会女排冠军,当年的“铁榔头”实现了以球员和教练身份皆夺得过奥运冠军的全满贯传奇。

朋友圈掀起了赞美郎平的狂潮,仿佛郎平就是一个不食人间烟火的神。

这是让人多么熟悉的桥段,成王败寇的逻辑总能展现得如此淋漓尽致,早在小组赛阶段的时候,中国女排连输三场,朋友圈可不是这样的画风,新浪微博更是骂声如潮。大概最疯狂的预言家,那时候都没想到,郎平会带领女排逆袭直上最终夺冠。

那些谩骂郎平,像郎平身上泼脏水的人,立刻收起了自己扭曲的嘴脸,他们献上一团团锦簇的鲜花,配上了肉麻的赞美。

尽管这种分裂主义式的人群,在所谓的中国体育迷中特别多,但我仍然想说,任何一个在里约奥运会期间谩骂过郎平的人,你们不配用拿廉价的赞美来玷污她。

薄凉且势利,就是某些中国人的二元精神世界,在战胜东道主巴西之前,他们对郎平是薄凉的,战胜东道主巴西队之后,他们立刻选择赞美,这叫势利。

我都没好意思说,在里约奥运会之前,在北京奥运会期间,甚至在郎平闯荡异国他乡的时候,那些大放民族主义厥词的混蛋,郎平是你们心目中的英雄吗,她是你们一度口中侮辱了千百遍的“叛徒”啊。

中国的媒体也都非常不长进,他们同那些脑残爱国青年没有区别,只是他们无法真的破口大骂罢了,其实这些年说过的热嘲冷讽还少吗?

如今郎平带领女排夺冠,媒体竟然大谈女排精神,好像女排精神就是一颗春药,试问哪支失败的球队没有顽强拼搏过,是巴西队不顽强,还是塞尔维亚不顽强,是1996年亚特兰大奥运会的那支中国女排不顽强,还是2008年北京奥运会的那支中国女排不顽强?

当媒体还在用八十年代来意淫女排和郎平的时候,郎平早就走出了“女排精神”的藩篱了啊,这位闯荡过美国和意大利的神奇教练,早就是一个世界人,而不仅仅是一个中国人。

无论是对于中国排球,中国人,还是排球这项运动,你们都要搞清楚的一件事是,郎平是上天赐予的礼物,她远远超越了所谓国家、种族和项目的定义,她是一个纯粹的运动家,她所倡导的精神叫运动精神,而不是狭隘的输赢关系。

郎平曾经说过,她的队伍要打出的不仅是输赢,而是一种人类精神。

无法理解什么叫人类精神,你就无法理解什么叫郎平,无法理解郎平的胸怀,你因为一块金牌就扑上去锦上添花,极尽溢美之词,你知不知道自己的姿势很好笑?

排球号称大球,却远远不像足球篮球那样拥有广泛的影响力,所以郎平一直在努力,她努力让排球精神可以感召年轻人,可以尽量去推广它,她渴望在这个过程中提高自己的眼界,让自己彻底升华。

从郎平当年退役后选择出国读书的那一刻起,她就已经超越了那个时代,超越了中国人的世界观和价值观,她原本就不属于世俗所定义的那个郎平。

如果是世俗所定义的郎平,郎平退役后完全可以进入国家队直接当教练,或者在体育总决当一个领导,试问有几个人比她更有资格呢。

郎平不愿意这样,她知道生命在于经历,在于不断走出去,在于不断超越自我,在于不断克服自己的过去,在于永不止步的战斗意志,所以她最终还是选择出国读书。

郎平一直在克服自己的过去,并不是说她要否定自己,而是她早早地就比自己的队友,或者同时代的奥运冠军更明白,世界上有太多比中国更先进更发达更值得借鉴的文化,她不卑不亢地去同世界建立联系,并且展示出自己的魅力。

2008年北京奥运会,当郎平以美国女排主教练的身份回到祖国,迎接她的不是鲜花和掌声,而是各种谩骂和奚落。围棋圈某前辈和意见领袖就曾表态说,自己很不喜欢那些走出国门执教的,比如乒乓球、体操或者排球项目的教练,他们只知道教会老外打中国人。言外之意指向是谁,大家都很明白。

在那个举国激情振奋的2008年,民族主义情绪比今天更有市场,任何一个用这种手段来营销的公众人物,都能收获大批脑残粉丝。

他们是否想过,郎平这样的教练,恰恰是中国和西方的一个桥梁,好多老外是通过郎平,改变了对中国人的看法。在郎平的身上,西方人看到的是一位卓越的中国女性,她的身上既有传统女性的吃苦耐劳的品质,还有现代女性的学习能力,以及极易感染他人的人格魅力。

面对这样的攻击,郎平回应道:“我执教美国,绝对不是为击败中国队。我是作为一名职业教练接受这份工作的,希望能为排球事业做出点贡献。郎平是属于中国的。无论走到哪里,我时时刻刻记得,我是一名中国人。”

这么多年有过改变吗,其实根本就没改变,我不想将那些谩骂在这里作为展示,有兴趣的人可以去微博的评论栏里看,那里才是真实的中国。在那里,人们不但在谩骂郎平,而且还以阴谋论的基调称,“历史最差的一界奥运会。终于诞生在郎平的手上”“郎平奥运之后肯定要下课”“选人有黑幕有地方利益介入”“有人靠关系进大名单”“奥运会后一定有黑幕揭出来”“中国女排人心散了,没魂了”

郎平会在意那些谩骂和阴谋论吗,她根本就不会在乎。

那些谩骂郎平的人,请问你们站出来,你们哪一个在排球领域比郎平更专业,如果你们没有一个人可以在这个领域比她更强,那么你们的谩骂就显得如此滑稽可笑。那些诋毁郎平的人,请你们站出来,你们哪一个人可以拿出郎平搞裙带关系的证据,拿不出证据的诋毁,这叫诽谤。

郎平比谁都明白,她只需要坚持做自己,坚持自己的打法,因为前几场输球只是运气不佳,就算临场指挥有失误,那也并不足以致命,她比谁都明白问题出在哪里。

郎平比谁都明白,只要你是一颗参天大树,你就一定会招来满满的恶意,这不就是某些中国人的行为方式吗,他们通过谩骂来自我满足,因为他们都是没有走出肛肠期的巨婴,只有找一个人谩骂,他们才能获得心理的平衡。

所以谩骂郎平,不是郎平有什么错,而是他们自己错了,错在他们永远无法认清自己,他们为自己失败的人生而焦虑。

最为搞笑的是,他们还能神经错乱到,郎平夺冠了,他们同样会送上最热烈的祝贺,因为祝贺郎平,同样是他们抚慰自己失败人生的一剂良药。

这些人情不自禁的发泄或者表演,其实对郎平毫无影响,这些年她经历的太多了,她早在当年出国去美国新墨西哥大学读书的时候,就已经完全想明白了。正因为她不是普通的凡夫俗子,所以她内心的能量感远远不是凡夫俗子们可以想象的,如果她真的在意外界对她的评价,中国女排是夺不了奥运冠军的。

如果郎平在乎这些垃圾情绪,她就会像那些释放垃圾情绪的人一样狭隘,狭隘只能蒙蔽你眺望远方的双眼。

那些集谩骂和赞美郎平于一身的人,在一个世界里;郎平自己,则已经早在另一个维度中。

郎平早就看透了这个薄凉且势利的世界,请不要把她想象得好像你们自己一样。

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Piaf

郎平从未对外讲过离婚的原因,她说不讲是因为她有各种渠道去讲,而前夫没有,这对他不公平。
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牛逼的女人
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关张

郎平去美国,去意大利,展现的是软实力,得到的是尊重,领悟到竞技体育的真谛,这些都是郎平送给国人的珍贵礼物
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Grain_🐷

小时候看她带领美国队 就觉得她好了不起可以去国外当教练 因为小时候觉得美国很强啊怎么会找别国的教练呢 那时候没有接触网络不知道原来这么多人骂她…真想回到那时候帮她骂回去 不过会恶心到自己吧……
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依然雷东光

现在公众号,多以无脑鸡汤,炒作热点,煽动民粹,舔菊权贵为根本大计,几许清流,殊为不易
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诺宝堂

郎指导有句话说的很好,无论我在带哪只队伍,我只是想让这支球队有提升,做好排球的事情,是我这辈子唯一的事业,这才是专家的正道
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王小鸭

夏虫不可以语冰。吃瓜群众们各自理解与想象中的她,肯定只是很少部分的她。其实我们离体育和体育精神有多远,在大连这样的城市,找个家周围能去的排球场地,羽毛球场地都不容易。举国体制培养出的冠军能代表什么呢
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T.D

都什么时代了,还搞大清闭门造车,故步自封那一套呢,乒乓球和羽毛球都有好多中国人在外执教,否则我们一家独大,这项运动也就要寿终正寝了吧。
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焱焱

写出了我这几天的心声,现在的媒体翻脸比翻书还快。没成绩时被它随便骂,等你出成绩了它又来跪舔!
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陆增

主流媒体的人咋就看不透呢
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因为好多所谓主流媒体的人特别蠢,zheng是因为他们的愚蠢,所以传统媒体日益衰落
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Louie

哈哈哈哈,还是一如既往喜欢你的文章,爽!
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cuiyang

对手个个都是硬骨头,势均力敌,除了能死磕,也得感激老天垂青。anyway,一直努力的人,终会得到眷顾。
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小姬


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王溪子 Rachel

夏虫不可语于冰,井蛙不可语于海。
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文刀田心习习

清流!!
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白杨

这两天,我看到无论微博、微信、QQ亦或主流媒体对郎平极尽赞美,顿感画风突变。且几乎都拿精神说事儿,我就在想精神固然可嘉,但郎平带领女排夺冠绝不是只靠精神就行了吧?郎平自己也说过,不是赢球了才说我们有女排精神,输球就没了。
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赵常村

突然觉得,伟大其实可以用一个很简单的标准衡量,就是让你找不到半点槽点。。。。
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V

好文章!
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陈荷梅~

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老杨

郎平本身早就超越了这个时代!
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骑士不甘

很有正能量。
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👑⚡闪电🎏🐭

哈哈哈哈,好吧,估计是点击阅读的太早了,我看的时候看见阅读量只有一百多,留言一条都没,好几次都这样,以前习惯了一打开,就是一两千的阅读量,看不完的留言,我以后晚一点再打开,刚看见了已经一千多阅读了,棒棒的
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谢谢兄弟支持
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Witness

xx精神永远建立在胜利的基础上
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張小水Cary

什么样的人、什么样的看法都应该有,都可以有,这才是多彩的世界,你说对不?
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夏末-澳洲购

沙发沙发沙发!
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