Archive for November, 2014

A challenge to all the swimmers 挑战水鬼们!

One hour long water aerobic. I can’t -:(. The very first time, I picked up the largest barbells water dumbbell and .. and the result was very embarrassing. I started to swim since six months old, in the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing. Now the lake is forbid for swimmers. I thought I could handle anything in the water.

The medium one fits me better. After an hour long swim I feel revitalized but after an hour of aerobic I feel like wasted, kaput.

I reckoned that one needs to try it once before passing a judgment.  想当然 won’t work.

The few instructors, as it happened, all female. Most of them are just leading us except one, who wants to have fun too. She’s kind who likes to party everyday but unfortunately there isn’t not much of response from us.

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挑战水鬼们:能不能坚持一小时的课?俺自以为是,第一次拿了个最大的,不知道 岸上轻于鸿毛水下重于泰山 [大哭][冷汗] 可以想象多狼狈. 咱坚持不了多久. 游泳一小时还能活蹦乱跳的,但是半小时这个俺就残废了. 照片是网络上抄的但是都一样,连人种和年纪都不相仲伯. 俺去召开自我检讨会了.

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Funny tennis videos on youtube

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The fairytales

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Fairytale happens all the time.

New York Islanders is a professional ice hockey team based on Long Island that was founded in 1972 and went on to win four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980 to 1983. Clark Gillies and Bobby (Robert Glen) Bourne were teammates and won the four Cup, the holy grail of professional ice hockey together. As if it were not enough, his son Justin Bourne played professional ice hockey and married his daughter Brianna Gillies.

My maternal grandparents met through their fathers too. His father went to Shanghai for business in 1931 and met with her uncle – after publically disowned her father, she was living with her uncle instead. The two men were close business associates in Beijing, then called Peking. When he learnt the son was recently widowed, he sent his private tutor to the hotel to propose the marriage. And insisted to host the grand ceremony the following summer.

My parents met on the basketball court in the military in 1950s and married in 1959 in Beijing.

 

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Something about ice hockey in China

Chinese team is in red … Are they there to play or being the goons to fight?

Let’s go to the video tape.

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Peter Forsber

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He’s the third Swedish player being conducted into the ice hockey NHL Hall of Fame this year. Looking at him, like looking at a Viking – maybe he’s. Here is a video of him fooling around with the matures. Sweden issued stamps to honor him. USA has far to many ‘heroes’ to honor.

The Czech player Hasek also became the Hall of Famer this year. Pat LaFontaine who looked really old, lavished glorious at Hasek at length.
The best American player Mike Modano who cried a lot while giving the acceptance speech was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

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In meory of Peter Wu

悼 Peter

Poem and photo by Charles Chiu 仇曦

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黎明剛剛送走黑夜,
初冬仍在不舍金秋。
平地一聲驚雷,
震痛我的胸口。
Peter,我的朋友,
我親密的隊友,
你,突然之間,不辭而走,
快得讓朋友不知原由。
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還沒來得及與你道別,
也沒來得及托句問候,
沒有擁抱,沒有握手,
你匆匆離去,獨自上路,
留下你的朋友,隊友,
心沈重,淚雙流。

Peter,我的好朋友,
網球結緣,我們誌趣相投。
曾記得,球場上
我們度過無數清晨午後,
切磋球藝,苦練不茍。
汗水洗面衣濕透,
星月升空人不休。

你我搭檔默契配合,
網前底線我左你右。
你掩護,我救球,
猛抽截擊你攻我守。

多少次你在球場那頭,
你我成了競爭的對手。
每分每球緊咬不放,
急起直追不甘落後。

最怕你那魔術般反手削球,
舒展快速我難防難守。
還有你那疾風般的腳步,
伴隨那驚心動魄一聲吼。
角度球,邊線球,
快球慢球旋轉球。
高吊放短,淩空猛扣,
我無可奈何把分丟。

炎夏寒冬看到我們的追求,
揮汗如雨正是我們的享受。
輸贏變成了舒心的歡樂,
疲憊趕走了煩憂。

可是今天,
秋風蕭瑟,球場依舊,
落葉滿地人已走。
球場少了一份歡笑,
多了一念思愁。

多想你不走,
多想把你留。
朋友我只能默默禱告,
朝天朝地為你叩首。

天堂的路美如錦繡,
天堂的球場已為你鋪就。
放心地走吧,帶上你的網球,
帶上朋友的祝福在天堂仙遊。

如果來生你再返人間,
請來看看你生前的朋友。
邀來明月,捧上美酒,
我會在Crocheron為你等候!

 

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Footballers Fled Crash but Got Only Traffic Tickets

Long and petty thorough, Florida State Player Fled Crash but Got Only Traffic Tickets. Two things popped up:

  • 有钱能使鬼推磨
  • 打江山易保江山难

Money can motivate ghost to pull the millstone is a Chinese idiom, meaning money talks, in short. Good governance and legal system makes this country great. No one is above the law seems a distance memory.

Another Chinese idiom says it’s easier to create an empire than to maintain it. This country, USA, used to be great ..

One less come back/second chance story to enjoy.

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Dominik Hašek

Hasek is from the Czechoslovakia. How he started ice hockey:

They held a tryout for 5-year-old boys and my father took me there. I didn’t even have real skates. I had those blades that you screwed onto the soles of your shoes, but I was tall, and the 9-year-olds didn’t have a goalie, so they put me in with them and thats where I fell in love with the game of hockey.

On tv tonight, he tells the female reporter, with Schwarzeneggerish accent and marble in his mouth,  that when he was drafted by NHL in 1983, he didn’t know until someone told him. He asked:
“What does that mean?”

He retired in 2012 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014. He played his last season for the KHL.

In the 1980s, the majority of NHL players were Canadians, 80% or even higher. Then the league started recruiting from Sweden, Finland, Germany and Russia.
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071513_kovykhlNow Putin wants his own league to compete with the NHL. So he sets up KHL and begins to throw money at good players such as NJ Devils
Kovalchuk: he signed $77m over 12 years with Devils and was expected to be paid $15m a season with the SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. Putin is from St. Petersburg.

Now, with the oil prices dropping, I’m wondering if the KHL can keep up it’s payroll.

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The Jersey boys

The jerseys are all made in Canada (like the NHL) designed by Gordo.  They’re really heavy. The yellow (Fussy Puckers) has just arrived. (green Riptide) and the blue team has folded. ice hockey team long island
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Lacrosse

Islanders best player at the moment, John Tavares’ uncle, also named John Tavares was the best lacrosse player in the world!

This pictures is John Tavares of the ice hockey Islanders.

Talking about the Lacrosse, the Long Island’s lacrosse is the best in the nation – taking four out of top ten. Out of tennis, swimming and lacrosse, my daughter loves lacrosse the most and captained her high school varsityteam.

Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School Top 25:

image1. Boys’ Latin (Md.)
2. Culver (Ind.)
3. Haverford (Pa.)
4. Smithtown West (N.Y.)
5. St. Paul’s (Md.)
6. Chaminade (N.Y.)
7. Salisbury School (Conn.)
8. McDonogh (Md.)
9. Massapequa (N.Y.)
10. Garden City (N.Y.)
11. Hill Academy (Ont.)
12. Georgetown Prep (Md.)
13. Gilman (Md.)
14. Landon (Md.)
15. Gonzaga (D.C.)
16. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
17. Ward Melville (N.Y.)
18. Malvern Prep (Pa.)
19. Brunswick (Conn.)
20. Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)
21. Delbarton (N.J.)
22. Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
23. Deerfield (Mass.)
24. Salesianum (Del.)
25. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)

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