6-3, 6-2 @ HCC

Mixed doubles me and Dave won the first set 6-3 and battle of sexes against Dave and Matt. We were leading 4-0.


The campus is next to Buccaneers stadium. They have 16 (?) tennis courts and many pickleball courts.NO water fountains! The sand feels different, dry (dusty) but the bottom of my sneakers is super clean and white – very different from our courts.

6-3, 6-2 1 double [Lol] no water fountain [发怒]

6-3 混双
6-2 二女对2男 他们从4-0 追了2个



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6-3, 6-0

Played well with Dave, against GMatt. Maybe the first time I was called the backboard or wall, although my ankle is still feeling tender.

对面的二个奶爸 无精打采的

I’ve been watching Wimbledon 2024 daily. This year, there are lot of women from China – 7 on the first day. A generation late than the Russia and its little brotherly states. Sebastian Korda, the son and third child of Petr Korda (from Czech) lost in the first round.  … Following the right model is very important. The wrong one will usually lead you into the ditch.

July 7th – round of 16 Emma Raducanu lost to Lulu Sun Radovcic (2-6, 7-5, 2-6) – both mothers are from China. Lulu was born in New Zealand and grew up in Switzerland, graduated from University of Texas at Austin: a global citizen -:)

第一围 有七个🇨🇳女娃. Lulu Sun 娃是新西兰出生后去瑞士. 2022在🇺🇸大学毕业 典型的世界娃


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Zhang, Lam… quarters @ Wimbledon, 2024

Shannon Lam from US, lost to Mia Pohankova of Slovakia (2008-). Lam earned $1,122 prize money … Mia ranks 956 in singles and 1028 in doubles.

Zhang Shuai lost her mixed doubles match today, with Marcelo Arevalo, 6-2, 4-6, 10-12 to two Americans, Rajeev Ram and Katie Volynets.

Jelena Ostapenko (1997-; 2012; $15m) played so well, like in the French Open final in 2017: all angles, daring and went for broke. The score told the story: 6-1,  6-3 v Yulia Putintseva, the Russian born Kazakhstani player (1995-; 2009; $7m). Elena Rybakina is also born in Russia and plays for Kazakhstan, also won her quarters match today. Ostapenko’s hair is remarkable neat.

Elina Svitolina def Wang Xinyu, 6-2, 6-1.

Swimming: 1,160 yards in 24 minutes in free (37’35” per mile), half with flip but all with soft push off. The 500 yards was in breaststrokes, 14 minutes, which is 49’34” per mile. After the update of my iPhone, the time per 100 yards changed to per mile, and I don’t know how to change it back…

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The advertisers

Today is the first time listening to Mozart’s piano concerto #27, by Menahem Pressler, Paavo Järvi & the Orchestre de Paris. It’s on DW Classical Music. This one has  1,038,889 views since May 18, 2023. One thing this piece differs from all others, is the LONG commercials, into minutes. I got out of the pool twice to stop it. This is really disgusting. Definitely did not enjoy it – not sure it’s the doing of Youtube or the owner/poster of this performance.

By doing this, I also learnt that the Versa’s pause/resume doesn’t really work well: both times, it stopped. I’ve to start anew. Swam 1,240 in 30 minutes.

Music was his elixir of life: On October 17, 2012, just before his 90th birthday, pianist Menahem Pressler gave a concert in Paris’ Salle Pleyel. With the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi, Pressler played Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595. Nimble fingers even at grand old age – Menahem Pressler is proof that it’s possible. The star pianist was able to look back over a 50-year career. Between 1955 and 2008 he was performing some 100 concerts each year with the Beaux Arts Trio alone. Menahem Pressler passed away on May 6, 2023, aged 99.


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Sonay Kartal lost to Coco Gauff

Wimbledon 2024, 3rd round, Gauff 6-6, 6-0.

Sonay Kartal (2001-; 2019) fm London; dad was from Turkey. $271,233 with 7 ITF singles titles. She lost to Gauff in the 3rd round, her best showing. In comparison, Gauff who just won their match, (2004-; 2018) has prize winning of $14m.

我以前没见Kartal. 我首先想到的是唐氏综合症. 我确定她不是.

想起小学时的一个唐氏综合症小男孩.他和他的家人住在我姑姑家楼上.他的保姆和我们家很亲近,所以我们的关系还算近.他的保姆对他很好,很善良;很保护他.那时候的保姆一般都很善良能干.我没有见过差劲的保姆. 更不用说杀人放火的那种
顺便说一句,小男孩有一个大姐姐(和一个帅哥约会).她非常漂亮,比我们大院里的刘小庆 (土+肉乎乎的) 漂亮多了, 很有气质.

跑题了? 就是想起唐宝宝, 尤其是他的忠心耿耿的保姆

哈哈, 你说的是罗铮? 他现在的画儿可了得! 你居然看到罗莹谈恋爱? 搞错了吧? 姐姐离婚啦, 现在姐姐,妈妈,他生活在怀柔.

Swimming this month yards / minutes:

  1. 15 200
  2. 13 980 in 21
  3. 11  200
  4. 09 1,680 in 39
  5. 08 1,660 in 38; 37’35” per mile
  6. 07 1,240 in 30
  7. 5,960 yd in 142 min
  8. 05 1,180 in 25
  9. 04 1,960 in 46
  10. 03 1,440 in 36
  11. 02 1,380 in 35

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My swimming log

Encouraged by my Red Cross challenge in June 2024, I tentatively start to keep a log. Weeks start on Sunday.


  • July: wk 1 5,960 yd/1’22”
  • June: 37,020 yd (21 miles)


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21 miles in June

Hooray I got in 37,020 yards / 21.03 miles of swim this month.

It started when I signed up the Red Cross 15 mile swim challenge, which I fulfilled on June 21st, with the longest swim of 28 times in the pool this June: 2,620 yd / 1.49 mile.

Michael Douglas or Gordon Gekko once said that greed … is good. I think challenge is even better.

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2’06” – 100 yards

A pretty good timing for the first 15 minutes @ 2’06”, without trying hard in free style, without missing a single flip turns.

The second half of swim is breaststroke, at 2’38” per 100 yards.

Total yardage is 1,660, which brings up to date in June to 32,460 yd. 1.56 miles to go for 20 miles mark.


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Yellow River piano concerto

This is one of my two faves fm China, and a good companion in the pool. Unfortunately, the good recording / live performance is poor – wrong notes are prevalent (which is ok in the water…). The concerto is about 20-24 minutes, so after two, I’m pretty much done my swim: I’ve no problem to listen to it back to back – I’m a bore.

I’m always moved at the end, when East is Red comes on. Looking back at the childhood melody, the feeling is mixed. Out of blue, I googled it today, 黄河钢琴协奏曲 东方红, saw a few posts asking if it ruined the concerto by adding the East is Red.

zhihu 有去掉“东方红”版的钢琴协奏曲《黄河》,至今记得一个可能粗俗但非常精辟的评论,说这个版本的感觉,就好像前面一直弄得很爽,爽到快要出来的时候突然萎了。


某李小龙纪录片中,一个来自白人女演员的著名评价是,李小龙让中国男人有了种(he put balls on Chinese men)。当然,这里指的是在西方的荧幕上。李小龙之前,好莱坞荧幕上的华人男性除了傅满洲那种神秘邪恶的大反派,基本上就是贼眉鼠眼、男人的各种能力都不行的怂蛋。李小龙在他短暂的生命中直接完成大逆转。他让功夫片成为热门,他自己成为荧幕上最能打的人,让白人花钱买票看他揍白人,还为之叫好。这甚至影响出一波黑人崇拜李小龙的风潮,视李小龙为精神导师,拍摄黑人功夫电影(这曾是一个重要的电影类型)。


The few I’ve been listing to: (Can’t find one by Lang Lang – thought he’s the perfect one to play this. Li Yundi won’t, imho)

  • Zhang Haiou 张海鸥 2022 w/ Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Lu Jia’s in 2022
  • Vladimir Khomyakov 2019 w/ Ningbo Symphony 钢琴协奏曲
  • Victor Ong 王俊霖 2017
  • Rueibin Chen 陳瑞斌 2017
  • Yin Chengzong
    • 2024 @ 国家大剧院音乐厅
    • 2021 w/ Suzhou Chinese Orchestra 苏州民族管弦乐团
    • 2019 w/ Shenzhen 深圳交响乐团
    • 1970?

I saw Yin Chengzhong twice in New York. Once at an up state church in 1987, and then Tully Hall (the smaller one auditorium at Lincoln Center; he was hired by a travel agency) in 2015.

这二天的长距离都是1,560 纯属巧合. 今天慢了四分钟 因为中间🎵停了 上岸弄 Youtube (只会用油管) 无意中看到 人民音乐家冼星海… “人民”是啥意思呢? 黛安娜也自称是 people’s princess 前者不知所措 后者觉得很陈词滥调.

非常喜欢黄河钢琴协奏曲 是俺泳池里听的最多的 老柴的第二. 原因之一是没有好的录音/现场 错音符多如牛毛 (不知道为什么没有朗郎的)… 每次听到最后的东方红太阳升时 都热泪盈眶
通常早上去游 游完后正好太阳开始升起 – 倒是不觉得是败笔
几年前看到70年代纽约时报报道 称此曲是垃圾

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Vietnam, a history

Vietnam, A History by Stanley Karnow, published in 1983; this paperback revised edition was published in 1997.

p108 “A local caricature spoofs a Vietnamese who has been converted by French culture into a tennis player. In fact, many Vietnamese nationalists who opposed colonial rule were the products of French schools.”

Google translates: 当地有一幅漫画讽刺一名越南人被法国文化改造成网球运动员. 事实上,许多反对殖民统治的越南民族主义者都是法国学校的产物.


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