Archive for September 9, 2007


FedEx pocketed $1.4m from the US Open easily, plus another $1m as bonus.  A buddy of mine decided to work there every year since his second year playing tennis.  It’s been 4 years in a row.  Each year he has to apply, felt lucky being chose.  This year his job was crowd control.  Working 2 weeks straight.  He has a 5 years old daughter. Works full time in IT.  ‘How many vacation do you get each year?’  3 weeks.  How’s pay at the Open .. $2k to 3k?  With overtime yes.  Gosh.  That’s stingy.  I sometime feel those organizations exploit its core fans.  But this is a free world, you do what you like to.  Exploit isn’t the right word when the takers are doing it willingly and happily.

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Playing hard ball

I played a relative mistake free match with Simon against Bob and Peter.  I choked 3 points in the tie break = lost.  When the ball comes fast and furious, I seem to have a better answer for it than when it’s soft, I mostly don’t know what to do, with too much time on hand.  Story of my life.

Anyway, I went to shopping again afterward.  Don’t I hate shopping?  Yes I do, still do.  But greens are different, :).  When I came home, Golfer went like, ‘no plant today?’ and commented that he’s surprised I bought an orchard to begin with for it’s very fragile and difficult to take care.  “Mom, you went over your head” King added.  Don’t I know my own limit?  LOL.

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Man vs boy

Joker is being destroyed, was up 4:1 in the second, ended up losing it too.  I miss Sampras very much, for his serve and volley style of play.  So did Becker.  One year he stubbornly stayed by the baseline and won the championship.  I found that amazing.  FedEx is only few years older, but looks very mature, is the man in the two when Joker acting like a little boy.  Quiet man with deep voice is very sexy.  Sampras is very sexy.  My grammar is good here, right?  FedEx is somewhat sexy, I don’t like his giggles, doesn’t sound very cool, coming from a man.

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The closer

Djokovic Joker 地包天 had 5 chances at 6:5, but couldn’t close, went on to lost the set.  A lot like Eliot Spitzer, who rarely could close a case that made huge headline on Wall Street while as the attorney general of NY, i.e. Frank Quattrone, whom he tried and re-tried – still couldn’t close.  Many careers had been ruined.  I had reservation on him from the start: he seemed to have strong political aspiration, with an affluent background, he turned on to his fellows of those he would rely on to raise money for public office.  Was it a stun?  In comparison, Rudy Giuliani seems cleaner.  Ok, let’s keep it simply, go back to tennis.  The announcers commented that the last 14 players who won the first set, had ultimately won the championship.

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