Archive for July, 2021

Tennis Hall of Fame

Ok, here I’m again, at the hall for all 🎾 Newport
1993: belly was too big to play
1990s and 2018: too busy to play
2021: too disabled to play
Irene doesn’t play 🎾 [调皮].

1993 肚子太大 人家不让俺打
1990-2018: 每次来都忙得昏天黑地的
2021: 四肢不全打不了

老天呀 为什么这么折磨人?

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Bobby Finke wins the gold

I finke, I can -:) cute line. Men’s 800m freestyle, Finke is coming from behind (pic 1), with only few seconds left, to win (pic 2)… It’s thrilling. Here is the YouTube full race. Tokyo 2020.

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A Rego Park office

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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.

The green algae at the pond


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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.

~ 24 min on Aug 9

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 可可·高夫, Degas’ dancer

Coco Gauff (2004-; 2018) advanced to Wimbledon 2021’s third round. I watched her wild run at US Open in 2019, when she was only 15 and reached 3rd round. It was a night game and we went all out for her.

When she was young (and little), 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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