Archive for January, 2022

Lake Morey, VT – pond hockey

After skipping in 2021, and a postponement, the pond hockey tournament is finally underway this weekend. Whiskey Jack Daniel’s is a prominent sponsor. The local news WCAX in Fairlee has a segment on them.

Friday and Saturday’s weather is cloudy and pretty nasty. Sunday is a better day, sunny and mild.


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‘bulls**t Russian’; ‘You are a small cat’…

No love lost between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev who had met in the AO’s semi two years in a row.

Both time the Russian won.

Tsitsipas: ‘bulls**t Russian
Medvedev ‘You are a small cat

‘Shut your f**k up’: Aus Open blockbuster to reignite bitter feud after ugly ‘bulls**t Russian’ slur

David Zita from Fox Sports | January 28th, 2022

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will renew their fierce rivalry when they meet for a spot in the Australian Open final on Friday night.

The pair met at Melbourne Park in the semi-finals in 2021, with Medvedev steamrolling through his opponent in straight sets.

While Tsitsipas was coming off a five-set match that year, this year it’s Medvedev who comes in after a fierce contest, with the world No.2 coming back from two sets down to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime.

After losing against Medvedev in last year’s Australian Open, Tsitsipas exacted revenge at the French Open, defeating the Russian in straight sets en route to the final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

Tsitsipas and Medvedev made headlines back in 2018 at the Miami Open when, in their first official meeting, both hurled insults at each other after some mid-match controversy.

Medvedev took issue with Tsitsipas taking a mid-match toilet break, which was further exacerbated when the latter didn’t apologise when a ball clipped the net after a rally he won.

While Medvedev would prevail in three sets, tempers flared at the net as the pair shook hands.

“Know your place, bulls–t Russian,” Tsitsipas said.

“Man, you better shut your f— up, OK?” Medvedev replied, before standing and beginning to walk towards his opponent while the chair umpire tried to intervene.

“Hey Stefanos, do you want to look at me and talk? You go emergency toilet for five minutes during and then you hit let and you don’t say sorry.

“You think you are a good kid? Look at me. Hey, look at me. You don’t look at me?”

As the chair umpire continued to try cool Medvedev’s temper, the Russian insisted: “he (Tsitsipas) started it, he said ‘Bulls–t Russian’, you think this is normal? I answer him because he doesn’t know how to fight. He’s a small kid who doesn’t know how to fight.”

Asked about the pair’s relationship earlier this week, Tsitsipas replied: “Why him specifically?”

When the reporter explained the two were projected to face each other in the semi-finals, Tsitsipas played a straight bat.

“About our relationship? Well, it‘s fine. It kind of got better after Laver Cup,” he said.

“We haven’t really spoken in the last couple of months, but our relationship is competitors on the court and kind of fighting for the same dream.”

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Sprints; Mi band isn’t working

Today, my 1,000 free swim went well, missing only one flip turn. Timing was 19:53. Afterward, I did some 50 yard (2 laps) sprints:

  • 49″ free
  • 1:10 back
  • 1:11 breaststroke

Not sure I’ll have a better timing if I sprint before the 1,000.

Btw, my Xiaomi/Mi Band timer is kaput: it records time only but not the laps, which I need.

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Going to swim

In the autumn

… and in the winter, on a snowy morning

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So, Joker was deported from AO

Australian Open is soon to begin (Jan 17-30 @ Melbourne). Who’s going and who’s not, is being reported, almost daily, due to covid-19 pandemic/omicron, at this very moment. Joker was last year’s champ, by defeating Daniil Medvedev (Later, the two met up in US Open final, and Joker lost.) and refusing vaccination.

Here is CNN timeline. I think he first said not going, due to vaccination issue who refused to indicate if he has done. Then he was going. Then this ‘jail’ episode happened after he landed: Djokovic is being held in an inner north Melbourne hotel while he awaits a court challenge to his visa cancellation. 

Serbia issues a BRUTAL warning to Australian government as Novak Djokovic’s visa battle escalates: ‘He was LURED to Australia’

“Lured”!!! Oh boy… and his father has staged a rally. I think the whole thing is a little over reacted. Let’s see a few vital info

  • Capital: Belgrade
  • Population: 6,871,547 (2021 est.)
  • GDP: $52 billion (2020 est.)
  • Per capita: $7,497 (2020 est.)

… while Joker’s vital info

  • Birth: 1987
  • Birth place: Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Turning pro: 2003
  • Prize money: $154,756,726
  • 2020 prize money: $6,511,233
  • Slam won: 20 (9 of these were Aussie Open)

Saying he’s his small nation’s top dog is an understatement. Perhaps these two sets of info explains the reaction of foreign affairs ministry, and that of his father, who may consider himself the king maker of small and young Serbia.

Starovic emphasised that the Serbian public has a strong impression that Djokovic is a victim of a political game against his will, and that he was lured to travel to Australia in order to be humiliated,’ the ministry statement said.

‘They’re keeping him in captivity. They are trampling on Novak and thus they are trampling on Serbia and the Serbian people,’Djokovic’s father Srdjan said at a news conference in Belgrade on Thursday.

澳洲摊上大事儿了. 塞尔维亚最值钱的国宝被关在墨村的一个旅馆里. 塞国的外交部发出严重警告. 他老爸也气势磅礴的聚众, 曰 {‘他们将他关押在囚禁中. 他们正在践踏诺瓦克,因此他们正在践踏塞尔维亚和塞尔维亚人民,”德约科维奇的父亲斯尔詹周四在贝尔格莱德的新闻发布会上说.} (谷歌翻译) 上纲上线, 这过硬的逻辑. 2020年 塞国人均收入 $7,497, 而他网球场上的奖金是$6,511,233 不包括广告代言之类的. 他老爸是不是有些国父的感觉? 最好笑的是塞国硬称他是被引诱去的. 澳洲有这闲功夫陪你玩? 小题大做 丑人多八怪.

无论如何 他老婆漂亮

Timeline of Serbia:

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An icebreaker in the Lake Harmony

I finally got to circle the Lake Harmony, on New Year Day. I would have do it again but the oar is bit too short, that getting myself wet.

The lake is privately owned, about 2.5 miles long; serene and the glacial water is very clear.

As I was paddling the small kayak, I thought about Alan Kulwicki (1954-93) whose trade mark was “Polish victory lap“, which is going clockwise after winning the race. We attended a nascar race here, in the Poconos in 1992. Unfortunately, Kulwicki died in an airplane crash the following year.

The sound of crashing the thin ice ⇓ sounds like music to me -:)

Here is my 2.5 miles circling of the lake ⇓

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