A shutout home opener

        The home opener was a shutout event.  Pumpkin won her doubles 6:2, the happy duo walked off giggling.  They both played sharp and hard.  They giggled at start, either their way to deal with nervousness or just doubles has more fun – your partner carries half the pressure.

One parent suggested that we need to do a fund raising for new courts.  Gosh, you have to see to believe it: the courts look like 3rd world!  Few years ago I took them to visit my middle/high school in Beijing, they were impressed, ‘wow, mom, this is  your school?’  The rose-tinted track and field, tranquil blueish 50 meter indoor pool .. .. were really world class.  Superficial?  What’s going on inside the classrooms are not easy to measure..  China will beat us back to the moon, said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin two weeks ago.

Ran into few mothers, some I played with long time ago, some I knew but haven’t seen for few years.  One Korean mom chatted me up – rather one sided – telling me her 12th grade son is doing very well, busy, participate in chamber music – playing violin, golf and something else; kept on saying that he has to do very well academically .. he wants to go to Brown pre med .. There wasn’t a room for my participation, :).  Is Brown offering 6-year BS/MD program?  She looked at me blankly.  Oh well.  Maybe the ivy leagues have more than enough applicants, they don’t have to come up with new gimmick to compete for the brightest.  Considering the long internship many fields required, the 6-year combo is a good way to start.

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