Obviously, there have been other things to do here than blog ! Besides, I rather like that birthday post created by my youngest and like having it at the top !
The "because you's" brought a smile to my face and, and at the same time, tears to my eyes. What a precious gift that was ! Made me proud.
Also, made me quite aware that both my daughters are capable of hacking into my accounts.
Note to self: Change Passwords !
The past week has been packed with all sorts of things that weren't on my To Do List.
But one thing that has been a daily routine is: Watching Wimbledon !
With the womens' and mens' finals rapidly approaching, I feel the impending withdrawal already happening in my body.
It also causes me to think back to a time when I held a Jack Kramer wooden racket in my hand and could scoot across a tennis court like I was 16. Oh ! Wait ! I WAS 16.
It also causes me to think back to a time when we were taught NOT to applaud unforced errors.
ENTER: My Soap Box
What happened to that ? I loved it when the crowd knew a little tennis etiquette. Why is it now 'ok' to applaud someone's 'mistake?' Not every point needs a reaction from the crowd ! This isn't a hockey match where the crowd waits in anticipation for one of the players to use a racket to whack someone up-side the head !
My Soap Box Thought: I wish we could get back to an earlier time when we were more respectful at tennis matches.
And what's with the women squealing, screaming with each stroke of the ball ?
If you please, Grunting Each Shot ! Monica Seles seems to be the gal who started this more than obnoxious habit!
There are many quirky reasons that determine who I want to win, and this 'phenomenon' is at the top of my list. You Grunt ! You aren't my favorite !
Maria Sharipova is reported to grunt at over 100 decibels.
My SoapBog Thought: "This habit is ruining womens' tennis !" But then, there's there volume button on my remote, which is used during these screaming matches.
Wimbledon is one of my favorite Grand Slam events for a couple of reasons. One of them being the "wearing of white."
It's amazing how many different looks appear on the Wimbledon courts.
Wimbledon is the most traditional tennis tournament and that conservativeness is reflected in the white clothing rule. But the color restriction is not limiting players to express themselves and challenge the set rules.
Bethanie Mattek Sands is always attracking a lot of attention and for Wimbledon 2011, she reinvented herself in cooperation with Lady GaGa's designer– the jacket adorned with white tennis balls, may have challenged the officials, but it is likely to end up in the Wimbledon Museum.
Another of Bethanie's monstrosities is shown at the left.
What was she thinking ?
Then there's Venus . . .
The top photo didn't seem too. . . um . . . how do I say UGLY, until it seems to take on a personality of it's own in the second photo.
There it seems to be taking flight in the form of a kite or hot air balloon.
That's where we get a glimpse of the gold hot pants.
But, wait ! What's that ? A brown elastic wrap !
At least the hot pants and elastic wrap could have been the same color. Couldn't they ?
Venus may be a great tennis player, but her fashion sense is a bit off kelter.
I mean, that just can't be comfortable. And judging by the way the tugged and pulled on it during the match, it wasn't.
The one positive thing about the outfit is the fabric. It is pretty, so maybe she can put this jump suit back on the cutting board and design something else . . . possibly some dust cloths.
In Venus' defense, I did read several tennis blogs that discussed her outfit, and surprisingly enough, there was a higher percentage of those who liked the outfit than not.
So, who am I to not like the jumpsuit ?
My Soap Box Thought: H-m-m-m !