Posted on: Jan 26, 2019 at 10:34 PM
Happy Birthday Chuck! I was talking to my younger brother Mike on the telephone back home in Kenosha over the past holidays and he was telling me he felt like he was slowing down. Now that idea is running around in my head and now I’m feeling like I’m slowing down. Ode to the power of suggestion, do you remember that poem by A.E. Housman “Ode to an Athlete Dying Young? I’m sure you know it. I remember Mr. Fisher in English Lit. reading it to the class out loud and it’s been stuck there in my 17 year old mind till this day....I don’t think Roger Federer is ready to have a fork stuck into him just yet. “Beware Of The Greeks bearing gifts.” The young man, Stefanos Tsitsipas said that he had studied Roger since he was 6yrs old. I’ve seen bits and pieces of him playing. He reminds me of me when I was young, with that beautiful one hand backhand. Just kidding. (No he doesn’t. I’m left handed and besides we all had one handed backhands back in those days.)Stefanos does though remind me a bit of the older man himself, Federer. .... Now as to retirement, I think not. Why should he retire? My oldest daughter Mary, who majored in Spanish and Art once told me to draw what you see not what you think and I still like what I see out there on the court. The man is not exactly an “easy out.” Now, if his wife wants him to retire, that’s a different story. .... Out here in the Northwest living in the state of Oregon, we have “Death with Dignity,” That means assisted suicide. (“It’s not so great.”) Now just what in the hell is Dignity? “It’s never been photographed,” lyrics from a Bob Dylan song called “Dignity” I wasn’t the best in math (that just might be the biggest understatement of all time) but the way I figure it, at the end of the AO, he will still be ranked in the top 10 per cent in the world. That means Roger is better than 90 percent of the other players out there on tour. Maybe, “It’s Not Dark Yet But It’s Getting There,” another song by Bob Dylan..... The time for retirement is getting nearer as he “bowed out in the early rounds. Will just have to wait and see. .... I’m not ready to “Bow Out” yet. Are You? I Think Not. Well old Friend, I wish you a happy birthday once again and say a pray for you, Jean and your family for another year of health and happiness! I’ll be pulling for Tsitsipas to beat Nadal. Whoops! I just saw that he lost in three straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0. Osaka , the young one, won in three tough sets over Kvitova, the old one, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.( And I ain’t staying up to find out who wins between Nadal and Djokovic. .... P.S. FYI, last week I was up in Salem, Oregon with my son driving (“My car service”) and I said to him, “Let’s make a quick stop at “St. Vinnie’s” before we head back to Corvallis.” I told him that I was just going to run in and out and do a quick “racket check.” You know, you never know what you’re going to find, (usually nothing). However, this time, I got lucky! Laying there under a pile of-some beat-up bad stuff in the back of the store by the sporting goods section. “Holy Smokes!” There It was under a Fox Hustler Bobby Riggs (I never heard of it before) racket, like new in a neat and clean racket cover for $6.99. But even better there was the Spaulding Ashley Cooper Personal, fiber welded throat custom built model being hardly scuffed up and just slightly (and I mean slightly) warped. Also, the grip was in great shape. Just like I remembered it and the butt cover too. Not bad looking for wooden tennis rackets around 60 years old, for the taking at $4.99. That’s before the cashier took off the veterans and the “Senor” discount. (I had Senora Baylor in Spanish class my sophomore year.) The Ashley Cooper was the first real tennis racket I ever had. I bought it my senior year just before the start of tennis practice, downtown at Nielsen’s. Were you with me and did you by one too? I’m pulling for Tsitsipas to-beat Nadal. I kept Ashley Cooper under my bed that senior season. I’m sending a picture. No not of me but of the racket. The reason being is its looking in better condition than I am.
Posted on: Jan 25, 2019 at 2:02 PM
Have a great birthday !
Posted on: Jan 23, 2019 at 4:33 AM
Happy Birthday Hilda !! Hope you had a great day
Posted on: Jan 07, 2015 at 1:34 PM
Happy Birthday Bruce! I still remember you and I playing basketball on the Grant team!
Late as usual... hoping your birthday was special.
Posted on: Jan 09, 2019 at 12:42 PM
Happy Birthday Jack!!!!
Posted on: Jan 07, 2019 at 11:45 AM
Happy Birthday Jesse!
Posted on: Jan 03, 2019 at 11:39 AM
Hey old man, wishing you a happy birthday a day early! Enjoy it to the fullest.
Posted on: Jan 03, 2019 at 11:37 AM
Happy birthday! Enjoy the day with your family and friends ??