Posted in Tennis

Federer’s Happy Feet

They call it the Happy Slam–the Australian Open, that is. And Roger Federer won it with his happy feet…an incredible amount of ballet-like footwork that moves him around the court and sets up shots straight out of the tennis textbook.

He’s not perfect; no one is. But he’s nearly perfect. Near enough to get through the Aussie Open without dropping a single set.

I used to be the one rooting for the underdog. Not any more. It’s entertaining and inspiring to watch Roger bring tennis to a new level, and that’s what I want to see.

I’m not really a stuffed animal person either, but I did get a Feder-Bear.

On to the French Open…a title still eluding the wonderful Rog (who grew up on clay!).

Posted in Current Events, Film, Uncategorized

China’s Muscles on Display

So China can shoot down satellites.

“The organizing princple of any society, Mr. Garrison, is for war. The authority of the state over its people resides in its war powers.” – “X” to Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone’s film, JFK.

So it’s not just a message to the rest of the world after all.

Nothing like technological prowess to make you feel good about your country.

By the way, if you haven’t seen JFK, or haven’t seen it lately, check it out. Enduring relevancy.

Posted in Current Events

Win Friends and Influence People

Just heard that we are bombing in Somalia. This news was buried deep in a local tv news broadcast, after coverage of the fires in Malibu.

We bomb the many to get to the one. Oh, I guess we’re looking for three. So far, we’re not even sure who we got.

I reckon we’re jes’ a-protectin’ our investment(quote from Financial Times’, 9 Jan 07):

Earlier this year, Washington backed a coalition of warlords in Mogadishu in its bid to capture the suspects and is alleged to have paid tens of thousands of dollars to the faction leaders later driven out by the Islamists.

Posted in Travel, Uncategorized

American Airlines Gift (Almost)

Our return flight from Hawai’i was oversold. American Airlines offered us one night’s lodging, taxi from and to the airport, and $800 each to give up our seats. The scout was weary after working, and resisted the idea at first. I kept saying, “$800 each! That’s $1,600 total! That’s a lot of travel!!!” Dollar signs loomed large in my pupils. Tax free income! Travel! Aaaahhhhhheeeeeee…

We volunteered to give up our seats, then waited. It’s an odd feeling to sit at the airport, actually see your jet sitting there on the tarmac, and not know whether you’re going to be on it or not.

At the last minute, they thanked us for volunteering, then offered us one seat in first class (they didn’t have two). So the $1,600 evaporated, and the Scout sat in first class. We did switch part way through the flight. Ironically, the seats in American’s first class aren’t very comfortable. My window seat in coach was better for sleeping.

It’s been a while since I’ve been offered travel credit by an airline for giving up my seat. Usually it’s around $300-$400…never $800! Anyone out there have a story to share on this?

Posted in Travel, Uncategorized

Hawaii – part two

Little did I know that my first waterfall experience in Hawai’i would be the one coming out my nose. Yes, dear reader, my cold virus has hit full stride, and it is time to buy stock in Kleenex. I don’t mind that it’s raining in Hilo…I’M raining in Hilo.

I promised photos, and here are a couple. Remember that these are location pictures for a car commercial (not typical vacation photos), hence the presence of the vehicle.