Friday, May 30, 2008

Comings and Goings

Roland Garros Update:

Of the top 32 men entered in the tournament, 13 are already gone. The highest seeds who lost after three rounds are #6 Da-veed Nalbandian of Argentina, who lost to 21 year-old French wildcard Jeremy Chardy after winning the first two sets (Chardy won 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2) and #7 James Blake, went down to 19 year-old Latvian Ernests Gulbis in four sets.

On the women's side, 12 of the 32 seeds are gone as of this writing. Must be a bad time to be the sixth seed, as #6 Anna Chakvetadze also lost in the 2nd round to Estonian Kaia Kanepi in straight sets. The big surprise of the tournament (well, so far...) is former champ and 5th seed Serena Williams going out in the third round after losing to Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik, again, in straight sets.

Turning out to be an interesting tournament, this RG is.

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Ok, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let me just give out my yearly moment of remembrance of Jeff Buckley's passing.


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And welcome the newest addition to the family. My 1-day old niece! She's my brother's first baby:

She's adorable.


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Now playing: Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Roland Garros 2008

This year's French Open started last Sunday, and it completely sucks that there's no live coverage on my TV (although I think Studio 23 will be showing the men's and women's finals live.)

Then again (and I've told monsterboy about this), Nadal will win the men's title anyway, and Daniela isn't playing on the women's side because she has a foot injury... So I figure I really won't be missing too much this year. BUT THERE BETTER BE WIMBLEDON ON MY CABLE NEXT MONTH! (here that Las Pinas Cable?)

So as I said, I'm guessing Rafa wins his 4th straight French Open, and since 3-time defending champ Justine retired about two weeks ago, the women's draw is completely wide open. I'm guessing Jelena Jankovic will beat out Ana Ivanovic to be the first Serbian woman to win a grand slam title. We'll know who actually wins in two weeks.



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Now playing: Alice Smith - Love Endeavor
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Flaming Red Horizon

I studied in a Catholic school my whole life, from kindergarten to college. But I don't think I really grew up to be religious at all, as much as I just simply grew up to be afraid of being unreligious.

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I don't remember when the last time I heard mass at church was. I think it was at Christmas eve last year, since I remember how annoyed I was that the whole thing was taking way too much time. Not that I found hearing mass during Christmas eve an inconvenience to my well-fed soul, but I just remember how annoyed I was with how they managed to make MASS at CHURCH so overwrought like it was some cheesy Sunday afternoon variety show. What??!? Since when did we need to have kids dancing in front of the altar, or old people singing
barely tuneful songs that was only tangentially related to the whole point of why we were there in the first place, or various announcements about who won some community raffle and how to buy raffle tickets for the next self-serving one? Why make a supposedly solemn one hour of inherently personal time of worship for God into an annoying two hour extravaganza filled with unnecessary fodder?

Now that I think of it, I think that was what drove me away from going to mass at the church I've been hearing mass from ever since I was a kid. I hated how they made it so contrived and overdone and overly elaborate.

Or maybe I was just looking for a better excuse to stop going to mass on Sundays.


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Now playing: Jeff Buckley - Eternal Life
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Oh Well.

Ok. World #1 Justine Henin just announced that she's retiring from tennis, immediately.

"This is the end of a child's dream. This is a definitive decision. Those who know me know it is serious. I thought long about this. I started thinking about it late last year. I was at the end of the road. I leave with my head held high."
I usually pick my favorite female tennis players using a very shallow criteria (from Mary Pierce and Dominique Van Roost to Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Kirilenko) rather than on the number of tournaments they've won. But I became a fan of Justine because of how beautiful her game was, most especially her one-handed backhand. If I had Federer's forehand and Justine's backhand, I'd die happy. I remember how great it was when she won her first French Open title back in 2003 because as she said, it was at that tournament as a ten year-old girl when she told her mother while watching the Graf-Seles final that she'll win it someday too. Her mom died of cancer two years later. She won the French Open eight years after that.

Justine retires from the sport as the #1 ranked player. She will not be defending her French Open crown this year, after having won it for the past three years.




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Now playing: Iron and Wine - Such Great Heights
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