Where I’ve been.
It hasn’t been lost on me that my WordPress postings have become a bit erratic. I seem to go through a period of nice consistency, and then completely lose interest. Although, “losing interest” isn’t quite right. More like I feel I don’t have anything to add.
(Sidebar: I’m wondering if Twitter’s popularity will also hasten its demise. By that, I mean you see everyone posting this and that, and it’s hard not to feel… irrelevant. And once you feel irrelevant, you start to tune out. Just a thought.)
Anyway, let’s see: as I posted a few weeks ago, I’m really getting into this tennis thing. Nancy and I have been rallying everyday, but we’ve gone one step further by acquiring a ball machine. They’re pricey, but I can tell you, our games have taken a parabolic step forward. Just the ability to return hundreds of balls coming at 70mph with topspin is a godsend if you want to improve. (“return” is generous. Maybe “attempting to return.”)
Naturally, I’m now thinking of entering a tournament just to see how I fare. I did watch the 60+ National Hardcourt championships on youtube recently, and the talent didn’t look all that fierce. The guys were deadly accurate, of course, but I didn’t see any athleticism I didn’t think I could handle.
Of course, watching via video and seeing it real-time are two different things. I saw Lendl/McEnroe courtside in their prime and couldn’t believe how hard they hit it: much different than on TV.
So, I’m going to go watch the local Mid-Atlantic Masters championships in a month or so in Virginia to see how the old farts play. I’m also going to hit with a ranked 45+ friend of mine in a few weeks. I really want him to go all out to see where I stand.
Other than that, not much new. I’m still cycling with my latest adventure being to drive all the way to upstate NJ for a race, pre-ride the course, only to bag it before the race even started.
But, more on that later.