Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Fighting Death And Other Topics

It is Tuesday after Labor Day and my plaguelike symptoms seem to be back slightly. I am kind of a walking snot museum, which is slightly less attractive than it sounds. Despite approaching death, I did manage to go visit my sister, her husband, and their universally adorable (as in it cannot be debated) 19 month-old son (who is also my godson) for a few days in Madaket, which is a part of the popular Nantucket, Massachusetts region. They were totally hanging out there for a while this summer. As far as my visit went, I mostly just hung out and ate stuff and talked and stuff. It was good times. I am practically a local at this point. I almost even bought a bright-colored belt that had whales on it and stuff but then I decided against it in an 11th hour decision that shocked both me and the staff of the store in which I saw it as well as most of the other people shopping in the store.

Today I am mostly kicking ass at the home office and plan on running a few life-altering errands later. I hope to squeeze in a killer workout at some point too. I might do some reps. F it.

Over the weekend I watched some of the U.S. Open and- not surpisingly- it really got me thinking about the great game of tennis, which I used to play a lot (I was on the JV tennis team for two years in high school. Deal with it) but don’t so much anymore (I am thinking of coming out of retirement). As part of my thinking about tennis, I got to thinking about the greats, people like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Bjorn Borg, who is from Sweden. Those are probably my three favorites of all-time. When I was a kid, I liked Bjorn Borg the best but over the years I have shifted more toward McEnroe since he is so entertaining in addition to being seriously great at tennis. Here is a good clip of McEnroe in his prime playing Ivan Lendl and swearing at the ref and stuff. And I’m pretty sure that’s Billie Jean King talking in the background. In short, this clip pretty much has everything. I hope you enjoy it so much.

In other news, I was watching the popular David Letterman program last night and Nick Cave’s new (at least to me anyway) band Grinderman was on. They were really good and had awesome facial hair too. Here is video of them playing on the Jools Holland show. I wish bands like this were more popular in America. In a perfect world bands like Fall Out Boy would be pumping gas for Grinderman’s tour bus. Or something like that anyway. Anyway, I hope you see my point.

Dave Hill


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! If I was feeling malicious I might speculate what feelings of envy Travis were feeling as they looked on. But I'm not malicious. First off, check out this weird advert that is constantly on telly here in the UK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wDzPvNzbzE
Borg doesn't speak for the whole thing. By the way, that thing about opening tills - total lie. If the staff are on a break, you can fuck off if you expect them to go back to work! I just tried to play badminton but the people at the leisure centre had lost the net. They were really embarrassed and gave me a refund and a free session so that was ok. I wonder what McEnroe would say if something like that happened to him, let's just meditate on that for a moment.

You've probably seen this before but anyway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZsy6Ekkq0M It's from Wings of Desire and the dude with the blond ponytail is an angel who can hear people's thoughts, which is probably why he gets a bit of a headache.

Hope you stop dying soon.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're probably right, it was billie jean king, but damn if that doesnt sound exactly like mary carrillo - who still announces today, and doesnt seem that old. if it is her, she is aging verrry slowly. i loved mcenroe as a kid, but honestly, now that im older i can see why so many didnt - he was quite the brat.

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