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The Deuce Club, 11.27 11/27/2008 - 5:00 PM

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By Jackie, TW Social Director

(I know I had a Federer picture up last week, as well, but this one was too perfect to pass up!)

Happy Thanksgiving, TWibe! Before I get into the meat and potatoes - or turkey and potatoes? - of this post, I thought I'd go off-topic for just a moment (appropriate considering this is our OT space!).

First, I was pleasantly surprised to see some tennis coverage in a couple of mainstream publications this past week. The latest issue of ESPN Magazine features a breathtaking aerial photo of Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva playing their exhibition in Doha, to kick off the year-end championships. People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue also showcases some tennis hotties of its own - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Rifling through the issue, I wondered how only Fed and Rafa made it to their pages. Have they seen Feli?

Next, as promised, I present to you my year-end award recipients! You won't see anything that wasn't already expressed in last week's comments, but hopefully this is still of some interest to you:

Most Valuable Player
ATP: Rafael Nadal.
WTA: Serena Williams ... but Jelena Jankovic put up a good fight.
Most Improved Player
ATP: Andy Murray.
WTA: Oddly enough, I feel compelled to go with Elena Dementieva.
Breakout Player
ATP: Juan Martin del Potro.
WTA: I'd put Dinara Safina here, though she's just as worthy of being Most Improved.
Most Disappointing Player
ATP: Richard Gasquet.
WTA: Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Best Rivalry
ATP: This one's tough, but I'm going with Nadal vs. Djokovic because they had some real knockdown-dragout battles this season.
WTA: Jankovic vs. the rest of the WTA. Seems no one is happy she's #1!
Match of the Year, Best of 5 (excluding Wimbledon final)
Federer vs. Tipsarevic at the Australian Open, just because I nearly lost consciousness during that match.
Match of the Year, Best of 3
ATP: Nadal-Djokovic, Hamburg semifinal.
WTA: Serena-Venus, U.S. Open quarterfinal.

Who's excited for 2009?

Finally, as always, please check out our TennisWorld > Real World Facebook group and consider joining if you aren't already a member.

At this moment, I'll bet that the majority of you are either eating or recovering from your Thanksgiving feast. As Pete noted in his "Giving Thanks" post, Thanksgiving is synonymous with food, perhaps more so than any other holiday. They don't call it "Turkey Day" for nothin'! Yet, for vegetarians like myself, the day has nothing to do with turkey.

While I enjoyed the Thanksgiving sides more so than the turkey itself in my meat-eating days, I never thought to take the turkey out of the equation altogether. Yet that's exactly what came to pass the day my family and I took up vegetarianism. Our Thanksgiving meals are still lavish and delicious - we'll have stuffing, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, rice, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and more - but it does seem like an affront to the Thanksgiving Gods to not have that bird on the table as its centerpiece.

Yes, I've tried the meatless wonder that is tofurky and found it to be a poor substitute for the real thing - and pretty disgusting to boot. (To be fair, the one time I tried it was several years ago, so I imagine it's improved over time.)

Still, Thanksgiving isn't only about turkeys, pies, and elastic waistbands. It's a time to celebrate family ... and, of course, to give thanks. While I'm on the subject, I'd like to thank you, dear TWibe, for welcoming me as Social Director and for bringing these Deuce Club posts to life. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

(Okay, I can't lie. This year, I'm not doing a big Thanksgiving dinner. Heck, I'm not even with my family. They're out of town, so I'm spending the day with a co-worker and her parents ... and our Thanksgiving meal is taking place at an Italian restaurant. Not a traditional celebration by any means, but it'll do.)

Now it's time for you to share! What does your Thanksgiving meal look like, and what's your favorite dish out of the spread? Do you have any special recipes you're willing to give out?

We can also use this space to discuss today's football action. As I speak, the Seahawks and Cowboys are going at it, and later tonight the Cardinals and Eagles will be in action. Who are your picks?

Before I sign off, I wanted to mention that I plan on reprising the Annual TW Awards, where we give out awards to members of the TWibe. I can't do this alone, so please take some time to think of your honors, and send me an e-mail with your thoughts. Remember, they can be whatever you want them to be - the more creative, the better. (Some examples from last year include the Man, This Is So Creative and Funny I Just Wish I Knew What It Meant award and the It Really Blows Being a KAD for Someone Whom So Many People Dislike award.) I'll be compiling the awards over the next few weeks, so make sure you get your ideas in!


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Posted by Master Ace 11/27/2008 at 09:32 PM

"I think you should change your moniker to Switzerland due to your neutrality."

Sam,
No. That is not tennis based.

Posted by NP 11/27/2008 at 09:35 PM

Magic vs. Wizards. Did you sleep at all today?

Posted by NP 11/27/2008 at 09:36 PM

MA, I think your name might sound better reversed. Ace Master vs. Master Ace? I don't think there's any contest.

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:37 PM

NP, no, not really. It's been almost three days so time to start worrying, lol.
I was medically diagnosed with chronic insomnia as a child and at times it gets a bit out of hand

Posted by NP 11/27/2008 at 09:39 PM

Wow, Vanessa. Didn't know it was so serious. Hope you can function without a good nite's sleep.

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:43 PM

NP, Yes I can. The thing is the brain needs sleep so if it gets really bad they have to chemically induce sleep for 48-72

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:44 PM

hours that is. Is it just you and me here? where did everybody go?
something I said? lol

Posted by Sam 11/27/2008 at 09:44 PM

Hi Vanessa - Yup, watching my Eagles play well for the first time in weeks. Up 24-7 at halftime.

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:47 PM

Great Sam! I myself haven't been watching sports lately which is strange for me. And switching through channels found USA is doing a House marathon

Posted by NP 11/27/2008 at 09:49 PM

Gotcha, Vanessa. Good to see you can still function despite your condition.

Posted by Sam 11/27/2008 at 09:51 PM

Vanessa: Sorry to hear about your chronic insomnia.

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:51 PM

yes NP I'm Ok. It has an upside. I get a lot done. I can party hearty until the wee hours of the morning... and well you get my drift

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:54 PM

It's Ok Sam. I'm Ok really. I know people who have it much worse. And like I was telling NP it has its upside

Posted by Sher 11/27/2008 at 09:56 PM

ouch, Vanessa, you've been awake for 3 days? I depend on sleep to function entirely too much, myself

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:57 PM

It does look like it's just us three here. I guess I missed Jackie again

Posted by Sher 11/27/2008 at 09:57 PM

On the other hand, it must come in handy if you own your business

Posted by NP 11/27/2008 at 09:57 PM

I do, Vanessa. Not sure there's anyone left by then, but I do. :)

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 09:59 PM

Hi Sher! Nice to see you!
Yes there about. I probably got an hour or so night before
But actually I can function well without sleep it's how my brain is wired I guess, lol

Posted by Sam 11/27/2008 at 09:59 PM

Vanessa: Glad to hear that it's okay. I had some sleeping problems a few years ago and went through a period where I slept about 2 hours total during a 2 week period (and I'm someone who loves to sleep, so it was hell).

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:00 PM

NP, LOL
How was your thanksgiving?

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:02 PM

Sam, I can only imagine. I have always been the same sleep or not, actually family and friends complain about my cheerfulness and perkiness in the morning even after not having slept. Maybe I'm an allien, lol who knows?

Posted by Sam 11/27/2008 at 10:04 PM

LOL Vanessa

Posted by NP 11/27/2008 at 10:06 PM

Well, I gotta scram. Later, folks.

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:06 PM

You know NP you remind me of House or House reminds me of you, something like that

Posted by NP 11/27/2008 at 10:08 PM

Vanessa, I've never seen a full episode of House so I'm not one to judge. I'll let you explain that to me later. :)

Now I'm off. Ciao.

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:10 PM

Bye NP

Posted by ptenisnet 11/27/2008 at 10:14 PM

NP as house huh
Not enough orneriness.

Syd.
if you are still around. Re. Caesar's wife: Something like Caesar's wife should be free of even the appearance of impropriety. Mean not only no impropriety, but also no appearance thereof.

Posted by Ren 11/27/2008 at 10:16 PM

Oh Vanessa...that's terrible... meditation helps.

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:18 PM

Hey Sam! Like your comment re MA changing his name to Switzerland! Ha-ha!

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:19 PM

Hi Ren. Yes it does. But I'm Ok really
How was your day?

Hi Ptenisnet
'Not enough omeriness' (??)

Posted by Sher 11/27/2008 at 10:19 PM

It's good to see you too, Vanessa. I'm popping in and out of TW. I'm having a strange kind of evening.

1. turned over an ankle
2. was late to pick up a rental car so am carless
3. something went wrong with the meat i was cooking, it turned _black_ and I had to throw it out (thank god before i ate)
4. i heated up some campbell's soup and then found out it expired in 2003 (thank god before i ate)
5. also had to fix a broken toilet (joy!)

I think I shall just go to sleep and hope to wake up. LOL. Cheers!

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:20 PM

Galoises: That's great to know! Am sorry was not around when you said good-bye! BTW, let me tell you that even if I don't greet you as often as I do others, I always read your posts!

Posted by Sher 11/27/2008 at 10:20 PM

more or less I come to TW in between disasters tonight, lol

so anyway, i have to go

and yes, another cheer for Switzerland lol

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:21 PM

Sher, Talk about Murphy's Law.
Have a good night! Tomorrow may be the opposite. The whole yin and yan, karma thing? Cheers!

Posted by ptenisnet 11/27/2008 at 10:22 PM

Vanessa
ORneriness. Or is it ORnerity ?

BTW, What did you think of the tuesday episode?


Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:23 PM

Talked to a client...so I am energized again Vanessa! Ha-ha! Things I have to do to keep my sanity!

Sher, that was funny!

Posted by Sam 11/27/2008 at 10:25 PM

Woo hoo! Westbrook scores another TD (4th of the night) for a 31-7 Eagles lead.

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:25 PM

I hope NP reappears!

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:25 PM

Ptenisnet, I still don't get it. Must be the lack of sleep,lol
I guess House and NP can be quite harsh, that's where I was going with it.

The one with the gunman? Not my favorite for sure and at the end I was cringing because it looked as if House and Cuddy were about to kiss again (eww) but they didn't (sigh of relief).

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:27 PM

Ren, glad for you! I am not sure if I still have my sanity, lol

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:27 PM

Congrats Sam!

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:28 PM

Sam, That's great! Keep us posted! Go Eagles!

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:29 PM

You have it when you know you're losing it Vanessa!

Posted by ptenisnet 11/27/2008 at 10:29 PM

i was trying to hint that one of them was less ornery (not sure if it is House or NP at this point).

Yeah, besides the whole Huddy (or maybe it should be Couse) thing, the whole Florida thing was quite lame.

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:33 PM

Ptennisnet, Lol. I say they're neck and neck. No offense intended NP (in case you're around still)

Posted by ptenisnet 11/27/2008 at 10:38 PM

I am sure NP won't be offended. Especially if he is anything like House.

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:44 PM

It's almost time for me to take a walk....

Posted by Vanessa (trying hard to be a good girl) 11/27/2008 at 10:44 PM

Well I'm hitting the road again.
Later guys!

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:50 PM

ORNERY, love that word, but not fit for NP, I guess. NP does not seem to carry an irritable disposition...he can be irritating at times, but not necessarily irritable...or so I thought!

Posted by Ren (d' kindred soul) 11/27/2008 at 10:52 PM

Bye Vanessa!

Posted by Sam 11/27/2008 at 11:26 PM

Woo hoo - Eagles win 48-20!! Big games from McNabb & Westbrook, and the defense picked off Kurt Warner 3 times (twice early).

Posted by Jackie 11/28/2008 at 12:44 AM

Aw, goshdarnit, I missed everyone/everything. Sister called and we talked for 3 hours!

Anyone out there?

Posted by rg.nadal (what can i say.....) 11/28/2008 at 12:53 AM

Hello all!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 01:56 AM

Morning all.

*makes tea*

"I think you should change your moniker to Switzerland due to your neutrality.

Sam,
No. That is not tennis based."

LOL!

Happy Anniversary to the White Album.

Vanessa, I hope you are ok.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 02:33 AM

Just in case anybody is interested in Martina N in the jungle:

http://tinyurl.com/5j7qnn

Posted by Arun 11/28/2008 at 02:34 AM

Jackie: Great post.. Didn't know abut 'Tofurkey' at all.. And the TW awards would be a great idea - waiting to know the final picks!

ttfn.. Take care all!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 02:36 AM

ttfn?

good night, Arun, or morning. :) Hope you had a nice day.

Posted by Arun 11/28/2008 at 02:41 AM

Jewell: Good Morning to you as well! http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ttfn

Yep - a nice but a loooong day; just came back home.. tooooooo much of walking around NYC and extremely tired - it was super fun to be with my friends though (Part 2 of roaming the ciy comes up tomorrow and hopefully Atlantic City on Saturday)... Thankfully the weather was not that bad!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 02:45 AM

Arun: thanks!

Sounds like fun...what did you have to eat?

Posted by Arun 11/28/2008 at 03:02 AM

jewell: loads of food.. hehe; Indian food for Lunch and went to Chinese for dinner.. now, good night/day for real. ttyl.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 03:05 AM

Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, well. I can talk about food for hours...

The most popular thing in Britain is roast turkey with cranberry sauce or bread sauce, Brussels sprouts (usually boiled but sometimes cooked in butter with whole sweet chestnuts - much nicer that way), roast potatoes and parsnips. To start with, probably smoked salmon served with brown bread and slices of lemon, and for pudding, traditional Christmas pudding, brought to the table soaked in brandy and lit to produce those magical, flickering blue flames. Probably also a rich fruit Christmas cake, and perhaps some of those traditional Christmas dessert sweetmeats - Elvas plums, glacé fruits, marrons glacés, Bendicks Bittermints.

Only, one turkey is quite a lot for a small household of two people. We would have to eat the leftovers until February, and I am simply not going to torture myself for that long. :)

In the words of the late, great Elizabeth David:

"If I had my way - and I shan't - my Christmas Day eating and drinking would consist of an omelette and cold ham and a nice bottle of wine at lunch time, and a smoked salmon sandwich with a glass of champagne on a tray in bed in the evening."

I will be somewhere between those two extremes. :) For breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, at about eleven o'clock in the morning.

Then the traditional Christmas Day walk in the rain, without which it would simply not be Christmas.

Christmas dinner - to start with, foie gras with properly-made Melba toast (from happy birds, of course...) Main course depends on the year, but usually some form of game bird such as pheasant or wild duck. Sometimes with an unusual garnish such as wild rice and chicory and orange salad - for the duck - sometimes going very traditional with game chips or gaufrette potatoes. And for pudding, Christmas plum pudding and some of the sweetmeats mentioned above.

Christmas pudding is very nice sliced up and fried in butter for breakfast the next day, by the way. :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 03:07 AM

eek. Sorry for the essay!

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 11/28/2008 at 03:33 AM

Jewell, your christmas menu sounds yummy.

Mine is very traditional even when it is stinking hot. Loads of meat, roasted vegies and of course plum pud with brandy sauce. I love to have wild duck though.

I am sure we can discuss chrissie menus nearer the time.

Posted by Nic 11/28/2008 at 03:38 AM

Speaking of festive foodstuffs...

http://tiny.cc/CX5lQ

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 03:38 AM

Hey AA.

Jackie said I could do it...

How are you? I saw a beautiful bird bath and table the other day in bright pillar-box red and thought of you.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 03:43 AM

Hey Nic.

I have to go to work, how dull.

Elizabeth David, in case anybody would like to know more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_David

See you all later!

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 04:25 AM

Christmas day for us at my sister's has gone something like this for the last few years:

1) Everyone wakes up with a hangover
2) We have smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and Bucks Fizz
3) Take the traditional Christmas Day walk to the pub (it's 90 seconds away). Have the traditional pre-Christmas lunch gin & tonic or pint. Walk back and flop on the sofas while my sister and her partner frantically cook.
4) Leisurely crisps, dips, crudites and general amuse-bouches. Open presents between frenetic kitchen sessions. My brother and I argue about what to watch on TV.
5) The big event: roast turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, brussell sprouts (yuck), honey-glazed parsnips a la Jamie Oliver, gravy, cranberry sauce, sun-dried tomatoes for some reason. And for the vegetarians (my mum and my sister) my mum makes this amazing layered pie which has risotto rice, roast peppers, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes all in layers. Yum.
6) Christmas pudding en flambe (yuck) and brandy butter (yum).
7) By this point it's about 8 at night and we start the serious-er drinking and open the rest of the presents. Then play Name That Tune! '80s edition until we all collapse in a drunken heap.
8) Wake up on Boxing Day with a hangover, eat the leftovers
9) Shuffle over to my dad's on the 27th and do the whole thing again.

Does anybody else out there have to eat two Christmas dinners?

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 04:33 AM

Oh and by the by - I'll pass on Elf news from La Nacion courtesy of Violetta, who Knows Things:

Franco Gavin said that Juan never said he would consider not playing DC and of course he will play. He also calls what Nalbo said "a serious mistake". And no tennis for Elf for four weeks because he needs to get his toe and muscle-tear in the thigh taken care of.

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 04:35 AM

Gavin? DAVIN. Teach me to post when I'm not yet awake.

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 04:40 AM

You'd think that for 'one of the most beautiful couples in Serbia' they could have found a slightly better picture:

http://tinyurl.com/6eacq3

Best of luck to them.

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 04:48 AM

*makes self another mug of lemon and ginger tea, puts headphones in and sulks*

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 05:38 AM

good morning, tumbleweed queen.
and morning to the rest of TW too.

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 05:46 AM

Bismarck! I'm not alone any more!

*smothers in kisses*

What's up?

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 05:47 AM

good morning tumbleweed queen. and good morning rest of TW too.

(this is the 2nd attempt of posting this, hopefully only one in the end shows up)

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 05:53 AM

i knew it. which makes it all the more depressing.
bleh. one of the most dreadful doubles posts i´ve ever done here.

what´s up you ask?
i´m in anger about the double post, survived uni hell for another week, will attend a party in another city tonight and meet a couple of old friends there and will quite likely visit my mom tomorrow and sunday in just another city.
generally i´m looking forward to this weekend cause it promises lots of fun and good stuff.
but somehow i´m not feeling only bliss and happiness. maybe cause i know that the next monday is just a couple of days away.

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 05:57 AM

Or maybe because there's no tennis?

That's contributing to my teutonic gloom.

Posted by mina 11/28/2008 at 06:02 AM

hi all... jewell's essay was dee-lish :)

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 06:03 AM

Mina! Famine to feast, this is.

Posted by mina 11/28/2008 at 06:08 AM

gauloises: i agree, abt the couple's pic... i didn't know his wife's name was mina too :)

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 06:13 AM

I didn't even notice that, Mina!

Nice to see a doubles player getting some stardom though. Serbia really have it going on right now, tennis-wise.

GB should be so lucky.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 06:15 AM

yeah gauloises, that´s a factor too for sure.
tennis always helps to distract me from the things not working out well in my life... thank god there´s plenty of tennis over the year, jejeje.
to make things worse my notebook has started with a most random youtube hateration - at times it just out of the blue tells me when i want to watch a vid there that firefox has detected an error and has to be closed. other times it works like a charm. there seems to be no system behind it. which makes it all the more frustrating.

i wish my life would be easier. though i´m not even sure what that means. which might be part of the problem, ha!

Posted by gauloises 11/28/2008 at 06:21 AM

Last day at work, and my boss wants me to e-mail her a list of exactly what I've been doing for the past six weeks. So, so tempted to just respond "see comments section in tennis.com".

Bismarck - that's exactly why, although I know the calendar is a disaster, I want these guys to play ALL YEAR ROUND so I never have to confront my problems ...

I'm so with you on laptop problems by the way, mine is currently held together by sellotape. Seriously.

Posted by mina 11/28/2008 at 06:25 AM

maybe GB will, gauloises, with mandy on the upswing :) dont know abt your girls though... how is anne keothavong doing in the rankings?

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 06:31 AM

Mina ... our girls, not to put too fine a point on it, suck. With the notable exception of Anne K, who's now up to no. 61. GO KEO!

Mind you, all our boys suck too, except for Mandy. GO MANDY!

Posted by Yummy Prince Fed - take a break you deserve it 11/28/2008 at 06:32 AM

Christmas morning:
1. wake up very early in the morning to start the hot chocolate that my son loves so much and knead the dough for the fry dumplings and sauteed ham with tomatoes and onions done Jamaican style or ackee and saltfish (if I can smuggle ackee in from Jamaica). Hot chocolate done Jamaican style is not like any hot chocolate you have ever had as we get the chocolate that is hardened with spices, we grate it, boil it with cinnamon leaves and sweeten with condensed milk, and add lots of spices, like vanilla, and rose and almond water
2. open presents
3. go to church
4. start cooking the traditional Christmas dinner which usually includes curry goat, rice and peas, roast chicken or a pot roast, lots of vegetables, candied sweet potatoes and plantains, the list goes on and on and of course the traditional Jamaican Christmas drink which is sorrel - for those of you in the UK who have ever tried mulled wine, my English friends here in Cayman say it tastes a bit like it.
5. sit down for dinner when I usually have a house full of usually my son's friends who are here working and away from their family and who usually want a mommy's Christmas cooking.
Usually at the end of the day I am so pooped, I am too tired to eat. LOL

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 06:36 AM

YPF - I love mulled wine!

In fact, I love the sound of most of that. Maybe I should do Christmas in Jamaica some time. If I can just get rid of my pesky family somehow ...

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 06:36 AM

*So, so tempted to just respond "see comments section in tennis.com".*

jejeje.

i´ve not reached the sellotape stage. yet.
(but i´ve prolly jinxed it with this comment...)
i´ve been thinking about buying a new one for months now.
maybe i´ll i do it post christmas. yeah, maybe.

Posted by mina 11/28/2008 at 06:37 AM

Keo got me pulling for her during wimbledon! i dont know if its the asian thing or cos i luv those really flat strokes on grass :)

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 06:41 AM

I'm actually not a huge fan of Keo's game, but I flove her personality. She's a pistol.

A bit sad thinking about what she might have achieved if the LTA had given this sort of time, attention, money and *professional* attention to the women's game a bit earlier in her career. Still, what can you do? We've got Laura Robson ...

Posted by Yummy Prince Fed - take a break you deserve it 11/28/2008 at 06:41 AM

gauloises: I am actually residing in the Cayman Islands right now. See hurricane season for distressed Karen. I have never actually had mulled wine but will ensure that I try it at some point.
My boss just returned from the UK on Wednesday this week and she brought me back an authentic Wimbledon strawberry keyring. It looks really nice and I am already using it. I swear I should be living in England. Think the weather and the whole culture of the place suits my personality to a tee

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 06:45 AM

Karen - mulled wine literally keeps me alive through London winters.

I moan about the weather (as does every British person - it's our national pastime, that and making fun of Tim Henman) but it actually suits me pretty well, being the moody, mardy, sun-abhorring creature that I am.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 06:54 AM

is mulled wine the same thing as the nordic glögg or the german glühwein?
like served warm and with spices and such?

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 06:57 AM

Sounds about right, Bismarck. Cinnamon and vanilla and orange and so forth added to red wine and then warmed up. Good for the soul.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 07:09 AM

And I'm the tumbleweed queen again.

I so want to get that in the posters awards.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 07:15 AM

good for the soul indeed.
and it reaches the soul even faster if you put some jägermeister into it, jejeje.
my polls show that you´re the current frontrunnner for queen of the tumbleweed.
but as i only polled one person it might not be representative of TW as a whole.

Posted by Master Ace 11/28/2008 at 07:16 AM

Hello,TWibe.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 07:17 AM

... and i didn´t post for a while cause i was reading this:
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/firsttime_review.asp

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 07:20 AM

Master Ace! You can't see me, but I'm performing my ceremonial Master Ace dance.

Interesting link, Bismarck.

I totally forgot about Sam Querrey. I like the kid and I think he's got game, but I just don't know if I ever really see him as a contender. Hmmm.

Posted by Samantha Elin 11/28/2008 at 07:21 AM

Hej alla, hope everyone is doing great, I had a great Thanksgiving, all vegetarian. Go veggie, save a turkey. Today is black Friday, the biggest shopping day in America, so I have to do my part for the bad economy. Hitting the malls. Ciao dudes! Have a great day. Go Caroline, Scandinavia's#1!

Posted by Master Ace 11/28/2008 at 07:25 AM

Samantha Elin,
Today is indeed Black Friday. Surprised that you are posting. I would have thought you would have hit the early rush.

Gauloises,
Did you read what tennisforum.com had to say about WTA 10?

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