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Virtual Holiday Party, 2008 12/15/2008 - 1:01 PM

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Evening! Nice reindeer scarf. Come on in, can I take your coat?

Beth is here already, and probably wondering what she's doing doing dressed to the nines at a holiday party at 10 AM, PST. But she's an old TW hand, and understands that the party starts any time we want, because it's always night, or day, or whatever you want it to be, somewhere in TennisWorld. I'm not sure Gauloises is coming until a little later, and be warned - smoking is allowed at this party. And that dude(ette) smokes like she gets paid for it!

Jackie-Oh is in the kitchen, preparing what she claims is her killer buche de noel. Anybody know what she's talking about? Is that some kind of tree?  I'm proud of the fact that when Jackie ordered me to put out some of the nibblings and snacks, I fought off the urge to eat all the Brazil nuts before anyone even got here.

The week before Christmas is always such a rush, and it's extra tough this time because I'm heading to Bradenton, Fla., tomorrow, to write a "Day in the Life" piece on Nick Bollettieri. That will be for the mothership, but I'll do a post on my visit as well. And, of course, I still have some Christmas shopping to do. My wife, Lisa, kind of wants an Ipod but she thinks they're too expensive. I was ecstatic when, returning from the farm with Cowboy Luke and Asad, I popped into Wal-Mart to return a heated blanket and found a Star Wars Tie-fighter (complete with Darth Vadar figurine) that - you don't have to put together out of 450 pieces! That means Christmas morning, he can just rip off the packaging and get busy. Yes, there is a God.

What can I get you to drink? Lleytsie, as promised, brought along some vintage Shiraz for the women, and some Cooper's ("for us blokes"). But the bar is pretty well stocked. You'll have no trouble identifying our off-the-(electrical)grid dancin' fool Rudy3, either. As she wrote late last night, in a pitch-perfect comment that somehow really caught the holiday party vibe:

Ok, well I'm bringing Patron and tortilla rollups (my specialty). I'll be the redhead in the kitchen wearing a black turtleneck, gap jeans and a smokin pair of Kenneth Cole boots. My subject du jour will be how Colt McCoy got gipped out of the Heisman, and how the BCS sucks. I should a joy to be around :), that is until the Patron kicks in, then I'll be funny and slightly loud.

Love how she wrote,"slightly" loud.

Once the party gets rolling I'll have to check out for a few hours and go pick up the cowpoke at school and get him fed and to bed, but I'll be back around 9 PM tonight to hang out until ?????.

And don't worry about dropping a dollop of dip or a pig in the blanket on the floor, the dog will take care of it. This is a dog-friendly and smoker-friendly and just-about-everything friendly party!

Oh, let me get a picture up, ASAP. . .


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Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 08:27 PM

Nancy, yeah, but on the other hand, if they smell you...

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 08:27 PM

Nancy!!!!!!

Posted by jb (pfft - but happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 08:27 PM

*steps back in off the porch* brrr - can't believe i got a phone call mid-party!

*slips cell into vase* there - that takes care of that...

no beth, i think young gilles is going to take full advantage of having a designated driver! and i'm sure jackie won't mind his tippling a glass or two... :)

Andrew! happy holidays and a merry merry to you! long time no see - grab a brew when your done with your toddy. come over by the fire and warm up.

how's the kitty doing? hoping for a slightly better year for Fed in 2009? :))

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 08:29 PM

Ha Pspace.
I wouldn't be waist deep. and I don't have a receding hairline.

Posted by Violetta 12/15/2008 at 08:29 PM

Oh...he's wearing a mask!

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 08:29 PM

Crazyone! Happy holidays girl!
And HEY! everybody likes to enjoy themselves at parties, my Nalby is doing what everybody does, let the man enjoy, I want him to forget his DC pain. Drink and eat all you want my love.

Marian - So far so good...
you havin' fun?

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 08:30 PM

Anyway, now that I had my 'virtual' fun I'm going out for some 'real' fun
Marian, thanks for the dance
Ren, thanks for the date
NP, stay sweet ;)
Bye everyone! Have fun!

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 08:30 PM

Donde esta el Andres?

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 08:31 PM

Here you go, Marian:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roohzohUMwA

It's not traditional bluegrass by any stretch, but still a brilliant instrumental number by Del and the Boys.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:31 PM

For JACKIE: http://www.teamwta.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/roger-federer-wimbledon08shoes.jpg

Posted by Arun 12/15/2008 at 08:31 PM

'Night, Vanessa!

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 08:32 PM

Had to jump in while 'poke is pretending to blow up some galaxy or something from across the room - my fave movie is actually the mini-series tetralogy of Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" saga. All four mini-series (two by hallmark, one HBO and one CBS) are really well done, faithful to the book, etc. But the four-part LD HBO one alone is awesome. At any rate, you get about 10 hours of the Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae bio, cradle to grave, and the "bad guys" (Blue Duck, Ahumado and Joey Garza will hold their own with any psycho villans in history. I'm being summoned - see you at 9-ish, other thread.

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 08:32 PM

Later, Vanny. U 2.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:32 PM

Nyt ness!

Posted by jb (pfft - but happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 08:34 PM

have fun vanessa!

i dunno - but isn't rachael coming with andy r? they may have gotten distracted... :)

*wanders into the kitchen to find some hors dovers*

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 08:34 PM

the closet
you guys are mean
and here it is christmas

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 08:35 PM

Ah, gotcha, Pete. See ya in a few.

Posted by Syd (Form follows function) 12/15/2008 at 08:35 PM

Pspace -

I missed you in the crowd. Happy Hols to you!! I thought you were on your way to Paris??

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:35 PM

Gosh, this is a tiring party? Looking for Annie, AA Tangi and Gabriela!

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 08:37 PM

night , vanessa
have fun

Pete! welcome back
great party you got here

Posted by Master Ace 12/15/2008 at 08:37 PM

Ren,
When did you give me a gift? Too busy looking at Martina Hingis on Steve Tignor's thread and she was a very good as she kept Jana Novotna for winning her first Wimby in 1997, which is one month after Iva Majoli played her career match at the French Open but her immaturity cost her a career Slam in 1999 as Steffi rallied to win the French, which would be Steffi 22nd and final Slam.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:37 PM

Psapce: You got my gift for you?

Posted by Syd (Form follows function) 12/15/2008 at 08:37 PM

Ren, yes, it's tiring..I think it's the booze...*wipes brow with dainty lace hanky and sits down for a bit*

Posted by Rosangel 12/15/2008 at 08:38 PM

Pspace: I will not be following Rafa in the same way in 2009. The last eighteen months was a one-off. It's probable that the next time I'll see him play in person will be at RG.

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 08:38 PM

Pspace - hehehe...oh well, I've been in love with that dude since 2001. I know he'll live up to my standards. Damnit he will!

Now I'm sure Nalby's people will make sure that this crazy girl (aka me) will never come anywhere near him. Good job, Nancy.

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 08:38 PM

*stretches and yawns*

What'd I miss?

And did I hear Roman Holiday and To Kill A Mockingbird? Y'all have impeccable taste.

Hmmm ... and looks like there was some Gilles/Jackie talk, as well. Rumors, rumors. ;)

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 08:39 PM

Night Vanessa, that was sweet!
Yes Nancy and I hope you too (thinking about him and all).
Ty NP!

Posted by jb (pfft - but happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 08:39 PM

not that mean beth - i believe he's in there with a certain blond chica....

Can i get you some more champers? :)

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 08:39 PM

Roman Holiday - That's like a backpacking trip right?

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 08:40 PM

ren come over here,gee we have palm trees swaying,aussie beer,prawns on the barbie,aussie tennis legends,execpt Newk has passed out cold,the Poo is danncing on his stomach,yuk,Mark its about time you grew up!!!!,geez,what a girl has to put up with these days no?

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:41 PM

@7:22pm, MA! You havent been very keen! You're one of my favorites!

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 08:42 PM

rumors - heck you are the one spreading 'em
:P
just kidding , jackie
welcome back
you two have fun ?

nancy - no way would Nalby keep you away
you are his best fan - he would welcome you with open arms
particularly if he followed the links here to your photos

Posted by C Note 12/15/2008 at 08:43 PM

Totally random:

Anyone have some tried and true hot buttered rum recipes they'd like to share? I'm hosting a Christmas dinner and I'd like to try one.

Anyway, back on topic:
Yay! Tennis! Drunk!

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:44 PM

Don't you see Marge, Santa is busy giving gifts??????

Posted by Master Ace 12/15/2008 at 08:46 PM

NP,
Agree completely that tennis has some good TV theme but their NBC basketball theme is classic. Do you remember what year NBC first came out with it?

Ren,
Oh, I did see my present earlier then I went straight to Steve's place to read on Martina. Thanks.

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 08:46 PM

beth, we were just napping. Ahem. :)

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:46 PM

The party is yet to start in the East! Waiting for the grand entrance of MINAAAAA and RG!!!

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 08:46 PM

jb - with that statmemt , I certainly do need the champagne
pass the bottle :)

( you do not know how I fear this little fantasy may just come true and I have to be ever vigilant - you are going to help me in IW , ya know )
" alors - nous jouons le Playstation dans ma chambre , ma petite fille "

likely story , dude

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:48 PM

Syd: I'm all sweat, dancing and singing and giving gifts!!! Ha-ha! And I am happy!

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 08:49 PM

Jackie, open your gift from me!!!!

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 08:49 PM

yeah - riiiiiight , jackie
you just keep telling yourself that

hey - Sam - where are ya buddy
we miss you at the party
master ace and I are here
the football game is on and the eagles scored
we have beer

and where are tangi and siggy ?
I miss them

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 08:49 PM

HAHAHA, beth! I'll help, too. Don't know how authoritative I'll be, though, whilst rooting Missie on and hoping the same happens to me.

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 08:50 PM

Aww Beth, love you!
You did help my self-esteem.
Yeah Nalby will totally take me.

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 08:51 PM

moi has to run and get more supplies,thank god,tennis rock god,has car,mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,oh wont be long,gee where is lleytsie,he would be in his element here,at aussie barbie,hope he brings more aussie beer,the natives are getting a little restless,back soon,well yeah!

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 08:51 PM

Awwwww, Ren, I LOVE IT! What can I give you in return?

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 08:52 PM

MA, looks like it was first used in 1990:

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

Posted by Pspace 12/15/2008 at 08:56 PM

Syd, Happy hols to you as well!

Ren, Erhmm...I did get your gift. Suffice to say it left me speechless.

Posted by jb (pfft - but happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 08:56 PM

hee beth - i'll try to help you out there, promise. (unless i too get er, distracted..!)

i have a hot buttered rum recipe c-note. you should try it before you make a lot. its not like mulled wine, you don't simmer it...

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 08:56 PM

"we were just napping. Ahem. :)"

bad. BAD Jackie!
(I like you this way actually)

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 08:56 PM

jackie - I know you will help
but , if it is a harmless flirtation - it will be fine
I just don't want her heading up to any " chambres " just yet with a french guy
I do not for one minute believe any of the rumors gauloises and others are trying to keep alive
I have seen him and the way he looks at her
it is not the reaction of a man in the closet

( and secretly , I think the wingwoman approach may work for both of you)

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 08:57 PM

LOL, Nancy. I'll take that as a compliment? ;)

Posted by Pspace 12/15/2008 at 08:58 PM

Rosangel, Wow! You seriously picked the right period of time. I guess RG is always a safe bet (outcome wise), though I'll still be hoping again this year :(.

Posted by Master Ace 12/15/2008 at 08:58 PM

NP,
This US theme in 1982 for 40 seconds was good(to me)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqgP079yH_s&feature=related

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 08:58 PM

AM - so Borg has a fast car
well you two hurry back
and your Aussie barbie is really good

nancy - I meant it , every word
the boy would be crazy not to love you

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 09:00 PM

Alright, I'm off to the other thread.

MA, will have something for you over there.

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 09:01 PM

We'll all keep an eye on them, beth. And I can be a scary big sister if need be (it'll be fun - I'm so used to being the lil' sis!).

Sigh, the wingwoman approach is rendered far less effective because of one Carine. What other Frenchie can I, er, befriend? Who is Reeshie friends with?

Oh, wait, I'm at the party with Gilles. Carine does not exist. That was all silly talk.

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 09:03 PM

Thx, MA. I've heard it before, and I still say nothing tops the NBC-NBA theme. :) Now you can move over to the other thread to see what I have for ya.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:05 PM

really enjoyed this one!

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 09:06 PM

Jackie - you know me well enough to know that this sure is one hell of a compliment. ;)

So...My pub-mate took Mario to the other room..err..thread and I took Nalby, Pico and Gato there (heck they're not escorting anyone, right? I can have them, triple the fun)
I have to say, Gato awaken great feelings inside me that I didn't know it existed. I owe him obviously.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:07 PM

Sam, are you around?

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 09:09 PM

jackie - we shall do away with Carine
but i can tell you that Reeshie hung out with Jo wili and Gael and Mahut last year
Jo wili took the wingman role for him last year
pushing him to talk
( Reeshie is kind of shy )

I do not remember seeing Gilles last year
but , that does not mean he wasn't there
I just don't think I would have recognized him

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 09:11 PM

beth, hmmmm. Options. Can't say I've felt much of an affinity for any of those three. Drat the luck.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:13 PM

bethhhhh - maaaaa girl

I finally saw you yesterday mate - with your hotttt sauce ? and floveeeeeeeeed the snap

did you see my picture ?

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:14 PM

Wats up ren and jackie ?

- is lleyton around, i know its a long assed flight from adelaide, but this is where the real deal hap right ?

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:14 PM

Party isn't over, I suppose Jackie!

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:16 PM

where the heck is Pete - i thought hes gonna come around by 9

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 09:17 PM

well - Jo wili is really hott in person
but the other two - not so much
maybe this year , Gilles will be along
Honestly , he could have been there last year and I did not recognize him

but , those guys seemed to always be together
in the breakfast area , dinner , the bar, the pool
they seemed to be pretty close

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:18 PM

jackie -

Am gonna call you 'Goose' from now on - is that OK ?

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:18 PM

My gift for you LLeytsie:http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n27/n135339.jpg

Posted by Master Ace 12/15/2008 at 09:18 PM

NP,
ESPN2/ABC needs to pay Tesh a royalty and replay the NBC basketball theme.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:18 PM

beth - this is so uncool, i said hi - and you just gave me the COLDEST shoulder

now am gonna weep

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 09:19 PM

Lleytsie - merry christmas
send me a friend request !
off to check facebook

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 09:19 PM

Lleytsie, I don't get it! If it's complimentary, then sure ... ?

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:19 PM

LLeytsie, man, you're late!!! But I was telling people here that party isn't over. Howdy?

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:20 PM

ha ha ha ha - absolutely loved it Ren

*hi clarice*

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:21 PM

well - you told you were gonna be the wing-women right ?

whos Maverick's wingman ?

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:21 PM

LLetsie, so tired handing my gifts to friends!!!

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 09:21 PM

NOOO - don't weep Lleytsie
I am here
I answered you on the other thread
and this one !

hugs Lleytsie

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:21 PM

beth - am the one whos chewin on a human leg .... in the pictures list

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 09:22 PM

Ohhhhh, got it. See, it woulda helped if I actually saw that movie.

Yep, wingwoman Jackie. I'm actually a fabulous wingwoman in real life. Too bad no one's MY wingwoman. C'mon now.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:23 PM

i did love the picture - beth, and i told the guys last night on how wonderful it felt to finally see a face after all these years

PS: A special shiraz - to you on the house mate

and a coopers for ren and jackie

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:23 PM

LLeytsie, Happy for you, too mate! You see, i've been looking for your pic at FB, but can't find you there! By what name are registered in FB, btw?

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:25 PM

i can be ICE - but ICE is mean

jackie - come on nnn, you shud soooo see 'Top Gun'

then you wud get - why i called you 'Goose'

hes tom cruise's wingman -

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:25 PM

Thanks, Lletsie!

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 09:26 PM

am gonna remain (behind the clouds) for a little bit of time more

.... play a little bit .... ren

Posted by jb (happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 09:27 PM

Cnote -

1 3/4 oz dark rum
1 small slice of butter
1 tsp brown sugar
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Vanilla essence (or cloves)

Mix the butter, brown sugar, cninnamon, nutmeg and vanilla essense in the glass until it is creamy.
Pour in the rum and the boiling water over a teaspoon and mix well.

I’ve had it in a mug, but you could use irish coffee glasses, and actually, my recipe says a wine glass, but I’d try that.
I also have recipes for mulled wine and wassail, which you can make a vat of..

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 09:27 PM

Folks, I think the party has moved over to the other thread.

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 09:27 PM

Wait - but isn't Missie my wingwoman? She don't need my help with Reeshie. ;)

And yes, I should see that movie! I'm way behind.

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 09:29 PM

Lleytsie - thanks for the wine
and i did see that picture
but you were wearing a mask
so no face to a name still :)

jackie - Missie is going to be your wingwoman
you two are a team - ya here

Posted by crazyone 12/15/2008 at 09:30 PM

Nancy! Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to make sure we had enough...dude definitely deserves to relax.

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 09:30 PM

Okay, heading over yonder Mistletoe area ...

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 09:30 PM

belatedly,

heyyyyy, jewell!
*and hi-fiving AmyLu on the Depp love*

I'm starving.. long day at work.
*hopes there's still food left after Nalby's "little" invasion into the kitchen*

Posted by Master Ace 12/15/2008 at 09:35 PM

Per Pete intro in the Mistletoe thread, party should be moved there as we are closing in at 1,100 comments. See you all there.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 09:37 PM

Cheer Lleytsie. Taste one of the best beers in the world!

http://i.kdaq.empas.com/imgs/knsi.tsp/175083/14827/111-y0011052.jpg

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 09:52 PM

*hopes there's still food left after Nalby's "little" invasion into the kitchen*

HEY! don't pick on my man! Let him enjoy, he deserves it.
*goes to give Nalby a big hug*

Oh and Happy holidays Greenhopper! :)

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:09 PM

*Comes back in from garden-looks to see who is still around*

Posted by Arun 12/15/2008 at 10:10 PM

rafadoc: we've all jumped over to the other thread!!

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:11 PM

Thanks Arun!

Posted by Lleytsie 12/16/2008 at 01:07 AM

san miguel .... nice mate

Posted by Karen/Yummy Prince Fed - loving Christmas and all it represents 12/16/2008 at 07:16 AM

Morning All, for some reason I had to end up leaving the party early and did not get a chance to talk to people (worked until after 12 this morning) - have a big hearing coming up. Sorry about that guys. Anywho, I heard that everyone had a good time and that someone - not saying who but I heard her name is Maha took Roger home early last night - pfft - wait until the New Year's Eve party - I left my Santa hat - has anyone seen it? Sorry about last night guys I really did intend to stay until the party was over but work called - *throws Blackberry in the trash

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