Monthly Archives: February 2011

Jim wrote to me..

Jim Courier wrote to me to thank me, can you image that? Not only him but Mary Joe Fernandez, the U.S. Fed Cup Captain too. Can you image that? OMG .. I can’t sleep tonight. Thank You For Being a … Continue reading

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Manhattan Mixed Doubles Playoff Regulations

2011 Metro USTA League Manhattan Mixed Doubles Playoff Regulations Congratulations on a successful season and reaching the playoffs. Captains and players should review the following regulations PRIOR to their first playoff match. Venue: Matches will be played indoors at the … Continue reading

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Garlic crashers

My family all love garlic so I have few wedding garlic crashers: one electronic and two manual. I always wanted to own an old fashioned garlic crasher that usually were made of stone 石盅, with a heavy gravel. It was … Continue reading

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We the Jury ..

Being an American comes with privileges. Paying taxes is one. Serving on a jury is another one. Having missed the duty call last year (how did I miss that?), this time the summon warned clearly in the bold letters: postponed … Continue reading

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The roots, 山药

The (left) burdock 牛蒡 and nagaimo root 淮山 or 山药 After the recommendation from a friend, I ventured to the sections in the grocery store where I seldom go. nagaimo root 淮山 is $4.99 per lb. It’s refrigerated near the … Continue reading

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山东封疆大吏

Auntie Jennie told me about this book. In her word and that of Dabo’s as well: 胡说八道 hushuo badao – sheer nonsense and rubbish. It’s totally bogus. She gave me an example: The nick name 张扒皮, according to the author, … Continue reading

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The ineligible pairing

The City View Tennis Clubis near the LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, inside of a warehouse with large and slow elevator. The surrounding area is very crabby and dirty, and the parking is difficult. The club itself is … Continue reading

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GF – They Teach It at Stanford

I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best … Continue reading

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Our third Queens match ..

The Manhattan League regular season has concluded and we made the playoffs with the lowest points among the three divisions. The three first place teams/2nd in terms of points: Div I: 92/82.5 Div II: 95.5/89 Div III: 122.5/83 The wild … Continue reading

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Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges

北京市 八一中学 学生 左冲, Chong Zuo, a student at Beijing Bayi High School Soaring Eaglet GRINNELL, Iowa — The glossy color brochures, each crammed with photos depicting a Chinese student’s high-achieving life from birth to young adulthood, pile up in … Continue reading

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Holding grudges ..

Last night Aunt Jennie and I was chatting about something then she said out of blue.. “.. come to think, actually my Mom never really taught me anything, as what’s appropriated and what’s not because I left home so early … Continue reading

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Legs

Last night’s match was very enjoyable. The opposing captain was late so I didn’t get to meet him afterward. We filed into court #1, #3 and #5 (bit odd .. oh well..) without exchanging the lineup sheet. The vibe on … Continue reading

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U.S. plans to inject $53 billion into passenger rail

By David Warner Reuters updated 2/8/2011 3:59:12 PM ET 2011-02-08T20:59:12 PHILADELPHIA — Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an ambitious $53 billion U.S. program to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster over the next six … Continue reading

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America’s Journeys With Strongmen

By SCOTT SHANE Published: February 5, 2011 WASHINGTON — If the United States is, as so many presidents have said in so many speeches, the world’s pre-eminent champion of democracy, then why does the drama unfolding in Cairo seem so … Continue reading

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There are moments ..

There are moments during a match that you could rise to the occasion, meet the challenge. And there are moments that one couldn’t, no matter what. I had that second moment in life last night at Queens first match. After … Continue reading

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The National Archives

. The UK’s National Archives near the Kew Gardens in London is marvelous, an awesome place. I managed to spend two days there, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. At the parking lot, I saw tour buses. ?? I was incredulous. … Continue reading

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We made the playoff

YES we did it! Thanks to the mates on the team! Thank you for your support and consideration! We didn’t have a perfect season like the last one but nevertheless we finished the season being the number 1 team in … Continue reading

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