An insatiable player

Chinese has few idioms describing someone, if you give him an inch and he’ll take an ell – 得寸进尺, reach out for a yard after taking an inch .. 不识抬举 fail to appreciate someone’s kindness or not know how to appreciate favours

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One of the 老爷们儿 in the welcoming committee that went to the airport to chauffeur Mr. First caught cold and is now on antibiotic since.

Since the win on Saturday, the group is busy coordinating their next battle: Section playoff at Syracuse, New York, August 7-9. Who’s going and when (we groupies only go during the last two days); who shares a room with who and who car pooling with who, which day to depart, what time to depart .. .. is there a website that can handle all of those?

They need at least 8 players: two singles and 6 doubles. Then by 6pm last night, Mr. First informed the coordinator that he won’t be able to come Thursday night [that’s ok ..] .. then he went on to say that he may even not able to come Friday night [first match starts 9am on Friday].
His excuse is too much work this week.
I hope the 3.5 boys are taking different approach to the little whinny. Ignoring him might be the best medicine to cure someone who needs attention all the time.
Just very curious to see 看他怎么下台 how and when will Mr. First come to play with us.
Couple of players who originally planed to leave on Friday now changed to Thursday. No worry, Mr. First. We got enough manpower here.
Irene is the only one in the group couldn’t land a job (laid off Dad is only recently, so that made two), but she keeps herself busy. We all have 24 hours. We prioritize our life. Obviously the play off isn’t important. We understand.
One Dad negotiated with his wife to go on planned vacation with their three children to Florida without him. We don’t know if that would cost him his arm or leg .. JK .. I like his wife a lot, actually she is a 4.0 and probably can beat the crap out of few undesirable character for sure, no problema.
I disdain long drive. But I’m going, showing my support to the troop.
As I’m writing this, DQ had just made concrete reservation for hotel, 10 rooms in total. 20 people strong.
Oh people, let’s the party begin.
I’m gonna shopping now, a party dress that covers my belly and thighs and white chalk that erase my wrinkles, and big bag of love for everyone …

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2 Responses to An insatiable player

  1. Skipper says:

    Tips from the Skipper:

    Didn’t I tell you guys to book the hotel asap last Saturday night? See what happens when you don’t listen.

    Just stay calm and focused guys. No need to blow the travel logistics out of proportion. I’ve already done this four times, (booked hotels and travel arrangements for the entire team) without any help…it’s really simple. All you need is cooperation and quick confirmations from all team members. Also, while up there, forget about searching for a good chinese restaurant, they don’t exist up north unless you keep drivng towards Toronto. The Burger joint a block away from the Sheraton is good. The Vietnamese fusion restaurant in the area was better the second time around after we locked in our ticket to Nationals.

    The important thing now is for the captain to arrive early for the captain’s meeting on Thursday evening.

    Missing this meeting could spell diaster, so the captain should plan to leave NYC before 10:30 am. The rest of the entourage should leave by early afternoon – it’s a 5 hour drive. If you all arrive by 6:00 pm it will give you time to relax and case out the place. If the players arrive early evening it’s worth a trip to practice on the courts (at Syracuse University) I believe off of Comstock Road by the dorms, so you get a good feel of the surface…This will give you a mental advantage the next morning as practice is not allowed on tournament morning.

    The captain should plan to have a team meeting in his room around 9:30 pm Thursday to go over the tournament rules and what was discussed at the Cap’s meeting.

    Lastly bring plenty of Gatorade. Five matches in three days can be grueling. The 7 Eleven close by has plenty if you run out.

    All my best Guys!

  2. Skipper says:

    Also to Mr. First, the team ALWAYS comes first so you’re last in my book!

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