Occam’s Razor

October 26, 2007

Foot Prints


I’ve been meaning to give an update on my, uh, so-called “Global Foot Print” (my friend Anna is getting excited too, read her) as soon as I got Paris reading. Perhaps it’s the French couple I met in one of those trips who visited my blog. In any case, when I got the Paris flag it got me really excited  for reasons I have previously blogged about. I guess also because of this Eurocentricity that I’m afflicted with.

Check out the map, my blog is read almost all over the US. In Europe the distribution is a bit less dense but spread out to my satisfaction. Teehee! Must work on my Australian  readership (guess it’s been only CJ who’s been reading hehe). Need to also spruce up readership in Asia although I’ve been getting traffic from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines of course. But in China, Korea, HK, Japan — zilch!

In any case, what is the point of my post you might ask? Nothing. It’s just that I need to document this before I start losing interest. That kind of thing happens you know, what with the limited attention span our generation was cursed with!

Plus, it has been one heck of a work-week. October has been really, ugh, stressful at work. So I really need to remind myself that I have something to be excited about. Like flags!

So let’s go back to flags. Here now, presenting my most recent Flag list, tada!

So happy, sooo berry happy!

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August 16, 2007

Obsessions

Filed under: play, tennis, travel, work — lesturla @ 4:31 pm

There hasn’t been a tennis season more exciting than this year’s. The profusion of talent especially in the men’s field simply leaves me with no adjectives (perhaps it’s the vodka). In last week’s Roger’s Cup in Montreal, the young Serb Novak Djokovic beat the top 3 players in the world en route to capturing this year’s title. The last time this happened was years ago circa Boris Becker times. (From the top of my head I think Steffi Graf did this in the women’s field at Roland Garros in 1999 when she beat Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova and Venus Williams <?> as she earned her 22nd Grand Slam title).

I have been following Novak Djokovic’s rise and I am convinced that barring any injuries, he is destined to become world number one someday. The kid is extremely talented and can whip amazing winners from both wings. He also has a very interesting personality and doesn’t take himself too seriously. No toxic intensity from this kid at all. Sure it might be an absolute blast for anyone to beat Roger Federer but Djokovic has fun in the court no matter what the circumstances are and no matter who he beats.

The best part is he will be in Bangkok late next month for the Thailand Open along with Rafael Nadal, Tommy Haas and Andy Roddick. The only players in the field missing are Marat Safin and Roger Federer to complete my favorites list. Why are they my favorites? Here’s why:

  1. Roger Federer – the greatest and most complete player of all time. He’s lost quite a few times this season but for a learned tennis fan, this does not matter as much as talent and consistency does. Roger is the complete package, he is the idol of his tennis idols. How weird is that? He’s that good. Gee, how do I explain his goodness? Watch his matches.
  2. Rafael Nadal – no doubt a great talent too. His intensity on the court and his dedication to improving his craft is bound to get him to higher heights in tennis. His dominance of Roland Garros will remain for a long time.
  3. Novak Djokovic – believe me when I say that he will be world number one someday. He’s got what it takes. He will beat Rafa and Roger again for sure and when he gets that habit he will be unstoppable.
  4. Tommy Haas – again talent profusion. One of few who’s beat Federer. His movement on the court and backhand to forehand transitions are just a beauty to watch.
  5. Marat Safin – he is insane but in terms of talent, there are only a few in his company namely Federer, Gasquet and Djokovic.
  6. Andy Roddick – he sure makes watching tennis a lot of fun. No other tennis player makes post match interviews as interesting as he does.

I am seeing 4 of 6 in this list next month — here’s to hoping that none of them withdraws as they usually do when it’s an Asian tournament. Ugh!

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