Trend Tennis

I haven’t picked up a racquet, much less played tennis, in over 10 years. I used to love it! The feel of the sun as you wait for the serve, the sound the ball makes when it hits the sweet spot. Ah, that was another day and another time….last Tuesday I “practiced” (in surfer shorts and using a borrowed racquet) with my doubles partner for the first time and could barely MOVE on Wednesday~ lol!  Today was the Trend Tournament, starting with an exhibition between one of our company’s presidents and the brother of a ranked pro. My partner and I won our first two matches, making it into the “finals”. But I was hurting, making it difficult to play well (or what passes for “well” from someone who hasn’t played in over a decade).  One of my “serves” actually got lodged in a tree – a tree(!) for goodness sakes. Hey, I may not have much control left but apparently I still have some power. My partner did a great job, although we eventually lost, coming in 2nd. Guess I’ll have to use the prize money to get my own racquet now and practice a bit more for the next game…

2011 Trend Open

6:16pm earthquake #3

This one was a BIG one – at least it SOUNDED like it. I could hear (and feel) the apartment building moving and the windows buckle.  The shaking kept up for only a few minutes. Odd, these ‘quakes feel…more personal. I’ve experienced others in the US but these (in Taiwan) are close. I mean, this isn’t a big island and we are sitting smack dab on a fault, with a huge drop-off shelf off of the east coast so it’s to be expected. Still, talking about it and living it are two different things. It makes me wonder what sort of natural disasters are in store for us in 2012…

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