Thanks for participating
. Now, if you guys will allow me to self-indulge for one post, I'd like to answer my own questions
1) What caused you to join MTF?
I first heard about this website from my uncle, who is also a poster here (though he is not a frequent poster). I remember I used to be a frequent lurker to the GM section and would enjoy the comments and observations of many posters here. But some annoyed me. One in particular, Prima Donna, was very verbose and talked with a tone of cockiness that was a bit annoying. So one day, after a particularly nasty comment about Nadal, I just had to join and tell him a piece of my mind
Turns out me and PD get along quite well and although we don't agree on anything really, I for one respect him for being a person of a different perspective than mine and we have interesting debates.
2) Which are your favorite tennis players and why do you like them?
I used to be a very infrequent tennis follower. I used to watch a few Ferrero and Kuerten matches and I've always played tennis (badly
). One day, my uncle (again, an important figure in my life) called me and said "Hey dude, put on ESPN" and watch this new spanish talent Nadal. It was the Miami final vs. Federer, and although he lost the match, it was so fun and exciting that I became a loyal tennis follower. Besides Nadal, I like Hewitt, Blake, Tsonga, Baghdatis, Safin and many other players.
3) What are your 10 favorite songs?
This is a tough one, and will probably be subject to change in the future, but I can conjure up a list. In no particular order I like:
1) Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
2) Piano Man by Billy Joel
3) Tiny Dancer by Elton John
4) Highway to Hell by AC/DC
5) Guavaberry by Juan Luis Guerra
6) Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
7) The End of It All by John Tejada
8) De Musica Ligera by Soda Sterio
9) La Donna E Mobile - The Three Tenors
10) Shine on You Crazy Diamond (pts. 1-5) by Pink Floyd
4) What is your philosophy of life in general?
Be nice to others as often as you can. But at the same time realize that the one person you are going to have to depend on for the rest of your life is yourself. Try to have an open mind, but be skeptic enough to know that not all ideas are of equal value and truth.
5) What are your best and worst traits?
Like with all people, I believe the best way to know yourself is through self examination and the anlysis of close friends and family. The type of people who will not lie to you. This way, you can avoid fooling yourself. Having said that.
Best Traits: Open minded and friendly.
Worst Traits: Can be very shy, too egotistical and can I often let others take advantage of my kindness.
6) If you had to reccomend a book(s) and a movie(s) to other people, which would they be?
I'd say I have 3 books that make up my way of thinking: The Science of Good and Evil
by Michael Shermer, Truth, Knowledge and Bullshit: How to tell the Difference
by Bernard Patten and The Brain that Changes Itself
by Norman Doidge.
Movies are more for fun than anything else, I reccomend:
Stranger than Fiction
7) What would you have written in your epitaph?
I love Roger Waters quote in the song "Breathe":
"For long you live and how you fly, the smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry, all you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be".
8) Which other sports besides tennis are you a fan of?
9) What countries would you like to visit and why?
In order, I would love to visit:
2) The Netherlands
3) South Africa
10) If you had one piece of advice to give to others, what would it be?
There is a lot of advice one can give others. I like to keep mine simple and broad:
Avoid making assumptions. It will save you a lot of trouble.
11) Which are your favorite quotes?
Besides the brilliant "If" by Rudyard Kipling, which is more a poem than a quote, I really like and reflect upon the following quote attributed to Confucius:
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."
12) What is that you most love and hate?
This is a very general question, but I will attempt to answer it anyway.
The thing I most love, I'd say, is knowledge.
Although people say hate is a strong word (which it is), they arent afraid to say what they love. I believe hate is a real feeling that we also have to acknowledge. I probably hate arrogance and people who claim superiority the most.