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The "We'll Miss You, Mrs. B!'' Thread

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TennisHack
12-07-2002, 09:29 PM
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We've decided to throw you a going away party, Mrs. B! We're going to miss you while you're in the islands, so I thought it would be nice to set up a thread for you, to easily keep you updating on what's going on here on the boards (and so you could have one place to post updates yourself, because you know we're going to be living vicariously through you!!)

And what better place to put it than in the Rogi forum? :)

I also just want to say again what a great addition you've been to our forums, both here and in the Juanqui forum. I always enjoy reading your posts, be they about food :drool: or boys :lick: or the beautiful mountains right outside your door :eek: It's just not going to be the same without you.

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TennisHack
12-07-2002, 09:32 PM
Well, let's get started, shall we?

Does anyone want something special to eat? I'll donate my very last strawberry chocolate bar

http://www.bradkent.com/wrappers/wrappers/lindt/strawberry.gif



and something to toast with -- to Mrs. B! http://www.gamers-forums.com/smilies/otn/party/beerchug.gif

ILR
12-07-2002, 09:35 PM
Yay what a lovely thread :) I can only echo Hackie :):):) We will miss you but keep us all posted!:D Have a wicked time honey :kiss:

RogiFan
12-07-2002, 09:41 PM
:) Hey, Mrs. B.!

We'll try our best to keep the boards lively even without your bright and cheery posts! We may not be able to make the great food you create, but we'll add our own little treats. ;)

Whatever news we find, we'll post it for you.

Any Rogi tidbits will be duly noted in your absence! :drool:

We're already missing you!!

Vera
12-08-2002, 12:39 AM
:wavey: Mrs. B :wavey:

Have fun on your vacation. Don't forget to take lots of pictures of the beautiful islands of Phillippines and show us :) . And don't forget to put the suntan lotion on:D. I'm sure you'll have fun with your family and relatives there. We'll miss you very much while you are away but we'll try to keep this place warm so you don't feel the difference when you come back from the tropical zone.

Lee
12-08-2002, 03:23 AM
:wavey: Hi Mrs. B! :wavey:

Have a nice vacation. Remember us when you are grilling those yummy fishes with banana leaves.

May be the islands will inspire more songs from you and we all can one day have a CD by Mrs. B.

Bon Voyage!

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by Lee
May be the islands will inspire more songs from you and we all can one day have a CD by Mrs. B.


Ooooh!! Tropical-tinged tunes from Mrs. B!

I know I'd buy it ;)

RogiFan
12-08-2002, 03:35 AM
:) Hi Lee!

I guess we'll see you tomorrow! :wavey: What does your son do on the computer?

Lily
12-08-2002, 07:03 AM
Mrs. B!!!!! :)

We are really gonna miss you. It's just not going to be the same without you. And while you're on the islands, remember all the snow people you've left behind. :D I hope you have a great time and just for you, i've written this little poem.....

Mrs. B is her name
she's funny, smart and classy
I got to know her here
cause she's a fan of Rogi

She's always been so nice to me
and to everyone else too
she always opens the day with a smile
a cheery warm welcome for you

She lives in the land of Rogi
so close to the sexy Swiss
i wonder if he'd ever ask her to
if she'd drop the Mrs. for Miss!

Happy travels we all say
we'll miss you while you're gone
the party girl we know you are
sleeping all day and up til dawn!

;) :)

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 10:18 AM
Hey, Guys!!!

What a thoughtful thing to do in my absence, creating a thread for me!!!
awwww...*big lump in throat/teary eyed*

You guys are really sweet. :angel: You make me feel at home here. For sure i'm gonna miss you all and i'm gonna miss it coming here on a regular basis. :( What'll i do during the Australian Open? It won't be the same and i wonder if i'll have access of that tournament where i'll be. :confused:
But i'm pretty sure you'll keep the thread going... cheering on for our dear Rogi (& Juanqui)...

Lily, thanx for the lovely poem. *hugs* that's really sweet of you. :)

and of course, BIG HUGS to everyone else (this is a group hug!)---i love you guys! One couldn't ask for better friends on the net.

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Layla
12-08-2002, 11:45 AM
Sorry I'm a bit late for the party, but I'm here now. ;) This really is a wonderful thread, kudos to TH for creating it. :)

Mrs. B, you're a truly wonderful poster :kiss: and the board just won't be the same without you. I really hope you can stay in touch and fill our cold winter days with some of your sunshine. :) When can we expect you back?

Anyway, enjoy the good life, the beaches, the delicious food (which I hope you'll describe in mouth-watering details ;) ), the cocktails :D , strumming on your guitar, lying on the beach... Ooops, I'm getting carried away. :o And take some pics of Rogi with you, so you don't miss the picture threads too much. ;)

Here's looking at you Mrs. B - a beautiful, intelligent, funny and incredibly warm and joyful woman (not to mention a fabulous cook)! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bier.gif

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 03:17 PM
Thanks, Layla...

now i'm really crying....

Nina
12-08-2002, 04:35 PM
ditto to what everyone said before (pff @ me)

Have fun Mrs B :wavey: don't forget about us ;)

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 06:22 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
What'll i do during the Australian Open? It won't be the same and i wonder if i'll have access of that tournament where i'll be. :confused:
But i'm pretty sure you'll keep the thread going... cheering on for our dear Rogi (& Juanqui)...

I hope you find a way to visit us during the Australian Open!! Plus we all want a few updates on your tropical paradise, if it's not too much to ask :)

And we will definitely keep this thread going. We hardly need an excuse to cheer for our favorite boys!! ;)

RogiFan
12-08-2002, 07:05 PM
:) Hello all!

Mrs. B. you must be getting excited about taking off to the warmth of your homeland! It snowed today -- but just a lot of lovely flakes -- now it's sunny and most of it has melted away...

I loved Lily's poem to you! It is beautiful and touching and clever! It brings a tear to MY eye too! :)

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 08:24 PM
Hello again! :wavey:

My in-laws just left, they had to eat my leftovers...and brought some more things with them as I have to clean and unplug my ref tomorrow. Gosh, i wish i could sit still and chat with u guys but i still have many things to do...finish my laundry, iron, clean up the flat, shop tomorrow for cheese to bring, and finally, to give my car to the new owner. We'll also eat out tomorrow so i don't have to make any more mess in my kitchen, so i might come in a bit later...but for sure i'll expect you guys here to have a drink with me!!!

And for sure i'll report to you on this thread about my activities, same as i'll read here what has happened in my absence and also with keeping up with the latest results from our darling players... :)

See you all tomorrow!!!

ILR
12-08-2002, 09:39 PM
Dammit,I dont feel I've contributed much to this thread yet!:p
Lily what a great poem :) I dont think I could match that,but Ill try ;) Just have an awesome time,not that you need reminding only 2 more days!You will be sorely missed.Have a great x-mas also :D

ILR
12-08-2002, 10:15 PM
You must be so excited
Going home,and to the sun
To see your friends and family
And have many weeks of fun :)

Everyone will miss you
You know that much is true
But we all hope you enjoy yourself
In whatever you do

The sun will be shining brightly
Having x-mas on the beach
And thinking of me freezing here
Whilst you are exposed to heat!

Take all our thoughts and words with you
On your journey across the world
Ill cheer for Rogi in your absence
Cant wait until you return!

RogiFan
12-08-2002, 10:21 PM
:angel: So sweet, ILR!! These creative outpourings are so lovely, girls!! :)

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 10:45 PM
awww!!!! You guys are really too much. I just read out Emma's poem to my husband and he's touched by your concern towards me. :angel:

Thanks, Emma, *hugs* and i have no doubt that you'll cheer on for Rogi and you'll do it for me as well.

And i'll bring all your thoughts and kind words with me...

:D

ILR
12-08-2002, 10:57 PM
:) you read it out to him?awwww:) just as long as you do all the poem says to do!:D Better too much than too little!;)

Lee
12-08-2002, 11:03 PM
More poems from lovely Lily & Emma!:) :)

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 11:05 PM
For some reminders of Swiss-land . . .

http://www.anydaygiftbaskets.com/images/components/toblerone.jpg


yummy reminders of the mountains :lick:

http://www.suchard.ch/suesswaren/feature/bilder/toblerone.jpg

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 11:06 PM
LMAO!!

http://www.gocard.com/postcard/image/toblerone.jpg

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 11:10 PM
LOL @ Hackie

I have those 3 colors of Toblerone stashed in my duffel bag!!! Loads of them. Tonight my mother-in-law brought me some Ragusa Delice.

Tomorrow i'll buy some cheese. :D

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 11:16 PM
and the last pic, i have the biggest one, it's a foot long and weighs 400 grams, wrapped nicely in my sarong...

:D :D :D

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 11:19 PM
Yeah, I was looking at some of these sites where these pictures came from, and they are HUGE :eek: I don't think I could eat that much chocolate if I tried, LOL!!

Apparently there is a fourth flavor, in a blue container? I've never seen it before today, but it sounds intriguing.

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 11:20 PM
Mmm, cheese :drool: The Italians' favorite food :D

LOL at how fast this became a thread about food :o I need to stop posting when I'm hungry.

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 11:29 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Yeah, I was looking at some of these sites where these pictures came from, and they are HUGE :eek: I don't think I could eat that much chocolate if I tried, LOL!!

Apparently there is a fourth flavor, in a blue container? I've never seen it before today, but it sounds intriguing.

I got it mixed up then. Cuz i bought the one in the blue cartoon wrap and it's dark chocolate with honey and almond nougat... :)

The other one is just dark chocolate...

RogiFan
12-08-2002, 11:40 PM
:D Hackie I love that ad!! It's SO cool and can be applied to ROGI!!!! It's great!! Now I really must go and eat something! ;)

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 11:43 PM
I'm getting hungry too and it's already 12:45 a.m. here!!!

I have to take my leave now, hubby wants to use the pc. See you guys tomorrow!!!

Ciao. :)

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 11:43 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
I got it mixed up then. Cuz i bought the one in the blue cartoon wrap and it's dark chocolate with honey and almond nougat... :)

The other one is just dark chocolate...

Hmm, now I'm confused :confused: I bought a black container, and it says its bittersweet chocolate with honey and almond nugat . . . Hmm . . .

Mrs. B
12-08-2002, 11:51 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack


Hmm, now I'm confused :confused: I bought a black container, and it says its bittersweet chocolate with honey and almond nugat . . . Hmm . . .
My bad, Hackie. That's the dark chocolate you have, in the black cartoon pack. I thought i already bought the blue one...:confused: Hope i don't have to open up all my luggage again to find out! :o

TennisHack
12-08-2002, 11:53 PM
:o:o I didn't mean to make you worry, I'm sure you have ten zillion packages of every kind, and of course that huge one ;)

What kind of cheeses are you going to buy? (Just to keep with the food theme)

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 12:03 AM
I'll buy the Emmentaler, and Gruyere, and Appenzeler... :)

i really must be going. G'night!!!!

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 08:24 AM
Hope it's not too late to wish you a save journey and a wonderfull, relaxing, exiting, amusing, enjoyable, surprising and unforgetable holiday.

Looking forward to hear bits and peaces from you while you're away.

All the best.
Doris

Dissident
12-09-2002, 10:24 AM
Pfff, Im ALWAYS the last one, in everything... :(
Anyway, I hope you have a smashing trip and that you enjoy your life on the beach a lot! :D
We will always be here, when you can come to talk.

PS - Dont forget the Pearl Jam album! ;)

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 11:51 AM
Merci Vielmal, Doris! You have a good trip yourself, and i know that you'll keep the others informed about Roger's activities when you come back in a few weeks time... :)

Obrigado, Hitman/Dissident, nice of you to drop by! And yes, Pearl Jam is in my cd case!!!! :D

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 12:20 PM
Doris puts the Plüsch CD in Mrs B suitcase as well and hopes she'll never feel like the title track: I ha heimweh nach de Bärge nach em Schoggi u nach em Wy... ;)

Yes I will from January on .....

....when I'm not drwoning in work that is...

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 12:48 PM
LOL @ Doris! But right now... i ha heimweh nach der Strand... :D

...and don't work too much im Januar, you should allot some time to cheer on for Roger here! ;)

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
Pfff, Im ALWAYS the last one, in everything... :(

Well, pfffft, it's your own fault ;):D


PS - Dont forget the Pearl Jam album! ;)

Now there's something to remember a lot of us by :D

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 01:36 PM
Justed wanted to note that Layla added a new installment to the story last night. The final will be forthcoming, especially now that I'm only two days away from finishing classes :) :bounce:

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 02:15 PM
Snowflakes coming down here in Gümligen!!! It's 1°C and it's snowing in Ostermundigen, where Michel's parents' tennis center is...

I finally said goodbye to my little Fiat Bravo and walked home...Cold! In 2 days at this time i'll be sweating! ;)

Ok, time to do my kitchen, run a bath and we'll start drinking here, eh? Hackie, wish i could post pics but i can't so i'll probably send it over to you and you post them here...

Beat
12-09-2002, 02:57 PM
no, i'm the last one, but i drank to much alcohol, and i usually shut up and become all dreamy when i had the right amount of alcohol. this is a party after all, isn't it? ;)
bye, mrs. b!!!! and bye, doris!!!

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 03:02 PM
Ciao, Beat! Keep Roger's forum rocking while we're gone. ;)

:bounce: :bounce: IT's SNOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 03:11 PM
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:D:D:D

Let It Snow!


Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn't show signs of stopping,
And I brought some corn for popping;
The lights are turned way down low,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night,
How I'll hate going out in the storm;
But if you really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing,
But as long as you love me so.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/rudolf.gif

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 03:19 PM
:bounce: No probs, Mrs. B.! We'll keep Rogi's forum rocking! So will he, I hope!! ;)

You make sure you and hubby have a safe journey over and have lots of fun and relaxation -- try not to have TOO much fun in the sun, sea, sand and heat!!

http://www.schweizer-illustrierte.ch/Aktuell.228.0.html

there's a cute little pic of Rogi during his "Beach-Boy" photo shoot from this mag -- he's sitting on a Mercedes [lucky car!!]

Also a cute pic of him in the Credit Suisse site:

http://www.sports-awards.ch/fr/index.html

Back to work! :) Ah... nice warm sun!

Dissident
12-09-2002, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
Obrigado, Hitman/Dissident, nice of you to drop by! And yes, Pearl Jam is in my cd case!!!! :D

You´re welcome, Mrs B. We will all miss you a lot. :D
Have fun for all of us. :bounce:

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 05:15 PM
Was about time it started to snow


(I put an other CD in Mrs. B's suitcase this time one from Peach Waeber - Sun fun and nothing to do only you and me on the luftmatratz Sun fun and nothing to do come on baby I love you......)

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 05:27 PM
:) Hi Doris! Sounds like you're all packed and ready to go!! What w/we do without our music?

Mrs. B. beautiful poem!! I'm going to keep a copy of all the poems for my reading pleasure! ;)

Hungry!

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
Hackie, wish i could post pics but i can't so i'll probably send it over to you and you post them here...

All righty :) After my last class of the day I'll certainly sit down and have a drink with you guys. It's my last day of classes!! (LOL, well, *these* classes :o)

And ooooh!! We can do Christmas stuff, too?! I wasn't going to allow myself to be Christmasy until classes were officially over (and I still have to do some work for tomorrow . . . ) but I'll make an exception for you guys! ;)

PS SNOW RULES!! :bounce::bounce:

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:03 PM
Yeah! Let's sing carols here...with that snow outside it feels like Xmas already...

:)

ILR
12-09-2002, 06:04 PM
dammit I have no snow but.................

We wish you a merry x-mas
We wish you a merry x-mas
We wish you a merry x-mas
And a happy new year!

:D

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:11 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan

Mrs. B. beautiful poem!! I'm going to keep a copy of all the poems for my reading pleasure! ;)
You mean, "Let it Snow"? That's a Xmas carol! Never heard of it?
;)

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:14 PM
Leise rieselt der Schnee!!
Still und star ruht der See!!
Weihnachtlich glänzed der Wald!!
Freue Dich ds' Christkind kommt bald


Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill and everywhere go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is aborn!!

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:15 PM
The Twelve Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

:D :D :D

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:15 PM
Mary's on the road keep on traveling
Mary's on the road keep on traveling

oppps forgot the rest....

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:17 PM
http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/cockpit.gif

Doris and me... :D

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:18 PM
Oh du fröhliche oh du selige gnade bringende Weihnachtszeit...


silent night holy night

alles schläft einsam wacht nur der Knabe mit lockigem Haar und das traute hochheilige Paar

geeeee my memory is really bad....

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:21 PM
Doris, do the "Oh Tannenbaum...oh Tannenbaum..."

:)

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:21 PM
lol @ Mrs. B!!


Ihr Kinderlein kommet oh kommet daher zur Krippe .......


Was soll das bedeuten es taget ja schon....


darn I really have to reread all these songs again all I keep in mind is the beginning

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:22 PM
;)
I'll Be Home For Christmas

I'll be home for Christmas;
You can count on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love-light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:25 PM
Oh Tannenbaum
Oh Tannenbaum
wie grün sind Deine Blätter the rest I have to look up sorry mrs. B. I'm really bad at it

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:27 PM
i just love that song, and the German version is super!

awww, Doris, i'm gonna miss Harry Hassler and Rajiv Prasad :(

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:31 PM
and here's for Lee's little Vince...

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
Every body stops
and stares at me
These two teeth are
gone as you can see
I don't know just who
to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve
is as plain as it can be!

All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth!

Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could wish you
"Merry Christmas."
It seems so long since I could say,
"Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!"
Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be,
if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)

All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth.

Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could wish you
"Merry Christmas!"

:D

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:31 PM
LOL last show this week

I especially miss Rajiv!!
He's just a laugh!!

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:39 PM
Yeah. Rajiv is a gas! :D But i like his other characters as well...

So are you going to continue with Alan Zafra in the spring?

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:41 PM
oh Tannenbaum
oh Tannenbaum
wie grün sind deine Blätter

Du blühst nicht nur zur Sommerszeit,
nein auch im Winter wenn es schneit

Oh Tannenbaum
Oh Tannenbaum

rest comes tomorrow now tennis is waiting...

Doris Loeffel
12-09-2002, 06:42 PM
I think so yes
but nothing fixed yet
I'm gone now

last lesson befor I leave...

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 06:56 PM
ok. well, like i said, we can hit balls together sometime in the spring or summer...;)

I have to finish cooking. We've decided to stay at home and use up our things in the kitchen. Hubby still has to pack.

Also, i wish you ae schoene Zyt auch... Tschuss, Doris!!!! Bis bald!!! :wavey:

Beat
12-09-2002, 07:03 PM
these two girls seem WEALLY WEALLY EXCITED, don't they ;) :)

it's snowing in zurich as well! yipieeee!! and it's cold as... well, hell is not the right word here, i guess, but you know what i mean...

Layla
12-09-2002, 08:02 PM
Hehe, I love the Christmasy feel of this thread. :) I don't know any carols (my only sourse of Christmas carols is the Ally McBeal show ;) ), but I have some eggnog to lift the spirits (not that they need lifting).

http://www.waynescomputerworld.com/Dotti/Images/Food/eggnog.jpg

Warning! It's spiked. :p

Mrs. B, I hope you haven't left yet, but I just want to wish you a wonderful trip once again. :)

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 08:07 PM
:) Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight
They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And ev’ry mother’s
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly
And so, I’m offering this
Simple phrase to kids from
One to ninety-two
Altho’ it’s been said many times
Many ways; “Merry Christmas to you”

One of my faves!! :D :bounce:

Dissident
12-09-2002, 08:11 PM
I missed all the Christmas party. :sad:

:p Let the singing continue!

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 08:13 PM
Mel Tormé. ahhh, tis one my faves, too, RF. :)

---
Layla, i'm still here...and will stay till i drop...Eggnogs, lol, haven't had those since last winter. I'm dying for a caramel machiato right now with some muffins, maybe? :D

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 08:16 PM
Here's for all of you!!! :)

The Holiday Season (or Happy Holiday)http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/partysmiley.gif

Happy Holiday
Happy Holiday
While the merry bells keep ringing
May your every wish come true

Happy Holiday
Happy Holiday
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy Holidays to you

It's the holiday season
And Santa Claus is coming back
The Christmas snow is white on the ground
When old Santa gets into town
He'll be coming down the chimney, down
Coming down the chimney, down

It's the holiday season
And Santa Claus has got a toy
For every good girl and good little boy
He's a great big bundle of joy
He'll be coming down the chimney, down
Coming down the chimney, down

He'll have a big fat pack upon his back
And lots of goodies for you and me
So leave a peppermint stick for old St. Nick
Hanging on the Christmas tree

It's the holiday season
With the whoop-de-do and hickory dock
And don't forget to hang up your sock
"Cause just exactly at 12 o'clock
He'll be coming down the chimney
Coming down the chimney
Coming down the chimney, down!

Happy Holiday
Happy Holiday
While the merry bells keep bringing
Happy Holidays to you

Happy Holiday
Happy Holiday
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy Holidays to you
To you
Happy Holiday
http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/santa_2.gif

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 08:26 PM
:) Hi all! Popping in between work...

Yeah I love that song too Mrs. B. I have the music for it and every year I try to play it on my piano!! [I'm hopeless at the jazzy improv section but I try!]

Yeah and I do know that song you posted... my mind is elsewhere these days! :rolleyes:


How about this one? Did anyone post it yet? Diana Krall did this one a couple of years ago:

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
from the film Meet Me In St. Louis
Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 1943

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more.

Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

:angel:

Gonna miss ya something awful, Mrs. B.!

Layla
12-09-2002, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
Mel Tormé. ahhh, tis one my faves, too, RF. :)

---
Layla, i'm still here...and will stay till i drop...Eggnogs, lol, haven't had those since last winter. I'm dying for a caramel machiato right now with some muffins, maybe? :D

Aaah, it's good that you're still here. Muffins? Which kind? :drool: I'll run and make them for you. ;) Haven't baked muffins in ages, but I used to bake them at least once a week. :D

What is caramel machiato? :confused:

Hitman, you didn't miss the Christmas party, it's only just begun. Lol @ me, I should be working not drinking spided eggnog. :o Well, it's too late now. :p

ILR
12-09-2002, 08:29 PM
lol Im joining in now :) Ill sing along and will bring some english chocs to go with the Swiss ones :)

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 08:31 PM
awww, i'm already missing you guys. :( It's gonna drive me nuts not to be near a computer anytime i want to...but i'll try to sneak in when i get the chance.

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 08:35 PM
:) Hey Layla, ILR!

Caramel macchiato -- don't know if we have that here... sounds yummy though :drool:

Hi Dissident: hope you're feeling better soon. Not fun feeling yukky any time of year. You know, I know so many people who are flying to Brasil these days -- for business. None of them speaks Portuguese though!! A friend of mine is from Sao Paulo. I have NEVER been to Sud America. I might start w Chile -- why? Hablo espanol, I like the Andes and the Pacific Ocean...

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 08:39 PM
Originally posted by Layla

What is caramel machiato? :confused:


Caramel macchiato is espresso, with hot foamed milk, vanilla syrup & caramel sauce. Really sweet but good to drink in this weather. Muffins!!! My fave is the blueberry muffins. yumm.
*hungry again*

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 08:41 PM
NARG!! You guys started without me -- and took all the good carols! ;)

My favorite carols are "Sleigh Ride" (the Anderson version, not the Mozart version) and "Carol of the Bells". Can't sing those :( but they are my favs!

ILR
12-09-2002, 08:44 PM
http://www.hhhh.org/cloister/chocolate/images/cadbury.milk.uk.gif

Hi RF :wavey:

Mmmm dairy milk lol

ILR
12-09-2002, 08:44 PM
Hi Hackie :wavey:

Layla
12-09-2002, 08:46 PM
Mmmm, blueberry muffins, I love 'em. :lick: I usually make banana-blueberry muffins, but I'll make plain ones cause I'm not sure you like bananas.

Ok, so this doesn't exactly look like a blueberry muffin, but let's say for the sake of argument that it is. ;) Enjoy!

http://www.preschooleducation.com/postcard/pic/blueberry%20muffin.gif

Layla
12-09-2002, 08:48 PM
Oh and caramel macchiato sounds just lovely. I think I could use one right about now. ;) I seriously need to wake up.

Hi TH! :wavey:

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 08:49 PM
:) Mmm... Cadburys Dairy Milk, blueberry muffins [I make them w these tiny but absolutely delic' wild blueberries that grow in Ontario and Quebec... chocolate chip muffins are good too!!

ILR have you been to Cadbury World / Bourneville?? Did I ask you this before?? I tell you my mind is going :rolleyes: :p ...tis the season...

Hi Hackie! Which Anderson?

ILR
12-09-2002, 08:50 PM
no you havent asked me!lol and Ive never been to either of them :( Choc chip muffins rule!:D

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 08:54 PM
:) Wow another fab sunset coming up!!! Chocolate chocolate chip muffins really rule!! :D

ILR
12-09-2002, 08:55 PM
http://www.ovenreadyfoods.com/muffins200.chochp.jpg

double choc chip muffins! :lick:

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 08:56 PM
WOW!!!! That muffin looks sooo inviting, just waiting to be devoured!!!!:lick: :lick: :lick:

thanks, Layla! This is great, a wintry evening with Xmas carols and something hot to drink and muffins and chocolates. Party on! :D

Layla
12-09-2002, 09:06 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
http://www.ovenreadyfoods.com/muffins200.chochp.jpg

double choc chip muffins! :lick:

Now that's what I usually make! :lick: But I prefer to add coffee to them. Yummy! :drool:

Yeah, this thread is so cozy I'll never want to go to bed. ;)

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 09:07 PM
:) Coffee in those muffins? That's different! I love the choco-coffee combo! MOKA!! :drool:

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:10 PM
LOL, I just had my afternoon snack but you guys are making me sooooo hungry!! Too bad dinner's going to suck :(

RF, I don't remember right offhand which Anderson. It's the version that was written in 1948. I think it's the most popular version played, though I've heard both.

UGH!! Nevermind me :o Just leave it at I like the classic stuff.

ILR
12-09-2002, 09:10 PM
mmmm I love making them!What about more x-mas food!
http://www.chantilly.com/11/d.jpg

chocolate yule mmmmmmmmm

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:11 PM
I'm officially finished with classes! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

LOL, now I just have to study my ass off for exams. And Layla, I have to tell you about the latest encounter ;)

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:12 PM
Wow, that looks scrumptous, ILR!

I love baking cookies during the holiday season. My favs are reverse chocolate chip -- chocolate cookies with white chips :lick: And I'm a pretty mean baker, if I do say so myself ;)

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 09:16 PM
:) YUMMY, ILR!! Buche de Noel!! Yule log to you! Hackie, I love to bake too -- so cosy and festive... and the house smells so good!!! It's always been a tradition in my family. My mom bakes great cookies! My faves are these PINWHEEL cookies -- they are very time-consuming and labour-intensive but the result is fab!! I make about 6 dozen since I only do it once a year... better be worth the while!!

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:24 PM
Emma! get down with your baad self, that's a mighty good looking Xmas sweet. :D

Ok, where's the fruit cake? (apart from me) :D

*makes Xmas tea*

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:25 PM
You like fruitcake, Mrs. B? :eek:

That's a national joke in the US because it's so bad.

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:27 PM
time to sing, girls!!!!!

Deck the Halls :)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Refrain
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

(Refrain)

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

(Refrain)

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

(Refrain)

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:27 PM
Ooh, I need to find some Christmas carol lyrics . . . you guys are way outdoing me ;)

ILR
12-09-2002, 09:28 PM
lol it is indeed! :D fruitcake?Who wants that when you can have chocolate!

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
You like fruitcake, Mrs. B? :eek:

That's a national joke in the US because it's so bad.
I heard something but i forgot about it now. Pray tell... :confused:

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:30 PM
Has this been posted already? :o

Chestnuts reasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping at your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.
Ev'rybody know a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright.
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.
They know that Santa's on his way;
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh,
And ev'ry mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly.
And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two;
Although it's been said many times, many ways,
"Merry Christmas to you."

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:32 PM
For Juanqui and our Spanish-readers ;)

EL DESEMBRE CONGELAT

Traditional Catalonian Carol

El desembre congelat,
Confus es retira.
Abril de flors coronat,
Tot el mon admira,
Quan en un jadi d'amor
Neix una divina flor.
D'una ro ro ro,
D'una sa sa sa,
D'una ro, d'una sa,
D'una rosa bella,
Fecunda y poncella.

El primer Pare causa
Le nit tenevrosa
Que a tot el mon ofusca
La vista penosa
Mes en una mitja nit
Brilla el sol que n'es eixit
D'una bel bel bel,
D'una la la la,
D'una bel, d'una la,
D'una bella aurora
Que el cel enamora.

El mes de maig ha florit,
Sense ser encara,
Un lliri blanc y polit
De fragancia rara,
Que per tot el mon se sent,
De Llevant fins a Ponent,
Tota sa sa sa
Tota dul dul dul,
Tota sa, tota dul,
Tota sa dulcura
I olor, amb ventura.


English Translation: THE ICY DECEMBER

Cold December's winds were stilled
In the month of snowing.
As the world fell dark one night,
Springtime's Hope was growing;
Then one rose-tree blossomed new,
One sweet Flower on it grew.
On the tree once bare,
Grew the Rose so fair,
Ah, the Rose, ah, the Rose,
Ah the Rose tree blooming,
Sweet the air perfuming.

When the darkness fell that night,
Bringing sweet reposing,
All the land was hid from sight,
Sleep our eyes was closing.
Suddenly, there came a gleam
From the sky, the wondrous beam
Of a heav'nly star,
Giving light afar;
Ah, the star, ah, the star,
Ah, the star-beam glowing,
Brightness ever growing.

Now the month of May was here,
Filled with God's own radiance;
Now the purest Lily bloomed,
Flow'r of sweeted fragrance.
To the people far and near
Came a breath of heav'nly cheer;
O, the incense rare
Of the Lily there!
Ah, the scent, ah, the scent
Of the Lily blooming,
All the air perfuming!

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:33 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B

I heard something but i forgot about it now. Pray tell... :confused:

You mean the fruitcake thing? It's a big joke, because fruitcake is supposed to be really gross, hard as a brick with those little candied fruits. A running joke is one fruitcake passing through many hands because nobody wants it.

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:34 PM
Another of my personal faves . . . ;)

God rest ye merry, gentlemen; let nothing you dismay.
Remember, Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray.

Chorus:
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy!
O tiding of comfor and joy!

In Bethlehem, in Israel, the blessed Babe was born,
And laid within a manger upon this blessed morn;
The which His Mother Mary did nothing take in scorn.

Chorus

From God our heav'nly Father, a blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds brought tiding of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name.

Chorus

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:35 PM
Good King Wenceslas look'd out on the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gath'ring winter fuel.

"Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know'st it, telling,
Yonder peasan, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain;
Right against the forest fence, by Saint Anges' fountain."

"Bring me flesh and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither.
Thou and I will see him dine, when we bear him thither."
Page and monarch forth they went, forth they went together.
Through the rude wind's wild lament and the bitter weather.

"Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger.
Fails my heart, I know not how, I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page, tread thou in them boldly.
Thou shalt find the winter's rage freeze thy blood less coldly."

In his master's steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted.
Heat was in the very sod which the Saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing;
Ye woh now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing.

ILR
12-09-2002, 09:37 PM
lol Hackie!my turn!


Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled."
Joyful all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th' angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Christ, by highest heaven adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th' Incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with man to dwell;
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the Woman's conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the Serpent's head.
Adam's likeness, Lord efface:
Stamp Thy image in its place;
Second Adam, from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:38 PM
How adverse are you guys to religous songs? I really like them, but I don't want to offend :o

ILR
12-09-2002, 09:39 PM
I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
She didn't see me creep
down the stairs to have a peep;
She thought that I was tucked
up in my bedroom fast asleep
Then
I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white;
Oh
what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:40 PM
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
>From the bottom of my heart.

[repeats]

Actual translation:

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Prosperous New Year and Happiness.

:)

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:41 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
How adverse are you guys to religous songs? I really like them, but I don't want to offend :o
Go ahead Hackie! :)

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:42 PM
Well, regardless . . . this is probably my favorite religious carol. The lyrics don't do it justice -- the music is the real mover.

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Refrain

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend!

Refrain

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!

Refrain

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:43 PM
The first Noel, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.


They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.


And by the light of that same star,
Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.


This star drew night to the northwest,
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest;
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.


Then entered in those wise men three,
Full reverently upon their knee;
And offered there in his presence,
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:44 PM
Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul, and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born to-day;
Ox and ass before him bow,
And he is in the manger now.
Christ is born to-day!
Christ is born to-day!

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul, and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath oped the heavenly door,
And man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this!
Christ was born for this!

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul, and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!
Christ was born to save!

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:45 PM
Well whaddya know . . .

Carol of the Bells
Carol of the Bells is an adaptation of an ancient Ukrainian folk song called a "shchedrivka". An arrangement by Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921) was popularized in the 1930's by Oleksander Koshyts (1875-1944), a Ukrainian choir director who worked in the US and Canada. It has since become an American Christmas classic.

Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away

Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold,
ding dong ding
that is their song
with joyful ring
all caroling

one seems to hear
words of good cheer
from everywhere
filling the air


Oh how they pound,
raising the sound,
o'er hill and dale,
telling their tale,

Gaily they ring
while people sing
songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here,

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
On on they send ,
on without end,
their joyful tone to every home
Dong Ding dong ding, dong Bong

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:46 PM
Let There Be Peace On Earth
Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.
Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be!
With God as our Father, brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.
With ev'ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!

RogiFan
12-09-2002, 09:47 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
lol it is indeed! :D fruitcake?Who wants that when you can have chocolate!

:D I'm w you, ILR! I never liked fruitcake before but I did like a M&S one -- too bad they don't exist here anymore... I don't like those citrus fruits though! Blechh!!

Keep those carols coming, girls! I have to go now...

Mrs. B. -- I'll be thinking about you on your journey tomorrow!! Have a HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS! [Hackie maybe you can find the lyrics to that song!] :angel:

I like Charlie Brown Christmas -- I have the CD and the music!

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:47 PM
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times didst give the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe. Refrain


O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave.

Refrain


O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Refrain


O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

Refrain


O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go. Refrain


O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of peace.

Refrain

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:48 PM
Said the night wind to the little lamb,
"Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite."


Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
"Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the the sea,
With a voice as big as the the sea."


Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
"Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold--
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold."


Said the king to the people everywhere,
"Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light."

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:49 PM
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air
There's a feeling
of Christmas
Children laughing
People passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on ev'ry street corner you'll hear


Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing
Soon it will be Christmas day


Strings of street lights
Even stop lights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush
home with their treasures


Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene
And above all this bustle
You'll hear
Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing
Soon it will be Christmas day

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:49 PM
Up on the housetop reindeer pause
Out jumps good old Santa Claus
Down thru the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones
Christmas joys


Chorus
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop
Click, click, click
Down thru the chimney with
Good Saint Nick


First comes the stocking
Of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa
Fill it well
Give her a dolly
That laughs and cries
One that will open
And shut her eyes


Repeat Chorus


Next comes the stocking
Of little Will
Oh, just see what
A glorious fill
Here is a hammer
And lots of tacks
Also a ball
And a whip that cracks


Repeat Chorus

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:49 PM
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.

For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy
Pray to the blessed Child,
Where misery cries out to thee,
Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching
And faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks,
And Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:50 PM
Ding Dong! merrily on high
In heav'n the bells are ringing
Ding, dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with angel singing
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis


E'en so here below, below
Let steeple bells be swungen
And i-o, i-o, i-o
By priest and people be sungen
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis


Pray ye dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers
May ye beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:51 PM
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.


Chorus
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.


Born a king on Bethlehem's plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.
(Chorus)


Frankincense to offer have I.
Incense owns a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising all men raising,
Worship Him, God on high.
(Chorus)


Myrrh is mine: Its bitter perfume
Breaths a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
(Chorus)


Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Sounds through the earth and skies.
(Chorus)

ILR
12-09-2002, 09:51 PM
lol bye RF! :wavey:

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:51 PM
Here you go, RF! :)

Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow,
but have a cup of cheer.
Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
And when you walk down the street
Say Hello to friends you know
and everyone you meet.

Oh, ho, the mistletoe
hung where you can see;
Somebody waits for you;
Kiss her once for me.
Have a holly jolly Christmas,
and in case you didn't hear,
Oh by golly, have a holly,
jolly Christmas this year.

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:52 PM
For those with their first snows of the year . . . :)

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn't show signs of stopping,
And I brought some corn for popping;
The lights are turned way down low,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night,
How I'll hate going out in the storm;
But if you really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing,
But as long as you love me so.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:53 PM
AAUGH!! I FOUND IT!!!

This is the version of "Sleigh Ride" that I like -- LEROY ANDERSON!!

Anyway, it's better without the words, but:

Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing
Ring ting tingle-ing too
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling "You Hoo"
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Giddy-yap giddy-yap giddy-yap let's go
Let's look at the snow
We're riding in a wonderland of snow

Giddy-yap giddy-yap giddy-yap it's grand
Just holding your hand
We're gliding along with the song
Of a wintry fairy land

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy are we
We're snuggled up together like two
Birds of a feather would be

Let's take the road before us
And sing a chorus or two
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

There's a birthday party at the home of Farmer Gray
It'll be the perfect ending of a perfect day
We'll be singing the songs we love to sing without a single stop
At the fireplace while we watch the chestnuts pop
Pop! Pop! Pop!

There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy
When they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie
It'll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:54 PM
Ciao, RF!!! I'll be seeing you...;)

:wavey:

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:54 PM
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
in the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
we're happy tonight,
walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
as we go along,
walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
we'll say: No man,
But you can do the job
when you're in town.

Later on, we'll conspire,
as we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
the plans that we've made,
walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
and pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
until the other kiddies knock him down.

When it snows, ain't it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
walking in a winter wonderland.

Walking in a winter wonderland,
walking in a winter wonderland.

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 09:56 PM
I saw the original lyrics sheet for this :sad:

HAPPY XMAS (War Is Over)
(Lennon/Ono)

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

Chorus:
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight

Chorus

And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

Chorus

War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Happy Christmas

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 09:57 PM
So true, Hackie. The "Sleigh Ride" instrumental version kicks ass, one of my all time fave Xmas tunes. Brings back a lot of memories... :)

ILR
12-09-2002, 09:58 PM
I have to go soon so have a lovely time Mrs.B!:kiss: :wavey:

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 10:01 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
So true, Hackie. The "Sleigh Ride" instrumental version kicks ass, one of my all time fave Xmas tunes. Brings back a lot of memories... :)

It's lots of fun to play as well :) So is Carol of the Bells :o No I swear I'm not biased . . .:o

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 10:03 PM
OK doki!!! Thanks for being here tonight...i'll see you guys, whenever. ;)

:wavey: So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!!!!

:)

TennisHack
12-09-2002, 10:06 PM
Goodbye, Mrs. B!! We'll keep singing songs and talking about yummy food . . . and everything else!!

Can't wait to hear how everything's going :) Have a safe & fun trip!

:wavey: Til later ;)

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 10:11 PM
One last song before i go. Not a carol, but one of my personal faves. Written by Tom Waits. Sung by Rickie Lee Jones


Rainbow Sleeves

You used to dream yourself away each night
To places that you'd never been
On wings made of wishes
That you whispered to yourself
Back when every night the moon and you
Would sweep away to places
That you knew
Where you would never get the blues

Well now, whiskey gives you wings
To carry
Each one of your dreams
And the moon does not belong to you
But I believe
That your heart keeps young dreams
Well, I've been told
To keep from ever growing old
And a heart that has been broken
Will be stronger when it mends

Don't let the blues stop you from singing
Darling, you've only got a broken wing
Hey, you just hang on to my rainbow
Hang on to my rainbow
Hang on to my rainbow sleeves

:)

Layla
12-09-2002, 10:14 PM
So this is it then. Have a safe journey! And of course, have a blast at the beach! Have fun with your family and friends! :D Oh and don't forget us! ;)

And have a merry Christmas and a happy new year! :bounce:

I miss you already. (Pearl Jam lyrics, but very appropriate).

Au revoir! :wavey:

Mrs. B
12-09-2002, 10:17 PM
:wavey::wavey::wavey:

Layla
12-09-2002, 10:21 PM
Noooooo, I forgot a goodbye hug! *a huge hug for Mrs. B*

Take care! :wavey:

Beat
12-10-2002, 10:03 AM
stammi bene, mrs. b! :cool:

Leo7
12-10-2002, 03:44 PM
ooh no i missed the entire party. :sad: :sad:

:wavey: bye Mrs.B! we'll miss you and all your wonderful posts so much! have a great time! talk to you soon!

TennisHack
12-10-2002, 05:02 PM
Leo, we're going to keep the party going for Mrs. B so she'll have a bustling thread to catch up on ;) So you didn't miss it -- you just need to keep it going!!

TennisHack
12-10-2002, 05:07 PM
A new installment to the story -- and the final is forthcoming! :)

Dissident
12-10-2002, 05:18 PM
Nevermind, Leo. You were not the only late one here.... :p

And I see mrs B is gone now. :wavey:

Ill play a song here for you. ;)

Lee
12-10-2002, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
and here's for Lee's little Vince...

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

:D

Oh! Thanks Mrs. B! That's so sweet.

You should be on your plane now and enjoy.

Lee
12-10-2002, 06:55 PM
Now I hate that stupid book I read yesterday cos that's the reason I missed the party.

TennisHack
12-11-2002, 04:04 AM
Hey Mrs. B! :wavey:

I'm happy to report that the Palermo final has been posted to the story! :bounce::bounce: I hope everyone enjoys it :)

It was a bit of a slow day in the chat threads, and Vera seems to have disappeared for the moment :( hitman helped me find -- and I reposted in the Other Swiss Players thread -- 3 pictures of Michel from TMS Toronto.

I hope you had a good trip and are safely in your homeland once again!

RogiFan
12-11-2002, 03:28 PM
:) Mrs. B. I hope you and Mr. B. arrived safe and sound in the Philippines. Hope your flights went well also.

I think Rogi will be playing his match in St-Anton tomorrow if I read the German correctly!

Gruppe tele.ring: Jiri Novak (CZE), Sjeng Schalken (NED), Nicolas Kiefer (GER) und Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
Gruppe St. Anton am Arlberg: Titelverteidiger Roger Federer (SUI), Stefan Koubek (AUT) und Richard Krajicek (NED)

Das Programm für Mittwoch, 11. Dezember (ab 18.00 Uhr):
Nicolas Kiefer – Sjeng Schalken
Stefan Koubek – Richard Krajicek
Jürgen Melzer - Jiri Novak

Hackie: those Micha pix were taken during the Qualies in TO btw. ;)

Lee
12-11-2002, 04:15 PM
Hi Mrs. B! How's shopping in Singapore!

Sun...... Beach.......Waves........Snorkelling..........


Mmmmmmm!

Doris Loeffel
12-11-2002, 05:38 PM
That's it...


....my last .......



.....post......





for this year!!!



Hope you behave all and you all have a wonderfull festive season.
TTY all next Year!!


Ohhh and Goooooooooooo Roger gooooooooo!!!¨
And hooppppppp FCB!!!!

RogiFan
12-11-2002, 08:10 PM
:) Bye Doris! Have a great break in the S hemisphere! Safe journey and we'll see you in the New Year!! Merry Christmas! :wavey:

Cheer for Rogi for us too!

ILR
12-11-2002, 08:20 PM
Bye Doris have a lovely time also!:wavey: pffft all these Rogi fans going away or home whatever the case may be for x-mas,there'll hardly be any left!:p

TennisHack
12-11-2002, 08:35 PM
Bye, Doris, have a wonderful time on NZ! :wavey:

RogiFan
12-11-2002, 08:35 PM
:) ILR, I'll be around... I never go away at Christmas but one of these days I w/like to be in Spain at that time... I'd like to be there NOW [shouldn't be too greedy since I just came back from there 2 months ago...:p ]

TennisHack
12-12-2002, 01:38 AM
Just wanted to mention this while we were still on the same page :)

We have been having an interesting discussion on bilingualism over in the Juanqui chat thread, and it started here (http://www.atpworld.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=163446#post163446).

Beat
12-12-2002, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by Doris Loeffel
And hooppppppp FCB!!!!

unfortunately, this last wish didn't help very much... :(

RogiFan
12-12-2002, 05:29 PM
:) Hi Beat!

So FC Basel lost? Too bad!

How about Rogi in St-Anton? Since I don't understand German, perhaps you can keep us posted on his progress! I think he plays Koubek today. ;)

TennisHack
12-12-2002, 06:29 PM
I've introduced a new form of creativity here (http://www.atpworld.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=163756#post163756). I don't want it to take over the musical or the poems, but my friends have been making these things for days now and they're hilarious :D

So enjoy!

RogiFan
12-12-2002, 10:56 PM
:( Sorry, Mrs. B. and Doris but Rogi lost his match to Koubek today in St-Anton... good thing it's only an exo!

Here is the info in German [sorry!]

Koubek steht im Finale - gegen Kiefer, Schalken oder Novak

Der zweite Tag der tele.ring Tennis Trophy in St. Anton am Arlberg - hier alle Match-Berichte!

Stefan Koubek - Roger Federer
6:4, 6:1
Nach nur 51 Minuten war der programmierte Höhepunkt des zweiten Spieltags der tele.ring Tennis Trophy in St. Anton am Arlberg vorüber - und es war aus österreichischer Sicht tatsächlich ein Höhepunkt: Stefan Koubek "zerlegte" seinen Schweizer Freund Roger Federer nach allen Regeln der Tennis-Kunst und steht nach einem glatten 6:4, 6:1 als erster Finalist der tele.ring Tennis Trophy in St. Anton am Arlberg fest.

Makellose Leistung
Koubek spielte schon bis zum 4:4 im ersten Satz ausgezeichnet, danach folgte allerdings eine Tennis-Demonstration des groß aufspielenden Kärntners: Nur mehr ein Game konnte der Masters-Semifinalist gegen Österreichs Nummer 1 holen. Wie schon gestern gegen Richard Krajicek überzeugte Koubek mit fulminanten Returns und Passierschlägen, zudem servierte er heute ausgezeichnet.

"Sehr zufrieden"
Nicht nur Koubeks Trainer Günter Bresnik ("eine sehr anständige Leistung vom Stefan, noch besser als gestern") war vom Match angetan, sondern auch Koubek selbst: "Ich fühl mich in St. Anton unglaublich wohl, es ist meine zweite Heimat. Ich bin mit meiner heutigen Leistung sehr zufrieden, sowohl beim Return als auch beim Service. Jetzt möchte ich unbedingt mit dem KIA Sorento aus der Halle fahren!" Die Vorbereitung aufs Finale wird Koubek morgen, Freitag, nicht nur auf dem Trainingsplatz verbringen, sondern auch auf den Pisten von St. Anton am Arlberg. Koubek: "Aufs Skifahren freu ich mich jetzt sehr. Und natürlich auch auf den Einkehrschwung beim Senn-Wirt!"

"Rächt" Koubek Melzer?
Koubek rechnet mit Nicolas Kiefer als Finalgegner - "er hat bisher einen unglaublich starken Eindruck gemacht". Und Koubek bestätigte damit auch die Aussage von Jürgen Melzer, der heute nach seiner Niederlage gegen Kiefer meinte: "Kiefer hat viel stärker gespielt als gestern Novak. Es war extrem schwer, gegen ihn zu spielen." Koubek steht übrigens zum zweiten Mal im Finale von St. Anton, 1999 schlug er Karol Kucera.

LOOKS like it's Koubek/Kiefer in the final or sth...
:p

OK Rogi, go back to Switzerland for the Awards...

Lily
12-13-2002, 01:41 AM
Bye Doris! I hope you have a great holiday and a happy new year. And safe travels! We'll miss you a lot! I'll miss you in the live scoring thread cause I think you're the best and strongest cheerleader for Rogi! :)

Gooooooooo Roger gooooooooo!!! :D

aww, he lost today? to Koubek? you mean that guy who always wears those yellow shorts? oh well, he shouldnt be playing this early anyways ;) yes Rogi, do what RF says...i forgot, when are the awards?

TennisHack
12-13-2002, 03:00 AM
Mrs. B, you're going to love this!

hitman has started a show for us! (http://www.atpworld.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3308)

RogiFan
12-13-2002, 03:16 AM
Originally posted by Lily
Bye Doris! I hope you have a great holiday and a happy new year. And safe travels! We'll miss you a lot! I'll miss you in the live scoring thread cause I think you're the best and strongest cheerleader for Rogi! :)

Gooooooooo Roger gooooooooo!!! :D

aww, he lost today? to Koubek? you mean that guy who always wears those yellow shorts? oh well, he shouldnt be playing this early anyways ;) yes Rogi, do what RF says...i forgot, when are the awards?

Exactly, Lily, the guy who wears those yellow shorts!:p The awards are in Switzerland, Bern I believe -- home of Mrs. B.! You can actually vote for Rogi! ;)

TennisHack
12-13-2002, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Mrs. B, you're going to love this!

hitman has started a show for us! (http://www.atpworld.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3308)

And hitman is the master of movie-making :D He has expanded our series already! So hopefully by the time you see this you'll have a bunch to watch. They are soooooooo funny.

Hope you are having a happy and safe Friday the 13th! :)

TennisHack
12-13-2002, 08:47 PM
:o 6000 (http://www.atpworld.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=164185#post164185) :o

TennisHack
12-14-2002, 03:57 PM
Just an update on the film thread . . .

There are now 3 different stories: hitman's Big Brother :D, ILR & Leo :hearts:, and me & Michel :o:o:o RF has also been giving us some films, the latest of which could develop into a series? Maybe? ;) It was great -- "Adios, PMac!" :D:D:D

Vera is back as well :) and Layla, hitman, and I are all trying in vain to download a Pearl Jam concert (well, they got it to work but I didn't :(). Other than that, everyone is pretty busy, so you haven't missed too much ;)

RogiFan
12-15-2002, 03:51 PM
:) Hi everyone and Mrs. B. and Doris!

Well, Simon Ammann won the Credit Suisse Sports Awards last night but that's what we expected -- he looks 12 years old to me! Funny guy!

But at least Rogi came in 2nd this year!! Next year I'm going to try to vote for him! Sportler des Jahres: 1. Simon Ammann (Skispringen) 45,9 Stimmenprozente. 2. Roger Federer (Tennis) 19,7.

They [mytennis.ch francais] said that this would have been the crowning touch on Rogi's year. Even though he had his ups and downs, he has been steadily gaining ground in the world's elite of tennis players. After a brilliant start and his wins in Sydney and first TMS Hamburg, he experienced a crisis which culminated in the tragic loss of his mentor Peter Carter. Yet Roger managed to rebound in the fall, coming back in the US Open, getting to the semis in Basel and winning his 3rd title in Vienna. Finally he qualified for Shanghai where he played a brilliant TMC, reaching the semis until the eventual champion defeated him. Roger ended up #6 in the Race, the best ranking for a Swiss tennis player.

So, we have to be very proud of our Rogi -- he's a champion in our eyes! Congratulations, Rogi, for a year well done!! :D

And they didn't mention his doubles titles w Max in Rotterdam and Moscow!

TennisHack
12-15-2002, 07:55 PM
Hi, everyone!!

Mrs. B emailed me and said she couldn't get into the board :( but this is what she has to say:

"Hi, Hackie, i cant get into atpworld :( so please relay to everyone my warmest regards. I cant write that well either, the light's so bad and and i can't stay that long. Thankx for keeping me posted, will read hitman's part as well as go to juanqui's forum and see what everybody's been up to, but not yet. The trip went smooth, not much turbulence but i couldn't sleep either, still having problems with the time zone but it's getting better. Today we finally hit the beach and we have a small bungalow right in front of the beach--perfect. We stayed in Cebu for a few days and spent time with my hubby's friends, played tennis, went shopping, etc. Couldn't do it in SG as our connecting flight was quick. Just had dinner now with my brother and his wife and will go to bed soon, we partied till 5 this morning drinking rum & coke. Haven't had those in ages. Well i don't intend to drink my holidays away, that's for sure, and tomorrow i'll go snorkeling and just laze around and read a book... got to go..will keep you posted. Ciao!!!!! GIve my love to everyone."

RogiFan
12-15-2002, 08:08 PM
:) Great to hear from Mrs. B.! Too bad she couldn't get into ATPW but hopefully she will be able to and read all our crazy stuff!! Can't wait to hear her reactions!

Nice she's on the beach!

See ya, Mrs. B.!

Love and kisses! ;) :kiss:

Layla
12-15-2002, 09:15 PM
A message from Mrs. B! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Great to hear you arrived safe and sound, but really sorry you couldn't get into the atpworld. Still, you must be having a delightful time by the sound of it. A bungalow on the beach! :hearts:

We all miss you terribly!

Have fun! *hugs and kisses*

Thanks for the update, TH! :)

Lily
12-16-2002, 09:41 AM
TH, thanks for Mrs. B's message! :)

I knew the party girl would get in touch with us soon enough! ;) Sounds like she's having a great time.

We miss you a lot, Mrs. B! *hug*

Dissident
12-17-2002, 01:51 AM
I read the message yesterday, but I was not logged in. So, now i can say thanks both for the message and to TH for posting it here.

Hope you´re having fun there, Mrs B, and that it gets better every day. :D

Vera
12-17-2002, 05:06 AM
Hi Mrs. B:wavey:

Glad to hear that you arrived safely and already having a lot of fun. So keep enjoying. Hope you got to come online once in awhile. The talented members of the gangs have cooked up a lot of goodies in the JCF forum. But beware, it's very addictive, not to mention great fun:D .

And thanks Hackie for passing the msg:).

Doris Loeffel
12-17-2002, 09:14 PM
Wow that was quite a shocking loss from Roger!!

Well good to hear that Mrs.B had a save trip and is enjoying herself!!
Well as you can see I`m still alive too ;)
Just to bad it`s raining so we canceled the walk we wanted to do this afternoon.

Lily I promis I still cheer for Roger as hard as I can even though I`m not able to voice myself ;) Can`t wait till the season starts in Doha - then Sydney and AO (where I`m going to miss the first week thanks to the furniture fair in Cologne.... :( grrrr)

Well that`s it for now.
Hope you all take care of yourself and have a great festive season.
Doris

RogiFan
12-18-2002, 02:27 AM
:D Hi Doris!

Nice to hear from you! I trust your trip went well too and you're now enjoying your vacation! Great! Yeah too bad about Rogi in St-Anton but it was only an exo. He should be practising for 2003 now I guess, then it'll be Christmas and he's off to Doha! I can't believe the season will be starting ALL OVER AGAIN!! OMG! Better buy my videotapes!

We'll all be cheering for Rogi soon, no matter where we are!

Bye for now! ;)

Beat
12-18-2002, 09:36 AM
kisses to doris!

TennisHack
12-19-2002, 01:20 AM
Guess who's baaaa-aack :D

Mrs. B
12-19-2002, 01:46 AM
HELLO EVERYONE!!!!! :wavey:

Greetings from the beach! :D :D :D And it's full moon tonight!!!

I'm so happy i'm able to get in here today and will read up on what i've missed these last week. :)

Well, things are good in paradise. Pretty hot today and it's only 9 :30 a.m. Went to an Italian restaurant last night and met some of my brother's expat friends, 2 who are tennis players so i'm trying to play later in the afternoon, apparently there's a hardcourt place somewhere. We are staying on the far end of this 2 kilometer long beach and it's pretty quiet where we are, and our thatched hut is just in front of the water. Shells abound the sandy beach and there's a big drop off about a hundred meters beyond, it's teeming with marine life. Palm trees line the edges of our bungalow. Behind there are tall acasia trees and they cool the area.. There are also bungalows at the back, but we got the best place, i think. ;) There's not a lot of tourists around, i think everyone's scared from these terrorist threats, although some people from the city come over for the weekends. My brother and his wife are renting a house at the back. They used to dive in another area of the Philippines but are bent now on settling here. They have bought land and will start building their house...It's an ideal location with their child in tow, as it's quite close to the main town and they can still do their diving instructions.

Lily, i've only partied in Cebu that late, blame it on the jetlag, but we haven't even hit the bars on this beach. We've been hanging out mostly with my brother or we just read our books and go to bed early. All that sun makes you tired pretty easily.

Yeah, congrats to Simon Amman, i knew it. But good that Roger was second. One Slam win and he'll be in. It won't be long now. I read that he lost to Koubek in St Anton. Never mind...he probably still was in the Thailand state of mind... :)

OK, i gotta catch up on the rest of the thread as well as Juanqui's so catch u all later.

Big hugs and warm greetings to everyone---Hackie, Emma, RogiFan, Nina, Doris (in NZ), Lily, Layla, Hitman, Beat, Leo, Vera, Lee, Marie, Fonky, Becca...hope i haven't forgotten anyone...

CIAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RogiFan
12-19-2002, 01:51 AM
:) Hey, Mrs. B.!

Sounds like paradise alright!! Lovely! Nice for you to see your family too!

I guess we'll hear from you in a week or so after you've caught up with ALL our threads and posts!! Hee hee!! Brace yourself! :D ;)

TennisHack
12-19-2002, 01:52 AM
Wow, Mrs. B, it sounds sooooo perfect and relaxing :) I'm happy you've been having such a great time soaking up the sun and scoping tennis courts ;) I'm finally on my break now and just having the luxury to sleep til noon and watch TV has been enough to make me happy :)

And LOL, everyone's been complaining about how dead it is over in the Juan Carlos forum, so maybe it won't be too much for you ;)

Mrs. B
12-19-2002, 02:55 AM
Just been on the Juanqui thread, there's over 50 pages to go through!!! :( But the topic on bilingualism is pretty interesting. That explains why my German sucks. lol

Congrats Hackie on your 6000th. Still have to check the stories...thank God for this thread, eh? I'm wearing my swimsuit with shorts and my back is bare and the aircon is blowing like a blizzard so i have to get out of here soon otherwise i'll catch cold or something...

:D

Mrs. B
12-19-2002, 03:52 AM
Just had a look at Hitman's movies. Well done, but why am i a man? A brother! :(
Guess i'm gonna miss out on the rest of that thread, they take time to download and i can't stay any longer. Beach life beckons. Will pop in again maybe next week. On Sunday we're going back to our ancestral home and spend Xmas there, then onwards to another lovely island for New Year's.

Bye everyone, talk to you soon! :wavey:

TennisHack
12-19-2002, 05:28 AM
Have fun, Mrs. B! :wavey:

I'll try to keep your thread here updated with the interesting topics from the Juanqui thread so you don't have to wade through all of the posts.

And you should watch the rest of hitman's movies -- you aren't a guy anymore :D

Lily
12-19-2002, 12:12 PM
Hi Mrs. B! :)

So glad you were able to visit us this time. :)

Paradise, beach life, palm trees! Its all sounds great! I hope you have a very nice Xmas w your family and looking forward to your next visit!

See you soon! :cool:

RogiFan
12-19-2002, 03:17 PM
:) Lily!

I see you added Rogi's motto to your sig! Nice one! :angel:

Dissident
12-19-2002, 03:33 PM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
Just had a look at Hitman's movies. Well done, but why am i a man? A brother! :(
Guess i'm gonna miss out on the rest of that thread, they take time to download and i can't stay any longer. Beach life beckons. Will pop in again maybe next week. On Sunday we're going back to our ancestral home and spend Xmas there, then onwards to another lovely island for New Year's.

Bye everyone, talk to you soon! :wavey:

Like TH said, you should check the rest of the story when you can. I didnt have many options of characters, but more of them were added after I did the second part of the story. Check it later!
And Im glad you enjoyed. Have fun there! :wavey:

RogiFan
12-19-2002, 04:57 PM
:) Hi all! Here's an article on Rogi in German. If Beat is around, what does it say (just the main points)? Something about money and sponsors, new manager, in the big leagues now, eh, Rogi?

Artikel vom 18. Dezember 2002 / Quelle: Blick

Federer immer noch «oben ohne»
Wie viele Millionen zahlt der neue Ausrüster?

VON STEFAN NÄGELI

So wird Roger Federer im Januar in Australien sicher nicht antreten müssen...
FOTO: BENI SOLAND

ZÜRICH – Rang 6 der Weltrangliste. So gut war vor Roger Federer (21) noch nie ein Schweizer klassiert. Hinter den Kulissen wird jetzt um Millionen gefeilscht! Gesucht: ein neuer Ausrüster. Und ein neuer Manager?

Federer bereitet sich in der Schweiz auf die neue Saison vor. Über Neujahr spielt er beim Turnier in Doha (Katar), danach in Sydney und beim Australian Open.

Spielt Roger zu Beginn der neuen Saison «oben ohne»? Sein Ausrüstervertrag mit Nike ist ausgelaufen – und ein neuer Deal ist immer noch nicht unterschrieben.

«Wir sind am Verhandeln, prüfen einige Optionen.» Mehr verriet Rogers Vater Robert, der sich um die Finanzen seines Sohnes kümmert, nicht.

Roger, der 2002 2,8 Mio. Franken Preisgeld gewann, hat im Verhandlungspoker gute Karten. 2001 bekam er aus dem Nike-Vertrag rund 1,5 Mio. Franken. 2002 noch mehr, weil der Vertrag leistungsbezogen war. Mit dem neuen Ausrüster-Vertrag könnte Federer in die Super-Liga aufsteigen. Andre Agassi beispielsweise liess sich einen 10-Jahres-Nike-Vertrag mit rund 360 Mio. Franken vergolden!

Brisant gerade in dieser Phase: Gerüchte um eine Vertragsauflösung mit Rogers Management-Agentur IMG. Federer-Manager Bill Ryan verliess die US-Agentur nach 15 Jahren. Der Amerikaner, mit einer Schwedin verheiratet, hatte sich früher auch um Federer-Coach Peter Lundgren gekümmert.

Das IMG-Dossier hat Gavin Forbs übernommen. Ob er den neuen Ausrüster-Vertrag überhaupt noch abschliessen darf?

:p

ILR
12-19-2002, 05:46 PM
Mrs.B :wavey:

I missed ya!Glad you could find the time to talk to us :):) or at least leave a message or two.Nice to hear you have been having a good time and long may it continue!Speak soon hopefully!

Lee
12-19-2002, 07:16 PM
Hi Mrs. B! Glad you can drop by. Enjoy your paradise!

TennisHack
12-20-2002, 01:22 AM
Another update from the Juanqui forum ;)

Vera has made a thread about the official Davis Cup 2000 book, which she recently purchased :) It's a great thread, where she's put excerpts and told us about the book -- I know I want to buy it now, I didn't even know such a book existed! :eek:

Lily
12-20-2002, 04:04 PM
Breaking News...

I just read from someone who said they know a friend who knows a friend that Tommy had surgery yesterday. Major surgery on his shoulder, as we all know thats been bothering him for a while and he'll be out for 6 months.

I could be wrong, well they could be wrong so if someone can confirm this...Its still very early though.

Thanks RF, yes I decided to add Rogi's motto to my sig. I thought it was only fair since I am a Rogi fan and already having a quote from Guga. It was just the right thing to do and I love his motto. :)

Doris Loeffel
12-21-2002, 06:48 AM
Hi RF
Haven`t got time to translate it the way I usually do. It says that Roger contract with nike is running out and there hasn`t been signed a new one yet. He has good chances to make a big deal with a new clothing contract.

At the other hand the person Bill Ryan who took care of Roger at IMG has left the company. So rumors are around that Roger may break the contract with IMG as well.

Well I have to go dinner`s ready. Hope you all have a great time. I for sure have :). Just spend a wonderful day with my friends at the beach and doing some of thouse wonderful bushwalks in NewYealand.
Catch up with you guys later.
bye for now.

TennisHack
12-21-2002, 07:24 AM
I've started a commentary thread in the Juanqui forum, so those of you who don't get to hear PMac & Cliffy when you watch tennis can experience them :) I've only done one match so far, but it takes awhile :o so I see it as a long-term project ;)

Unfotunately, Layla is having internet connection problems at the moment :( :sad: and may be out indefinitely, so we have our fingers and toes crossed, among other things. We can't lose everyone, not right now! :(

Glad to hear you're having a blast, Doris :)

Lee
12-21-2002, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by Lily
Breaking News...

I just read from someone who said they know a friend who knows a friend that Tommy had surgery yesterday. Major surgery on his shoulder, as we all know thats been bothering him for a while and he'll be out for 6 months.

I could be wrong, well they could be wrong so if someone can confirm this...Its still very early though.

Thanks RF, yes I decided to add Rogi's motto to my sig. I thought it was only fair since I am a Rogi fan and already having a quote from Guga. It was just the right thing to do and I love his motto. :)

:sad: It seems eurosport confirm this and he has pulled out of AO but there is no detail, just a headline. :sad:

Hopefully this surgery will fix his shoulder problem once and for all.

Take care Tommy!

RogiFan
12-21-2002, 08:24 PM
:) Doris!

Thank you so much for that quickie translation! I guess Rogi is in transition and is thinking about new ventures?? Glad to hear you're having fun in NZ!;)

Lily
12-22-2002, 05:40 AM
Originally posted by Lee


:sad: It seems eurosport confirm this and he has pulled out of AO but there is no detail, just a headline. :sad:

Hopefully this surgery will fix his shoulder problem once and for all.

Take care Tommy!


Damn! That person was right.

Poor Tommy :( All the pts he's gonna lose

I hope he recovers quickly!

Doris! :) Thanks for stopping by

Sounds like you're having a great time in NZ!

RogiFan
12-24-2002, 04:33 PM
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Just want to wish everyone everywhere HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/reindeer.gif

ILR
12-24-2002, 06:32 PM
Those smilies are great RF!Merry xmas and a happy new year! :) :bounce: :) :bounce: :) :bounce: :)

Dissident
12-25-2002, 03:41 AM
Merry Christmas to Mrs B amd all the others!!! :) :bounce:

Lily
12-25-2002, 11:08 AM
Wishing everyone here (and everyone who's not here) a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! :)

My personal wish is for everyone to have a happy, healthy and safe New Years.

My tennis wish is for Rogi, Guga, Juanqui and Marat all to do VERY well next year.

There's A Christmas Story marathon on TNT right now. Its my fave x-mas movie. I love when Ralphie has to put on that pink bunny suit. too cute! :D

RogiFan
12-27-2002, 02:05 PM
:) This from ATP:

ATP NEWS Dec. 26, 2002

The Storylines and Personalities Return For 2003

3.) Will Spaniard Juan-Carlos Ferrero and Switzerland's Roger Federer continue their quest for the No. 1 spot? Ferrero captured his second Tennis Masters Series event in 2002, Federer his first, and both nearly upset Lleyton Hewitt in the late stages of the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai. With both of their games on the rise, these two stars could give Hewitt some serious heat.

4.) Are Grand Slam champions Marat Safin and Gustavo Kuerten ready again to challenge for the world's top ranking? Safin didn't win a title until November of last year, at the Tennis Masters Series event in Paris, while Kuerten spent most of 2002 recovering from hip surgery. But both of these popular stars can never be counted out for big-time tennis glory.

5.) In 2002, Carlos Moya had a superb season, capturing four ATP titles and winning a personal-best 59 matches. Now, rejuvenated at age 26, he looks to prove that he can add more titles - both on hard and on clay - to his mantle.

HOPP ROGI!! :D

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday! ;)

Vera
12-27-2002, 06:48 PM
Hi everyone and Mrs. B :wavey:

How's your X'mas, Mrs. B? I hope you had a great one on the islands. What do you guys have for food during X'mas. I don't suppose you make Turkey. Would that be all those lovely exotic tropical fruits:lick: ?

Anyway, hope your X'mas was great, and also have a lovely new year in 4 days.:wavey:

TennisHack
12-27-2002, 08:47 PM
Ooh, thanks for the article, Lily!! Can't believe tennis starts on Monday :eek:

I second Vera, I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Mrs. B and I hope you get a chance to come by soon and tell us about it! ;)

Doris Loeffel
12-28-2002, 05:26 AM
This is just a quick hello to you all!!
So far I'm having a great holliday.
Wish you all a happy, successful, joyful, stressfress and healthy New Year filled with great matches from Roger ;) :P

See you all next year!!

Beat
12-28-2002, 01:33 PM
hi doris! :kiss:
same wishes to you!
you probably have a snowfree winter. and so do we :sad:. i was in the mountains, but really, weatherwise it is a pathetic winter...
enjoy yourself und en guete rutsch!

Lily
12-29-2002, 08:15 AM
Doris! :) nice to see you could stop by to say hello to us and its also nice to hear you're having a great holiday....and wishing you the same! See you next year! :) and just for you...

Goooooooooo Roger goooooooooo!!! :)

I second TH and third Vera (i'm not sure which one is right) I hope Mrs. B also had a great X-mas. :) and that you'll be able to tell us the details soon ;) :)

Lily
12-31-2002, 07:14 PM
....clicks heels 3 times....Toto, i don't think we're in Kansas anymore....Auntie 'Em, Auntie Em!.....

Wow! What did they do to this place?! Its sooooo different, but I'm soooo glad its back. I missed it.

And Rogi won today! Yaaaay! :) :) :) and yay for tennis being back!!! :):) :) It's been too long :D

And Happy New Year to everyone here! :)

Vera
12-31-2002, 07:22 PM
:wavey: Hi :wavey:

Happy new year to all of you! Mrs. B should have already celebrated her new year in the Asian time zone. Hope she left some champagne for us:D .

Yay :bounce: Also wish Juanqui and Rogi have a great 2003, No.1 and No.2 in the world would be good:D !

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Layla
01-01-2003, 01:56 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR MRS. B! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/boldblue.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/boldblue.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/boldblue.gif

We'll crack open a bottle of champagne when you get back! ;) Hope you're still having fun, I know we're still missing you. :kiss:

Nina
01-01-2003, 11:11 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Nina
01-01-2003, 11:17 AM
:wavey: Mrs B (I'm sooo late )

Glad you're having a great time, hopefully it will continue till the rest of the vacation :)

RogiFan
01-02-2003, 02:43 AM
:) Happy New Year 2003!!! :bounce:

Hope everyone had a great start to the year! I've just been catching up with friends, eating out, partying and eating... eating more...!!

Yeah, Rogi won his first 2 rounds in Doha vs. Stoliarov and Micha (sorry!) -- keep going, sweetie!:angel: Now to take on JMG!!

He's been adventurous in the desert -- riding in the dunes, on horseback (how hot is that!!!:drool: ) and doing a spot of falconry!!

Mrs. B
01-02-2003, 04:58 AM
Hi, Everyone!!!!!!!!!!! :wavey:

Finally, a chance to drop by, it's been a while!

But first and foremost a belated Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!!!!!

I see atpworld had a facelift...:)

Well, where do i start, had a great Xmas with my family, to answer your question Vera, we don't do turkey, we have the traditional "lechon", which is whole roasted pig, and ate loads of fresh seafood, which was what i expected from home, and of course, drinking ice cold beer...:):) :) Good to see my brothers and we exchanged funny stories, sang songs, the women played mahjong, my nephews and nieces kept me good company. I think hubby and me put on a few kilos after those fews days...

We are now here in the island of Boracay and had a great New Year's Eve party, friends of hubby from Bern are also here, and we prepared a nice buffet, got some good red wines, and the kids threw loads of firecrackers in the garden! I hate those but it's part of the tradition here... Then there were 2 big parties on the beach, with dj's and all, we stayed up till 4 a.m.

Am trying to get back to the island rhythm after all that partying and i really want to work on my fitness. I swim when i get up, play frisbee in the afternoon, and do some beach balls as well. I met a girl who plays tennis and we arranged to play some time. We're doing a petangue tournament next week, and i'm reviewing for a diving course, but no rush, we're here till the 18th and in between it's nice to chill out in the hammock and read. Ah, beach life. The drawback is that reality bites! There's tons of mosquitoes in our cottage and in the compound while it's full of plants and trees, so i use insect repellent a lot, otherwise they're really vicious and leave an itch and a swollen red spot. The roosters start crowing after midnight :mad: but you get used to it after a while. Otherwise, it's good to be here and to enjoy the nice tropical weather.

Gotta go, connection is quite slow here, but i'll be dropping by more frequently here than i did in the beginning of my journey. Sorry i can't read the other forums and will have a lot of catching up to do when i get back to Bern but i'm really happy that you guys are keeping in touch with me on this thread and i sure appreciate it that you haven't forgotten me. What can i say, I MISS YOU ALL and it's shit that i can't even follow tennis over here, but i've earned this vacation. :angel:

Anyways, BIG HUGS to all of you. Ciao!

:wavey:

TennisHack
01-02-2003, 04:59 AM
I hope you had a good New Years, Mrs. B :) Since tennis has started up again, this place is hopping a little more. LOL, RF and I had a time figuring out the pictures from Doha, but we've posted a ton of them. Michel won his first match of the year with a bagel :D but came up short against Roger, and Yves Allergo was also in the main draw so we've had a great time this week :)

I just reread The Other Swiss Players Thread -- boy, those were some really emotional days and months, and we're about to do it all over again :eek:

We miss you, as always, but hope you're having a good time!

TennisHack
01-02-2003, 05:00 AM
WHOA that was weird :eek::eek:

Can't believe I just missed you!

Vera
01-02-2003, 05:34 AM
Mrs. B :wavey:

Beach life sounds great. Lots of seafood:lick: yum! And *Mosquito* really bites:D :D :D. Okay, in real life, I hate Mosquito bcos every time I got bite, it turns into a big rash bigger than a loonie, it's terrible. So I can understand why Juanqui don't like to be called Mosquito bcos it's just an extremely annoying insect. Anyway, lots of food and lots of exercise, it's just great.

Well, enjoy it there. We'll be here waiting for your return. Rogi is doing fine at the moment and we'll be here to cheer him on for you.

Have fun. :wavey:

ILR
01-02-2003, 11:51 AM
Mrs.B :D

sounds like great fun :D we're all cheering extra hard for Rogi and he is doing well so far :) looking forward to hearing from you again soon :):)

RogiFan
01-02-2003, 03:11 PM
:D Hi Mrs. B.!

I'm so glad you had a great Christmas with your family and friends! I've been catching the news in the Philippines and was praying you were OK!! I even asked my friends (from Cebu) about the news!

Yep, Rogi's back and in fine form!! ;)

Can't believe we're into 2003! It's going to be a HOT season!

Rooting for Rogi and Juanqui and Alex and the other Spanish guys and Marat and Lleyton... the list goes on!!

Gotta eat my breakie and get to work!

Happy New Year!

ILR
01-02-2003, 03:18 PM
RF :wavey:

never knew you liked Lleyton!:o Am I missing something?;)

RogiFan
01-02-2003, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
RF :wavey:

never knew you liked Lleyton!:o Am I missing something?;)

Yeah, I like Lleyton but he does NOTHING for me! I'd rather he win than some other guys! No, he could never set my heart aflutter like our dear ROGI!! ;)

ILR
01-02-2003, 03:50 PM
I knew that he could never set your heart aflutter ;) I just didnt know you liked him,thats all :)

RogiFan
01-02-2003, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
I knew that he could never set your heart aflutter ;) I just didnt know you liked him,thats all :)

I'm not one of these people who hates Lleyton... I think he deserves to be No 1 -- he fights to the end!

BUT if he comes up vs. Rogi or Juanqui or Marat or Carlos or Alex, I want those guys to beat him this time! [well, Carlos can beat him]... so get your revenge, Rogi and Juanqui -- you're both SO close! ;)

HOPP ROGI!! Beat the American!

Dissident
01-02-2003, 04:58 PM
Hello Mrs B!
Great to know you´re having lots of fun despite the mosquitos and the lack of tennis.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and all yours. :) We all miss you too!

RogiFan
01-03-2003, 02:54 AM
:( Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Mrs. B. but our beloved Rogi lost to JMG 46 57 today in the Quarterfinals of Qatar... :sad: http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/150x200/federer_falcon.jpg

DOHA Jan. 2, 2003

Federer Dumped by Gambill, El Aynaoui Also Wins
Moroccan still looking for Doha repeat.


Jan-Michael Gambill is having a blistering start to the 2003 season defeating top seed Roger Federer in straight sets to reach the semifinals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. Just one year ago, Gambill went 0-3 in January before turning his season around in February and March.

Now Gambill is having the kind of start to the season he had in 2001, when he reached the quarterfinals in seven of his first eight tournaments. Gambill finished 40th in the year-end ATP Champions Race in 2002.

In a match-up of former Doha champions, defending champion Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco defeated 2000 champion Fabrice Santoro of France in three sets to keep his hopes alive at becoming the first man since Stefan Edberg in 1995 to successfully defend a title here.

Also advancing were Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Austria's Stefan Koubek. Koubek, who reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open last year, lost his last 10 matches in 2002, but now finds himself in the semifinals of an ATP event for the first time since reaching the semifinals in Vienna in 2001.

What the players said:

GAMBILL: "He [Federer] is a very good player, one of the best in the world. I think we played solid tennis at a high level today. I had pretty good nerves the whole match and I didn't get angry. I kept hitting the ball hard. My ground strokes were as good as they have ever been, I'm very happy about that. I think I can improve my service pace and be more consistent."

"To win here would be the best preparation for the Australian Open. I've never won a match there, I would like to change that."

FEDERER: "My only problem was that my serve wasn't working too well. It made it difficult and he could attack on the returns. I missed some big occasions but he deserved to win in the end. I tried everything without success. He was volleying better that he has in our previous meetings. I've been maneuvering the ball better against him in the past."

"I didn't get close to my best tennis, that's disappointing. As the number one seed I had higher expectations that the quarterfinals. I think I missed a big occasion to go further in the tournament and maybe win it."

Let's hope he can do better next week in Sydney! ;)

Lee
01-03-2003, 06:57 AM
Happy New Year Mrs. B!

Originally posted by Mrs. B

the women played mahjong

Wow! I don't know women there play mahjong too!

Lee
01-03-2003, 07:01 AM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
The drawback is that reality bites! There's tons of mosquitoes in our cottage and in the compound while it's full of plants and trees, so i use insect repellent a lot, otherwise they're really vicious and leave an itch and a swollen red spot.

I hate real mosquitoes too. When I got those swollen red spots, they can stay for over a week!!:fiery: :fiery:

BTW, if you guys don't know what is a loonie as mentioned by Vera, it's a one Canadian dollar coin. I think it's a bit bigger than 1" in diameter.

Mrs. B
01-04-2003, 04:13 AM
Hello again, guys! :wavey:

Island connection is still slow and this place is so crammed i'm sitting elbow to elbow with 4 other users. But like i said i could drop by more often than before, even if i can't stay that long.

Sorry to hear about Roger's loss, hope he'll fare better in Australia, i'm really keeping my fingers crossed for that. Hopefully i'll be able to catch it live on tv somewhere.

Hit/Diss: hurray i'm finally playing tennis this afternoon. There are 2 hardcourts at the back of the beach, but it's mostly booked in the afternoon and you can make reservations one day before.
We're having strong winds blowing from the north since New Year's day and it's pretty ideal for sailing.

Lee: yes, mahjong is pretty popular here but even if i know how to play it i'd rather use my time to play tennis or do something more productive.

Alrighty, gotta go, catch u all later...CIAO!!!!!!

:wavey:

Lee
01-04-2003, 04:17 AM
Originally posted by Mrs. B
Hello again, guys! :wavey:

....


Alrighty, gotta go, catch u all later...CIAO!!!!!!

:wavey:

lol Mrs. B, you come and go really fast.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 04:24 AM
Hi, Mrs. B :wavey:

Very nice to see you again :) Okay, if your connection is slow then I'll post everything in this thread for you.

So far so good, next week is when full play starts. So far, no luck finding a listing for Michel, but everyone else is playing in Sydney, except Richard Gasquet, who was invited to play the Kooying exhibition in Sampras's place :eek::eek:

I wrote another installment for the story :) Nothing big yet, just keeping you posted on that.

I wrote a rant in the Juan Carlos thread, and I'll just c/p it here so you don't have to go dig:

Originally posted by RogiFan
All I can say is JUANQUI, just prove them wrong!! I think he can do it this year -- win a GS, that is!! Just VAMOS Juanqui all year!! ;) Moya too! For that matter, why not Safin and Federer, they're good on clay too AND can play on all surfaces, like the Spaniards!

You know, I was thinking about this last night as I was watching Juan Carlos's & Roger's Masters Cup match. And I've come to the conclusion that no matter what Juan Carlos does, he will be looked down upon.

If he ever wins the Australian Open/US Open/Masters Cup, it will either be called a fluke or blamed on the medium-to-slow surface. If he ever reaches #1 he will be called a fluke, no matter how long he holds onto it. Look at the fact that Corretja and Moya have either won the year-ending championships or reached #1, and they are STILL called clay court specialists.

If he ever wins Wimbledon I think the entire commentating community will have a fucking cow :D And it would automatically be blamed on a weakened draw or a fluke of luck.

The only way that I could see he would ever get respect as something other than a "clay court specialist" is if he managed to stranglehold the #1 spot for more than 2 years and/or defend a non-clay Grand Slam. Only if he was the biggest thing in your face a la Potato man this year would he get respect for his abilities.

Or perhaps if he totally decimated the US Davis Cup team (on whatever surface) more or less by himself. Which he could very well do this year :D


Hope you can visit again soon, but have fun playing this week! :bounce: We'll keep you updated :)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 04:57 AM
LOOKIT THIS LOOKIT THIS LOOKIT THIS!!!!!!!!!!

:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Blake upsets Hewitt to win Hopman Cup for United States
11 minutes ago


PERTH, Australia - James Blake upset Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 and Serena Williams (news - web sites) beat Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-3 Saturday to give the United States its second Hopman Cup team tennis title.

The victories gave the Americans a winning 2-0 lead over Australia with a mixed doubles match to follow. The United States were losing finalists the past two years.

It was Blake's first win in five matches against Hewitt and came in just 64 minutes.

Molik, ranked No. 94, had not dropped a set in the mixed teams event heading into the opening singles Saturday, but world top-ranked Williams was an easy winner.

Mrs. B
01-06-2003, 01:47 AM
Hello again! :wavey:

Hubby and i are the first people here this morning so it's quiet. But connection is still slow...nevermind...;)

Hackie, thanks for the updates. Congrats to the USA for winning the Hopman Cup, Blake & Serena are a mighty tough pair to beat i guess, and i have no doubts in James' ability to beat anyone, including Hewitt. Can't wait for more tennis news!

There's been loads of winds blowing around here since New Year's and somehow it limits your beach activities unless you're into sailing or windsurfing. The New Year crowd has left and the island's back to it's quite groove again. Hubby and i spent the morning walking around the other side of the island, tide's pretty low and you see a couple of locals digging into the sand to look for clams.

We had raclette last night!!! Our friends from Bern seemed to be enjoying it and even the cheese quality wasn't bad. Funny what you can get from the islands these days... :) Even had English breakfast this morning!

Ok, big hugs to all of you and see ya later. :cool: :cool: :cool:
Ciao.

TennisHack
01-06-2003, 02:06 AM
Hi Mrs. B :wavey:

Sounds like despite the wind you're having fun. I hope the rest of your vacation is just what you need, a little chill time :)

LOL at the food choices ;) Guess everyone is becoming a little bit Westernized.

As for tennis news, here's the Sydney draw. It has the potential to be a mouth-watering affair. Juanqui was scheduled to play Fabrice Santoro in the first round but Santoro pulled out with an elbow injury. Things are certainly shaping up for an interesting Australian Open.


1-SAFIN, Marat RUS vs ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs LUCZAK , Peter AUS (Q)
LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU vs LEE Hyung Taik KOR (Q)
6-RODDICK, Andy USA vs ROBREDO, Tommy ESP

4-FEDERER, Roger SUI vs SQULLARI Franco ARG (LL)
DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs WC-DUREK, Raphael AUS
ENQVIST, Thomas SWE vs FERREIRA, Wayne RSA
5-COSTA, Albert ESP vs CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG

8-GAUDIO, Gaston ARG vs WC-REID, Todd AUS
LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO vs SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
KRAJICEK, Richard NED vs FISH , Mardy USA (Q)
3-MOYA, Carlos ESP vs BLAKE, James USA

7-SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA vs WC-DRAPER, Scott AUS
MIRNYI, Max BLR vs MALISSE, Xavier BEL
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS vs SE-VOINEA, Adrian ROM
2-FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP vs CRABB Jaymon AUS (Q)

We'll keep you posted! :)

RogiFan
01-06-2003, 02:45 AM
:D Hey, Mrs. B.!

Good to hear from you again! Is it nicer now that most of the "tourists" have left? Raclette and English breakie -- sounds delic'! Watched a "cool" Filipino show on TV today called "Flip" -- it's about the Filipino community in/around Toronto -- with young hip hosts! I missed the food part though!!

Cheer for Rogi with us, Mrs. B.! Did you know that Mirka was in Doha w him? :angel: ;)

TennisHack
01-07-2003, 04:16 PM
:wavey: Mrs. B, I come bearing bad news unfortunately :(

Roger lost in the first round of Sydney! :sad: He lost to Franco Squillari. Apparently he injured his leg in Doha, however (match against JMG, aka "Ken Doll"), and he's going to play the Aussie Open, he won't pull out. There's more in the Sydney thread in this forum if you'd like to read it.

Unfortunately, Michel failed in his mission to defeat the Ken Doll in Auckland :sad: The boy needs some serious help for his head.

Jarkko and Juanqui are still in action Down Under, but both face tough assignments in the second round -- Jarkko gets Marat and Juan Carlos gets Youzhny :eek: They play today so we'll see what happens.

Lily
01-07-2003, 11:04 PM
Hey Mrs. B :)

Its nice to see that you can stop by more often. I hope you had a good New Years. This place still isnt the same, but it sounds like you're having a nice time. We miss you!

Well, everyone is very sad about Rogi and his injury, but he is determined to play the AO so we shall see. Only 6 more days!

A Paradorn update for you- He's doing very well lately. He won Chennai last week beating Kucera in the finals. It's his 3rd title in 5 months and now he's #14. He's playing Sydney now and yesterday he won his match v Draper. Dont know how w having no rest. Next he plays Max. I like them both, so whoever wins will be good. I'll keep you updated on what happens.

Talk to you soon, Mrs. B :)

TennisHack
01-10-2003, 07:36 AM
I just finished writing my Australian Open preview, so you guys can take a look -- TennisHack Online (http://tennishack.freeservers.com). Just click "Australian Open Preview" on the front page there :)

And now I must get sleep, but not before I report some very encouraging news from Juanqui. Oh, what the hell, I'll put it here, too. Good luck to him in the Sydney final :bounce::bounce::bounce:!!!!!!

Ferrero, Davenport Through to Sydney Finals
36 minutes ago
By Julian Linden

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Juan Carlos Ferrero recovered from losing the first to beat Rainer Schuettler and reach the men's final at the Sydney International Friday while Lindsay Davenport (news) booked her place in the women's final by beating Tatiana Panova after a long rain delay,

Ferrero blew a 3-1 lead to drop the first set against Schuettler before fighting back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and advance to his 15th career final.

Davenport, who won the Sydney tournament in 1999, beat Panova 6-3, 7-5 after their match was interrupted for more than an hour by a passing thunderstorm, giving the former world number one the chance of winning her first title since 2001.

Davenport raced through the first set and was level at 4-4 in the second when the skies opened up. Panova held her first service game after the re-start to lead 5-4 but the American won the next three on the trot to seal victory.

She will play the winner of the all-Belgian clash between Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne in Saturday's final while Ferrero faces either Wayne Ferreira or Korean qualifier Lee Hyung-taik in the men's championship decider.

Ferrero is the last remaining seed in the men's draw and showed why he was the favorite to win with a polished display.

The Spanish world number four even abandoned his traditional baseline game to approach the net and show off his volleying skills, which he said he's practicing to boost his chances of winning the Australian Open (news - web sites).

"I'm trying to be more aggressive on hard courts, going to the net more to close out the points," Ferrero said.

"I'm trying, I'm working on it, and I think today I did it well."

Davenport hasn't won a title since 2001 after injuries forced her to miss most of last season and said she was thrilled just to make the final at Sydney.

"I've definitely come a long way and it's exciting to see the progress I've made," she said.

Doris Loeffel
01-10-2003, 10:57 AM
Hi Mrs B

Hope you're enjoying your holidays. By the sound of it you do ;)

Well mine are already over. Managed to see one WTA match in Auckland Granville vs Gagliardi with Manu on the winning side :) !!
The men were a week later so no chance for me to check out on them. Michel might have already been in Auckland when I was there but just didn't bump into him :P oh well guess the place is just a little to big.

Well hope you'll do your extra cheering for Roger so he'll get well soon. (You may have heard that his right leg is bothering him - problems with the adduktoren - his muscels aren't long enough...)

enjoy the rest of your stay.

Lily
01-12-2003, 11:49 PM
Hi Mrs. B :)

Just to update you, Paradorn ended up losing to Juanqui in the qts, which is still a pretty good result.

Rogi plays Flavio Saretta of Brasil in the 1st rd of AO. Haven't heard much of his injury lately, but hopefully he'll be okay in time for play. He's in the top half of the draw and they all play on Tues. We'll all be cheering for him here. :)

Take care, Mrs. B! :)

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 01:03 AM
Hey Mrs. B! :wavey:

Guess what? MICHEL was the first man to advance to the second round!! How's that for a smashing start to the Open? :D He defeated Davide Sanguinetti 6-3, 6-0, 6-3. I'm putting more in the Swiss players thread, but I am very impressed and excited for his victory!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 02:13 AM
Kratochvil first through to second-round
Monday, 13 January, 2003
by Ashley Browne

Michel Kratochvil has become the first player through the second-round of the men's draw at Australian Open 2003 after an easy 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 win over Italy's Davide Sanguinetti.

On a sweltering opening day at Melbourne Park, in front of an enormous crowd, the 23-year-old from Switzerland was joined in the second-round by Karol Kucera, who beat Jan Vacek 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. Kucera was a semi-finalist here in 1998, after defeating Pete Sampras in the quarter-finals.

Also through to the second-round is Ecuador's Nicolas Lappenti, who defeated France's Melbourne Park-debutant Jean Benneteau 6-0, 6-4, 6-0.

Among the big names in action during the opening few hours of the men's draw are Thailand's Paradorn Srichapan who received treatment on an injured finger from a trainer on the court midway through the first set, French Open champion Albert Costa, South African veteran Wayne Ferreira and Australian left-hander Scott Draper.

Srichapan was awarded the honour of playing the first match of the Australian Open - the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific - on Rod Laver Arena.

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 03:37 AM
:o7000 (http://www.atpworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=178066#post178066):o

Nina
01-13-2003, 03:04 PM
:wavey: Mrs B

Hope you're still having fun :D just came back from my holiday a few days ago, and I have to say I wouldn't mind going back!

The schedule of play for tomorrow is out and Rogi plays first on Rod Laver Arena. I really hope to get coverage :)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:58 AM
Netcam pictures from Rogi's first round match at the Aussie Open :)

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