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Layla
01-26-2003, 11:47 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Before we all shit on Agassi, perhaps he doesn't mention them because steffi asks him NOT to.

I'm not Agassi fan myself, but I don't think he deserves any flack for that whatsoever, and it's hardly a reflection of what kind of family man he is or isn't.

Anyhow - nobody be offended by the Grand Slam Freeze Club please ;)

LOL, can't speak for others, but I'm not offended, even though I disagree that Rainer froze. Still, it's a funny idea. :D

As for Agassi, I wasn't implying that Agassi is not a good family man, I think he is. I just found that odd, the whole crowd was expecting him to mention her. I really see no reason why Steffi would ask him not to mention her. They kept showing her anyway and even the tournament director mentioned their mixed doubles at RG.

But I thoroughly disagree with you that Andre is a kind man. He pretends to be nice while handing out back-handed insults. In his speech yesterday, he practically called Rainer a journeyman, hardly a term of indearment in tennis circles. But he said it so "nicely" I bet everyone thought he was praising him. That's just his style.

vaiva
01-26-2003, 11:49 AM
Hi xxfrancine :wavey:

I'm sure you enjoyed last year's final alot :o which for me turned into a complete disaster.

Layla
01-26-2003, 11:58 AM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
:wavey:
Well, so much for the Aussie Open this year. I think I liked the one of last year better, even though Juanqui didn't play then.
Hope the French will turn out to much better than last years ;)

Hi Francine! :wavey:

No, this AO wasn't the most interesting of slams, but the French Open was absolutely fantastic, apart from the final. It was the perfect tournament. The matches were brilliant and exciting right from the start and they continued to be so right to the last day. Ok, maybe the semis were a bit dodgy too, but the rest of the tourny was full of memorable matches that will stay with me for a long time (and I don't just mean Juanqui's ;) ). I watched tennis from the morning till the evening every day and it never got boring. :)

Francine
01-26-2003, 12:16 PM
I agree with that Layla, I always love to watch the French Open, because I can watch the matches live, with my brother and sister and occasionally my mother (I'll miss that this year though, cause I moved out, I'll only get to watch with them in the weekends), and that's always more entertaining than watching matches on tape relay, plus our faves usually do good in Paris.

I absolutely loved Juanqui's matches, especially the last 3 that he won against Gaudio, Agassi and Safin. I just hope he can win 7 in a row this year and make me think back of the FO 2003 as a great tournament as oppose to the shitty tournament I think the 2002 eddition was, because that final still hurts and all those other great matches can't make up for that.

Francine
01-26-2003, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
Hi xxfrancine :wavey:

I'm sure you enjoyed last year's final alot :o which for me turned into a complete disaster.

:wavey: , yes, for me that was the greatest GS-final in history, not because of the quality of the match, but because of the one who won :D

Layla
01-26-2003, 01:35 PM
Sorry, I had to take care of something immediately, but I have to go back to work anyway, so see you all later! :wavey:

RogiFan
01-26-2003, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by Layla
LOL, can't speak for others, but I'm not offended, even though I disagree that Rainer froze. Still, it's a funny idea. :D

As for Agassi, I wasn't implying that Agassi is not a good family man, I think he is. I just found that odd, the whole crowd was expecting him to mention her. I really see no reason why Steffi would ask him not to mention her. They kept showing her anyway and even the tournament director mentioned their mixed doubles at RG.

But I thoroughly disagree with you that Andre is a kind man. He pretends to be nice while handing out back-handed insults. In his speech yesterday, he practically called Rainer a journeyman, hardly a term of indearment in tennis circles. But he said it so "nicely" I bet everyone thought he was praising him. That's just his style.

All in all a pretty CRAPPY AO for me...

AA will now pursue the #1 status throughout the year and have the most confidence, not that he needs it, and continue to destroy ruthlessly... he will also be guaranteed a spot in Houston in Nov.

I completely agree w you Layla, what you say about AA not being a kind man. He is v manipulative w everyone, esp the press, whom he has wrapped around his little finger. He can be v nice when he needs to be but sometimes slips and the real AA comes out. He's a fiend.:mad: It's too bad everyone is intimidated by him; he uses history to beat players. He doesn't always play brilliantly either, yet the others never take advantage... Rainer didn't have a game plan and that was mistake #1... AA loves to see his opponents crumble and self-destruct -- he knows he's "GOT" them, then cruises like a missile to victory.

Great start to the year...

RG03 better be better than last year... my Spanish guys did well, Juanqui [even though he threw that win away, he DID go one further and make the finals -- so this year he has to win] and Alex. As for Rogi, the less said the better -- I don't want him losing again... for his sake -- too embarrassing.

Thank God a break from tennis... that tourney just deteriorated into a farce.:rolleyes: [Women's final, and all the doubles finals included]

TennisHack
01-26-2003, 05:16 PM
:wavey:

LEO, WE MISS YOU! :( Please come by more often :(

Where is Diss? We miss you too!

Thanks for the other picture of Llodra/Santoro, Lee :) Sweet revenge, I'm sure. It's the only result I'm happy with. Last year's AO was definitely better than this year's. Like all of you, I serenely hope that this year's RG will be better than last year's. Juan Carlos again is doing everything right to peak for that tournament, and he wants it. And we want it for him. VAMOS!!

TennisHack
01-26-2003, 05:33 PM
Oh, fucking hell! :fiery:

The Milan draw:

(1) J. Novak (CZE)
R. Stepanek (CZE)

(WC) R. Krajicek (NED)
N.Davydenko (RUS)

V. Voltchkov (BLR)
A. Dupuis (FRA)

M. Kratochvil (SUI)
(8) J. Nieminen (FIN)

(WC) A. Gaudenzi (ITA)
(3) Y. El Aynaoui (MAR)

Q
Q

(WC) H. Arazi (MAR)
K. Pless (DEN)

Q
(5) Y. Kafelnikov (RUS)

===================================

(7) N. Escudé (FRA)
D. Hrbaty (SVK)

I. Ljubicic (CRO)
O. Rochus (BEL)

Q
F. Lopez (ESP)

(4) X. Malisse (BEL)
A. Sa (BRA)

(6) F. Santoro (FRA)
D. Sanguinetti (ITA)

K. Carlsen (DEN)
M. Mirnyi (BLR)

M. Verkerk (NED)
A. Voinea (ROM)

(2) S. Schalken (NED)
T. Enqvist (SWE)


I know it had to happen sooner or later, but geez! Why do my two faves have to cancel each other out in the first round? :sad: On the other hand, I'd be deathly curious to see this matchup. I think Jarkko will win, but I'm not completely sure how their games will match up.

Chloe le Bopper
01-26-2003, 05:35 PM
When I first saw the title, I thought: Gosh, here we go again. But I’m glad that at least you didn’t open the thread with his name in the very first column, eventhough I knew sooner or later, he’ll be the honorary mention. I’m not offended so don’t get me wrong. I hope that someday, I grow up to be as objective like you .

Apparently I'm not objective in the least, I'm just cynical :confused:

Makes me wonder how I can say good things about players that I don't particularly care for, and actually defend them... ;)

TennisHack
01-26-2003, 05:42 PM
Ah, yes, the GSFC -- I'm not offended by it :) It's a good idea, and if executed in the vein of the Potato Peelers & Deprication threads, will be an interesting addition to GM.

Leo7
01-26-2003, 07:10 PM
omg where's Misha? did he withdraw or something b/c he's not in the draw!! he had a really good chance of winning in Milan.. :sad: :( Max and Richard will prolly lose early b/c they have shitty draws and i'll have no one to cheer for this week :sad:

Leo7
01-26-2003, 07:20 PM
well, at least i have Lindsay in the Tokyo Tier I. here's the women's draw:

(1)Monica Seles
Bye

Qualifyer
Ai Sugiyama

Nadia Petrova
Qualifyer

Elena Bovina
(7)Anna Pistolesi

(4)Chanda Rubin
Bye

Amanda Coetzer
Katarina Srebotnik

Tatiana Panova
Qualifyer

Meghann Shaughnessy
(8)Elena Dementieva

- - - - - - - - - - -

(6)Silvia Farina
(WC)Mary Pierce

Clarisa Fernandez
Tamarine Tanasugarn

Alexandra Stevenson
Iva Majoli

Bye
(3)Lindsay Davenport

(5)Magdelena Maleeva
(WC)Saori Obata

Paloa Suarez
Lisa Raymond

Anjelique Widjaja
Qualifyer

Bye
(2)Jelena Dokic
~~~~~

I definitely think Lindsay is in the easier half. Elena Bovina, Monica Seles, Chanda Rubin are the biggest threats to her in Tokyo, imo, and fortunately they're all on the other side of the draw. i would LOVE to see a Mary vs. Lindsay Quarterfinal but honestly Pierce is in horrible shape and i don't see her doing having a great week. i don't give Jelena Dokic much of a chance in Tokyo either b/c this is her first tourney of the year and she will be rusty; she'll lose in the Quarterfinals. and hopefully Nadia Petrova can do well in Tokyo b/c she is so talented and finally is healthy again. :)

Leo7
01-26-2003, 07:29 PM
hey, finally some good news. Lina Kraz crushed Daja Bedanova 6-1, 6-3 in qualies so she's in the main draw now. :) i'll try to find the updated draw to see where she is - hopefully in the bottom half.

vaiva
01-26-2003, 07:39 PM
Leo :wavey:

How were your exams?

Misha said that he is going to concentrate for the Davis Cup and he will not be playing any tournaments before the first rubber.

vaiva
01-26-2003, 07:41 PM
Lina is still one match away from the main draw. She has to beat Sarah Taylor (USA) to qualify. They play on Monday. I hope she wins :)

vaiva
01-26-2003, 07:43 PM
For Leo:

Youzhny to lead Russia against Czechs

MOSCOW: Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny will lead Russia as they open their defence of their title in a first round World Group tie against the Czech Republic next month.
“We’re counting on him now to be one of our leaders not only for this tie but for many years to come,” Russia’s Davis Cup coach Sergei Leonyuk told Reuters on Thursday.
Youzhny, 20, won the decisive singles match as Russia grabbed their first Davis Cup title with a dramatic 3-2 victory over holders France in December. Playing as a substitute for Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Youzhny came from two sets down to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 in Paris. Leonyuk said they had also called up world number three Marat Safin for the away tie in Ostrava on February 7 to 9, but the 2000 US Open champion is not certain to play because of injury.
Last week, Safin withdrew from his third round tie at the Australian Open against German Rainer Schuettler after injuring his left wrist in the previous match. Former world number one Kafelnikov and Davis Cup newcomer Nikolay Davydenko, who earlier this month won his first ATP title in Adelaide, round out the Russian team. Russia may find themselves in serious trouble against the up-and-coming Czechs with Kafelnikov failing to regain his form following last month’s surgery to remove a varicose vein in his left leg and the injury to Safin. “He (Safin) won’t be able to play at least for another week and I would rate his chances to play against the Czechs as 50/50 at best at the moment,” Leonyuk said. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens then.”

—Reuters

Leo7
01-26-2003, 07:47 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
Lina is still one match away from the main draw. She has to beat Sarah Taylor (USA) to qualify. They play on Monday. I hope she wins :)

ah, okay. well good luck to Lina Kraz against Sarah Taylor!! i want to see her in the main draw. :bounce:

Leo7
01-26-2003, 07:50 PM
thanks for the article, vaiva. i guess Misha isn't playing in Milan so he can save his energy for Davis Cup. Russia really needs him in this tie.

Leo7
01-26-2003, 07:52 PM
i'm going out to see Catch Me If You Can in the movies. it looks great. :)

goodbye vaiva. :wavey:

vaiva
01-26-2003, 07:57 PM
Bye Leo :wavey:

Enjoy your movie ;)

ILR
01-26-2003, 08:26 PM
:wavey:

talking about me whilst I was gone?;) thanks again for your congratulations!:o I knew Leo would be back,hes being a good boy :p unlike me,hes working hard,Im guessing anyway!

TennisHack
01-26-2003, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by vaiva

Youzhny to lead Russia against Czechs

MOSCOW: Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny will lead Russia as they open their defence of their title in a first round World Group tie against the Czech Republic next month.
“We’re counting on him now to be one of our leaders not only for this tie but for many years to come,” Russia’s Davis Cup coach Sergei Leonyuk told Reuters on Thursday.
Youzhny, 20, won the decisive singles match as Russia grabbed their first Davis Cup title with a dramatic 3-2 victory over holders France in December. Playing as a substitute for Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Youzhny came from two sets down to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 in Paris. Leonyuk said they had also called up world number three Marat Safin for the away tie in Ostrava on February 7 to 9, but the 2000 US Open champion is not certain to play because of injury.
Last week, Safin withdrew from his third round tie at the Australian Open against German Rainer Schuettler after injuring his left wrist in the previous match. Former world number one Kafelnikov and Davis Cup newcomer Nikolay Davydenko, who earlier this month won his first ATP title in Adelaide, round out the Russian team. Russia may find themselves in serious trouble against the up-and-coming Czechs with Kafelnikov failing to regain his form following last month’s surgery to remove a varicose vein in his left leg and the injury to Safin. “He (Safin) won’t be able to play at least for another week and I would rate his chances to play against the Czechs as 50/50 at best at the moment,” Leonyuk said. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens then.”

—Reuters

Hmm, very interesting. The possibility of Youzhny & Davydenko leading the team, with an injured Safin and a depleted Kafelnikov? Not exactly what I want to hear when they're going against Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek for the first round of their defense.

I hope Marat can play in the tie :) It will greatly improve their chances :) Very nice to see Davydenko getting a nod, though -- finally.

ILR
01-26-2003, 08:45 PM
:wavey: Hackie

speaking of exams my mum is putting me on a strict revision timetable!:rolleyes::p But itll be worth it in the end or so Im told!;) So Im off in 15 minutes to my room where there are no distractions except my CD player of course!

vaiva
01-26-2003, 09:45 PM
Actually, things do not look very good for the Russian Davis Cup team and their defence. Rumours are that:

According to another board, the Russian commentator (Metreveli) confirmed that Marat will not be playing against the Czechs (S. Tarpischev said so) . I haven't seen any official confirmation in the Russian press so far but as soon as something pops up, I'll post it here.

Davis Cup thread on this board (http://www.atpworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3794)

Vera
01-26-2003, 10:42 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Apparently I'm not objective in the least, I'm just cynical :confused:

Makes me wonder how I can say good things about players that I don't particularly care for, and actually defend them... ;)

Becca, it’s not my intention to imply that you don’t care about Juan Carlos, if that’s what you mean. Sorry that I’ve offended you. Come these days, I’m increasingly irrational and bitter so my post reflects that exactly. Didn’t get my points across too well neither. I’m getting tick off by just about anything these days so maybe I ought to take a hike to clear my head.

You are seeing and saying thing as it is. I am not capable of not biased by my own feeling. Let’s not kid myself that he doesn’t deserve all the criticisms he gets these days. We’re guilty of our own actions and selective memory is not going to change the reality. I have a double standard, no doubt about it. I can’t stop shitting on Roddick and he could be the #6 in the world for all I care. And the same standard didn’t apply to Juanqui for the most obviously reason that I’m not capable of being objective when talking about him. That’s what I’m trying to say.

Anyway, please don’t mind me. :kiss:

Chloe le Bopper
01-26-2003, 10:59 PM
Vera - I was kidding around about something that somebody else told me :kiss:

I'm not objective, I'm" cynical" - LOL

It had nothing to do with what you said - sorry for the confusion :o

Chloe le Bopper
01-26-2003, 11:03 PM
I might add, just in relation to "objectivity" though unrelated to your post -

I'm SO sick of having tennis conversations on thist board.

Not in this forum, but in GM, where so many people can not see past what they do and do not like in order to form a rational opinion.

Not only is it impossible to have conversation with those people, it is frusterating because they refuse to see what they are doing :rolleyes:

For example - lets say I like Hrbaty, and decide to throw out something like "Hrbaty is 10 times the player Hewitt will ever be. Hewitt is just lucky".

Or something like "Roddick will be lucky to end the year in top 20, let alone top 10".

Things that really have no logical basis either than personal bias.

Do these people not realize what they are doing?

*bangs head off table in frusteration*

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 12:16 AM
Originally posted by vaiva
Actually, things do not look very good for the Russian Davis Cup team and their defence. Rumours are that:

According to another board, the Russian commentator (Metreveli) confirmed that Marat will not be playing against the Czechs (S. Tarpischev said so) . I haven't seen any official confirmation in the Russian press so far but as soon as something pops up, I'll post it here.

Davis Cup thread on this board (http://www.atpworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3794)

Damn :sad: Would be very bad if the defending champions went out in the first round, but if they don't have their strongest players . . .

I'll still be cheering for them, though :) Maybe Youzhny & Davydenko can make some miracles.

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 12:20 AM
Becca --

I totally agree with you, it's very frustrating to be arguing with people who show the skills of debate most 5 year olds can have. GM has been flooded with crap, so I read it and laugh at it but don't contribute to it. I had my fun and am back to igorning it.

It's the only way to keep my sanity :eek:

But all hail you for trying to turn the tide http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/notworthy.gif

Lee
01-27-2003, 12:29 AM
Hi TH, Layla & Becca! :wavey:

Just drop by and check the posts!

RogiFan
01-27-2003, 12:32 AM
:D Hi everyone!

Still feeling lousy from the AO final results...

Did you know during the SUperbowl there are supposed to be ads for TMC Houston??? Anyone seen them? I don't watch football, esp. American.

;)

Layla
01-27-2003, 12:55 AM
Hi everyone! :wavey:

I'm in a lousy mood so I won't stay (besides it's late). My work didn't go as planned and to top it all off I had to read that stupid article about the final in GM and now I'm pissed off. But it's ok. I guess I have to come to terms with GM as it is. I can't go in there without becoming utterly sarcastic and I really don't want to be that way. My hopes for any sort of sign of intelligent discussion about tennis seem to be unfounded. So be it. I'll try to stay away and just come here.

I wish you all a much better day than I had!

Goodnight and sweet dreams! :wavey:

Ok, to end my post on a more positive note, I hope to see Santoro or Olivier Rochus in Milan on tv. :) Pretty please, the powers that be, make it happen. ;)

Lee
01-27-2003, 01:04 AM
Sweet dreams Layla! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 01:05 AM
For reading entertainment, here's what I'm about to sink my teeth into:

Spy Stories (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/27spystories.htm)

It's a special feature of this week's edition of US News & World Report, my favorite news weekly. They do really interesting reports sometimes -- once they covered infamous hoaxes, for instance. Unfortunately that article is no longer online :( but can be purchased -- or more easily, read at the library ;) I'll try to dig up the issue date (it was sometime last year).

EDIT -- Issue August 26th/September 2, 2002

Lee
01-27-2003, 01:06 AM
Hi RF! :wavey:

Originally posted by RogiFan
Did you know during the SUperbowl there are supposed to be ads for TMC Houston??? Anyone seen them? I don't watch football, esp. American.

;)

Since I am surfing the net, I lost the right to TV and somehow the guys in my house are not football fans :D :D

vaiva
01-27-2003, 01:15 AM
Hi all :wavey:

I came here to check some posts before I go to sleep and I'm joining you on the hopelesness trend regarding the GM. I finally give up because now I don't think it is funny anymore when somebody posts a thread professing to give the analysis of players which is based on murky criteria or wrong numbers and then goes stingy when some silly mistakes are pointed out.

Really, there's no limit to human stupidity and I refuse to be any part of it. At least in the form it thrives in our once light-hearted and funny GM :mad:

I have to think of something positive before I leave. So here it goes: maybe it is good to have this chaos in GM because it allows me to appreciate this thread and people here more deeply. :) :kiss: :)

On this positive thought I leave you. Have good day or morning with your tea or coffee. :wavey:

Lee
01-27-2003, 01:18 AM
Hi & bye vaiva! :wavey:

I do have some hope in GM. There are people as we said are brick head and clueless, but I do find there are also people who are reasonable and objective. Just try to ignore some and focus on others.

Lee
01-27-2003, 01:19 AM
Dinner time! Ciao! :wavey:

BTW, just make some banana muffins and they are great! Everyone have one here! :D :D

Leo7
01-27-2003, 01:43 AM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey:

talking about me whilst I was gone?;) thanks again for your congratulations!:o I knew Leo would be back,hes being a good boy :p unlike me,hes working hard,Im guessing anyway!

lol, yes it was a very tough having to study for midterms and preparing for the 2nd semester. but i guess i won't be so busy anymore so i can spend some more time here. :)

Leo7
01-27-2003, 01:50 AM
Originally posted by vaiva
Leo :wavey:

How were your exams?

Misha said that he is going to concentrate for the Davis Cup and he will not be playing any tournaments before the first rubber.

oops, i missed this post before. anyway, my exams were okay. chemistry was easier than expected but kind of lengthy. math was also tough - i prolly should have studied more for it :p. but otherwise the week was a breeze. :D

Leo7
01-27-2003, 01:54 AM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey: Hackie

speaking of exams my mum is putting me on a strict revision timetable!:rolleyes::p But itll be worth it in the end or so Im told!;) So Im off in 15 minutes to my room where there are no distractions except my CD player of course!

oh, my mom can be strict like that also. what a drag. :(

Leo7
01-27-2003, 02:01 AM
ohm god i've become addicted to my Coldplay cd. at first i didn't like it so much but now i find myself listening to it every time i go on the comp. and the songs are stuck in my head every second of the day. :o :D

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 02:22 AM
:wavey: Leo

LOL, I've gotten that way with my U2 CD. I could probably recall all of them by heart if I tried. I always seem to get stuck on a CD for weeks at a time before moving on.

I'm glad you like the Coldplay CD :) I haven't heard it but if its anything near the beauty and strength of Parachutes, it's a keeper ;)

Just finished reading the Spy Stories that I linked above. Really amazing stuff!! Iam Fleming (creator of James Bond) and Graham Greene were both spies :eek: in some form or fashion!!

Leo7
01-27-2003, 03:13 AM
hey Hackie, can i ask a favor of you? can you cut this pic down to 100 X 100 on your comp so i can use it as an avatar (preferrably cut down to their faces)? :

http://utenti.lycos.it/magiclindsay/pictures/Tokyo2001_9.JPG

i hope that's not asking too much of you. ;)

Leo7
01-27-2003, 03:14 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey: Leo

LOL, I've gotten that way with my U2 CD. I could probably recall all of them by heart if I tried. I always seem to get stuck on a CD for weeks at a time before moving on.

I'm glad you like the Coldplay CD :) I haven't heard it but if its anything near the beauty and strength of Parachutes, it's a keeper ;)

Just finished reading the Spy Stories that I linked above. Really amazing stuff!! Iam Fleming (creator of James Bond) and Graham Greene were both spies :eek: in some form or fashion!!

so U2 has a new cd? i haven't heard of it. i like their 80's stuff more actually, but they still have some good songs today.

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
i hope that's not asking too much of you. ;)

Not at all! How's this?

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 03:29 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
so U2 has a new cd? i haven't heard of it. i like their 80's stuff more actually, but they still have some good songs today.

No, it's not new -- in fact, it's the greatest hits from 1980-1990. Wonderful songs :drool: I especially seem to have latched onto "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "The Sweetest Thing". What are your favorite songs of theirs?

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 03:30 AM
BTW -- who is that with Lindsay? :o I feel stupid for having to ask, but I don't recognize her :o

Leo7
01-27-2003, 03:43 AM
oh that's cancer survivor Corina Morariu. she's Linzi's ex-doubles partner and one of her best friends on tour. they won Wimbledon together in 1999. that pic is from AO 2001, when they lost in the dubs finals to Venus and Serena.

btw, thanks sooooooooo much for the avatar. i'm gonna put that up now. :)

Leo7
01-27-2003, 03:45 AM
my fave U2 song is Don't Forget About Me. i'm not exactly sure if that's what the song is called, but i'm sure you know which one that is. it's the one from the Breakfast Club. :)

anyway, i'm off to bed. goodnight. :wavey:

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 03:50 AM
You're quite welcome for the avatar ;)

:eek: THAT'S Corina?!?! She looks very different now!! Wow. I hope she can pick up her career again :)

Goodnight, Leo :wavey:

Lee
01-27-2003, 05:10 AM
Find this champion pic of Navratilova, can't help to put it up! Congrat again Martina!

Lee
01-27-2003, 05:15 AM
TH! Mario's flag and new pic of Jarkko, guess Michel really has to work harder these days! :D :D

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 05:26 AM
:wavey: everyone!.... I've just spent ages standing like a fool at the bus stop wondering why the bus to uni wasn't coming, when it struck me that today is a public holiday.. :o

Chloe le Bopper
01-27-2003, 08:24 AM
My favourite U2 songs are All I Want is You, and Bad :hearts:

vaiva
01-27-2003, 09:40 AM
Lee, Martina seems to have a lot of fun as well:

http://boxmail.biz/constructor/img/8476.jpg

Chloe le Bopper
01-27-2003, 09:48 AM
:wavey: vaiva

I just noticed "hideout of bitter haters" :D

Is that here? ;)

vaiva
01-27-2003, 10:08 AM
Becca :wavey:

I think some would agree. The spies. You know.

But the truth is out there :D

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:03 AM
Morning everyone! :wavey:

Sadly work just keeps on coming so I shouldn't really be here, just wanted to say hi.

Yes Becca, that would be here. :p Now if you will, let's form a circle, hold hands and hate bitterly. ;) The object of hate is irrelevant.

Allan, hope you weren't late for anything. :o Most of the time I don't know what day in the week is, so I can sort of relate to that. I have no concept of Sundays and holidays.

My favorite U2 songs are One, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Running to Stand Still. And I was obssessed with Stuck in a Moment for a while when it came out.

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:10 AM
:wavey: Layla! :)

I don't think I missed anything... given it is a public holiday my wishful thinking is that the person I would have gone to see wouldn't have been there today as well.

Oh yeah... remember the 'hostile cynic' test and how I fared? I did a 'Which Harry Potter character are you?' test and it gave me Voldemort, and put me in Slytherin with a snake for a pet to boot! :p I'm such a nasty person! ;) :p

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:22 AM
Ouch, hello Voldemort! :wavey: Welcome to our forum. :D Should we rename it as Slytherin? ;) That's how some people see us. ;)

That sounds like fun. Can you post a link to that test please? I wanna take it too. :)

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:26 AM
LOL, ok, I'll find the link..... brb :)

LMAO @ the Ferrero forum = Slytherins :D

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:30 AM
Here is the link: http://www.jamiefrost.co.uk/whoareyou/

And this was the blurb it gave me:

Lord Voldemort
As Lord Voldemort, you are extremely intelligent, talented and brilliant. One minor drawback though... you are the personification of all evil. :o Although you have a clear understanding of moral issues, you prefer to take the more murderous or destructive option. Your strong powers of leadership attracts people, but for all the wrong reasons. Your favourite past-time of blowing up people does not go down well with the neighbours.

Slytherin
Being in the Slytherin house, you are are cunning, devious, and will use any means to obtain your goals. You believe violence is an answer to many situations.

Snake
Snakes are ideal pets for talented, fairly intelligent, but also for those who have a strong disregard for rules and use manipulation as their exploitation.

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:35 AM
:eek::eek::eek: Should I begin to fear you now? ;) You never told me your favorite past-time was blowing up people. :o So what role do we play in your evil scheme to take over the world? Can we rule with you? :angel:

LOL, I'll take the test now.

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:39 AM
There was never a question in the test about blowing up people... I think it's exaggeration on the part of the blurb :p...besides, the Avada Kedavra curse doesn't kill people messily by blowing them up...it just kills them. ;) :p

LMAO, sure, if your results match mine, we can be the Death-Eaters of ATPworld. :p :p :p Three other people in the camel thread have done it, and none of us were given ANYTHING in common.

Layla
01-27-2003, 12:05 PM
Surprise, surprise (not really :p ). I'm HERMIONE GRANGER.

My profile: As Hermione, you are intelligent, honest, and caring about others. Although you may not particularly stand out, you have a clear sense of morals and can formulate strong opinions on certain moral issues. Although your education may be particular important to you, you are still friendly to others, and your loyalty and commitment endears people towards you.

That actually describes me perfectly. :o Well, at least a big part of me. My other personalities are rather different. ;)

Ravenclaw
Being in the Ravenclaw house, you are likely to be loyal, intelligent and have a good understanding of ethical and political issues. Your studious nature partially takes priority over your adventurism.

Cat
Cats make an ideal pet for the academic and friendly, but also to those who prefer to stay within boundaries rather than be adventurous.

My other hits:
Hermione 117
Flitwick 115
Percy 111
Muggle PM 108 :o
Cho Chang 106
McGonagall 105 :)
Dumbledore 99
Ginny 99

Hmmm, I don't even remember who Flitwick is. :o Damn it, I wanted to be Snape! :mad:

So much for Death-eaters of the ATPworld! :rolleyes: :sad:

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 12:10 PM
Wow! How many times did you end up doing the test? :eek:

Layla
01-27-2003, 12:14 PM
No, no, I only took the test once. That's the list of points I scored with different characters. Hermione is my top one, but only by 2 points. What are your other hits?

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 12:17 PM
Oh!!! I didn't pay attention to that list :o... I thought it was the number of people who had 'scored' those characters :o.....let me pull it back up...

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 12:22 PM
Voldemort 113
Karkaroff 101
Snape 97
Draco 94
Krum 91
Ludo 85
Harry 84
Cedric 83
Vernon 80
Weasley Twins 78



ROFLMFAO!! Look at my top 4! :eek:

Oh yeah, Flitwick is the tiny Charms Professor.

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 12:24 PM
At the moment I'm reading some LOTR fan fiction...there is an ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS set of "Very Secret Diaries of..."

http://www.councilofelrond.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Fanfiction&file=index&options=DisplayStories&pagenumber=2&categoryid=23&totalpages=2

Start with the very last one (Aragorn) and work up.

Layla
01-27-2003, 12:27 PM
:eek: Wow! Hey, you got Snape! I'm jealous. :o

This was fun! Thanks for the link! :D

Now I have to concentrate on my work, so I'll take my leave. See ya later! :wavey:

Layla
01-27-2003, 12:29 PM
Hey thanks! You sure now how to find great links. :) I'll save that one for later.

Layla
01-27-2003, 12:31 PM
Wait, is there a personality test for LOTR characters somewhere?

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 12:33 PM
:wavey: Layla! I don't think I've encountered a LOTR personality test yet...

:wavey: :)

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by Lee
TH! Mario's flag and new pic of Jarkko, guess Michel really has to work harder these days! :D :D

LOL!!! Well, I was out searching for new Jarkko pictures and found this and another one -- and looked at the new media guide, he has a great new picture in there as well :) -- and couldn't resist changing my avatar :hearts:

As for the flag, well . . . it's a test run, if you will ;) Micha as fallen no lower in my esteem, I assure you :kiss:

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 02:45 PM
:o:o:o I don't know anything about Harry Potter *or* LOTR, so the last page of posts has made little sense to me :o:o:o But I'll be sure to share those links with my friends, they love that stuff ;)

So, as I wrote in Mrs. B's thread this morning, how cold is too cold? Last week I was complaining when it was 1F with a wind chill of -13F, and I wondered why they were still holding classes (BTW, the local elementary and high schools had the day off :mad: ). Today it is -12F (it IS, it doesn't just feel like it), which is somewhere around -23C I believe; the weather page is down so I can't be sure. At any rate, yesterday we had very light snowfall all day which resulted in about 4 inches of new snow, added to the 2 inches of snow that's been here for about two weeks. The sidewalks have not been cleared :rolleyes: but they are asking us to tramp on anyway.

My roommate turned on our heat. It's beyond Calcutta in July -- now, five minutes is enough to melt chocolate :eek::eek::eek: So I've been moving to and from the fridge all weekend, trying to salvage my food. This roommate is very sensitive to the cold, methinks, because she could burn me out of the room easily. We can't control our heat, only turn it on and off.

So if that doesn't make for an interesting Monday, I don't know what will. But I'm going to be pissed if the local schools get another day off and we don't :mad:;)

vaiva
01-27-2003, 04:24 PM
OMG, I cannot believe what is going with the GM.

Just read the post by y_s "Lets admit it: Agassi was lucky.
In a sense that 4 potentially dangerous opponents in his half ( Safin, Roddick, Hewitt, Aynaoui ) either got injured or beat each other or tired each other down.. "

Is it so difficult to remember who was on which half of the draw? Really, first I thought I should give up on GM but, on the other hand, considering the speed at which GM are degrading, pretty soon this thread will really turn out to be the hideout.

I need some positive thinking :o

vaiva
01-27-2003, 04:26 PM
TH, your boys Michel and Jarkko just started to play :) Last time I checked the score was 1-2 in the first set, though no indication if that was on serve or with a break ;)

Layla
01-27-2003, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
OMG, I cannot believe what is going with the GM.

Just read the post by y_s "Lets admit it: Agassi was lucky.
In a sense that 4 potentially dangerous opponents in his half ( Safin, Roddick, Hewitt, Aynaoui ) either got injured or beat each other or tired each other down.. "

Is it so difficult to remember who was on which half of the draw? Really, first I thought I should give up on GM but, on the other hand, considering the speed at which GM are degrading, pretty soon this thread will really turn out to be the hideout.

I need some positive thinking :o

You took the words out of my mouth Vaiva. I just responded to that thread, only my response was considerbly more angry, and that's not healthy for me. Am I the only one who's sick and tired of these what would've happened if this or that didn't happen? Is that an intelligent way to discuss tennis? It's not even an intelligent way to discuss life. If only things were different... :rolleyes:

GM is a seriously bad place and I'm getting increasingly more irritable. I should be light-hearted and not let things get to me, but I can't.

If it weren't for our forum, I would quit the board, because there's nothing left to say, nothing of any merit anyway, all I can do is argue and I'm sick of arguing.

Layla
01-27-2003, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
TH, your boys Michel and Jarkko just started to play :) Last time I checked the score was 1-2 in the first set, though no indication if that was on serve or with a break ;)

Go Michel! :bounce: Since TH is probably cheering for Jarkko, I'll take over cheering for Michel today! ;)

vaiva
01-27-2003, 05:04 PM
Layla :wavey:

I read your reply. Very well constructed.

Seriously, I find it so strange that people start their discussion on incorrect facts. Next, I also see no point in talking about "what ifs" in tennis and matches who look easy on paper as if there were no surprising results in any tournaments and all favourites always won every match they entered. And to finish with, why not posting a thread "Let's admit it: Rainer was unlucky"?

vaiva
01-27-2003, 05:06 PM
For the record, match in progress:

M. Kratochvil - (8) J. Nieminen 4-6 - 0-0

So keep cheering Layla ;)

I have to turn all my attention to my crocodile now :) bbl

Layla
01-27-2003, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
For the record, match in progress:

M. Kratochvil - (8) J. Nieminen 4-6 - 0-0

So keep cheering Layla ;)


:( Come on Michel! You can win the next one!


I have to turn all my attention to my crocodile now :) bbl

Lucky you! :) Or should I say, lucky crocodile. ;) Have fun! See you later! :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
01-27-2003, 05:33 PM
Even I'm sick of arguing - and this is coming from me, the loud mouthed one :o

I don't mind debating, and I don't even mind realizing in the end that I'm mistaken - but I DO mind debating with people who are totally one sided and are only debating as a means to elevate themselves above others, or to endorse whoever their fave is - no matter how little sense they make :p

It's SO tiresome.

Perhaps *I* and the irrational one, but eh - I don't think so ;)

Anyhow -


*joins the circle of hatred and hums*

Sometimes I hate so much that I even forget who I'm hating ;)

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 06:26 PM
:wavey: A class was canceled, hence my presence.

Vaiva, I'm not cheering for one or the other, just wishing I could see the match. Did anyone get to see it? What was the final score? How do their games match up?

Layla, you have a PM.

Gotta go!! Be back in a few hours, and with more coherency ;)

:wavey:

vaiva
01-27-2003, 06:46 PM
No, I have not seen the match. Eurosport starts coverage only on Wednesday, I believe.

Layla, my crocodile is not so lucky. I just managed to feed him and now I'm working again (I have to make this heap of papers to disappear somehow). And posting occassionally as well :o

vaiva
01-27-2003, 07:01 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca Even I'm sick of arguing - and this is coming from me, the loud mouthed one :o

LOL, Becca

I don't mind debating, and I don't even mind realizing in the end that I'm mistaken - but I DO mind debating with people who are totally one sided and are only debating as a means to elevate themselves above others, or to endorse whoever their fave is - no matter how little sense they make :p

It's SO tiresome.

Not to mention posts or polls about nothing which seem to be used by many to increase the posts count or get any attention (aka what's Lleyton keeping in his pants). I usually try to stay away from tennis discussions or predictions because I still feel that most things I can say would be quotes of various bits and pieces I've heard from commentators or read on the net. Seriously, I started following tennis more closely just recently, therefore still have huge gaps in my knowledge and competence :o . However, as I said, I get angry when people are unable to give correct facts in their initial post - it loses any sense for me as I have to question the validity of conclusions drawn upon false source materials. :mad:

*joins the circle of hatred and hums*

Sometimes I hate so much that I even forget who I'm hating ;)

Feel and share your pain, daughter! You are a true child of hatred, R... B..., erm, what's your name, again... ?

Layla
01-27-2003, 07:07 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey: A class was canceled, hence my presence.

Vaiva, I'm not cheering for one or the other, just wishing I could see the match. Did anyone get to see it? What was the final score? How do their games match up?

Layla, you have a PM.

Gotta go!! Be back in a few hours, and with more coherency ;)

:wavey:

Thanks, I got it. :)

No, I didn't get to see the match. The coverage only starts with the second round, on Wednesday. The final score was:

8)J Nieminen (FIN) d M Kratochvil (SUI) 64 36 61

See you later! :wavey:

Layla
01-27-2003, 07:11 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
LOL, Becca
Not to mention posts or polls about nothing which seem to be used by many to increase the posts count or get any attention (aka what's Lleyton keeping in his pants). I usually try to stay away from tennis discussions or predictions because I still feel that most things I can say would be quotes of various bits and pieces I've heard from commentators or read on the net. Seriously, I started following tennis more closely just recently, therefore still have huge gaps in my knowledge and competence :o . However, as I said, I get angry when people are unable to give correct facts in their initial post - it loses any sense for me as I have to question the validity of conclusions drawn upon false source materials. :mad:


Same with me. But I suppose we both follow it religiously now and I still enjoy a well thought out debate that doesn't spread false information, even though I'm not all that competent.

ILR
01-27-2003, 07:33 PM
:wavey:

Ill be with you guys in a minute!

vaiva
01-27-2003, 07:35 PM
Oh, now I'm a diehard fan :) But if somebody told me, say 2 years ago, that I would be staying up till 5 am to see a tennis match or (even worse) I would follow the scoreboard for 3.5 hrs and would be getting mad every time it froze... My natural answer would have been "Never in my life!"

This reminds me of an old Russian film (don't remember the title, though) in which the main hero said in reply of his gf's emotional outburst of "I'll never forget you, I'll always love you" the following wise words: "The older I am, the more rarely I use the words "never" and "always".

vaiva
01-27-2003, 07:37 PM
ILR :wavey:

ILR
01-27-2003, 07:45 PM
:wavey: Hi Vaiva

I guess I didnt miss many posts?How are you?Im in quite a bad mood with a girl from school :mad:

Layla
01-27-2003, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
Oh, now I'm a diehard fan :) But if somebody told me, say 2 years ago, that I would be staying up till 5 am to see a tennis match or (even worse) I would follow the scoreboard for 3.5 hrs and would be getting mad every time it froze... My natural answer would have been "Never in my life!"

This reminds me of an old Russian film (don't remember the title, though) in which the main hero said in reply of his gf's emotional outburst of "I'll never forget you, I'll always love you" the following wise words: "The older I am, the more rarely I use the words "never" and "always".

LOL, that's a fantastic quote! So true. :)

Yep, I had no idea I'd become this crazy about tennis either. Now I find myself using tennis or sports terms when I talk about other subjects as well, and they found their way into my horoscopes too. :o

Layla
01-27-2003, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey: Hi Vaiva

I guess I didnt miss many posts?How are you?Im in quite a bad mood with a girl from school :mad:

Hi Emma! :wavey:

What happened? :( Is it the same girl who threatened you the other time?

ILR
01-27-2003, 07:53 PM
:wavey: Layla

yep same girl but this time she was being awful to my friend :fiery: you see she has a scar on her face which was a birthmark and when she was younger it was really big but now its just a small line on her face and this bitch(sorry) was being horrible saying nasty things about her face and I just wanted to hit her because I know what shes like :mad:

vaiva
01-27-2003, 08:18 PM
IRL, these things are horrible but you cannot avoid them. There are too many foolish people around and you should not be upset by what they say or do. Insulting other people who have any constitutional vice is the easiest way to attract attention (even if negative).

Try to forget that girl and do not show her how upset you are. If she gets no reaction from you or your friend, she will try to find another object of tortures.

How patronising do I sound here :o

Layla
01-27-2003, 08:20 PM
Stupid girl! :mad: There's nothing you can do against people like that, but of course you wanted to defend your friend. Still, I'm glad you didn't hit her. That would've only made it worse. I hope your friend didn't take it too badly. :(

ILR
01-27-2003, 08:22 PM
exactly thats all she does it for centre of attention and I know how hard it is to try and ignore her because shes done things to me.The only thing is she will try another approach and she does hurt people so it is hard to ignore her.Im trying not to be annoyed and telling my friend that but because she is being taunted about her scar makes her even more paranoid about it and it really isnt nice :(:mad:

ILR
01-27-2003, 08:24 PM
I wouldnt hit her,Im too wussy when it comes to stuff like that!:o My friend was upset because she knows how to get to people.

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by Layla
You took the words out of my mouth Vaiva. I just responded to that thread, only my response was considerbly more angry, and that's not healthy for me.

Okay, I just finished reading that thread and your post didn't seem angry so much as well constructed and thought out, and a great rebuttal. Plus it looked like you & Sjengster ended up having a nice little chat so it wasn't all for naught :o

TC made very good points and I felt there was nothing to add to that.

Layla
01-27-2003, 08:51 PM
Every school has its bullies. :( Try to avoid her as much as you can, and just concentrate on making your friend feel better. :)

Sorry I'm not really here anymore, but I've been far too distracted today and I need to write at least 6 more horoscopes before I go to bed, which might be at 2 a.m. again, at the rate I'm going.

ILR
01-27-2003, 08:54 PM
I'll try ;) and I have work to do also I have to arrange my revision timetable,to see when I can chat to you guys!;) good luck with the work Layla :) hope you get it done soon :)

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 08:55 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Thanks, I got it. :)

No, I didn't get to see the match. The coverage only starts with the second round, on Wednesday. The final score was:

8)J Nieminen (FIN) d M Kratochvil (SUI) 64 36 61

See you later! :wavey:

*sigh* Micha :sad:

Here are my current player rankings:

Juan Carlos Ferrero #3 :D
James Blake #24
Jarkko Nieminen #37
Mario Ancic #69
Michel Kratochvil #80
Richard Gasquet #152

Kim Clijsters #3 :bounce::bounce:
Daniela Hantuchova #5 :bounce::bounce:

Michel is just getting left in the dust :( Maybe he does need my Croatian-flavored ;) counseling after all . . .

ILR
01-27-2003, 09:00 PM
well anyway I have to go now,thanks for advice guys,will have to pass it on!:) see ya soon :wavey:

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:00 PM
Some pictures for Leo :)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030127/capt.1043675470japan_pan_pacific_open_tok114.jpg
American tennis star Lindsay Davenport, right, givs her autograph to young Japanese fan Chizuru Yamazaki, 12, left, as Wakaba Shiokawa, 10, center, waits for her turn during a reception held on the eve of the Toray Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 27, 2003.


http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030127/capt.1043675650japan_pan_pacific_open_tok113.jpg
Participants pose photographers during a news conference held on the eve of the Toray Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 27, 2003. From left to right; Ai Sugiyama of Japan, Lindsay Davenport of the United States, Monica Seles of the United States, Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia and Chanda Rubin of the United States.

Layla
01-27-2003, 09:02 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Okay, I just finished reading that thread and your post didn't seem angry so much as well constructed and thought out, and a great rebuttal. Plus it looked like you & Sjengster ended up having a nice little chat so it wasn't all for naught :o

TC made very good points and I felt there was nothing to add to that.

Thanks. :o I was angry because I've had enough of Rainer bashing, but it did turn out to be a great thread. Yes, I enjoyed that chat with Sjengster. :) And you're right, TC's post said it all. For once, I agreed with everything she said

I actually ended up having a good time in GM, so maybe there's hope yet. ;) Or maybe I'm just doing my damndest to avoid working. :o

ILR
01-27-2003, 09:05 PM
lol change of plan :o 9:30 Im deciding on,I make the timetable!;)

Layla
01-27-2003, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
*sigh* Micha :sad:

Here are my current player rankings:

Juan Carlos Ferrero #3 :D
James Blake #24
Jarkko Nieminen #37
Mario Ancic #69
Michel Kratochvil #80
Richard Gasquet #152

Kim Clijsters #3 :bounce::bounce:
Daniela Hantuchova #5 :bounce::bounce:

Michel is just getting left in the dust :( Maybe he does need my Croatian-flavored ;) counseling after all . . .

Michel is 80?!? :eek: :sad:

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Thanks. :o I was angry because I've had enough of Rainer bashing, but it did turn out to be a great thread. Yes, I enjoyed that chat with Sjengster. :) And you're right, TC's post said it all. For once, I agreed with everything she said

I actually ended up having a good time in GM, so maybe there's hope yet. ;) Or maybe I'm just doing my damndest to avoid working. :o

Hmm, I don't usually agree with TC either but when she's right, she's right.

Heh, I know a bit about avoiding work :o Sometimes you just need a break, and with other pressing concerns, well . . . . you definitely need a break. Besides, we've missed you ;) so we're sucking you back into the black hole here :D

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:13 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Michel is 80?!? :eek: :sad:

Yup :sad::sad::sad:

More than ever he should seriously consider seeking professional help. :sad::(

I just REALLY wish I could've seen his match today!! I'm dying to know what happened!!!! :o

Layla
01-27-2003, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Hmm, I don't usually agree with TC either but when she's right, she's right.

Heh, I know a bit about avoiding work :o Sometimes you just need a break, and with other pressing concerns, well . . . . you definitely need a break. Besides, we've missed you ;) so we're sucking you back into the black hole here :D

LOL, the black hole! :D Can't resist the pull of gravity. I did need a break, but I can't afford it. I'm getting another, even longer text tomorrow and I need to get the horrorscopes sorted out first. Still, it won't prevent me from going to see LOTR: The Two Towers on Wednesday. :) I already bought the tickets.

By the way, you should take that Harry Potter personality test, just for fun, even if you don't know the characters. :)

Layla
01-27-2003, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
At the moment I'm reading some LOTR fan fiction...there is an ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS set of "Very Secret Diaries of..."

http://www.councilofelrond.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Fanfiction&file=index&options=DisplayStories&pagenumber=2&categoryid=23&totalpages=2

Start with the very last one (Aragorn) and work up.

Speaking of LOTR, you guys HAVE TO read this link Allan posted (thanks btw :kiss: ) It really is hilarious. It had me in tears. Even if you don't know much about LOTR, this is seriously funny. Well, it was to me anyway. ;)

ILR
01-27-2003, 09:27 PM
oooh I was going to do that!Try the character test!I knew there was something I wanted to do.

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:35 PM
My friends say this is a "bad thing" . . .

PERCY WEASLEY
As Percy, you are intelligent, honest, and caring about others. You are a fairly strong leader, and are admired for your respect to others, however your enforcement of authority may appear slightly unfriendly at times. You have a clear distinction between right and wrong, and you possess enough charisma to act out on your views.

Ravenclaw
Being in the Ravenclaw house, you are likely to be loyal, intelligent and have a good understanding of ethical and political issues. Your studious nature partially takes priority over your adventurism.

Cat
Cats make an ideal pet for the academic and friendly, but also to those who prefer to stay within boundaries rather than be adventurous.


TOTALS

Percy 111 Harry 77

McGonagall 106 Susan B 77

Snape 105 Vernon 77

Fleur 104 Weasley Twins 77

Cho Chang 103 Cedric 76

Flitwick 103 Dobby 75

Muggle PM 98 Sirius 73

Hermione 96 Ron 72

Remus 94 Voldemort 70

Oliver 88 Lockhart 67

Colin 87 Ludo 63

Ginny 87 Neville 63

Krum 87 Hagrid 62

Angelina 85 Draco 55

Arthur 84 Wormtail 52

Karkaroff 84 Peeves 44

Dumbledore 83 Crabbe 40

ILR
01-27-2003, 09:36 PM
:eek: yikes I hope this isnt true!:o

GILDEROY LOCKHART
As Gilderoy, you are friendly, but vastly vain, conceited and pretentious. Your obsession with yourself is noticed by your peers, considerably reducing your popularity. However under your superficial exterior there is perhaps less to gloat about, as you have an absence of a particular talent. In the face of real danger, you heroism in front of your peers and colleagues is subverted into cowardness when confronting the danger.

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 09:38 PM
:wavey: Just popping in to say hi... I have to do work... :sad:

Glad you liked those 'Very Secret Diaries', Layla!... I was practically falling off my chair with laughter when I read those! :D

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:42 PM
My roommates found a LOTR personality test! :)

http://www.matthewbarr.co.uk/lotr

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:45 PM
I am . . .

http://www.matthewbarr.co.uk/lotr/images/frodo.jpg
Frodo Baggins was the Ring Bearer of the Fellowship, having inherited the Ring from his uncle Bilbo.

ILR
01-27-2003, 09:47 PM
gotta go now everyone!:wavey:

vaiva
01-27-2003, 09:47 PM
From Jon's mailbag for this Monday. With the AO just completed, he has an interesting pair of long lost siblings :)

* * *

Take a look at the photo of Andre Agassi in the head-to-head stat section of the ATP Web site, and tell me that he's not a dead ringer for Vlad U. Lenin.
—Kathy, Michigan

LONG LOST SIBLINGS?

Andre Agassi http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/jon_wertheim/news/2003/01/20/mailbag/agassi.jpg

Vladimir Leninhttp://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/jon_wertheim/news/2003/01/20/mailbag/lenin.jpg

* * *

Lee
01-27-2003, 09:47 PM
Hi Emma, Layla, TH, vaiva and whoever I missed! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:48 PM
Goodnight, ILR :wavey:

:eek::eek::eek: at Vaiva. Sacriledge to ol' Volodya! ;)

Lee
01-27-2003, 09:49 PM
Goodnight Emma!

vaiva
01-27-2003, 09:50 PM
I have to admit, the things your are talking make no sense to me. Now I feel old :mad:

vaiva
01-27-2003, 09:52 PM
Nite Emma :wavey:

Hi Lee :wavey:

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 09:53 PM
:wavey: again! :p Still procrastinating....I got Gandalf :p

http://www.matthewbarr.co.uk/lotr/images/gandalf.jpg

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
I have to admit, the things your are talking make no sense to me. Now I feel old :mad:

You mean this Harry Potter/LOTR stuff? I have no idea about it either, but took the tests for fun. Apparently Frodo is a good character to get? My roomies are talking about the LOTR films right now ;) It's like, don't get them started, LOL :o

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
My friends say this is a "bad thing" . . .


Cos you got Percy? LOL Did you tell them I landed up with Voldemort? What did they think of that? :o

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Cos you got Percy? LOL Did you tell them I landed up with Voldemort? What did they think of that? :o

LOL, yes. They said that was pretty sad ;) but better than getting Lucious Malfoy. At least Voldemort was in charge of his own plans, not a slave to them.

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 10:01 PM
Ah... but the Malfoys are cute! :p (I don't believe I'm saying this :o) They kinda look like the LOTR elves! :p

Lee
01-27-2003, 10:02 PM
Hi Allan! :wavey:

Trying to go throught the posts without being distracted by all those test! :rolleyes:

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 10:07 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Ah... but the Malfoys are cute! :p (I don't believe I'm saying this :o) They kinda look like the LOTR elves! :p

LOL, no clue what you are talking about, but she says she always pictured Draco as being hot, so . . . what conclusion can you draw? :o

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 10:08 PM
:wavey: Lee! :)

Well, I must be off to make a phonecall, and then work. :sad: :sad: :sad:

:wavey: everyone! :)

Layla
01-27-2003, 10:08 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
My friends say this is a "bad thing" . . .

PERCY WEASLEY
As Percy, you are intelligent, honest, and caring about others. You are a fairly strong leader, and are admired for your respect to others, however your enforcement of authority may appear slightly unfriendly at times. You have a clear distinction between right and wrong, and you possess enough charisma to act out on your views.

Ravenclaw
Being in the Ravenclaw house, you are likely to be loyal, intelligent and have a good understanding of ethical and political issues. Your studious nature partially takes priority over your adventurism.

Cat
Cats make an ideal pet for the academic and friendly, but also to those who prefer to stay within boundaries rather than be adventurous.


TOTALS

Percy 111 Harry 77

McGonagall 106 Susan B 77

Snape 105 Vernon 77

Fleur 104 Weasley Twins 77

Cho Chang 103 Cedric 76

Flitwick 103 Dobby 75

Muggle PM 98 Sirius 73

Hermione 96 Ron 72

Remus 94 Voldemort 70

Oliver 88 Lockhart 67

Colin 87 Ludo 63

Ginny 87 Neville 63

Krum 87 Hagrid 62

Angelina 85 Draco 55

Arthur 84 Wormtail 52

Karkaroff 84 Peeves 44

Dumbledore 83 Crabbe 40

No, it's not bad. I like Percy. :) He's an upstanding guy. LOL, surprise, surprise, we're quite similar. :o I had Percy 3rd. And Hermione's and Percy's descriptions are quite similar, only you're more of a leader. That's why you're the Queen. ;)

You got Snape 3rd. Now I'm even more jealous. Guess there's not enough Snape in me. :(

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 10:08 PM
:wavey: Bye, DP!

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOL, no clue what you are talking about, but she says she always pictured Draco as being hot, so . . . what conclusion can you draw? :o

A lot of people on the CoE forums I visit are of the opinion that Haldir in the LOTR movies strikingly resembles Lucius Malfoy in the HP movies.

But, LMAO, yes! When I saw the Chamber of Secrets, I thought Draco was cute (but not anywhere as hot as Legolas). :o :o :p

Layla
01-27-2003, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:eek: yikes I hope this isnt true!:o

GILDEROY LOCKHART
As Gilderoy, you are friendly, but vastly vain, conceited and pretentious. Your obsession with yourself is noticed by your peers, considerably reducing your popularity. However under your superficial exterior there is perhaps less to gloat about, as you have an absence of a particular talent. In the face of real danger, you heroism in front of your peers and colleagues is subverted into cowardness when confronting the danger.

:eek: Gilderoy? :eek: Now that definitely doesn't sound like you. Are you sure you clicked the right boxes?

Lee
01-27-2003, 10:13 PM
Bye Allan! :wavey:

Layla
01-27-2003, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the link TH.

I was Legolas.

http://www.matthewbarr.co.uk/lotr/images/legolas.jpg

Legolas represented the Elves in the Fellowship of the Ring. Skilled as a warrior with both bow and knife, he eventually became unlikely friends with Gimli the Dwarf.

LOL, Allan will enjoy that. Which character were you Allan?

Layla
01-27-2003, 10:22 PM
Ooops, bye Allan! :wavey:

And bye Emma! :wavey:

But hello Lee! :wavey: :D

Lee
01-27-2003, 10:26 PM
So when TH's uni was buried in 6" of snow and in -12F which is about -24C (same thing in Calgary I was told), my hubby and I were talking about removing the cover of the swimming pool. :D :D. It's extraordinary warm in Phoenix, close to record breaking temp. yesterday. The norm for high should be 66F (19C) but it got to 80F (26C) yesterday.

Leo7
01-27-2003, 10:27 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Some pictures for Leo :)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030127/capt.1043675470japan_pan_pacific_open_tok114.jpg
American tennis star Lindsay Davenport, right, givs her autograph to young Japanese fan Chizuru Yamazaki, 12, left, as Wakaba Shiokawa, 10, center, waits for her turn during a reception held on the eve of the Toray Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 27, 2003.


http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030127/capt.1043675650japan_pan_pacific_open_tok113.jpg
Participants pose photographers during a news conference held on the eve of the Toray Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 27, 2003. From left to right; Ai Sugiyama of Japan, Lindsay Davenport of the United States, Monica Seles of the United States, Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia and Chanda Rubin of the United States.

ooh thanks Hackie! Linzi looks gorgeous in those pics. :hearts: :kiss:

Layla
01-27-2003, 10:28 PM
26 C?! :eek: That is summer temperature. It's not too cold over here either and all the snow has melted. :(

Lee
01-27-2003, 10:29 PM
Emma, forget about those bullies. When you get really mad, just think that deep inside them, they are coward, weak and stupid. Getting mad at those people is just a waste of energy.

Leo7
01-27-2003, 10:31 PM
hey Mad Max won today over Kenneth Carlsen! :bounce: his opponent retired at 0-4 in the final set, but still, a win's a win. :D now let's see if the Beast can follow this up by winning his 2nd round match. it will be very tough since he'll probably be playing Fabrice Santoro.

TennisHack
01-27-2003, 10:32 PM
Lee, I'm very jealous :o Although walking in the midst of knee-high snow drifts where they plowed the sidewalks was fun :) It was like little paths had been carved out for us. I'm going to take some pictures tomorrow, so I'll put some of them up, maybe.

You're welcome, Leo :) I saw them on my quest for pictures from today's matches (no such luck :() and immediately thought of you :)

Lee
01-27-2003, 10:32 PM
Hi Leo! :wavey:

Yes, it's mighty warm here. I actually am a little disappointed that there are no four seasons here. Hubby and I were watching a movie (some very stupid movie showing on late night TV) and it's fall in the background and you don't have a chance to watch leaves turn yellow or red here..........

Leo7
01-27-2003, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:eek: yikes I hope this isnt true!:o

GILDEROY LOCKHART
As Gilderoy, you are friendly, but vastly vain, conceited and pretentious. Your obsession with yourself is noticed by your peers, considerably reducing your popularity. However under your superficial exterior there is perhaps less to gloat about, as you have an absence of a particular talent. In the face of real danger, you heroism in front of your peers and colleagues is subverted into cowardness when confronting the danger.

no way Emma. that's not true, you aren't vain at all. i wouldn't take the test too seriously. ;)

Leo7
01-27-2003, 10:39 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
My roommates found a LOTR personality test! :)

http://www.matthewbarr.co.uk/lotr


thanks for the link, Hackie. i am:

http://www.matthewbarr.co.uk/lotr/images/aragorn.jpg
Also known variously as Strider, the Dunedan and Isildur's Heir, Aragorn son of Arathorn was a member of the Fellowship of the Ring, charged with the task of seeing the Ring and its bearer, Frodo Baggins, safely to the Crack of Doom. Following the War of the Ring, Aragorn took his rightful place as King.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Leo7
01-27-2003, 10:45 PM
oh man Sjeng lost today in straight sets to Thomas Enqvist. :( this has not been a very good start to the season for poor Schalken. i hope he's not still injured. however his countrymen Richard Krajicek and Martin Verkerk won their first doubles match 6-1, 6-3. :)

Layla
01-27-2003, 10:57 PM
Leo, you're Aragorn! :hearts: My favorite character! I'm impressed. ;)

Leo7
01-27-2003, 10:58 PM
i just took the Harry Potter test and what a disaster that was. look who i am:

Dobby The House Elf

www.jamiefrost.co.uk/whoareyou/hp/dobby.gif

As Dobby, you are friendly, polite and loyal. However your sacrificial loyalty and dedication to someone or something blinds you from reality, and impairs your judgement when having to make your own decisions. You a fairly timid, and your fear of punishment or failure means your behaviour is erratic at times. Although you may not appear intellectual to your peers, you may have a hidden talent that could emmerse in the future.

Gryffindor
Being in the Gryffindor house, you are likely to be conscientious, brave and have good leadership skills. However your intelligence may not rival that of a Ravenclaw.

Toad
Toads make the ideal pet for friendly, but insecure and timid people.

Points Wand
50 Oak

TOTALS

Dobby 98 Sirius 66

Cho Chang 91 Lockhart 65

Flitwick 91 Hagrid 63

Hermione 89 Karkaroff 63

Colin 87 Snape 63

Percy 87 Ron 60

Ginny 86 Susan B 60

Muggle PM 84 Cedric 59

Fleur 81 Harry 59

McGonagall 79 Krum 57

Arthur 78 Voldemort 57

Dumbledore 75 Weasley Twins 52

Remus 74 Crabbe 47

Wormtail 73 Vernon 46

Angelina 69 Draco 45

Neville 69 Ludo 44

Oliver 66 Peeves 41

Leo7
01-27-2003, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Leo, you're Aragorn! :hearts: My favorite character! I'm impressed. ;)

no, i'm impressed with you. you're Legolas, and he's my fave character by far. hey, wanna switch? ;)

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:08 PM
No, Dobby is sweet. That's not a disaster. And he's intensely loyal. You have a reputation as a loyal and passionate fan on all the boards I know. :) Also that secret talent might come in handy some day. ;)

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
no, i'm impressed with you. you're Legolas, and he's my fave character by far. hey, wanna switch? ;)

Err, not really. I wanna marry Aragorn, not BE him lol. ;)

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Layla

LOL, Allan will enjoy that. Which character were you Allan?

:wavey: again, procrastinating again... :p

I posted my result earlier, I was Gandalf....(I didn't include the blurb they gave though, since it was all to do with the story and not personality).

Leo7
01-27-2003, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by Layla
No, Dobby is sweet. That's not a disaster. And he's intensely loyal. You have a reputation as a loyal and passionate fan on all the boards I know. :) Also that secret talent might come in handy some day. ;)

aww i'm flattered. :o but really i haven't got any talents and i can be such a chicken sometimes. i wish i could be braver like Hermione. ;)

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:13 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Err, not really. I wanna marry Aragorn, not BE him lol. ;)

LMAO! :D

Actually at first I was a tad disappointed I didn't get Legolas... but realistically speaking, I am more of a Gandalf than a Legolas... besides, I also consoled myself along the same lines of what you said above... 'oh well... I don't want to BE Legolas... I just want to f^%$ his brains out.' :o ;) :p

Lee
01-27-2003, 11:13 PM
Layla, as I said yesterday, there is hope in GM as there are still people there you can make intelligent conversation, argument, etc there. The art is just to ignore those brick head and stay calm. I do enjoy that one about how lucky AA get and as I said in the post, I can't believe I am defending him there.

I think I have to wait for later to try LOTR and HP tests. I still have some threads in GM I would like to read but Vince is home and then TKD class later so

BYE EVERYONE! :wavey:

Leo7
01-27-2003, 11:15 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Err, not really. I wanna marry Aragorn, not BE him lol. ;)

wow, you want to marry me? :D ;)

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:16 PM
:wavey: Lee! :) Hope you have a good time at TKD today! :D

vaiva
01-27-2003, 11:18 PM
C u Lee :wavey:

I am surprised that I ended up defending AA as well. He is not the player I like (to say the least), but some statements were just too weak or derogatory to leave them untouched. :(

I guess, I'm turning into Becca :o (Not that I mean it's bad)

Leo7
01-27-2003, 11:18 PM
:wavey: Lee.

i want to read some GM threads myself.

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:22 PM
Bye Lee! :wavey:

Enjoy your TKD class. :)

Yes, I posted quite a few replies in that thread. I can't believe I was defending Agassi either. :o But I was defending the principle more than the man, not to mention all the "journeymen" out there. Am I the only one who thinks of all of them as players? :o

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:24 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
:wavey: again, procrastinating again... :p

I posted my result earlier, I was Gandalf....(I didn't include the blurb they gave though, since it was all to do with the story and not personality).

You're Gandalf? :eek: *insanely jealous now* I think I'm more Gandlaf than Legolas myself. Oh well.

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:27 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
wow, you want to marry me? :D ;)

LOL, I think Emma might have something to say about that. ;)

RogiFan
01-27-2003, 11:28 PM
:) A propos of nothing, there was this World's Sexiest Athletes show on today from ESPN and guess who was #8 sexiest guy [a tennis player]? Have any of you seen this? I just happened to catch a tiny bit of it...

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:29 PM
Originally posted by Layla
You're Gandalf? :eek: *insanely jealous now* I think I'm more Gandlaf than Legolas myself. Oh well.

LOL... we're all different so far... hrmm... ok, so ATPworld Death-Eaters didn't work out... but we can have ATPworld Fellowship! :D

So we have Gandalf, Legolas and Aragorn already....just need the remaining 6....

I'm actually curious what 'range' of characters they allocate test takers to.... given my HP test result, I should be surprised they didn't try and say I was Saruman or Sauron. :p

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
LOL... we're all different so far... hrmm... ok, so ATPworld Death-Eaters didn't work out... but we can have ATPworld Fellowship! :D

So we have Gandalf, Legolas and Aragorn already....just need the remaining 6....

I'm actually curious what 'range' of characters they allocate test takers to.... given my HP test result, I should be surprised they didn't try and say I was Saruman or Sauron. :p

LOL, I was going to ask if you were Sauron. :p Gandalf is the very opposite of Voldemort. :eek:

Yes, let's have a Fellowship! :bounce: And TH is Frodo, so there's 4 of us already.

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:34 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) A propos of nothing, there was this World's Sexiest Athletes show on today from ESPN and guess who was #8 sexiest guy [a tennis player]? Have any of you seen this? I just happened to catch a tiny bit of it...

Who? :confused: And what are the top 10? (I really want to know :o )

RogiFan
01-27-2003, 11:36 PM
:) Hi DP et al.

DP I was thinking about your retreat into childhood -- probably since you've had to become an adult at such an early age [i.e., entering grad school at 17!] you didn't really have a childhood so you're just reliving it now! That's OK! Better than missing it altogether! Besides, when you are older, you'll find that you'll retreat more often than not! It's a little escape from the big bad world! ;)

I do it on an almost daily basis... :p

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:38 PM
Originally posted by Layla
LOL, I was going to ask if you were Sauron. :p Gandalf is the very opposite of Voldemort. :eek:

Yes, let's have a Fellowship! :bounce: And TH is Frodo, so there's 4 of us already.

LOL! :p ... If they only allocate test takers to the nine Fellowship members ... then Gandalf is prolly the best fit for me... besides the hostile cynicism :o, my sole distinguishing feature is intelligence... not bravery, or being outgoing etc... so I seem to always land the powerful magical sorts.

Yay! There's 4 of us already! :D :bounce:

vaiva
01-27-2003, 11:39 PM
LOL, RF :)

To assume that there were any non-American nominees would probably be just too funny? :p

So who are the other guys?

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:41 PM
Hi RF! :) Thanks... yeah,... I think it's a good thing... it helps me relax.. and, as you can prolly tell from the way I post... I enjoy childhood very much.... possibly too much.. :p

RogiFan
01-27-2003, 11:42 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Who? :confused: And what are the top 10? (I really want to know :o )

Well, I didn't watch the whole program [2 hrs!] and I suspect the people who voted were mostly American so I don't actually know all of the people, exc. Marion Jones, some Chinese-American pool player, somebody Lee, Alex Rodriguez [baseball player -- I guess he's a shortstop for Texas Rangers now?], Pavel Bure, don't know the rest... maybe Michael Jordan and another basketball guy.

The #1 female sexiest athlete was of course, Anna... ho hum and the male was Derek Jeter [another shortstop for NY Yankees, and a friend of Alex Rodriguez I think -- Jeter thinks he's the sexiest, as does Anna, but he does have a sense of humour -- dressed up as a woman, baseball wife, on SNL and was quite good!].

But #8 guy was -- don't get your hopes up high cos our guys w never have been voted in -- Pandy!!!!!!!!!! :rolleyes: No accounting for taste... not even Marat.

So that's the sorry story. :p

Gotta eat my din!

Bye for now!

Puss-in-Boots
01-27-2003, 11:47 PM
:wavey: RF! :)

vaiva
01-27-2003, 11:47 PM
How afwul *shrug*

Erm, I guess I have nothing else to add. Maybe that I have never heard about these other people except Marion, Bure, Jordan and Anna :o

And who is Pandy :p

Layla
01-27-2003, 11:50 PM
Pandy? :eek: *vomits* Nevermind. :rolleyes:

LOL, thanks for that shocking news. Bye! :wavey:

Puss-in-Boots
01-28-2003, 12:01 AM
Have to get back to work (again :mad: :rolleyes: )...bye everyone! :wavey: :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
01-28-2003, 12:06 AM
I took the LOTR personality test, and apparently I am Gandalf ;)

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:08 AM
Bye Allan! :wavey:

Coolness, we have another Gandalf! :D

vaiva
01-28-2003, 12:09 AM
Apparently, this Australian Open had some many records broken. From sportinglife.com:

ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS

By Alex Lowe, PA International, Melbourne

This year's Australian Open was one for the oldies, with Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova both winning Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park.

It was also one for the Williams sisters and one for the record books.

Here, PA International analyses the facts and figures that made up the 2003 Australian Open.

# Serena Williams became only the fifth woman in history to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles with her three-set victory over sister Venus. She joined the ranks of Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf by completing her 'Serena Slam'.

# Andre Agassi became the first non-Australian to win four Australian Open men's singles titles. He is the first man in the Open era to have achieved the feat but joins legendary trio Jack Crawford, Roy Emerson and Ken Rosewall.

# Martina Navratilova became the oldest Grand Slam winner in history aged 46 years and three months when she won the mixed doubles title with Leander Paes.

# Navratilova became the first woman to win all three events at all four Grand Slams in the Open era.

# Andy Roddick and Younes El Aynaoui contested the longest fifth set in Grand Slam history in their epic quarter-final. The American eventually prevailed 21-19 in the match of the tournament.

# The Roddick-El Aynaoui quarter-final was also the longest men's singles match in terms of games being played at the Australian Open since the introduction of the tie-break in 1971.

# The fastest serves of the tournament were recorded by Andy Roddick (226km/h) and Venus Williams (201km/h).

# The total crowd for the tournament was 512,225, exceeding the half-million mark for the fourth year in succession.

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:12 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
oh man Sjeng lost today in straight sets to Thomas Enqvist. :( this has not been a very good start to the season for poor Schalken. i hope he's not still injured. however his countrymen Richard Krajicek and Martin Verkerk won their first doubles match 6-1, 6-3. :)

Thomas Enqvist is a great indoor player, so don't fret about Sjeng losing to him. It's about time Enqvy has started winning matches again :( and this one will be a big boost to his confidence.

vaiva
01-28-2003, 12:12 AM
I'm making too many errors :o

Time to go. Bye bye bunch :wavey:

Play safe in your childhood fantasies ;)

Chloe le Bopper
01-28-2003, 12:15 AM
in unrelated news - I got bored, and wanted to see who coined " Pandy"

I was pretty sure that i did it, but didn't want to take credit for somebody elses work ;)

So I ran a search, and indeed - I was the first to use it on this site or wtaworld ;) ;)

*proud*

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:15 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
So we have Gandalf, Legolas and Aragorn already....just need the remaining 6....

I am Frodo! Don't leave me out just because I don't know what's going on! :o

Chloe le Bopper
01-28-2003, 12:16 AM
It really is my proudest achievement - Pandy was just a baby when I first used it - watching Pandy grow into a full blown, universally used nickname *gets teary eyed*

My baby :sad: :D

Chloe le Bopper
01-28-2003, 12:17 AM
If we want to find a Pippen, I think that we'll have to go looking in GM :D

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:18 AM
Goodnight Vaiva! :wavey: Thanks for the article. :)

Chloe le Bopper
01-28-2003, 12:19 AM
Does anybody have a new title for the thread?

Maybe something to do with DC?

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:21 AM
Congrats Becca! Your Pandy is all grown up now. ;)

And if you go looking in GM, you are more likely to come across some Orcs than Pippin. :p Not to mention the trolls.

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:23 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I am Frodo! Don't leave me out just because I don't know what's going on! :o

I already told him that. ;)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:25 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
It really is my proudest achievement - Pandy was just a baby when I first used it - watching Pandy grow into a full blown, universally used nickname *gets teary eyed*

My baby :sad: :D

LMAO!! No, no, you have to say it like this: "Mah BAY-be!"

Congrats. They grow up so fast ;)

Chloe le Bopper
01-28-2003, 12:26 AM
Orcs and trolls - how could I forget. Poor Pippen - shame on me for putting him down like that :sad:

Anyhow - I tired! grar!

I'm going to have a read, then a nap.

I might or might not be back.

So good night :kiss:

Puss-in-Boots
01-28-2003, 12:26 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I am Frodo! Don't leave me out just because I don't know what's going on! :o

Early lunch break. :o (OK, I'll admit, my work ethic is particularly abysmal today :o)

I'm so sorry, TH! :( I promise it wasn't an intentional omission!

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:30 AM
My favorite female biathlete Liv-Grete Poiree, wife of my favorite male biathlete, Raphael Poiree :hearts: , gave birth to a beautiful (I assume, she'd have to be) baby girl called Emma a few hours ago! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Congrats to them! I wish them all the happiness in the world. :)

Aren't they cute? *sigh*

http://www.vg.no/bilder/bildarkiv/1043310667.jpg

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:34 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Early lunch break. :o (OK, I'll admit, my work ethic is particularly abysmal today :o)


LOL, so is mine. :o I had two quite unproductive days in a row. That's gonna have to change tomorrow though. :(

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:35 AM
Goodnight Becca! :wavey:

Puss-in-Boots
01-28-2003, 12:36 AM
Congrats to Liv-Grete and Raphael! :) What country do they represent?

What the difference between triathlon and biathlon? The former is rather popular here in Aus, but I haven't heard much about biathlon.

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:37 AM
Originally posted by Layla
Aren't they cute? *sigh*

http://www.vg.no/bilder/bildarkiv/1043310667.jpg

I love the way he's looking at her, with total adoration :hearts:

Congrats to them! :)

Goodnight, Becca :wavey:

Hey DP :wavey:

Puss-in-Boots
01-28-2003, 12:37 AM
:wavey: Becca! :) (a fellow 'Gandalf'! :D )

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:39 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I love the way he's looking at her, with total adoration :hearts:

Congrats to them! :)



That's exactly what I was thinking. Even in that small pic, you can just see the love in his eyes. :hearts: *sigh* I'm turning all romantic inside. :o

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:41 AM
Originally posted by Layla
That's exactly what I was thinking. Even in that small pic, you can just see the love in his eyes. :hearts: *sigh* I'm turning all romantic inside. :o

Turning? :o I already am a romantic puddle inside *stares at her flag* *sigh* :hearts: I love seeing people like that, who are so in love. Well, sometimes, LOL :o

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:42 AM
Aren't they Norwegian? To answer DP's question.

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:43 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Congrats to Liv-Grete and Raphael! :) What country do they represent?

What the difference between triathlon and biathlon? The former is rather popular here in Aus, but I haven't heard much about biathlon.

There's a big difference. Biathlon is a winter sports event that involves cross-country skiing and shooting at 2 or 4 ranges along the track. It's a brilliant sport that combines cardio fitness and unimaginable precision while gasping for breath. Can you imagine sharp-shooting after running for over a mile? They have to shoot 5 targets each time and every miss is either a penalty loop or a minute of time added.

Anyway, Raphael is French and Liv-Grete is Norwegian. :)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:44 AM
Awww! :)

What the Players Said

Jonas Bjorkman: (playing his first event of the year following the birth of his first baby, Max on Jan 15)
"I was with my wife the whole time and it was great to spend the first few days together after Max was born. My life has changed completely. You look at things in a totally different way."

"It feels good to be back on court playing matches. This is my first event since the end of October, since Paris. I practiced hard back home in Sweden and have played good tennis the last couple of matches in qualifying."

Puss-in-Boots
01-28-2003, 12:47 AM
Originally posted by Layla
There's a big difference. Biathlon is a winter sports event that involves cross-country skiing and shooting at 2 or 4 ranges along the track. It's a brilliant sport that combines cardio fitness and unimaginable precision while gasping for breath. Can you imagine sharp-shooting after running for over a mile? They have to shoot 5 targets each time and every miss is either a penalty loop or a minute of time added.

Anyway, Raphael is French and Liv-Grete is Norwegian. :)

Ah! Very different from the Australian triathlon then! If I'm not mistaken, triathlons here consist of running, cycling and swimming in the ocean.... I wouldn't want to try the last part in Norway... brrrrrr...:o

Layla
01-28-2003, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Awww! :)

What the Players Said

Jonas Bjorkman: (playing his first event of the year following the birth of his first baby, Max on Jan 15)
"I was with my wife the whole time and it was great to spend the first few days together after Max was born. My life has changed completely. You look at things in a totally different way."

"It feels good to be back on court playing matches. This is my first event since the end of October, since Paris. I practiced hard back home in Sweden and have played good tennis the last couple of matches in qualifying."

Awwww, more lovely baby stories. It's so good that he was there the whole time. :)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 12:58 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Ah! Very different from the Australian triathlon then! If I'm not mistaken, triathlons here consist of running, cycling and swimming in the ocean.... I wouldn't want to try the last part in Norway... brrrrrr...:o

That's the universal triathlon, yes. First you swim a few miles, then you bike a few more, and end up running at the end. I could never, ever been in such good (or bad?) physical condition as those people. My hats off to them.

Puss-in-Boots
01-28-2003, 01:00 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
That's the universal triathlon, yes. First you swim a few miles, then you bike a few more, and end up running at the end. I could never, ever been in such good (or bad?) physical condition as those people. My hats off to them.

LMAO yeah.... I have zero stamina, myself.....my legs also cramp very easily. :o

Layla
01-28-2003, 01:01 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
That's the universal triathlon, yes. First you swim a few miles, then you bike a few more, and end up running at the end. I could never, ever been in such good (or bad?) physical condition as those people. My hats off to them.

That's quite a feat! I could probably manage swimming and cycling, but the running part would kill me.

Layla
01-28-2003, 01:04 AM
That wasn't the best pic of Liv-Grete Poiree though. She's really cute and has lovely eyes. :) Not as cute as her husband though. :o

http://www.poireeraphael.com/img/def-liv.jpg

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 01:06 AM
Guess who's back! :D

Puss-in-Boots
01-28-2003, 01:06 AM
Lunch is over....dammit I'm running out of excuses not to start work. :mad:

Have to go.... I might run to the post office and pay my telephone bill. :p :p

:wavey: everyone! :)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 01:09 AM
:wavey: LOL, bye DP!

Layla
01-28-2003, 01:13 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Guess who's back! :D

Dissident! Dissident! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Welcome back! :D We missed you. :(

Unfortunately, I have to go to bed now. :(

Goodnight everyone! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 01:15 AM
Well, it's confirmed -- Layla, you trumped us all in the game this week :eek:

Damn my standards, if only my conscious would have allowed me to buy Agassihole :fiery: Oh, well. 8th place isn't . . . . so bad . . .

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 01:24 AM
Goodnight, Layla :wavey:

Dissident
01-28-2003, 01:30 AM
Hi all! :wavey:

Im gonna read back.
I was at the beach for the weekend. ;) Then I got a giant sunburn (lol!) and something happened to my ankle when I was playing soccer. I waited untill this afternoon, but as it wouldnt stop hurting, I went to the hospital. Now I have this white thing all over my right leg, looking like a mummy. :p
But the weekend was very good, and I had some time off of this city, so needed.
I posted the game standings just now. Congrats to Layla, who aced us all. ;)

And hi everyone! I missed you all!!! :wavey:

Leo7
01-28-2003, 01:32 AM
Originally posted by vaiva
# Martina Navratilova became the oldest Grand Slam winner in history aged 46 years and three months when she won the mixed doubles title with Leander Paes.

# Navratilova became the first woman to win all three events at all four Grand Slams in the Open era.

wow, that is amazing. Martina Nav is so impressive. thanks for the article, vaiva. :)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 01:34 AM
DISSIDENT'S BACK!! :bounce::bounce::bounce: :kiss:

And Leo's posting more :) All we need is Mrs. B and we'll be complete :)

Leo7
01-28-2003, 01:36 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
in unrelated news - I got bored, and wanted to see who coined " Pandy"

I was pretty sure that i did it, but didn't want to take credit for somebody elses work ;)

So I ran a search, and indeed - I was the first to use it on this site or wtaworld ;) ;)

*proud*

*applause* :bounce: :bounce:

Leo7
01-28-2003, 01:37 AM
i miss Mrs.B too :(

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 01:37 AM
You should go post in her thread, Leo :) She's been updating us pretty regularly, and promises to be back in time for Davis Cup!! :bounce:

Dissident
01-28-2003, 01:49 AM
OMG! There are soooooo many posts! Still almost 30 pages to read. :eek:

Leo7
01-28-2003, 01:50 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Hi all! :wavey:

Im gonna read back.
I was at the beach for the weekend. ;) Then I got a giant sunburn (lol!) and something happened to my ankle when I was playing soccer. I waited untill this afternoon, but as it wouldnt stop hurting, I went to the hospital. Now I have this white thing all over my right leg, looking like a mummy. :p
But the weekend was very good, and I had some time off of this city, so needed.
I posted the game standings just now. Congrats to Layla, who aced us all. ;)

And hi everyone! I missed you all!!! :wavey:

welcome back, Diss. i'm glad you had a nice time at the beach. but that sucks about your ankle. hope it gets better soon. :)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 01:51 AM
*hug* for Diss. Most of it is live scores and bitching about GM, but there are some good things buried in there as well.

I'll be waiting for you to dig your way out ;)

Leo7
01-28-2003, 01:51 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
You should go post in her thread, Leo :) She's been updating us pretty regularly, and promises to be back in time for Davis Cup!! :bounce:

okay, i'll check that out now. :)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 02:02 AM
Since there was interest . . .

The Super Bowl ads (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/23108)

There is a link to USA Today where you can watch the commercials a bit into the comments.

Leo7
01-28-2003, 02:06 AM
well i'm gonna go and finish my hw. bye everybody! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 02:08 AM
:wavey: Bye, Leo

Dissident
01-28-2003, 02:24 AM
Hmmm... Ive been noticing that for quite a while now. I dont remember ANY player EVER saying any word on a girlfriend or wife when they win. Except for Guga in the Brazil Open, where he thanked a lot of friends and put "Le" in the middle, referring to Leticia, supposedely his gf at the time.
Why I wonder?!?!

Originally posted by Layla
Agassi didn't even mention his wife and his child, even after he was put on the spot by someone from the audience. :rolleyes: Eugh, he makes me sick!

Forget it, I'll just go back to bed. At least I'll get a decent night's sleep out of this.

Goodnight Lee and Allan! :wavey:

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 02:52 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Hmmm... Ive been noticing that for quite a while now. I dont remember ANY player EVER saying any word on a girlfriend or wife when they win. Except for Guga in the Brazil Open, where he thanked a lot of friends and put "Le" in the middle, referring to Leticia, supposedely his gf at the time.
Why I wonder?!?!

Hi Diss!

Sorry about your ankle! That's a big drag! :p

Why do you say "supposedly"?? You know, I've never heard anything about Guga having a GF... curious! ;)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 02:53 AM
:wavey: RF

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 03:02 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Since there was interest . . .

The Super Bowl ads (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/23108)

There is a link to USA Today where you can watch the commercials a bit into the comments.

Hackie: I just read in the ATP site that they were going to show ads from TMC Houston but of course we would not have seen them up here anyway... I was wondering how Americans liked the fact that 2 Canadian singers were featured at such an American event... I for one think it's kinda weird that Celine sang GBAmerican... some Canadian she is!! But actually, she is NOT Canadian... she's Quebecoise. ;) [She is NOT one of my faves at all!]

Sorry to hear Micha lost today altho Jarkko won! Micha does need some help or else Switzerland will NEVER win the DC... Rogi can't do it ALL for his country. Too bad. Mrs. B. will have to be pressed into action upon her return!

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 03:08 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Hackie: I just read in the ATP site that they were going to show ads from TMC Houston but of course we would not have seen them up here anyway... I was wondering how Americans liked the fact that 2 Canadian singers were featured at such an American event... I for one think it's kinda weird that Celine sang GBAmerican... some Canadian she is!! But actually, she is NOT Canadian... she's Quebecoise. ;) [She is NOT one of my faves at all!]

The consensus on MeFi is for all the world to see. I didn't watch the game, halftime show, or commercials, so I can't comment specifically. Have no idea if they showed tennis commercials; they wouldn't have registered anyway because tennis is barely a blip in the radar (a shame, since we host a Grand Slam tourney).

Celine is a shriek and Shania is a skank, but that's just my personal opinion ;) Have you seen Shania on the cover of this week's Rolling Stone? Disgusting! (http://www.rollingstone.com/features/coverstory/featuregen.asp?pid=1518)


Sorry to hear Micha lost today altho Jarkko won! Micha does need some help or else Switzerland will NEVER win the DC... Rogi can't do it ALL for his country. Too bad. Mrs. B. will have to be pressed into action upon her return!

Micha :sad: A horrible backward slide :( I can imagine lots of fans giving up on him, though so far no one has quit my group and of course I'll never back down. Mrs. B *does* need to get back soon, although I'd hope Michel's mental fortitude wouldn't rest on my shoulders alone :eek:

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 03:17 AM
LOL, Dissident, did you give up on us? ;)

Dissident
01-28-2003, 03:21 AM
FINALLY!
LOL! You made me pay for the time I was off with ALL those posts. :p *pants*

Anyway, congrats to the BUCS! I couldnt believe they crushed those idiot-Raiders! :D:D:D DOWN with Gannon! You can burn in hell now, "MVP". :p
Also, congrats to Dexter Jackson for the SuperBowl MVP mention. That defense was out of this world!
I didnt see any tennis ad during it, but maybe the ads are different in Brazil.

Dissident
01-28-2003, 03:26 AM
All those tests now.
I got Legolas, and then Albus Dumbledore. LOL!

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
As Albus Dumbledore, you are talented, intelligent, caring and a prominent leader. You have a full awareness of the distinction between right and wrong, and have a good and independant understanding of various moral issues. You are able to take leadership of a large group, and your conscientious and friendly nature makes you respectable to your peers.

Gryffindor
Being in the Gryffindor house, you are likely to be conscientious, brave and have good leadership skills. However your intelligence may not rival that of a Ravenclaw.




Phoenix
Phoenixs are for the highly intelligent, brave, conscientious and born leaders of society. Those with this pet usually like to stand out and are spontaneous in nature.



You are Legolas


Legolas represented the Elves in the Fellowship of the Ring. Skilled as a warrior with both bow and knife, he eventually became unlikely friends with Gimli the Dwarf.

Dissident
01-28-2003, 03:28 AM
Also, I did some test earlier today "Which Pearl Jam song are you?" and got this: :bounce:

http://pearljammers.com.sapo.pt/img/dotheevolution.jpg

:) I LOVE it!

Dissident
01-28-2003, 03:29 AM
If someone wants to take it:

http://pearljammers.com.sapo.pt

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 03:33 AM
Hehehe . . . I love how the keep using the word "lover" in these questions . . .

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 03:35 AM
:) Hey Diss you didn't answer my question re: Guga and GFs! j/k

Hackie, I forgot to mention sth about U2 Best of... CD from last night... I've been listening to that for a bit lately plus my BNL -- funny how it took me years to finally buy their CD! They practically live in my backyard! The other music I listen to often is Brazilian jazz... mellow! ;) :cool: and Diana Krall of course!

You know re: DC00 Barcelona final Ferrero/Hewitt match I have to say that I think that Spanish crowd was composed of a lot of futbol fans, not so much tennis fans judging from their reaction to the match. Lots of noise, noisemakers, chanting, boisterousness... exc King Juan Carlos et co. of course! They were rude at times but in an ignorant [as in not knowing how to behave at a tennis match] way. Overall they were just very enthusiastic, supportive and excited at Spain having won their very first DC -- it's to be expected. And I do believe the Aussie commentators were biased in their coverage.

;)

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 03:36 AM
I am immortality

http://pearljammers.com.sapo.pt/img/immortality.jpg

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 03:37 AM
I must say, I like that description ;) but I don't think I've ever heard that song. :o

TennisHack
01-28-2003, 03:40 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
As Albus Dumbledore, you are talented, intelligent, caring and a prominent leader. You have a full awareness of the distinction between right and wrong, and have a good and independant understanding of various moral issues. You are able to take leadership of a large group, and your conscientious and friendly nature makes you respectable to your peers.

Gryffindor
Being in the Gryffindor house, you are likely to be conscientious, brave and have good leadership skills. However your intelligence may not rival that of a Ravenclaw.

Phoenix
Phoenixs are for the highly intelligent, brave, conscientious and born leaders of society. Those with this pet usually like to stand out and are spontaneous in nature.

This is why we make a great team, methinks ;) Pretty good description of you, even though I have no idea who Dumbledore is or how "good" or "bad" this is . . .

RogiFan
01-28-2003, 03:49 AM
:) Here's another completely unrelated post of mine... unrelated to any other topic, that is:

Q:What words or phrases do you often use?
FERRERO: "Unbelievable", I say so many times in Spanish. It's normal in
Spain, I think everybody says "unbelievable" when you see something
incredible.

INCREIBLE!! ;)