Sunday, December 31, 2006
Pics from hingis.org
Well, it seems Martina ended this year the same way she begun with another victory. She won the opener of the Gold Coast's Mondial Australian Hardcourt Championships.
Dispatching her Australian opponent Sybille Bammer 6-0 6-2. Australia has always been good for Hingis and it looks like this coming year will be no exception.
This match result is very reminiscent of the old Martina. If this is a sign of things to come then I cannot wait to see how she'll do in 2007!.
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Saturday, December 30, 2006
I was very relieved when I read this, especially since so many great players have gone into retirement this year. Good to know that Martina is still putting tennis into the forefront over anything else.
Gotta love how the Swiss folk don't notice Martina wearing a ring lol, or if they do they don't make a big deal about it. But as soon as she goes to Australia it's all over the news lol.
NEWLY engaged Martina Hingis has vowed she will not follow tennis contemporaries Kim Clijsters and Lindsay Davenport into retirement and her priority remains a strong year in 2007 to back up her successful comeback season.
Hingis, top seed for the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourt titles starting at the Gold Coast tomorrow, said she had not changed her views on the longevity of her tennis career after becoming engaged to Czech player Radek Stepanek last month.
Davenport, 30, disclosed earlier this month she has no plans to play tennis again when announcing she is expecting her first child in May.
Another of Hingis's great career foils, 23-year-old Clijsters, has flagged her intention to retire at the end of the year because of her susceptibility to injury and she plans to marry American basketball player Brian Lynch in July.
But Hingis, saying happiness in her private life will lead to success on the court, insists she will be on the tour for as long as she is competitive.
The Courier-Mail revealed on Thursday that Hingis, 26, and Stepanek, 28, had become engaged at the end of a year in which Switzerland's three-time Australian Open champion had ended a three-year absence from tennis to attain a world ranking of No. 7.
"The priorities right now are tennis. There's plenty of time to think about life after tennis," Hingis said.
"I'll try to keep up with the young girls and play at the highest level. if it's not the case any more or I don't want to do it, I'll think about it.
"I'm happy and I was surprised when it (engagement ring) was spotted right away here. I've been walking around (in Switzerland) for a month and no one noticed. People here must pay more attention to things".
"If you're happy in your private life, you are going to do well. You know what you want and I think I'm at that stage right now." Hingis, who became the youngest Australian Open champion at the age of 16, 10 years ago, spoke excitedly of her appreciation of life outside tennis – a far cry from her bitter public spats over tennis with the Williams sisters and Anna Kournikova before her departure from tennis because of foot injuries.
But she retains an unmistakable ambition to do justice to her skills and innate knowledge of tennis.
The former world No. 1 had no ranking when she made her WTA Tour comeback at Royal Pines resort 12 months ago, making the semi-finals before reaching the quarter-finals at the Australian Open two weeks later.
"I didn't set any goals last year and I won't do that this year," she said.
Friday, December 29, 2006
I've updated my poll question, I wanna know what all of you think of Martina's engagement to Radek. Just thought I would post a little reminder since no one voted in the last one.
So get voting;).
Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, today was my birthday (28th) didn't do anything fancy just relaxed at home with the folks and had some wonderful white wine and an Italian babka:D.
After all the celebrating over Christmas I was all partied out lol, so I opted for a quiet evening at home. I turned 25, scary! I definitely don't feel like a 25 year old and certainly don't look like it.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Yep, that's right seems like Mr. Radek Stepanek is a real keeper in Martina's eyes. The couple got engaged as you can see in the above photo.
Hingis is proudly displaying her diamond ring at the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourt championships which start this Sunday.
Let's just hope when they have kids, that they keep Martina's looks lol. All jokes aside it's nice to see Martina so happy and settling down:).
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The lengths one will go through to get a good price on something eh? lol. But that's what I'm planning to do going out tomorrow and spending the last of my cash on a birthday present for myself. It's the only time of year where I don't actually regret going a little nuts with my savings. Not that I ever go nuts, 'cause I don't have that much lol.
Anyway, as I've mentioned Christmas went well, I ate some, I drunk some (actually more then usual) which is rare for me. What can I say? it was very good wine. Spent most of today sleeping off the hangover lol.
My favourite part though had to be getting to talk to my family members back in Poland. Both the parental units and myself spent half of Christmas Eve on the phone, it's a wonder we found time to enjoy the food lol.
That was about the highlight of Christmas for me, I didn't really care that much about the presents. I was just happy to hear my relatives voices. Sappy, I know.
We were actually going to make another round of phone calls to the relatives yesterday (since it's after midnight now) but we were all too tired to even pick up the phone. We could barely speak after the 4 hour marathon on Christmas Eve lol. I'm sure we'll make up for it later today though lol.
That's about all I have to say on the subject really, I will add that I am looking forward to New Year's Eve. Since I'm actually doing something other then sitting at home this time lol.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
As for myself I am enduring the annual last minute Christmas preparations, which involve the parental units battling it out in the kitchen lol. I'm just staying out of the way, since I'm not much help in that department anyway.
As much as I like certain aspects of this season I am also just as happy when it's over lol.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Every year I say to myself I won't watch it, and every year I break that promise lol. I guess the allure of those first few weeks of bad auditions is just too strong to resist. lol
Then of course there's Paula's crazy antics (I for one will be tuning in especially for that lol) and her feud with Simon Cowell. Plus Randy's dog pound shout outs and Simon Cowell's honesty. Ah, yes what a great month it'll be lol. Looking forward to it all.
Of course while the viewers rejoice about American Idol's return, the networks are getting ready for the fall out and the ratings slump all of their shows will experience in the months to come. Case and point:
In Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand writes about a pile of manure at a racetrack that a flood turned into “a mighty shit Godzilla” that left buildings and structures destroyed in its wake. That is essentially how the other television networks see FOX’s American Idol, which is about to leave skid marks all over their schedules for the next five months.
One nameless network executive tells Variety, “Early on, I think it was easy to dismiss it as something that would fade. But as the body bags piled up, it became less and less easy to ignore.” NBC’s Mitch Metcalf goes on the record and compares the show to a “hurricane that blows in. We know it’s gonna come and when it’s going to hit. We just have to buckle down and prepare for it the best we can.”
Preparation is a good idea, because Idol “has vaporized nearly two dozen [shows] that have tried to compete against it,” according to Variety. The concern is about more than just shows airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Other networks “worry that Fox will add extra episodes of the show if it needs the added ratings juice, or fret over the always looming (but still unlikely) threat that the net might choose to move the ‘Idol’ results show to Thursday nights,” Variety reports.
The hope, of course, is that this year, finally, the show will slip, and start its march toward eventual obscurity. “At some point, it’s got to go down, right? I mean, all shows go down eventually, don’t they?” one executive said. Another network executive says that, “One of these years, it’s going to be down 5% or 8%, and everyone will say, ‘Hmmm, it’s slipping.’ But when that happens is anyone’s guess.”
As for that last paragraph, I think the network exec's will just have to keep dreaming lol. 'Cause as long as there are teenagers in the world that show will go on.
I think the only thing that could possibly get people to stop watching is if they all of a sudden changed the format drastically, say by changing the judges.
But since the chances of that are as slim as Canadians (in the Toronto area) getting snow for Christmas lol, guess they'll just have to suck it up and weather out the storm. The new season of " American Idol" begins January 16th 2007.
Friday, December 22, 2006
He along with William Hanna was responsible for some of the best children's cartoons of our time, among them were characters like "The Flintstones", "The Jetson's", "Tom and Jerry", "Yogi Bear" and "Huckleberry Hound". I grew up watching all of these in fact I still catch them from time to time on the Cartoon Network.
He was a true innovator of animation and he will definitely be missed. I actually long for the Hanna-Barbera days, because that's when cartoons were good and had a lesson and a moral at the end. Unlike the cartoons today which are full of nothing but violence.
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Thursday, December 21, 2006
Once again here are my personal favourites:
Comeback player of the year: Even Martina Hingis' most ardent fans might not have predicted how surely and methodically she made her way back up to the top 10 after three years of tennis inactivity. Does it say more about her or the competition? That's debatable, but no one can dispute that her brand of shot-making is still an effective tool. Hingis scrambled up the rankings week by week, won two tournaments, stayed healthy, went 53-19 and finished at a season-high No. 7. It will be interesting to see if she can improve on this year's 5-12 record against top-10 players.
Yep, that's what I'll be looking forward too:D.
Determined-to-go award: Kim Clijsters, 24, stuck to her guns, saying 2007 will be her last on the tour because of her other priorities, which include starting a family with fiancé and former Villanova basketball player Brian Lynch, getting more education and perhaps working with children.
Can't say I disagree, but I will definitely miss her on the tour. She's such a great competitor.
Most provocative public scolding: Chris Evert penned a letter in Tennis Magazine that called out Serena Williams for recent subpar results that were "hard to fathom."
"I wonder whether 20 years from now you might reflect on your career and regret not putting 100 percent of yourself into tennis," Evert wrote. "I don't see how acting and designing clothes can compare with the pride of being the best tennis player in the world."
It seemed as if the Williams sisters spent almost as much time in a courtroom as they did on the tennis court this year, testifying in a breach-of-contract case brought against them and father Richard Williams in West Palm Beach, Fla., by the would-be promoters of an exhibition event.
Such is the price you pay for not sticking to your commitments.
Best sporting gesture: Vera Zvonavera reacted quickly and compassionately when Mary Pierce tore up her knee during their match in Linz, Austria in October. Zvonareva rushed over with a bag of ice -- arriving before the trainer -- and stayed on the fringes of the group attending to Pierce until the veteran was carried off on a stretcher. Pierce faces a long rehab of the potentially career-ending injury.
That's what I'm talking about respect and good sportsmanship.
Worst sporting gesture: Maria Sharapova literally turned her back on former Bollettieri Academy classmate Tatiana Golovin as the Russian-born French player writhed in pain on her end of the court after injuring her ankle late in their match in Miami. Golovin had come back from a set down to win a tiebreaker and was making the third set a barn burner until she hurt herself. No one expects a player fighting for her competitive life to be Mother Teresa, but Sharapova's willful obliviousness, bouncing a ball and jogging beyond the baseline with nary a glance toward or inquiry about the condition of her opponent seems the height of cold, not cool.
Another proof the woman is a freakin' cyborg, she could give "The Terminator" a run for his money lol. Oh, wait he actually understood human emotion, never mind.
Testiest exchange with reporters: This was Sharapova's post-U.S. Open championship press conference, which she initiated with a schoolmarmish: "Let's make this a positive session tonight -- please, por favor." Things deteriorated from there. Sharapova tried to shut down talk of her posse's obvious signaling from the stands -- "I just won a Grand Slam. The last thing I'm going to talk about is some fingers or a banana, all right?" -- but spent much of the session verbally chopping fruit salad. WTA officials are considering scrapping the prohibition on remote coaching. If that would spare us similar unpleasantness, all we can say is, muchas gracias.
Ah, the words of a gracious champion *snort*.
Click here to read the whole article from ESPN.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Celebrity bad-girl Paris Hilton and social networking website Bebo were the hottest topics on Google in 2006, the superstar online search engine revealed.
The "Year-End Google Zeitgeist" top ten lists for general and news searches on the Internet showed global interest in online socializing and video viewing, as well as World Cup soccer, cancer, autism, celebrities and Hurricane Katrina.
Young website Bebo, where users share videos, pictures and music and seek former schoolmates, ranked ahead of MySpace, another teen-oriented social networking site, in the Google list of most popular general searches.
World Cup soccer ranked third, with the remaining top-ten queries focused on video sharing, radio blogging, and wikis, which are websites open to editing by visitors.
The Spanish word "rebelde" placed eighth in the general search rankings, with query results including a popular band, a video-sharing website, and a television series.
Hilton, who starred in the reality television show "The Simple Life," topped the list of the most frequent Google news searches, with actor Orlando Bloom ranking second.
Hunts for cancer news ranked third, followed by podcasting, Hurricane Katrina, and bankruptcy in that order.
Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis was seventh on the news search list, ahead of autism, the US National Football League draft, and the television show Celebrity Big Brother.
MySpace topped the general searches and singer Janet Jackson the news searches at Google in 2005.Article Source
Have we honestly gone so low as to make Paris Hilton the top news of this year?. Wow, we live in a sad sad world.
Now someone like the Swiss Miss Martina Hingis deserves to be there:), because she helped put women's tennis back on the forefront again. She is an athlete who motivates and inspires. What the heck did Paris do?, besides act dumber then she did the previous year? lol.
She is the last person on earth anyone should even remotely try look up to. And the sad fact is that a lot of the young girls do, which is scary scary thing.
1. Bebo - Britain's answer to MySpace
2. Myspace - Murdoch's answer to how to make money online
3. World Cup - France's answer to where head butting is acceptable
4. Metacafe - The other YouTube
5. Radioblog - Where bloggers practice extreme annoyance and how to crash Firefox
6. Wikipedia - Where wikiality and truthiness prevail
7. Video - Because searchers don't know how to be more specific
8. Rebelde - What's better than Catholic schoolgirls? Catholic schoolgirls in Spanish, apparently.
9. Mininova - Next year's acronym magnet (DRM, MPAA, RIAA, DOJ)
10. Wiki - Because the downside of Web 2.0 is you have to say things that sound silly.
Interesting results this year I'm definitely one of the people contributing to the video, wikipedia and Mininova searches.
I'm surprised that Myspace got beaten by a British equivalent, I haven't heard of them but catchy name. I also had no idea there was another YouTube, leave it to Google to teach you something new;).
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Lady Astor once told Winston: "If you were my husband I'd put poison in your tea!" to which Winston replied: "If you were my wife, I'd drink it!"
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
-- Winston Churchill
"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."
-- Winston Churchill
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
-- Clarence Darrow
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the
-- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
-- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading
-- Moses Hadas
"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
-- Groucho Marx
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of
-- Mark Twain
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
-- Oscar Wilde
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a
friend... if you have one."
-- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second...if there is one."
-- Winston Churchill, in response
"I feel so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here."
-- Stephen Bishop
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
-- John Bright
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-- Irvin S. Cobb
"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others."
-- Samuel Johnson
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
-- Paul Keating
"He had delusions of adequacy."
-- Walter Kerr
"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."
-- Jack E. Leonard
"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt."
-- Robert Redford
"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human
-- Thomas Brackett Reed
"He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them."
-- James Reston (about Richard Nixon)
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
-- Charles, Count Talleyrand
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
-- Forrest Tucker
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
-- Mark Twain
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
-- Mae West
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
-- Oscar Wilde
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support rather
-- Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
-- Billy Wilder
"Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good." - Samuel Johnson
A lovely Irish curse: "May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can't find you with a telescope".
"From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it." - Groucho Marx
"A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheeta." - Ronald Reagan
Monday, December 18, 2006
I had a delicious creamy mushroom soup as an appetizer, then for the main course I had a chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes and assorted vegetables. Yum!.
I topped it off with a creme brulee for dessert, very light yet very filling at the same time. The whole menu consisted of mostly sea food actually, so it left me with very limited choices since I'm not a sea food fan.
My dad was in heaven, he had some escargots and salmon. Good for him but those 2 dishes would never touch my lips! lol.
The only quibble I had was that it was a very small restaurant with very little room to move around comfortably, especially with a large party of people. All the chairs were quite close together, and everyone was basically bumping each other with their elbow if they weren't careful.
Made going to the rest room a bit of a nightmare, because I was sitting in the middle of the table so people were forced to get up when I wanted to get out of my seat. Really not the best seat arrangements at least on the lower level, the upper level looked a lot more comfortable.
The size of the place increased the noise level quite a bit, and I ended up yelling while trying to have a conversation with the person across from me.
The place itself was very elegant with romantic lighting and table set up, perfect if you're on a date not so great for office parties in my opinion.
We ended up eating an hour later then scheduled, because our cabbie, got lost when picking up 2 other people from the party. I was definitely ready to eat by the time we got there. All in all though it was an enjoyable evening, a nice break from the norm.
Strangely enough, it didn't get me into the Christmas season as much as I thought it would. I guess I'm just not really looking forward to it this year in particular for some reason. Maybe it'll change by the end of the week, till then I'll just have to grin and bear it.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Plus with those nagging injuries she had all this year it's very unlikely she would have played much longer. I was never really a Davenport fan but I will definitely miss her simply as Martina's greatest rival.
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Saturday, December 16, 2006
I'm sure you were starting to wonder what the heck happened to my blog, and why you kept getting a blank page. Well I had some extreme technical difficulties in the past week.
Some major issues with my template, not sure what happened whether I was hacked or what but either way it wasn't pleasant.
I've been tearing my hair out trying to figure out what happened and how to fix it. Took me a while but as you can see things are back to normal.
I have a lot of topics on the back burner, and I'll start to post them as time allows. I'm a little busy at the moment with some life stuff but should have ample free time at the end of next week.
Hopefully all of you have hang in there and will come back for a visit often now that things are back to normal, because I have a lot more to say;).
Monday, December 11, 2006
Very interesting read and a nice concise sum-up, for those who haven't been following Tennis too closely this year.
My favourites would have to be:
VETERAN OF THE YEAR (WOMEN): Martina Hingis, who came back after three years off due to injury and burnout and finished the year ranked No. 7. Now, can the wily 26-year-old push her game up to another level and win her sixth Grand Slam title?My answer? a resounding YES!! :D
VETERAN OF THE YEAR (MEN): Czech Radek Stepanek is 28 years old, and despite missing the entire second half of the season with an injury, he still finished the year ranked No. 19. Plus, he's managed to stay with his girlfriend, Hingis, for nearly a year now, the longest stint for any of the demanding Swiss' tennis playing beaus.
Hmmm...I don't know about the demanding part.
MATCH OF THE YEAR (MEN): In his swan-song tournament, Agassi defeated a cramping Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 in three hours and 49 minutes of daring, gutsy late night tennis at the U.S. Open. This second round victory was the American's legend's last victory and will surely be rebroadcast hundreds of times.Have to completely agree with this, Agassi definitely went out with a bang.
Click here for the whole list from Fox Sports.
Friday, December 08, 2006
To view the video you need to sign up for a YouTube account;).
Seriously Britney, everyone knows you're slutty but I think this is hitting a new low. As a mother of 2 you'd think she would have a little more sense now but unfortunately not.
I hope this is not some residual effect of the K-Fed break up, because that guy is so not worth a penny.
Speaking of I think Britney should perhaps invest some pennies on a pair of unmentionables. Really wouldn't hurt you Britney. We do not need another Paris Hilton I think one is more then enough.
Oh, and a small note to my readers just a warning Britney bashing is one of my favourite things lol, so if that's not your cup of tea you can always click back.
Now I may not do it too often, but when the mood strikes I will not shy away from the topic. And lets face it as long as Britney keeps hanging out with Miss airhead Hilton I will have plenty of fodder lol.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
As for the rest I'm sure my parents have tried those moves at some point in their lives lol. Gotta hand it to this guy, you have to be in pretty good shape to perform all of that.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Have to say travelling is not a lot of fun this time of year, especially if the only way you can get around is by bus. The weather has gotten a lot colder and it's really starting to feel like December. Lets just say I'm hoping this winter will be short. But the realist in me says, that living in Canada makes that next to impossible lol.
Anyway, that's about it in terms of my life at the moment. Let's get back to something a little more interesting... pop culture:D. I'm sure we've all heard of a little movie called "Rocky" right? (if you haven't then it's probably because you're a youngster or living under a rock lol).
For those who don't know there were 5 movies in total, which I've always thought was more then enough. But Hollywood didn't and they've made another one. Yep, that's right Rocky VI aka "Rocky Balboa" is coming to a theatre near you this Christmas. It stars an aging Sylvester Stallone (although I have to say he looks good for his age).
Here is a trailer for Rocky VI that I found on YouTube:
It looks interesting, but to be honest I don't think many people will go see it, except maybe the die hard Rocky fans of course. I think I would rather just wait for the DVD lol.
Also according to the Internet Movie Database Sly is doing another Rambo movie entitled "Rambo IV:Pearl of the Cobra" due out in 2008.
Hollywood is clearly out of ideas.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Staying in, eating junk food, playing Sega (yes I still have a working system). The perfect way to relax.
The weather we've been having lately is perfect for staying in (if you can). It's been nothing but wind, rain and cold for the past 3 days. Strangely enough we don't have any snow yet, but I'm sure it's on its way. Oh, joy.
This weather hasn't been very favourable for my immune system, I've been feeling crappy for the past 3 days.
Hoping it is only weather related, I don't need to get sick right now. Especially since I'm going for a job assessment on Monday, don't want that day to be any more difficult then it has to be.
Cold gloomy days are of course also perfect for surfing the net, which makes the geek in me very happy lol. Speaking of I'm off to surf right now:D.
Friday, December 01, 2006
I did find an interesting trailer for a horror movie with Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn on Buffy) called "Black Christmas" from what I've gathered it's a remake of a 1974 flick. What's really strange is that it comes out on Christmas Day.
Makes you wonder how many people will actually see it. Especially since the plot of the movie involves young girls getting killed left and right. Not exactly something that fills one with Christmas cheer. But I'm sure there will be some horror buffs curious to see it.
Gotta say it's nice to see Michelle she disappeared for a while after "Eurotrip" but this year she's done some tv appearances one on House and the other on Law and Order: CI this week. And it looks like now she's getting back on to the big screen.
You can check out the trailer here: