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The U.S. Open Strikes Back!

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So these days, with the biggest tennis show on the globe going on in NYC, with tennis AND golf totally swamped with money and changing so fast it takes a degree in TV to follow them, it's almost impossible for me to remember if I quit tennis or golf first, and if the reason was I couldn't live with myself for cheating by not counting all my strokes (in golf) or I just couldn't win enuf (in tennis).


But how can any of that really matter? The National Conventions are on us like stink on sh** again, and money high on a hill on a lazy summer afternoon in upstate New York or near the Connecticut River is GONE, with so many memories and the sound of a steel trap clanging closed across time. We're just worm food when we die.

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U.S. Open 2012, by asterix 511 at Flickr Commons
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The 2012 National Convention, by kris krug at Flickr Commons
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If Andy Roddick can be our sentimental favorite, a loveable American who really cares (and presumably James Blake's white bro), TV in this country has replaced our real, sleeping dreams with its latest and least unelaborated fantasies. First we see Andy crying, then the camera pans to his central Texas babe, also dabbing her eyes and giving it up for sweet old Andy.

Maritza Anain, by qsimple at Flickr Commons
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So be it.

Now where was I?

Oh yeah: I was trying NOT to register the most invidious parallels between politics and sports now and sixty (60) years ago. Because as we all know, politics is already reverted into 19th century America, while sports on television has so much loose money to spend they still have another couple of years -- if any us have - to get the kinks out.

While here I sit, broken-hearted, a Tiger and Federer fan who's seen the former hung by his own petard, while the latter continues telling the American public that private money provided to Malawi kids will make some sort of difference -- but, certainly on a non-global scale - before the globe disappears.

But I digress. Possibly another Flickr Pic will pull it all into focus:

The End Nearby, by Wouter KvG at Flickr Commons
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That captured, I took a break and turned on The Eye in my living room, just in time to catch the Tennis Channel informing me from New Yawk that Federer had lost AND one of the ball-girls at the U.S. Open has an artificial leg from the knee down. In fact it was a 5-minute section about the ball-girl and who knows, maybe the girl's 15 minutes of fame. So momentarily I melted, but then recovered and realized this illustrates exactly the difference between money and the rest of us: money thinks the happiness of one person is pretty much all we can accomplish on earth, whereas all of us trying to change things measure success in a totally different language, namely, the proposed happiness of the many.

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$50 Leg Prothesis, by atsign10 at Flickr Commons
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More later? Only if by your comments, you ask for it. Pinky swear.


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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)

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