Tennis Match: A Photo Essay

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Every tennis match is different.

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They’re all played under the same rules.

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And every tennis player has the same goal.

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But that’s really where the similarities end.

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Some matches draw a crowd.

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Some… don’t.

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A select few are legendary.

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Most feature different players.

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Newcomers.

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Veterans.

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But some feature the same ones in a rematch of previous bouts.

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And even those might have different results from year to year.

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For the fan, each tennis match is like its own little world.

From the coin toss…

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…to the first serve…

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…to all the great plays…

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…to rowdy fans…

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…to arguments with the umpires…

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…to the final handshake…

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…and even to the post-match interview…

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…it takes a lot to be involved in a match.

Only you and those who have been with you know the full story.

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Newcomers can only guess at what’s already happened.

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Or they can be told, but it’s not…

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Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First

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Dear Google,

I wish you’d talked to teachers like me before you made that $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning.

I’ve seen the damage Accelerated Reader can do.

I witnessed it for the first time when I tutored a struggling 5th grader…eighteen years ago.

He hated to read.

He hated being locked into a level.

He hated the points associated with the books.

But more importantly, he was humiliated when he didn’t earn enough points to join in the monthly party or get to ‘buy’ things with those points at a school store full of junky prizes.

I’ve seen kids run their fingers along the binding of a book, a book they REALLY wanted read, but then hear them say, “But it’s not an AR book,” or “It’s not my level.”

I’ve watched them scramble to read the backs of books or beg a friend for answers so they can get…

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Terrible Recipies

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Selections from my forthcoming terrible cookbook 

Pumpkin Surprise

7 handfuls of Cool Ranch Doritos

Roughly a gallon of caramel sauce

1 can of pumpkin puree

1 smoked turkey leg from the Fair

Combine the Doritos and the caramel inside a freshly carved Jack-o-Lantern. Watch as it oozes out the eyeholes. Pretty neat, huh? Next, drizzle on the pumpkin puree. Maybe see what that feels like rubbed on your face. Gross? You bet. Put the whole mess in the front seat of your car and just drive, man, just drive. When you reach the border of the closest state, eat that turkey leg. You’ve earned it, buddy.

Farmer’s Stew

1 goat

7 gallons melted fish

Most vegetables

No salt

An unacceptable amount of paprika

Mix the goat and the melted fish in a cauldron over a roaring fire. Make witchy faces and noises. Curse your neighbor’s crops. IMPORTANT: Make sure you…

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