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Hi, everybody!

I come from a tennis-watching family with delusions of grandeur; a cousin on my mother's side was, for a time, ranked the #1 women's tennis player in India, and we've all turned this fact into proof that we are an athletic family, when the truth is . . . we're so not, aside from that cousin and my little brother.

Anyway. Tennis. I forgot how much fun it is, until I tuned in over the long weekend to watch Rafael Nadal play. I can't believe this kid is only 23. I feel like I've been watching him play for years - because I have, because he's been winning tournaments, Grand Slams, since he was a teenager. He plays a really beautiful, exciting game - groundstrokes and footwork, rather than a big serve and aggressive winners. And he takes it seriously, isn't a ham, but he's clearly having fun out there (even when he's playing with a torn abdominal muscle).

And he's just adorable. He lives with his family! He got all flustered when an interviewer noted the whistling and cheering that erupted when he took off his shirt (to get medical attention for his abdominal muscle)! He's lithe, with big shoulders and slim hips; he's got a crooked smile and eye-crinkles; he has the most beautiful skin ever.

I don't know why I'm rambling about him now, except that I was in bed, watching with sleep-droopy eyes as he finished off Gael Monfils, and that gave me some very nice images to go to sleep on. And then I promptly had a dream in which Patrick Warburton - in full Tick get-up - was trying to seduce Meryl Streep.

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But was Meryl Streep in full Julia Child get up?

Weirdly, she seemed totally fine with it - a little bored, a little bemused, but not really reacting very much.

Your dream sounds like comedy gold, and I think I would pay to see it.

It was WEIRD, yo. If only I could make you see what I saw!

Wow, I don't generally watch sports if I can help it, but I just tracked down pictures and wow. He's gorgeous!

Rafa kept me up late last night, like he has so many times before and, even though I had to get up about 4.5 hours after going to bed, I don't regret it for a minute! He is class and youth and athleticism and adorablism ('tis so a word!) all wrapped up in one amazing package and I was thrilled to see how happy he was after winning last night's match. I was worried about him this weekend - with that abs issue - but he was in extremely fine form last night. Though I'm also very much a Federer fan, I would so love to see Nadal get his career slam this weekend. Vamos, Rafa *G* \o/

I'm actually not a Federer fan - he seems like a perfectly nice person, but there's no hook for me there - nothing I can really sit back and enjoy when I watch him play.

I hope Rafa gets to finish his match soon! The wait must be getting to him.

The wait sure is getting to me!

I understand your feelings about Federer completely. Rafa's feistiness, his grit, is hugely appealing to me and will keep me up late watching. Though I really do admire Federer (I'd call myself a fan), the other night when he was playing Soderling, I stayed up late but was busy on the computer doing other things while watching the match. With Rafa I'm rivetted :)

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PIRATE PANTS! Ha! That is exactly right! (Even then, he was a beautiful boy, but now, he looks like he's finally hitting that boy-to-man threshold, and it's lovely.)

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