Monthly Archives: January 2014


Robert is in Sacramento today. For important business. The Wine and Grape convention. Lots of shiney stainless steel tanks and such on display. Not a lot of sample wine, unfortunately.

Wawrinka Outlasts Djokovic in a Marathon Match

Robert is a big fan of Iron Stan. He’s going to the top, if he gets past Nadal.

S. Wawrinka def. N. Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.

Djokovic did not lose the match, Wawrinka won it.

From the New York Times, January 22, 2014, including highlights video.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Stanislas Wawrinka’s forehand sailed wide on break point in the fourth set, and Novak Djokovic screamed. Then he screamed again. Then he screamed once more. He screamed as if he won the tournament. He screamed as if he won the lottery. He screamed so loud for so long the chair umpire issued a warning.

The whole scene felt familiar: Djokovic against Wawrinka in a Grand Slam contest, the match more like a marathon, Wawrinka close but Djokovic beginning to pull ahead. It felt that way until the Australian Open quarterfinal ended with Wawrinka in front, the final score, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7. As the final point concluded, his face — eyes wide, mouth agape — registered the most shock of all.

Hiroo Onoda

From The New York Times

Hiroo Onoda, an Imperial Japanese Army officer who remained at his jungle post on an island in the Philippines for 29 years, refusing to believe that World War II was over, and returned to a hero’s welcome in the all but unrecognizable Japan of 1974, died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital, the Japanese government said. He was 91.

On a related note, Robert and Mira are enjoying (for lack of a better word) the audiobook version of Unbroken, A World War Two Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Lauren Hillenbrand, 2010. They listen each night for about 5 minutes . . .

New Shirt

Don’t tell Mira, but today Robert bought a new inspirational tennis shirt.  It is called an “inspirational” shirt because of its size. It is too small, but if Robert can lose a few pounds, it should fit well enough.  He does not need to lose a ton of weight to get into it, but he can’t be his current tub-of-goo self.  Wish him luck!