Lesson 842 – Part of the Show or How Not to Watch the US Open

Just as there is in anything in life, there is a right way to do things and a wrong way.

If you want your flock to be protected, you need to perform daily maintenance on the coop. You need to inspect the wire for any weak or loose spots and you need to fill in holes from those who were hoping to breach the coop’s security during the night. You need to pay attention, it’s as simple as that.

The past two days I have been at the US Open. As someone who loves the sport, I’m willing to bear with the crowds and the exorbitant food prices (a bottle of water costs $5.00) in order to see some of the best tennis in the world. Yesterday we saw Roger Federer (he’s the tiny blue dot on the  near side of the court) and while you may think that no one could pay you enough to sit that far away from a game and watch, I assure you that, as I alluded to yesterday, sometimes, it’s about the experience. Being with friends you haven’t seen in years. Watching tennis, tennis, tennis, tennis, and yes, even having to take out a mortgage for lunch. It’s all part of the show that is the US Open.

Believe it or not, this is exciting!

Believe it or not, this is exciting!

Last night we were able to catch the evening match of  17-year-old American Victoria Duval’s against the 2011 champion Samantha Stosur from Australia. Duval was ranked 296, Stosur was seeded 11th.  No one expected to say more to Duval at the end of the match than “well, the fact that you even made it into the US Open is an accomplishment.”

But then little Duval (17 years old, remember) played her heart out and pulled out one of the most exciting wins I have seen in years. The power and agility of these two women could be felt from the stands. Everyone in the crowd was moving with the ball and reacting to each stroke. The crowd yelled as one when we started to realize that that this young woman, a girl really, was going to pull off something that no one had expected of her.

It was tennis magic in the making. the world of tennis had its eye on this match.

Except for this guy sitting in front of me.

That's Stosur in the background, the 11th seed for women at the US Open. In the foreground? Oh, only some idiot.

That’s Stosur in the background, the 11th seed for women at the US Open. In the foreground? Oh, only some US Open tennis fan.

Like I said earlier, there is a right way to do things and a wrong way.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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