Have a new tennis buddy I am losing to every single time we play singles (three days). Last month he was on the court 24 days. Now that is really commitment. He also does a half hour of sit ups every morning, when he first wakes up, and then another half hour around 4:00 each afternoon.

What fantastic discipline. No wonder I haven’t yet recorded a victory. No wonder he is such a strong competitor. But when he places his shot so perfectly that I can’t even touch the ball with my racket, I am watching pure poetry. It is a pleasure to applaud such skilled execution. Maybe someday soon I will take a set. For now, I have never enjoyed losing so much.

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