June 21st, 2011

Christmas: Holly

Wimbledon Days 01 & 02

There were no great surprises yesterday (well apart from Venus Williams's outfit, which I'm still more than a little surprised and bemused by).

Instead it was a good half day of tennis, well apart from on Centre Court where they did manage a full schedule due to the shiny roof. I really do hope we don't get either Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova (or even worse both) playing under the roof as the noise is extremely enhanced.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rafa's match, it was very entertaining and enjoyable. Rafa's opponent, Michael Russell (USA) didn't seem the least big fazed to be playing on Centre Court for the first time ever against the current Wimbledon champion and world #01. If anything it was Rafa who almost seemed a wee bit in awe to begin with. He didn't get a chance to open on Centre Court in 2009, which he would have done being defending champion, as he was injured and he said afterwards what a wonderful moment it was. Thus, it was Russell who got the first break of serve and was 4:2 up in the first set, for a moment I was reminded of last year's opening match with then defending champion Roger Federer being one service game away from going out.

However, Rafa seemed to 'wake up' and even more frightening for any opponent started to find the lines - 'oh, look, there's a line, I can hit that' - and in the end won in straight sets. Even so, Russell did break him again with a phenomenal game that had Rafa smiling his appreciation and Uncle Toni applauding Russell for such a good game. It's rather sad, I think, and an indication of how things are today that the commentators made a comment of how sporting it was that Uncle Toni was applauding Russell, even though he'd just broken Rafa's serve. Surely good play deserves to be applauded, whether or not it's your 'charge' or the opponent? Apparently not.

But it was a jolly good match, with really excellent play by both men. I'm really glad it was a match and Russell wasn't over-awed.

I didn't see much of Murray's four set match - only the final set - as I felt it was too early to make poor J sit through men's tennis and as it wasn't Rafa . . . I told him I was 'saving up my credits' for later which made him laugh. (And no, J doesn't dictate the TV or 'rule' me, he was quite happy for me to watch it, it was my choice not to, as whilst he does enjoy doubles, especially mixed doubles, and did enjoy the final set of the 2008 final and doesn't mind watching the odd it, I don't think it's fair to make him sit through too much).

I also enjoyed the match between Francesca Schiavone and Jelena Dokic, which had to be paused for about forty minutes whilst the roof was closed and the air circulation balanced. It was a very tight match with again great play by both ladies. As I remarked to plutos_revenge, I wonder just how many big titles, including slams, Dokic might have won over the years had she not had the father she had?

Today brings us Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on Centre Court, following Serena Williams match. Neither man should have any problems with their opening opponents (hopes I haven't jinxed them *hides from plutos_revenge*).

Because of the rain yesterday I may (assuming the Beeb are 'kind') get to see Andy Roddick and/or Jelena Jankovic today, as neither got to even start their match yesterday.

The schedule is very full today, with a considerable number of yesterday's matches scheduled to finish or start today as well as all the 'normal' Tuesday matches - including the match between Inser and Mahut (I honestly don't think that will be a repeat of last year as far as length of time/score goes). Unless the weather and light are very kind, I really can't see them getting through all the matches today.
Christmas: Holly

Thirty Days NCIS Meme. Day #21 - Something You Wish You Could Go Back And Change

I saw this quite some time ago on dinozzoitis's journal and finally got around to doing it.

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Day 21 – Something you wish you could go back and change

A really easy one:

The introduction in 'Hiatus' of the Shannon and Kelly story-line, I wouldn't just change it, I'd obliterate it.

For me it's the worst and most annoying and hard to believe story-line the show has come up with.

I find it very hard to believe that Gibbs is still so traumatised by their deaths given he married a further three times, the first one being not that long after their deaths. Plus, if he really was still suffering so much and hung up on their deaths to the extent it comes over as being whenever they are mentioned, he'd never have got through his psyche evaluations each year.

Also, the man we were introduced to in Seasons One & Two, the man who told Kate suicide by cop, get over it', the man with all the rules, the man who is so together would not still be so hung up and distraught over deaths that happened c. twenty years ago. Yes, of course he'll still miss Shannon and Kelly, that's only natural, but the way they have portrayed him since 'Hiatus' every time the subject comes up, is the reaction of someone whose loss is really recent. I just find it nigh on impossible to believe the Gibbs we love and know, would react like he does.

Also, the thing about him not using the master bedroom in a house he's clearly had since he was married to Shannon and a house in which he lived with at least one of his ex-wives and unless he has a private income as well as his NCIS pay, all three of them. He couldn't have afforded to own two houses, surely? Although we do know one divorce cost him a house, which could mean he had to fork out for another one as he refused to sell the one he lives in now. But even if he only lived there with Stephanie, what did he do, her/them she couldn't go into the room? Do you think she'd accept that?  Plus, as we know, anyone who knows Gibbs knows about his basement, so it does seem he's lived there all the time.

It's just one of the many inconsistencies that the introduction of this story-line has brought to the show. Not to mention the whole 1991 which must have been at least three times as long as a normal year given just how much Gibbs was meant to have done in the year.

It wouldn't be quite so bad if we didn't keep having it shoved down our throats all the time. In 'Requiem' it was clear to me (and many others) that finally Gibbs had found peace with himself and said goodbye to his 'girls' as we see it when he's close to drowning. But, no, TPTB couldn't let it go, they have to bring it up again and again. And all these people who ask him 'do you have children, Agent Gibbs?' so we can see his pained reaction. Do people really go around asking perfect strangers that kind of question? I don't and nor do I have it asked.

And with the introduction of this story-line we then found out so much about Gibbs, too much, IMHO. One of the things that made Gibbs so fascinating to begin with was his enigma status. Now that has been virtually stripped away as we find out more and more and more.

I love Gibbs, I really, really do, he's my equal favourite character, and I know a lot of people really love the S&K story-line as it makes Gibbs more 'human'. However, if I could I really would go back and change what happened in 'Hiatus' and remove dead wife and daughter from the story-line.