Australian Open

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel << Dear kind readers: I enjoy sports more with app notifications, and I’ve written about it repeatedly. Now is the time for the Australian Open, because games to reduce the eight remaining men and eight remaining women to two champions begins in a few hours. Sincerely, Tom Doody. The tedious part I’ve done on the Australian Open is the kind of tech stuff most people won’t bother themselves with, but if someone were to follow my instructions posted today there are rewards. Even if getting game notifications has no hope of converting anyone to a sports fan it is nice to know the major events as they happen. >> Tom Doody

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Australian Open

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel << Dear kind readers: I promise you’ll feel like you are following the Australian Open with minimized time. Sincerely, Tom Doody. ONE: download the Australian Open app, warning: it’s slow on older phones TWO: choose the following eight players as favorites: WOMEN: barty pegula krejcikova keys collins cornet swiatek knepi Men: monfils berretini shapovalov nadal sinner tsitsipas auger-aliassime medvedev THREE: set the notifications. >> Tom Doody

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dry martini time

yo sibs: if r dad wr alive 2day he’d celebrate his 94th birthday . . eye’m remembering him and his comical "dry martini time" song via attached mp3 . . ¿Comical? it was clear to me at r mom’s memorial that r dad’s legacy had its highpoint at Immaculate Conception Port Clinton Ohio 1994 and considering drinking his legacy shrunk. I’ve reconciled with my own early adult bing drinking, but this reconciliation has the price of keeping me away from Cleveland and probably prices I’m not aware of . . one of our cousins told me she didn’t like our dad, bc he always got her mom drunk . . and each of u have reason to think this is overly naive, but this was the first significant "don’t like ur dad" feedback 2me ever . . Martha chose Bill and loved him to the grave all the while keeping loose guide ropes to avoid total disaster . and . . . eye’m remembering a comical Bill moment this AM . . love fr NJ2CO2CO2OH2WI Tommy Tee Tom

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Mani

4th to wish me happy birthday earlier this January 2022 was Mani Kandan who is the 1st of four w no vis-a-vis history, though no vis-a-vis moment w Mani this distinction seems unimportant, because eye feel like we shared important moments 2gether like the time he was single seeking marriage, and may b residence in my country, so we had 1of those nvr2b 4gotten conversations . . details will not b disclosed here . only . . smiling now as eye trust Mani will smile spending a moment recalling that phone call . . Mani is married now to the woman he was seeking during the wife hunt when he included me . . eye wish them continued happy years 2gether . . they lived in Dakar Senegal and until then eye only know of Dakar Bangladesh . their Dakar is Muslim City and the city occupied a historic beautiful peninsula unlike Camaroon and like South Africa coasts only x tend back and from the tip there’s only ocean and in Senegal’s case the very big Atlantic . often remembered as a favorite visit is a week on a Muslim island in Indonesia . . . . and eye sense Dakar would have similar charm . . after returning to his childhood home of Chennai Tamil Nadu . . . and may b eye missed some locations he’s now in Banjul Gambia, which is the capital It’s a peninsula on the south of the Gambia River and until recently there was no bridge crossing the river, so the country was 2 halves separated by a very large body of water . . cool this is news 2me thot Mani stayed in India Dear Mani: grazie4wishing me happy birthday . . seeing ur marriage represented in fb and recalling that eye in a sm way was part of u finding ur wife returns fond memories of r friendship . . ciao fr NJ to the Gambia Tom

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Arantxa Loizaga

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel << This text will post on my blog and fb, and the primary target is my learn-Spanish whatsapp group now with more than fifty members. Amigas Amigos: Today’s telemundo mediodia opens with: “Que tal le saluda Arantxa Loizaga y estás son las noticias del mediodía en digital”. I have lifelines helping me with Spanish: ONE: my wife whose qualification do not include Spanish yet her total language skills and the fact we cohabitate makes her awesome TWO: my barrio amiga who’s from Cuenca Ecuador THREE: amiga from a fb learn-Spanish group who lives in Buenos Aires Argentina THREE: the daughter of a friend who lives in Peru. If you were to listen to today’s Telemundo Mediodia with the text from above, you would realize I’m correct, but this is not what I’m trying to demonstrate. My point is: it’s difficult. Even with my lifelines no one person got it correct. It took me to research the names my lifelines thought they were hearing and seeing if the names were found on Telemundo.com. The long, like 90 minute, process matched what we were hearing with a hit. I share this process with you for the following reason: if you think you’re not hearing correctly, because you don’t speak Spanish you might be wrong, and being excellent in Spanish might not help. People talk fast, especially when they say their name. Sincerely, Tom Doody. >> Tom Doody

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cinematography

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel << Cinematography is the art of making motion pictures. When a person calls himself or herself a cinematographer, there are some trade practices at work with ego, and it gets complicated, so I’ll speak only about the craft of cinematography, and compliment the makers of Roma for making an artistically successful cohesive movie. The showcase scene is when the Doctor Dad Husband comes home. After a hero’s welcome and a brief stay he leaves never to return home. The doctor’s Ford parking in a small space showcases the film maker’s excellent cinematography. It captures different nervousness inside the Ford and with the waiting family and maids. The scene foreshadows the doctor’s final goodbye. The movie advances, and the drunk now single mother returns bumping everything with the same Ford that had been piloted skillfully by the Doctor. Late in the never-ending film the mother returns with a new small car. This can be pinpointed as cohesiveness. When one adds consideration of the three minutes of the Doctor skillfully navigating the Ford it’s all that’s needed to see artistically successful cinematography. The film lacks a lot, but it’s the first time I. as only a consumer of movies, can praise cinematography as a distinct element of a film. >> Tom Doody

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Roma dog shit and a Ford

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel << Roma, a Mexican Spanish-language movie, won awards, and I quit after watching water flush across a tile floor for what I thought was too long. Circumstances lead me to another chance, and now I understand the super-extended mop water opening. That scene and every moment of the movie is a cohesive picturesque masterpiece. Dear kind readers: If a Spanish language film is not likely to keep your attention, then . . please, I’m begging; I’ll do anything, por favor. Get on netflix, and ff to the dad doctor comes home. Sincerely, Tom Doody. He drives a Ford, and the maid opens the door, and the frame is intensely focused on both headlights and everything in between. The entire frame is the two headlights and the grill of the Seventies Ford. It’s obvious the house was build without any idea anyone would own a wide car, and without any idea that any person would attempt to get that car onto the property, but the doctor does with awesome skill and attention to detail. There is a moment when the left rear view mirror hits, and the car reverses with frame focus on the dashboard and PRNDL and the doctor’s cigarette with opera on the car sound system. The car would predate factory HiFi, but this audio is great supposedly from the stock Seventies Ford radio. This, por supuesto, is impossible, but like the sum total of a mega bundle of details the filmmakers left nothing to chance. This Ford-Doctor-Dad-Husband comes home scene reveals important details in addition to being brilliantly produced. Once I’m comforted that a bunch of people cooperated to master a million details just to entertain me I relax and enjoy. I also feel asleep, so tonight the rest of Roma. >> Tom Doody

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destruido not estuary

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel << Dear kind readers: The target audience of this text is a whatsapp learn-Spanish group, ur invited. Sincerely, Tom Doody. This text will ping along with a 00.00.07 mp3. This is an excerpt from yesterday’s Telemundo Mediodia YouTube, and the subject is USA winter storm. I could not transcribe the word: “destruido”, so I got help. I now know I was hearing the English word: “estuary”, which is an uncommon word to describe a natural body of water of sea water fresh water mix. I ate at a restaurant with Estuary in the name in Brooklyn on Sunday. Since I was not parsing in the right place I could not hear destruido when in context with the helpful property destroyed images accompanying the Univision Mediodia youtube I had all I need to get “destruido”, but I could not unhear “estu . . “. >> Tom Doody

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not Hitler’s last wrds, pero

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel << BBC claims phone call recordings in their fresh release have never been heard before. Without faulting BBC (bc this is awesome investigation and reporting) a better phrase would have been: “never been made public”. Ben Ali is a former dictator of Tunisia, and his final phone calls in power have been made public by BBC. My nicknames for each person are in all caps. Zine al-Abidine BEN ALI is the fallen then deceased dictator. Tarak Ben Ammar FRIEND ONE influential media tycoon kiss ass level 10, Ridha Grira minister of defence OFFICIAL ONE delivers news of temporary president Mohamed Ghannouchi is interim president Ben Ali: eye’m returning in a few hours when u return the army will b w u Kamel Eltaïef confidant and influential business man FRIEND TWO situation is bad the army is not enough Ben Ali: safe 2 return Kamel ¿Wat? things r not good General Rachid Ammar army chief of staff OFFICIAL TWO ¿Who dis? wait return later things r okay Ridha Grira minister of defence OFFICIAL ONE (the only person Ben Ali called twice) we’re not in control of the streets we can’t guarantee ur safety Ben Ali: eye consider u like a son. Dear kind readers: Please, I’m begging; I’ll do anything, por favor, find the Tunisia audio on BBC and listen. Listen with the idea that this is not fiction. Listen with an ear that says something like this could happen in your country. Listen like Hollywood, Bollywood, or K-pop is planning a version, and you want the real version first. Sincerely, Tom Doody. I make no attempt to summarize, and only make spontaneous comments. The level of kiss ass by FRIEND ONE is level ten, and it is imaginable dictators surround themselves with people who compromise themselves like friend one. Kissing ass goes beyond flattery, and devolves into lies. History has revealed many people who compromise themselves to kiss ass. OFFICIAL TWO Ben Ali only talks to this man once, and the man begins with: “Who dis”, which is a line Alec Baldwin delivers on SNL how Bret Kavanaugh answers then President Trump’s call. This man OFFICIAL TWO also delivers a comic “what” and “huh” instead of delivering the brutal truth. Dear kind readers: If Hitler’s final phone calls were made public I would not have to beg you to listen, and since this is Tunisia, and you probably never knew Ben Ali by name I’m motivated to beg. Again, please, I’m begging; I’ll do anything, por favor: BBC Tunisia. Sincerely, Tom Doody >> Tom Doody

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Bob

Bob Marchase wished me happy birthday 3rd and the 1st not favored by eastern time zone only Japan and Italia wr ahead of Bobbydeville . . Bob uses this nickname on social media and it seems he likes it though eye knew him by the name on his sewn-on nametag Bob . . may b Robert but eye called him Bob . . . a coworker from the beverage plant once pumping out super-sweet fruitless fruit beverages in the Pennsylvania town where my first-born son, David, is buried . . . a coworker, Dan, as we knew him Danny on his obituary died this week . . it’d b nice2 share a moment in Dan’s memory may b w Bob . . Bob’s daughter, Cassie, was born the same year as my daughter, Erin, from pics Bob has a nice and warm link2his daughter, which is wonderful2c . . seems may b Cassie is married w her husband in round the Christmas tree pics . . Bob’s marriage continues to the wife eye knew back in the day and Bob’s retired . . ¿Really? impossible his mind has retired creative and tireless . . . common amigos include: Chris Nicoll, Chip Barrick, Todd Frederick, Rick Adams, Robert Carbaugh, and Mark Miller . fr facebook ideas like a factual reconciliation with the Amhaud Arbery killer prosecution and evidence from court is an idea that’s likely 2 hit a sour note among these common friends and "stop the steal" is probably living w in each of them, so . . well eye haven’t been unfriended yet . . which says ¿Something? . . Bob made a piece of art from the melted plastic that came from a six head x truder . . . and as eye remember each head sort of made a human figure . . creative fun. . . Dear Bobbydeville: Glad 2 b having birthdays and glad to get a birthday greeting fr u . . grazie fr NJ near the Lincoln Tunnel 2 Bubbleville Pennsylvania ciao ur amigo Tom

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