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  1. Going to the 1st day of the US Open Quals in an hour or so. I just looked at the drawer sheet. At 11am, on adjacent courts, which can both be viewed by standing in between, are matches featuring Felix A-A (court 4) & Denis Shapovalov (court 5). I know where I'll be heading.
  2. Rocks & Co, I'm putting together a bachelor party for 15-20 people, scheduled for Labor Day 2006. The destination is Montreal and the prospect is a little overwhelming. I'll need to come up with places for at least two group dinners and a brunch on Sunday. I would prefer to find private rooms and prix fixe menus, so we can monitor costs better and not mortify the locals. I don't really know where to begin. Any help is welcome, even if it's simply a good place to do some research. Also, feel free to PM me with any activity suggestions. Merci. Alex
  3. The date besides Félix Auger-Alissime's name isn't the year he went on tour; it's his birth year. At age 16: * He's the youngest player in the World Top 800 (currently ranked #749) * He's the youngest player ever to qualify for, and win a main draw match, on the ATP Challenger Tour (the Challenger Tour is just one step below the full-fledged ATP World Tour - sort of like AAA Baseball). * He won the Sopra Steria de Lyon in June, making him the 7th-youngest player ever to win a Challenger tournament. * He has won both the U.S. Open Junior Singles and Doubles titles. Auger-Alissime is someone to look out for in future years - here's a highlight film of his Sopra Steria de Lyon victory. Notice the way he can play side-to-side, but also that he's not the least bit afraid to come to net: This represents the next generation of great tennis players (with Federer, and to a lesser degree, Sampras, already having paved the way). This will place more emphasis (slightly more) on speed and quickness than sheer endurance, and will probably make players like McEnroe and Sampras very happy. I don't think he's going to be able to get away with drop shotting this much as his competition gets better-and-better: You don't beat a great player hitting short.
  4. "Since we have a Baseball thread, why not Ice Hockey?" "Because the world 'hockey' sounds sillier-and-sillier each time you say it, Don." "Oh." I had *no* idea that this sport was played indoors as early as 1875 (and in the Olympics since 1920). There is a bevy (I've always wanted to use that word, bevy) of interesting information in the Wikipedia article (under the "Ice Hockey" link), and Wikipedia's links will take you into even more depth. Like the Baseball thread, this is about the sport itself - its origins, rules, etc. - and not about any particular team or player. Thus, it probably won't get a lot of activity, but it's here if you need it.
  5. This is a story about something happening in Montreal; if you click on this link in the Intrepid Traveler section of this fine establishment you can read about places to visit there, since it is a city filled with restaurants. Having visited there twice, I can testify. The story is about the intersection of government and the restaurant industry. While this bylaw only effects one street, it's a significant street in Montreal. The street also includes the internationally-known Joe Beef, and one of the co-owners is quoted in the story.
  6. I wouldn't call myself a beer expert, but I think that I'm pretty familiar with most everything distributed in the state of Virginia. When a friend, visiting from Arlington, saw this beer on sale for $3.99 a bottle and bought every single one of them all the shelf I figured I still had something to learn. His first moment of shock was that it was just sitting on the shelf at Whole Foods, while the second exclamation was at the 3.99 price tag, on sale for $1 off the regular price of $4.99. This is a $10 beer in DC he told me as he filled his cart with all twelve bottles, ensuring that one of the bottles would be for me. Last night I decided to open my bottle with along with some takeout Vietnamese from the most reliable option we've found in Richmond so far, Tay-Ho. The pairing was a perfect match. The Route des Epices could easily be overwhelmed by the addition of peppercorns in the brewing process, but while the flavor is in every sip, it is very subtle. The rye beer base recipe was very refreshing and by itself is a good beer to drink with a meal. The slight "tingling" (how it is described on the bottle) of the peppercorns really gives beer more of a cocktail feeling. One bottle could last throughout a meal, with a sip or two after every couple of bites to really enhance the flavor of the food. I was eating lemongrass stir fry, so the pairing could have just been kismet, and I'd be disappointed having this beer with a less complex dish. The less than stellar rating from the crowd on beer advocate lends some credence to this theory. All that being said, I'd definitely keep a bottle or two on hand to go with your last minute decision to swing by Pho 75 on the way home. It's 5% ABV, and I'm not sure who carries these beers in DC, but I'm sure you can find it around town.
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