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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Intimidation is the new awesome

the weather has been really nice in San Francisco this week, so aaron and I decided to play a nice friendly game of tennis down in the mission.

i didn't know a lot about tennis, so aaron showed me the ropes. first he taught me to wear a shoelace in my hair as a headband, like all real (stylish) sports people do.

i tried it, but i don't really know how all those stylish sports people put up with the itchy forehead part.

We decided that the other really important aspect to playing tennis was the intimidation factor. Every player ought to have some sort of signature move that really embodies their power and skill while striking fear into the hearts of all those that dare oppose them on the court.

aaron's menacing pose:

modeled after the fearsome Obi Wan fighting stance (nicely portrayed in this fabulous artist's interpretation)

Mine was a little more complicated, and involved me swinging my racket around in wide arcs slowly, and then ending with a powerful point of the racket.

My inspiration came from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, in the scene where Bill and Ted visit the weird future dome place and find out that Wyld Stallyn's music was the foundation for the whole future society. Everyone dressed in robes and did the slow, arcing air guitar as a tribute to Bill and Ted. It seems like the kind of move that can put an end to war and poverty by aligning the planets and bringing them into universal harmony. I thought that was some powerful symbolism, and wanted to really bring that to my game.

We spent so long working on how to intimidate one another that we didn't really play much tennis. But I think we scared everyone else on the courts.


  • At 11:50 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    after reviewing the pictures, i need to seriously consider scheduling some practice time doing my (obi wan's) stance. it's obvious that i need to take a lesson young ben kenobi.

  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger bets said… guys look just like andre agassi and steffi graff!

  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger k tron said…

    i watched bill and teds excellent adventure this weekend.

  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Cindy said…

    You wear that shoelace much better than I did.

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger emily said…

    whatever.. the most intimidating tennis move is the one where your racket smashes your opponents face. If you weren't doing that, you weren't really trying.

  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    are you kidding, emily? have you even seen episode iii?!?

  • At 9:53 PM, Blogger emily said…

    Oh, I've seen episode iii, BUT, I'm sorry to say it.. you really do need brush up on your OB1 ness if you're gonna make us think of that...

  • At 1:40 AM, Blogger brian said…

    i have your blue shoelace-headband. i wore watching soccer this weekend.

  • At 7:27 AM, Blogger bex said…

    did anyone take a secret photo of you while you were watching soccer and wearing that shoelace?


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