Sorry for the late reply. I am back on Kauai, so Kristmas in Kailua is over for me unfortunately. Thanks for the upgrade promotion to Remote Correspondent. I just wanted to extend a big mahalo for once again running the greatest tournament in all the land. It looked like I missed seeing some good tennis in the past couple of nights. I think it woulda been pretty interesting to see what the Fulgenzis could have done with our dream draw. Those guys were good!
Alright Bruce, you enjoy some good waves for me and I'll try to do the same for you here on Kauai!
(a.k.a. Remote Correspondent Bradlee Lum-Tucker)
Here are my top 10 reasons I get pretty bummed out when Kailua Night Doubles is over...
#10) When Kailua Night Doubles is over, let's face it, that means Summer's almost over, and when summer's almost over, Mama ain't happy, and we all know that if Mama ain't happy, nobody's happy.
#9) The Blue moon taps have run dry. I'm pretty sure it is never a good thing to run out of beer. Is the cup half full or half empty? Well at this point it feels pretty half empty to me. Bode & Petrov might still have a glass half full buzz of optimism going, but I’m pretty sure everyone else is in my boat.
#8) It means I'm a year older. More than birthdays, Kailua Night Doubles reminds me that I'm older and not much wiser, but a lot more dilapidated and discombobulated. Every year my opponents seem to get faster, stronger, younger, smarter, and more and more I even notice that they smell a whole lot better than me. I used to combat these problems by tricking phenomenally better players than myself into partnering with me. Guys like Ikaika Jobe, Jesse Paer, & Mike Wojnarowicz to name a few. Perhaps the greatest player I ever tricked into playing with me for Kailua Night Doubles was the legendary Northpaw, John "Sweet-feet" Paer. My techniques of tricking these types of players into foolishly partnering with me is top secret. This year I tricked my first doubles partner of all time into playing with me. Kevin Konishi and I first played a tournament in 1991, when we were both 9 years old and still thought girls had kooties.
#7) In addition to me getting noticeably older, is it just me or are the player's shorts getting noticeably shorter and shorter each year as if there is an international fabric shortage? I felt like some of the shorts this year belonged in the pre-1970's era (a place they should stay in my personal opinion). If this trend keeps up and becomes the status quo I might have to call it a career and retire.
#6) I have to go back to work.
#5) The jet lag kills me. When Kailua Night Doubles ends, that means I have to take the long and treacherous 20 minute flight back to Kauai on the red eye. This year it was rough. I wasn't mentally prepared for my first attempt, so I asked a buddy to sponsor my ticket change fee so that I could get mentally prepared. It took a couple days to get my head right, but I finally made it in one piece on Sunday. However I am still feeling a bit of jet lag and may not make it to work this week as I recover from it.
#4) We have to wait 350+ days until this joyous occasion returns. That is a long time. You could make 126,000 bags of microwave popcorn (one bag at a time in a single microwave around the clock) in that amount of time. That is a lot of popcorn and a lot of movies on netflix.
#3) I can't think of any other reasons off the top of my head. I guess I should have made the reasons and then made the list according to the amount of reasons I had. Leave it to me not to plan ahead. I'm more of a predictor. I thought there would be more reasons. Guess I should have been a meteorologist. By the way, hats off to Hurricane Guillermo for not showing up and letting the show go on. Let's hope Hurricane Hilda can have the same level of common courtesy this week.
Hope to see everyone in about 350 days or so, if not sooner.
Remote Correspondent Bradlee