NOW THAT’S FUNNY
Serena Williams admitted last week that she doesn’t love tennis.
Though she is a clear champion in the sport, she told reporters that although she doesn’t love it, she can’t live without it. She said “It’s not that I’ve fallen out of love; I have never liked sports and I never understood how I became an athlete.”
She made these comments right after winning her first match of 2012, beating Chanelle Scheepers in the first round of the Brisbane International.
And based on this photo of Serena in a bikini, some other things she may not love include decorum, underwear that stays hidden, and one-piece bathing suits.
I can understand where Serena is coming from. Tennis is her job. How many of us love our job every day? Andre Agassi has admitted to hating tennis, also. In his memoir, “Open”, he says how much he hates the game, yet it became his life and made him rich and famous.
Can you hate something that does that for you?
Years ago, when I was visiting Hawaii, I saw Don Ho perform. At the crowd’s request, he played his famous hit “Tiny Bubbles.” When a patron asked if he was sick of playing that song, or if he hated it, Mr. Ho laughed. “Hate that song? No … that’s like hating money.”
Personally, I hate dusting. I hate moving all the clutter and then spraying the surface and wiping it clean and putting all the clutter back. I hate putting clean laundry away in the drawers. I hate recycling -- rinsing out dozens of bottles and cans and then storing them in my basement until pick up day. I hate going through paperwork and calling insurance companies to negotiate whatever payment I can. I really hate answering the phone after 9 p.m.
I hate these things, but I do them. I do them with verve and panache and it doesn’t make me rich or even special.