Happy birthday, Rafa! Since I can’t give you a present today, I’d like to thank you for some the presents you’ve given me.
1. Years of entertainment, ulcers, laughter, grey hairs, inspiration, teeth gnashing, joy, nail biting, excitement, and just darn fun.
2. The courage to try and do something different with my photography.
3. Places I’ve seen and visited that I never would have unless I wanted to
stalk watch a certain tennis player in person.
4. And, most importantly, new friends I never would have met unless we had the same taste in tennis players.
So, go out and give yourself a great birthday present – a trip to the Roland Garros semifinals.
(I apologize for the intense yet half-assed cheesiness of that graphic and this post. One gift I haven’t received from Rafa is enough hours in the day to do everything properly – including the usual annual birthday post.)