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selecta
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:13 PM
Vsem bolshoy pruvet!! ( Big hello to everyone)

I will start this with my foot update. It is slowly getting better day by day and I am hoping to start hitting again Monday. These little nagging injuries are not very convenient in the their timing but what can you do! But honestly after playing for nine months, you should start booking rooms at all the local tournament hospitals in advance. J/K!! :tape: :help: I have been getting so much treatment that I'm not quite sure which one is helping. Is it the magic cream, the hot and cold therapy, my trainer's potions, or the needles that poke out of my foot daily for twenty minutes?

My week in Moscow has obviously not been very successful, so let me complain about a couple more things before we get to the positive. I don't get to see real autumn very often, but boy have I seen it this week. Actually, I am very curious to see what the suicide rate here is. I mean I have only been here for ten days, and if it wasn't for today's sunshine, I would have told my bodyguards to put me on suicide watch. :banghead: :armed: Ok I might be exaggerating a bit, but how do people survive in such depressing conditions!!

Traffic traffic traffic! I think I know what the problem is......no real parking lots.....or rules.

Out of all countries, Russia does NOT, I repeat, does NOT have a starbucks!!! How is that possible! Let me speak from a business women perspective.....that would make so much money!! :p

Ok now that I have gotten all the bad stuff out of the way, I will move on to the good stuff. Because of the rain, I was actually quite worried that the only cultural therapy I was going to get on this trip, was the fake Mona Lisa hanging in my room. But today, yesterday, or tomorrow ( depending on where you live) was a beautiful day in central Moscow, and I got a chance to take a walk around the city, enjoying the crisp air. ( Crisp air is actually an understatement.) I took a lot of pictures, which I will add pretty soon. Michael got a chance to practice his basketball skills at a little stand that you usually see at fairs, but Moscow decided to add one just outside the square. He won a huge stuffed rabbit, which he made me carry because he was too embarrassed to show all the beautiful women here that he owns a stuffed animal. We saw a little girl crying that was only about one year old, and decided to give her the rabbit, which was exactly twice her size! She immediately stopped crying and the parents were pretty speechless. Good happy story. I also managed to slip in a little shopping trip to the local mall called Tsum, a relatively small Saks. That's about it!

Mike is still on a roll with his quote's. Although he's convincing me that I only started paying attention to whatever he says since I got my website......actually he's quite right. I ordered some blintz with black caviar the other night, and was offering some to my team. Of course Michael, not the fancy type, denies my offer and says " It's the same thing as getting a crape and pouring a bottle of salt on it, except it's a lot cheaper."

Let me start this little paragraph by saying that my dad has been in Russia since the Open. So during lunch on our second day in Moscow, we're all sitting there pretty beat, all quiet in our thoughts thinking 'here we are again'. Out of nowhere my dad goes "I'm absolutely exhausted, this jet-lag!" And this was said with a straight face. Mike and I are usually pretty good with replying, but couldn't construct a sentence after that one. :confused:

I just finished reading this well-known book called 'Lolita'. You know how some books are hard to put down because either something is about to happen or you're dying to know if they will finally hook up ( at least I do, haha), well this one was so shocking that I couldn't put it down. The writing was beautiful but the story.....pretty crazy!

After my pulling-out press conference, I did a small autograph session for the Bank of Moscow. They laid out posters, programs, t-shirts, and tennis balls.......fans got to choose whichever item their heart desired. The t-shirts were very popular and just as there was one remaining, I saw these two pretty old grannies next up in line. Both of them realized that there was just one shirt left, sprinted towards it (at a granny pace), grabbed it from both ends and literarily started tackling one another. The one with the bandana won, and I honestly think the other one is still desperate to get a good hit at the winner. Who cares about the autograph! They need a free shirt!!

Yesterday we had a group dinner of about ten people at this see-and-be-seen place called Prado. When I asked for the check, our waiter said that someone at the restaurant had taken care of it and passed on a message that he's been my fan since I was ten. Ok no joke, but our check was for a couple of grand! If this mystery person ever visits my site....thank you!

Anyways thanx for reading thing this.....is it a little too long? Hope it's not too boring. Toodles, Maria!!

goldenlox
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:19 PM
"Actually, I am very curious to see what the suicide rate here is. I mean I have only been here for ten days, and if it wasn't for today's sunshine, I would have told my bodyguards to put me on suicide watch."

Sharapova in Russia is like Mel Gibson at a Bar mitzvah. Very unusual

Leopold Stotch
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:29 PM
Out of all countries, Russia does NOT, I repeat, does NOT have a starbucks!!! How is that possible! Let me speak from a business women perspective.....that would make so much money!!
Apparently Americans can only buy South American coffee through a US-owned mass-marketed chain.

In Europe there's a little more choice. You just have to make the effort to look !

the cat
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:30 PM
GL just couldn't resist taking a jab at Moscow Maria. :boxing: ;)

I find Maria's blog to be somewhat entertaining. But no Starbucks in Russia is terrible. :bigcry: ;) Masha sure does love to blog. She's a natural at it.

olivia100
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:37 PM
I find her to be quite condenscending of the country where she was born. She vhemently defends her Russian nationality but talks about the country in such a negative tone.

Dasha_
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:37 PM
WOW. And I tought she is Russian...?

LH2HBH
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:41 PM
Adds some reality to tour life to hear someone like Maria complaining about the drag (like Amelie last week) and also funny to hear Yuri joking around - not the Yuri we usually see!

goldenlox
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:43 PM
I find her to be quite condenscending of the country where she was born. She vhemently defends her Russian nationality but talks about the country in such a negative tone.Lena D on Fed Cup -
" I think that in this competition ( Fed Cup ) everyone has one's own objectives. Some want to earn Russia a great triumph, and others use it to get to Olympics"

Dasha_
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:05 PM
Lena D on Fed Cup -
" I think that in this competition ( Fed Cup ) everyone has one's own objectives. Some want to earn Russia a great triumph, and others use it to get to Olympics"


So true! (Unfortunatelly). You simply must love Elena!

densuprun
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:06 PM
WOW. And I tought she is Russian...?

You didn't.

morningglory
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:09 PM
I find her to be quite condenscending of the country where she was born. She vhemently defends her Russian nationality but talks about the country in such a negative tone.
hehe I don't blame her... I don't have a very high opinion of Bangkok myself :p

myxomatosis
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:15 PM
Why don't we start a competition to see just how many Maria-bashing threads can be made?
I'm sure people have other thread ideas... maybe the fact that Maria has green eyes? I don't know about anyone else, but I sure do hate green-eyed people.
Although there haven't been any threads lately about people's vigorous, righteous anger over her grunting. Maybe someone could resurrect one?

jacobruiz
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:59 PM
Maria has a great sense of humor and it shows in her blog writing. So she mentions depressing Moscow weather? She's not appalled by it; she is writing about in her own humorous way. I can't stand the weather in my hometown most of the time but it doesn't mean I am less of an American.

Write on, Masha!:lol:

Nickitos2006
Oct 21st, 2006, 06:51 PM
goldenlox,
Why can I still see the Russian flag near your f...king nickname? If someone really has nothing in common with Russia - it's definitely you, my FAKE country mate :devil: :fiery: :mad:
Masha was saying about Moscow. And this city is such a special place not only in Russia, but in the whole world. The pace of life is just incredible in here :eek: And everyone who found himself in Moscow for amount of time feels depressing atmosphere of this enormous city. Even me. Especially now, in fall... But it certainly doesn't make me feel myself...how to say in English....less Russian :lol::rolls::haha:

P.S. Great blog, Masha! :yeah: Keep it up, girl! :kiss:

bellascarlett
Oct 21st, 2006, 07:25 PM
Lena D on Fed Cup -
" I think that in this competition ( Fed Cup ) everyone has one's own objectives. Some want to earn Russia a great triumph, and others use it to get to Olympics"

Again, So F&%#&*@ WHAT?

And other players haven't had the Olympics as a main objective? Huh? Quit taking the nationalistic route. Fed Cup isn't the standard to which we measure how much players love their country. Funny how some posters agree when I don't see their faves at Fed Cup whenever their country needs them. To play the Olympics, the rules indicate to be available for Fed Cup. Try and change the rules so you can finally shut up.

dreamgoddess099
Oct 21st, 2006, 07:33 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but I sure do hate green-eyed people.

Ok, I'm going to ignore that you just said that. :sad:

myxomatosis
Oct 21st, 2006, 08:01 PM
Ok, I'm going to ignore that you just said that. :sad::hug: :rolls:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Oct 21st, 2006, 08:16 PM
Im not a fan of maria but her blogging is great :)

*JR*
Oct 21st, 2006, 11:09 PM
Sharapova in Russia is like Mel Gibson at a Bar mitzvah.
Kournikova holding a singles trophy would be like Mel Gibson wearing a yarmulke. :lol:

Cat's Pajamas
Oct 21st, 2006, 11:18 PM
Kournikova holding a singles trophy would be like Mel Gibson wearing a yarmulke. :lol:

http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/550/1akoupic187.jpg

:p

*JR*
Oct 21st, 2006, 11:53 PM
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/550/1akoupic187.jpg

:p
What junior title is that? You (and her #1 slave) know what I meant. :nerner:

Drake1980
Oct 21st, 2006, 11:57 PM
Kournikova holding a singles trophy would be like Mel Gibson wearing a yarmulke. :lol:
:lol:

sweet angel
Oct 22nd, 2006, 12:34 AM
I find her to be quite condenscending of the country where she was born. She vhemently defends her Russian nationality but talks about the country in such a negative tone.


you are so right the girl is very confused how can she dog down her own country like that. Wondering how people live in such depressing conditions and forget that where she came from. I swear sharpie has a very selective memory talking like that as if she is Russian by accident yet she was born and brought up there. Low self-esteem and confidence period.

markspot
Oct 22nd, 2006, 03:53 AM
Why don't we start a competition to see just how many Maria-bashing threads can be made?
I'm sure people have other thread ideas... maybe the fact that Maria has green eyes? I don't know about anyone else, but I sure do hate green-eyed people.
Although there haven't been any threads lately about people's vigorous, righteous anger over her grunting. Maybe someone could resurrect one?

I am new here, but I am beginning to understand that if you start a Maria-bashing thread, you then earn a lot of something called v-cash.
Not sure if it can be converted to real cash, though.

myxomatosis
Oct 22nd, 2006, 04:09 AM
I am new here, but I am beginning to understand that if you start a Maria-bashing thread, you then earn a lot of something called v-cash.
Not sure if it can be converted to real cash, though.Actually you don't even get that much $$ for starting threads. The real money is in blogging. ;)

markspot
Oct 22nd, 2006, 05:27 AM
Actually you don't even get that much $$ for starting threads. The real money is in blogging. ;)
I meant not for starting itself, but it causes so many discussions in it, because all the Maria haters feel the need to contribute, and Maria fans to defend her

Does that earn vCash?
If so, it is a sure way to make lots of it.

Dan23
Oct 22nd, 2006, 05:35 AM
you are so right the girl is very confused how can she dog down her own country like that. Wondering how people live in such depressing conditions and forget that where she came from. I swear sharpie has a very selective memory talking like that as if she is Russian by accident yet she was born and brought up there. Low self-esteem and confidence period.
:haha: the posts get even better :o

myxomatosis
Oct 22nd, 2006, 05:37 AM
I meant not for starting itself, but it causes so many discussions in it, because all the Maria haters feel the need to contribute, and Maria fans to defend her

Does that earn vCash?
If so, it is a sure way to make lots of it.I think you only get .25 cents per post...although if the arguments get pretty heated (which they often do), I guess you can make some pretty good $$ :rolls:

morningglory
Oct 22nd, 2006, 05:39 AM
hehe love the so-called "patriots" esp Goldenlox who can't even speak Russian... and at least I know how to speak Thai...
btw sure you can like/love/are indifferent to your country, but hey, if nothing else, it's BECAUSE Maria is Russian that she is at least allowed to gripe about the conditions... ;) I know we Thai people do gripe about almost everything in Bangkok, hot weather, air pollution, crime, corrupted politicians, canals filled with sewage and so on and on... while foreigners rarely do.

saki
Oct 22nd, 2006, 08:26 AM
Lolita is such a great novel, just beautifully written. Nabokov is an amazing Russian author. ;)

selecta
Oct 22nd, 2006, 08:43 AM
http://www.wtnphotos.com/data/550/1akoupic187.jpg

:p
i'm not joking...is this pic fake?

ioni
Oct 22nd, 2006, 09:26 AM
it's the trophy that she won at doubles and martina let her holding for a while so she would know the felling :devil: :devil:

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Oct 22nd, 2006, 09:31 AM
shes a good blogger and she has my kind of humour ;)