I can't believe it's been close to 4 months that I've been away! For a variety of reasons, I have had to extend my summer vacation, back home in the Eastern Hemisphere. I expect to be back in Texas soon but my self-imposed exile has taught me a lot of things: For my American friends, please don't take tennis for granted! It's been 3 1/2 months since I picked up a racquet! There is no such thing as a public/free court in India. Clubs charge exorbitant 'guest membership' fees and you are also asked to put down some initial deposit. I played about 4 times, mostly in sultry May and on each occasion, it was a doubles match in which I was paired with novices...To add to insult to injury, tennis matches are televised on channels which are not available in my area! This is for all of you back in the US who complain about USA Network cutting matches short or ESPN not covering the Masters.. The last straw, of course, is having 2 freshly strung wilson racquets just crying out to be picked up and hit with...Spend a whole season outside tennis and you'll grab any kind of tennis that comes your way! Anyway, how's everyone here? Skraggle? Samster? Javier? Canadianchic? And everyone else?