Author: Haven Pell

Likely, the most interesting conversation happening today surrounds the end of the Trump administration. It does not seem like a bold prediction that those who felt betrayed would abandon him as his power waned. That is how people behave. Especially in politics. I am not sure who the long-term thinkers are with respect to the […]

Did Mark Twain actually say, “it is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled?” There is disagreement. Does it matter? True, attributing the quote to Twain adds to its catchy cachet, but it does not make the statement any the more true than it already is. The phrase has […]

The entire plot of Around the World in 80 Days, the 1872 Jules Verne novel from which the title of this series is shamelessly pinched, is that Phileas Fogg will not make his quest and thus lose his Reform Club bet. Indeed, he very nearly doesn’t, and all appears lost until he realizes he has […]

There are podcasts on everything else, why not a podcast about court tennis? If not a whole series, how about just one episode? The world tour of playing in almost all the courts and even helping to build some of them has been ongoing for several months now, but today it takes a new turn […]

I had a mentor called Bob Kutak who favored making predictions because they were thought provoking, and nobody remembered them. His mentoring took place before there were far out calendar reminders to send us back to look at our own. Last January, Frazer Rice and I did a podcast on predictions for the coming year. […]

Followers of this series should properly expect that this chapter will take them to Australia as the 6 courts (at the time) are the next in chronological order. They will have to wait a month, but that story will better coincide with the 15thanniversary of the 2005-2006 year-end journey. This month’s detour will bring us […]

By September 2003, the quest to play all the courts in the world had passed the halfway mark in only six years. Many of the easiest ones had been checked off the list, especially those in London and the nearby Thames Valley. They are close together and sometimes it is possible to play on two […]

In July 2002, my daughter, soon to be a college junior, decided she needed to tune up her French so off she went for six weeks in Paris with a roommate. My wife and I followed at mid-month for a few days of parental reconnaissance, a couple of business meetings and the continuing quest to […]

Are you looking forward to the 50 days between now and Election Day? How about the 111 until the new Congress convenes on January 3, 2021 or the 128 until the new President is inaugurated? These dates and the time periods they bound will resonate differently for domestic and overseas readers. Here in the United […]