Hi, WillKane here again. Once named “the least wussy of the wussy sports” by MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch (a guilty pleasure back in my college days), some may wonder what’s so special about tennis, much less US Open tennis, because after all, it’s just two rackets and a ball getting whacked over and over and over a net again, right? Yeah, that’s true, but with any sport, it’s all about the competitors and camaraderie, and even a “wussy” sport like tennis has all of that and a little more. My wife and I got to see a few matches recently at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open, and for me I got to see firsthand a real competitor in Taylor Townsend, a young upstart who Serena Williams has dubbed “the future of American tennis.” She doesn’t have that much of a shot against Serena in the first round this year, but no doubt that match will be entertaining.
So we have a wide-open men’s and women’s singles US Open draw this year (sorry, but I don’t watch doubles very often), and this whole year has been more wide open than normally what we’ve seen in past years, with a different winner for each Slam so far. Although Serena is the two-time defending champion and clearly favored, even with her win at Western & Southern, she just hasn’t looked good this year in Grand Slams. But she is still the best in the women’s game when fit and committed, for now. Maria Sharapova, even though she won the French Open earlier this year, has never won more than one major in a year, despite her being an obvious contender this time. Some possibly great matches include a solid fourth round match between Sharapova and a reemerging Wozniacki and quarterfinals of Kvitova vs. Bouchard and either Sharapova/Wozniacki vs. World number two Simona Halep. But you can expect Serena Williams vs. a first-time US Open finalist in the championship match, in my opinion. Expect Serena to win her 18th Grand Slam title.
For the men’s draw, Rafa is out with an injury, again, so even with the Joker as the top seed, I think this is Roger Federer’s tournament to lose (what can I say, he is my favorite tennis player) because he has looked the best of the top seeds by far since Wimbledon and has a very favorable draw, especially with Nadal out. Federer’s biggest scare before the Final would be Grigor Dimitrov with this year’s Wimbledon semifinal breakthrough, but I still like Federer’s experience in that one, with a possibility of Tomas Berdych lingering in the semis should he go through and beat Ferrer, who is arguably the bulldog of men’s tennis. Don’t get me wrong, Djokovic is crazy good at his finest and is ranked 1a to Nadal’s 1b (when Nadal of course is healthy), but that possible quarterfinal match with Murray should be brutal. I’m not sure I like his chances, given his recent wedding and that he’s going to be a dad, against a healthy Murray, much less the possibility of facing in the semis either a dangerous Miles Raonic or Stan Wawrinka, the Australian Open winner who has a great chance of reaching the final here in the prime of his career.
I personally look forward to watching some of these matches online at http://www.usopen.org, and of course it’ll be on ESPN and CBS for everyone to watch from Monday August 25 until Monday September 8. I’m sure all of you tennis fans on Smeet out there already know it, but for any other Smeeter curious about the game, the US Open may not have the same prestige or mystique as Wimbledon or the French Open, but still is exciting nonetheless, so feel free to check it out.
In the meantime, have fun and happy Smeeting!
Smeeters! Do you already met Auntie Maggie Beth, the wife of Uncle Smilton? She is very proud of all the doctors of Smeet and she wants to give you a small help to makeyour career easier! If you finished one (or more) rooms of the Hospital, Maggie will give you more Fame Points in order to reach a higher level on Smeet, simply by investing your points!
Your rooms are still not finished? Don't need to worry! Take your time, there's no time limit!
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Smeeter, if have ever wanted to know more about some of our employees at Smeet we are going to make your day!
Today, we will introduce to you Max, who is in charge of the creation of the Booster rooms, those challenging rooms where we can win thousands of Fame Points!
Booster rooms have being going through a long process of evolution and improvement thanks to Max. He has been on board with us since one year and a half, helping to create some of the coolest rooms and other interesting features! But let's ask him some questions!
How do you arrive to the idea for a new room?
We have weekly Content Meetings where we decide the content of each week, as well as the room that best suits each topic. We come up with our own ideas, of course, but also, and this is very important, we check the Facebook comments left by the Smeeters and we listen to the admins of the different domains who have been collecting all the suggestions received in our Support Center and in the game. So, in the end, topics in general and rooms in particular are a combination of ideas coming from the Smeeters and ourselves.
How do you choose the approach for the new room?
We try to satisfy the needs of all Smeeters, but of course, it is impossible to do so in every room. We believe we have rooms for everyone: some parts of them, are just meant for the people who want to win thousands of Fame Points… but the main goal is to always have something in the room that could be achieved by almost everyone. Then, we try to mix the content of these rooms with various contests, like the recent airport contest, or other sorts of competitions such as “Angels against Demons” and so on.
Would you be able to finish all rooms if you were a user?
Definitely not. I admit it. It would take a great deal of time and effort, but in the end, as I said, this is not our main goal. We strongly suggest Smeeters to try everything that Smeet has to offer and just pick those options, tasks or topics that they enjoy the most or that are best for their particular needs. For instance, easy rooms like “Smileys against Smeanies” if they just want to have some fun or, for example, limited-time rooms like the Clockwork one in case they really want to increase their level as fast as possible with thousands of Fame Points.
What Booster rooms are the most special for you?
One of them, of course, is the Beauty Salon, because it was the first room that I created when I arrived to Smeet. Also, the Tuning Workshop is very special for me, because it has become the most popular room in the history of the game, and I will always remember it. But aside from those ones, the Medieval one was very nice too, especially because I am a big fan of dragons, and the ones in this room were pretty cool.
On the other hand, I feel like we didn’t manage to explain to the Smeeters the concept of random rewards, so some rooms, especially the Survival Island, didn’t work as well as expected. We will try in the future to use this tool again, but this time we’ll try to make it clearer for all of the Smeeters.
What do you like most about working at Smeet?
It´s a daily challenge to find new ways to make the game more attractive to the Smeeters, and we have a very direct feedback from them which allows us to immediately see what they like and what they don´t.
Also, the feeling of being part of this community and watching it grow with my help gives me a great personal satisfaction. Apart from these Booster rooms, I am helping in other interesting projects, and I can say that we have a new feature that will come in the next months and that will make Smeet much more challenging for all Smeeters!
So thanks to Max for dedicating us part of his time, helping the community to get to know him a little better!
Hi, this is WillKane, and before we begin, I’d like to announce that with this journalist article we will launch an advice column about friendships, relationships, and all the things in between by an unofficial panel of Smeeters that have come together recently who have helped and will continue to help people in Smeet with any serious questions or issues about these things. We want all Smeeters to not only truly enjoy the site and each other, but we also understand that people just need some help in ways that real life may not be giving them at present, or at least be pointed in the right direction. Please keep in mind that advice in any of these articles at any point is no substitute for appropriate professional help and/or spiritual counseling, and we fully encourage those who get help from this column to seek follow-up in real life from trusted sources.
Also, a little bit about me in real life and before Smeet: Although far from perfect by any means, I have been happily married for over 5 years and enjoy spending time with my wife, writing (as if you couldn’t tell already, ha), playing tennis with the wife every so often, eating great food, being weird, playing fun games online and poking fun at things and people in an above-the-belt kind of way. I have been a moderator for Writing.com almost 12 years (my username there is Stallion), and I have also been the equivalent of a guide, super guide, and then part of an admin team on a family-friendly site called DittyTalk and then Miogate for 5 years total before they became defunct. I have been very blessed in those positions (and just as a regular guy) to have helped many people during that time in those places and on here, and have made a few wonderful friendships I will cherish for life. And now, I want to share a few thoughts about commitment below:
Sometimes I wonder if there aren’t many people these days that really understand the word “commitment,” much less live it in everyday life. And how can they? I see many, many things in today’s world working against true, meaningful commitment in friendships and relationships. Sure, we can always google the meaning or ask someone, but in my experience I’ve found that true commitment is best explained in terms of another word: covenant. The English word covenant from several sources goes back to the Latin word “convenire" which means “come together" (as in convene). And in the biblical Genesis account, the word for covenant in Hebrew is berith, which some believe come from the Hebrew “barah”, meaning “to cut.” If you remember Abraham’s offering of animals and cutting some of them in two (gruesome and unsettling to some, I know, but please bear with me). And to me, this story reminds me of Adam and Eve when Adam fell into a deep sleep and his rib was removed and used to create Eve, who would become his wife. Now notice in both stories we have both a “cutting” involved (Adam with his rib, Abraham with the animals) in order to have two parties “come together” (Adam with Eve, and then Abraham with God).
And from what I’ve read about and experienced firsthand, a covenant is the ultimate form of commitment to someone because there always has to be a “cutting” away of self before two people can truly “come together.” Now I don’t mean not having a personality or being who you are, but I’m talking about putting a stop every day to those selfish habits and self-centered tendencies that lead to wronging someone and otherwise getting in the way of truly caring about and loving someone in a fully committed relationship or friendship. I know it’s much, much easier said than done, and there are bound to be mistakes, no doubt. But if you really care for and love somebody, aren’t they worth it?
Now are there ways to break that kind of commitment? Definitely, even to the point of being beyond repair, but we can address that in another article. Also, how can you be committed to someone who just isn’t right for you? Again, we can save that for another blog entry. And where’s love in any of this, you may ask? Well-founded love is the key for any committed relationship or friendship to keep alive and to last. But we have to understand that love is not just some feeling that can pass away in a moment, over time, or at the first sign of trouble, mistrust, hardship, or even death. Because unless we are willing to give others what they do not deserve and not give them what they do deserve at each moment, then how can love really work, much less being committed to another beyond just obligation? I’m not suggesting that there aren’t times when we have to just face the consequences of wrong actions, because there clearly are. And another very important part of any committed relationship is being right with that person and trusting that person will be right with you, no matter what. Again, it’s easier to say than do, much less each and every moment. But really, it boils down to this: are you and the person you care about and love willing to do whatever it takes, with help, to be unselfish, right with each other, trust each other, and never give up in any situation?
Hopefully, this article gets you thinking about these things in a good way. We welcome any and all serious questions about friendships, relationships, and so on. In fact, your questions and concerns will help us make future articles that will help even more people, both here in Smeet and beyond. So please feel free to message me at any point (my id is 24453995). We’ll be more than happy to answer as best we can.
Until next time, have fun and Happy Smeeting!
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