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A Month With My Tesla Model 3

I have now had my Model 3 for a month and I’m more in love with the car than when I first got delivery of the car.  Being able to walk out to a climate controlled vehicle when I leave my home or office is fantastic.  No more getting into a scorching car and feeling like I’m in a sauna or a steam bath.

The energy costs have basically worked out to about 3 cents per mile compared to about 13.5 cents per mile in my Nissan Altima.  And it’s just plain fun to drive.

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A Week With My Tesla Model 3

It’s been a little over a week since I took delivery of my deep blue metallic Tesla Model 3 and all I can say about this vehicle is WOW!!!

“Sapphire” was reserved on March 31, 2016 and I was trying to hold off on getting the car until a Model 3 could be ordered as a standard range model.  Telsa hit the 200,000th U.S. vehicle delivery marking the end of the $7500 Federal tax credit so I decided to “pull the trigger” and go ahead and order the long range model since the long range option would only net out $1500 more than waiting for the standard range battery.

I’m really glad I ordered the car and I also ended up saving another $700 since the price for the blue paint increased by $500 after I ordered the car and the delivery and documentation fee went up by $200.  So the long range model actually ended up only costing me $800 more than waiting for a standard range.

This car is every thing I had expected and hoped for and is so much more.  It has power, handles better than any car I have ever owned (including a BMW 2002 Tii) and is inexpensive to operate and will have extremely low maintenance costs.  No more oil changes or transmission fluid, no more tune ups and a very low energy cost.

I had my first experience supercharging on Saturday since I was near Springfield Mall and was down to 60 miles of range.  I charged the car up to it’s maximum capacity of 310 miles in about an hour (while eating dinner).  It took 63KWh of electricity to charge the car fully and I was billed $8.19 for 250 miles of power – about 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of gas for my Nissan Altima.

The technology is fantastic, the handling is excellent and it’s a lot of fun to drive.

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Only 4 More Days until T-Day – Tesla Model 3 Day That Is

I get to pick up my brand new Tesla Model 3 at the Tesla Tyson Service Center on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM.

I have been waiting for this car for almost two and half years so here we go!!!!

Deep Blue Metallic, Long Range Battery, Aero Wheels and Premium package.

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World Team Tennis Is Innovating Again!!!

I didn’t notice the news article when it was first published but I read the article with glee.  World Team Tennis will be using Hawk-Eye Live Line-Calling for the 2018 season.  The chair umpire and a review official in the Hawk-Eye booth (to monitor foot faults) will be the only officials involved with Hawk-Eye making the calls including foot faults (that will be reviewed).

Hawk-Eye Live will be integrated into the WTT.tv streaming platform and there will be in-stadium LED screens a well as WTT television broadcasts.  The system will use 12 ball tracking cameras and 6 foot fault cameras.

In addition to some broadcasts on ESPN2/3, Tennis Channel, Mediacom and Regional Sports Networks, all matches will be available on WTT.tv.

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Congratulations to New Kastle Nicole Melichar!!!

Congratulations to new Washington Kastles Nicole Melichar.  Nicole won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title at the All England Club on Sunday, July 15 along with Alexander Peya of Austria.  Nicole and Alexander defeated Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka in straight sets

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Mike Bryan Shines with Jack Sock – Looking Forward To Lunch With the Champ!!!

Mike Bryan couldn’t play at Wimbledon with his brother Bob.  Bob injured his hip on the hard clay in Rome and has been out of commission since.

Mike paired up with Jack Sock.  In 2014, Jack and partner Vasek Pospisil had beaten Bob and Mike in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles final.  This time they were on the same side of the net instead of on opposite sides.

They won the first set 6-3.  In a tightly contested second set, Mike and Jack lost a close tiebreaker (9-7) to Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus.  Mike and Jack took the third set 6-3 and then their serve was broken (the only time) when they were serving at 5-6.  That took it to a fifth and deciding set.  It was so late that they had to close the roof to play the fifth set.  With their opponents serving at 5-6, Jack and Mike broke serve to win the fifth set 7-5 and the Championship.

So cool – on my birthday I will be having attending a Washington Kastles VIP Luncheon and Bob and Mike Bryan and Frances Tiafoe.  Not a bad birthday present – having lunch with the reining Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles Champion.

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It Was Not To Be Today for the G.O.A.T

It was not to be today for the G.O.A.T, my dear Serena Williams.  She was defeated in the Wimbledon final by Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.

Number 24 will have to wait.  I honestly believe that it will come – it’s just a matter of time.

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Serena Still Amazes Me

Serena Williams is absolutely spectacular.  Nothing can denigrate her greatness, she is just amazing and a complete inspiration.

Nancy Armour wrote the following about Serena in USA Today:

Of all Serena’s triumphs, this Wimbledon run is the most impressive

Of all the triumphs in her glorious career, nothing compares to what Serena Williams is doing at Wimbledon.

Ten months ago, she was fighting for her life, her lungs filling with clots following the birth of her first child, daughter Olympia. She endured four surgeries, and the recovery was so grueling that just walking to the mailbox was a struggle. The timeline she’d imagined for her return to the court had to be thrown out the window, two months’ worth of tournaments pared to just two before the French Open.

And yet, here she is, into Saturday’s Wimbledon final. A victory against Angelique Kerber would give Williams her 24th Grand Slam title, matching Margaret Court for the all-time record.

In Williams, we are witnessing the greatest athlete of all time. Not greatest tennis player, not greatest female athlete. Greatest athlete, period. She played all of three matches in the previous 16 months, yet has dropped just one set here. After pulling out of last month’s French Open with a pectoral injury, she barely served until she got to Wimbledon.

When she was serving for the match only to be broken by Goerges, Williams responded with ferocity and fury. You could practically see her crank an internal dial up a notch as she won four straight points to break Goerges at love and win the match.

I know what I will be doing Saturday morning – glued to the television hopefully watching Serena make it “24” and counting.

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Serena At Wimbledon

I must say I am pleased that Serena is doing so well at Wimbledon and I truly hope that she makes it all the way to the end and makes it 24 Grand Slam titles.

But I must truly say that I have a crush on Serena’s daugther.  This kid is beyond cute.

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It’s A Mere Seven Days Away… Kastles Time!!!

I received an e-mail from the Kastles today informing me that my season tickets have been packaged and shipped to me.

This has been an eleven month wait since the end of the 2017 season and I’m stoked and ready to be at the Kastles matches this season.

Monday, 7/16 starts out at home with the New York Empire and features our home town man, Frances Tiafoe. 

Frances will be there on Wednesday, 7/18 when the Orange County Breakers visit. 

On Thursday, 7/19 (my birthday) the Bryan Brothers and Frances will be “representing” when the San Diego Aviators visit.

On Saturday, 7/21 the New York Empire return featuring Frances Tiafoe.

On Wednesday, 7/25 the San Diego Aviators visit with Venus Williams “in the house”.

Venus will also be at the Smith Center on Thursday, 7/26 when the Springfield Lasers visit.

The Kastles last home match of the regular season will be on Saturday, 7/28 against the Philadelphia Freedoms with new Kastle Naomi Osaka playing for the Kastles.

Also on the roster is returning Kastles Madison Brengle and new Kastles Robert Lindstedt, Nicole Melichar and Tennys Sandgren.

We need to go for WTT title #7.  Go Kastles!!!

 

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