On Tennis and Grassroots Tennis

This post is about Grassroots tennis and strategy.

ON STRATEGY

The current game right now is baseline heavy.  People want to hang back and wail from the baseline.   The “best” players are the ones who can hit the hardest over and over from the back of the court.  Or the ones that can last the longest from the back hitting heavy ball after heavy ball.   BUT players that can learn to play the net are in a great position.  Baseline players they are not ready for the net rusher.   A player needs to learn now how to slice and chip AND charge and volley effectively.  It will work at all levels.  At the junior level it would be effective and right now at the pro level it is effective also.   It is currently on display at the US open (2019)  Taylor Townsend has found her fearless game and used to dispatch Halep.    Even the writer of this post (The Biscuit) is trying to get more aggressive and go to the net and his/her own tennis game.

ON PARENTS

 

ON MENTALITY

 

ON GROWING THE GAME and FINDING TALENT

Best Podcasts of 2019 (Must Listen)

Hello all fans,

The best podcast I have discovered without a doubt is the I HAD AN IDEA Podcast.  It is these two guys discussing funny business ideas.  It is super clever and really inspiring.

 

you can find the podcast on Audioboom as well as apple music and spotify.    They cover cool topics like “What if there was a support line for your pizza?” or “Should old people make money when they are in a Senior Home?”

It is a real gem and I feel this podcast is really on the rise!

Also, I do recommend This American Life and the James Altucher Podcast.

Thank you for all of your support.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Melvin (Tale) (Biscuit Tale)

DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Melvin

 

Day 1193

It was another nice day in the life of Melvin. He woke up and had a delicious cup of coffee.  He checked the forecast and it showed it was partly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain.

“I really hope it does not rain today.” Said Melvin.  He was not a fan of the rain.

He drove to the office.  Traffic was light and there were no jams.

He made it to the office safely.  “Good morning Melvin.” Said the receptionist.

“Good morning Gladdis.” Said Melvin.

Melvin sat down at his computer.  He opened an email from the CEO. It read:

Great news everyone!  The company stock has gone up!  As part of our efforts with profit sharing expect to receive an additional $200 to your next paycheck.  Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

Bob Wentworth

“Wow, this is great!” Exclaimed Melvin.  Just like three weeks ago (he thought).

Melvin continued working for a while.  He walked over to the water cooler.

“Hey, how is it going guys?”

“Oh hey Melvin. We were just talking about the game last night!”

“Oh ya!  Who you guys pulling for these days?”

“We all pull for the Jets!”

“Yeah and they won last night!”

“It was great!  It was looking like they were going to lose and they threw a touchdown pass right near the end and it clinched the game.”

“It was huge!”

“Yeah man.  Back-to-back games now.  Same thing happened last week!  Not exactly the same but they did score that touchdown right at the end.”

“That was great too!”

“So what else is going on with you guys?”

“Probably gonna check out The Squad tonight.”

“Oh yeah, I heard they have a new episode.”

“Yeah I hope they can defeat Brainmaster.  He is tough!”

“Yeah it could be one of their toughest battles yet!”

Melvin got back to work.  They had free brownies in the break room!   They had nuts and no nuts.  Melvin liked brownies so he was a happy camper.

He got through work and headed home.

But his car got a flat tire and he had to pull over.  “Oh crap!” said Melvin.  He went on his Guyco insurance App.  He put in a request for roadside maintenance.    Expected time until arrival was “2 minutes.”   Only two minutes? (Thought Melvin.)

The helpful man appeared in only one minute and 50 seconds.  He got out of the car.  “Hello Melvin!”

“Hello sir!  Wow, you guys got here fast!”

“Absolutely.  You can’t get anywhere on a flat tire!”

The man put on Melvin’s back up tire.  “You should be good to go now Melvin.  Make sure you take that tire to the mechanic and get it fixed.  You hit a nail!”   He got in his truck and drove off.

Wow.  That was so fast.  (Thought Melvin)

He drove home.

Melvin arrived home and his wife was happy to see him.

“Hey honey!  Welcome home.  I made lasagna for you. Your favorite.”  She smiled.

“Awesome!”

“How did things go today?”

“Well I got a flat tire on the way home.”

“Oh no!  That is dreadful!”

“Yeah but the roadside assistance came really fast.  Only 2 minutes!”

“That is good to hear.   Glad they could help you out.”

They ate the lasagna happily.

After dinner and clean up they went to their living room.  His wife spoke up, “Do you want to watch the new episode of The Squad tonight?”

“Yeah sure why not?”

It was a harrowing episode.  The Brainmaster was a android with plans of universe domination.  He had captured Ultraman as well as Amazing Girl.   They were being tortured and he was planning to kill them soon.

Melvin’s wife watched through her fingers.  “Oh no!”

But just as it was about to be too late for Ultraman, that was when the Quickster showed up!  He came in at lightspeed and was able to defeat the Brainmaster and save his comrades.

“Woo!   That was a close one!”  Said Melvin’s wife.  She was relieved.

“I really wasn’t too worried.” Said Melvin.  “The good guys always win in The Squad.”

Melvin got sleepy and went to bed.

Day 1194

It was quite a nice day outside. Melvin woke up feeling refreshed.  He enjoyed his morning coffee.  He checked the forecast and it showed it was partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain.

“I really hope it does not rain today.” Said Melvin.

He drove to the office.  Traffic was light and there were no jams.

He made it to the office safely.  “Good morning Melvin.” Said the receptionist.

“Good morning Gladdis.” Said Melvin.

Melvin grabbed some M&M’s from one of the containers in the break room and made his way to his office.

He sat down at his computer.  He opened an email from the CEO. It read:

Great news everyone!  Company profits are up!  Some profits will be used to hire new remote workers to assist with sales.  Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

Bob Wentworth

Melvin nodded in approval.  Profits just keep on going up (Melvin thought).

Melvin walked over to the water cooler.  The guys were there.

“Hey Melvin! How ya doin’ ?”

“Doing good.  You guys catch The Squad last night?”

“Yeah man it was crazy!  I was worried the Brainmaster was going to win but luckily the Quickster showed up right in the nick of time.”

“It was definitely a close one.” Said Melvin.

“It sure was.  Guess what man?  I got a new car yesterday!”

“Wow! A new car?”

“Yes sir!  Got a great deal on it.  We had to negotiate and fight for it but I was able to get 2k under what I wanted to pay!”

“That is amazing!”

“Yeah man we are just very fortunate.  Lady luck is always smiling on us!   Melvin, you hear the new song from The Frontstreet Boys?”

“Oh no I haven’t.”

“It just got released yesterday.  They are playing it a bunch on P 105.1.”

“Cool cool my man! Congrats on the car!”

As Melvin was driving home he turned on the radio.  The announcer spoke: hey hey everyone check out this sweet new tune from The Frontstreet Boys! And the song played.  It was a catchy tune with a nice hook.

Choo Choo Train 

Don’t Go Off Those Tracks

Once you get off 

You never come back 

Choo Choo Train 

Don’t go Off Those Tracks 

Once you get off 

You never come back

And so on.

“That is a pretty catchy tune. I didn’t know people still made songs about trains.” Said Melvin.

(FAST FORWARD IN TIME)

 

Melvin opens the book called Mind Men and begins to read it.

The main character is a crime fighter by the name of “Maximind.”  He is the hero which helps to guard his city against danger.  He does not possess vast powers.  His ability is telekinesis, he can move things with his mind.  He has limits to his power and can only use his telekinesis in bursts.  Other than that he is a skilled martial artist and tactician.

The story begins with a bank robbery.   The bankers have hostages and they have the cops pinned down outside.

The commanding officer looks to another as they are pinned down behind their cars. “Call him.”

Maximind arrives and walks onto the scene.  The commanding officer looks at him “Maximind, we have a hostage situation.”

“Don’t worry Captain.  I’ll handle this one.” Maximind spoke confidently.

Maximind moved around the side of the building.  There was a gunman posted at the door.   He focused.  The gun of the gunman flew out of his hand as if it was ripped out.  There was shock on his face.  Maximind closed in and dispatched the gunman with some karate chops.

Maximind looked into the bank and he reached out with his mind.  He could sense the other gunmen.  Their guns flew out of their hands and were scattered close to the door.  Maximind moved inside quickly.   The gunmen saw Maximind and attempted to attack with hand-to-hand combat but he was able to dispatch them easily.

The police moved in and arrested all of the gunmen.  The day was saved!

The captain looked at the hero, “Good work today Maximind!”

“No problem Captain.  All in a day’s work.” Maximind said cheerfully. He made his move towards the back of the bank and made a sneaky exit.

Just a typical superhero story, thought Melvin.  He continued reading.

The hero returned to his apartment and was wearing plain clothing.  His girlfriend was chilling on the couch.  “Hey babe I am home.”

The girlfriend seemed a annoyed. ” Where were you?  I wanted to hang out.”

“Babe, I had to go and save the day!”

“Yeah I saw.”    She looked towards the TV.  The local news was covering the story of the bank robbery.   The police chief was their too, “Yeah we could not have done it without Maximind.  He was the hero today!”

“Good job on saving the day babe!” Said the girlfriend.

“Thanks a lot honey.  I need to go and train.”   Maximind drove out to the junkyard near town so he could develop and hone his skills.

“I must work on some new techniques.” Said Maximind.  He did his training.

One Week later …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pokemon Red Weak Team (Completed) (Chansey, Poliwrath, BeeDrill)

My challenge has been completed. On June 2nd I was able to defeat the Elite four and my rival (named Blue). It was my PIGEOT that dealt the final blow to his level 65 Venusaur.

My team before I made the attempt was:

LEVEL 62 GYRADOS

LEVEL 42 POLIWRATH

LEVEL 37 CHANSEY

LEVEL 51 PIDGEOT

LEVEL 37 OMANYTE

LEVEL 28 BEE DRILL

 

(I think it was a guy online or maybe on Quora who suggested this weak team).  Nobody on my team knew how to use: Earthquake, Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, Blizzard, or any Psychic moves.  Also no TRI ATTACK and NO  rock slide.   My team really did not have that much HITTING POWER.

My main pokemon were the GYRADOS and the PIDGEOT! They were able to deal damage.  Once I evolved my Poliwhirl into POLIWRATH then he became more useful as well.    BEE DRILL was kind of useless most of the game.  And Chansey really is not that great.

I used GYRADOS to beat most of the Elite Four.  it knew Hyper Beam which I upped to 7 PP.     Lorelei has a tricky team if you don’t have  a good electric pokemon, she was a tough first hurdle.   Fighting Bruno was pretty easy, just need water moves and flying moves.

Agatha was tough because her team used lots of CONFUSING moves so that was annoying.  LUCKILY, in this game only NORMAL type moves don’t hit ghosts, so I could still use fighting type moves and flying type moves and bug moves to hit them.  So I actually did use BEE DRILL and Chansey and Pidgeot to beat her team.

LANCE was super easy, I used my Poliwrath on his dragons and they would not attack they only wanted to use AGILITY.   And then his D R A G O N I T E was easy to kill I could use Poliwrath and BEE DRILL.  (THE AI in Gen 1 is pretty stupid in general).

and my rival was not that difficult.  I was able to one shot his ALAKAZAM by having my Gryados use BITE. so that was great.

HONESTLY, the first one, Lorelei, was the toughest because they had good stats and I did not have any super effective moves to hit with.

It was a grind for sure but I am glad I could complete the challenge (which I placed on myself).

I hope the good people of the world will continue to enjoy playing pokemon, especially Gen 1 and Gen 2 games (they are my favorites).

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Pokemon Red Update (Weak Team) (Elite Four)

Saturday June 1st

I have made one attempt at the Elite four.  I was not able to get past Agatha.  My main pokemon were Gyrados and PIGEOT.   my team is too weak.

I have gone back and tried to level them more.  I will try again soon.

My victory is 100% based on Gyrados.   Luckily, it does know Hyper Beam.

Not having any electric moves definitely slows things down.  And I don’t have Ice or Psychic.  Moves like Ice Beam and Psybeam really crush many of the Elite four.

I am going to try again soon.

I am hoping that my Poliwrath will become more useful.    I only have so much patience to GRIND and raise the level of the weak pokemon.  Also, BEE DRILL is still pretty useless.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Fathers and Sons

A tale by DJ ROBO BISCUIT 

I did not know my father growing up, but I did know he was a bad man.  It was tough growing up without my dad around.  And my mom was loving but also full of peculiarities.   Somedays she loved me and somedays she seemed to despise me.  But I don’t blame her.   She is one of many moms put in that strange predicament.  She was a warrior.  But you could still see her trauma.

In 2018, there were 4 million births; there were 90,000 rapes; and 4,000 reported babies caused by rape.   Those numbers changed greatly.  Here in the year 2035 we have 5 million births, 100,000 rapes and 50,000 babies born from rape.  Ever since they banned the abortions, the numbers have been going up.

And that is me, a “rape baby.”  It happened one night, in a dark alley, my dad got her.  She has told me that she had wished could abort but it was illegal.  But she also told me she was glad she had me.  Sometimes it is confusing!  And she would always mention the “Good ol’ days” when women were allowed to abort.

Tuesday nights I have my RBA meetings.  Rape Baby Anonymous.  Many of the guys and girls there are my age.  We were part of the “first wave” of rape babies.  We sit around and stare at each other.  We talk about it.   What it is like to not know our fathers, but of course to know he was a rapist.  Many of our moms are in rough shape, they are tough but many of them still have some trauma from the rape.  None of us know our dads.

But one day I decided to do something about it.   It was time for a DNA test.  Believe it or not, the government has initiatives to help kids find their fathers.

The results came back, and guess what?  I have 2 brothers!   They live in different states but it’s amazing to know I am not an only child.  One of them lives in New York City and the other lives in Orlando.  I guess dad was able to move around huh?

And of course, the results showed me my dad: Anthony Pelbis.    It’s a weird last name, Pelbis.   And my dad is locked up, but not for rape.  Looks like he was locked up for Burglary.  I guess good ol’ dad was a career criminal.   He was in prison only one state away.  I asked Mom, but she didn’t want to see him.

I drove to the prison.  I wanted to meet my father.

I sit down in front of the glass and grab the phone.  He is not very tall but he is strong.  He has a big nose and he has a large scar across his cheek which is very distinctive.   I know he is not a good guy but I can’t help but notice I do look like him.

“Well, I heard you were my son?”

“Hello Anthony, that is right.”

“Yeah, you don’t have to call me Dad or anything.  Unless you want to of course.  What’s your name?”

“My name is Albert.”

“Albert huh?  That is a fine name.   You know, you do kind of look like me!”

“How much do you know Anthony?”

“Oh about what?”

“About me and about mom?  And about your family?”

“Well, I know have at least one son, yourself.  And I don’t really have much family except for my brother.”

“Well actually Anthony, there are more of me.”

Anthony’s eyes widened.

“Yeah Dad, you are actually a father of three.  I have 2 other brothers.”

“Woah. That is crazy!”

“I guess you were a busy man many years ago.”

“You know Albert we all make mistakes, and now I am locked up.”

“Can you tell me anything about Mom?  From when she was younger.”

” You know son, I really can’t say much.  Me and your mom were intimate only one time and it was not on her terms.”

… … … …

END OF TALE

(DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

Pokemon Red Weak Team (7 badges update)

Hello all,

With my weak team I have made progress.  I just defeated Blaine on Cinnabar Island.  It was pretty easy since I have a Gyrados and a Poliwhirl (which I will eventually evolve into Poliwrath).

Right now my team is: Gyrados, PIGEOT, Poliwhirl, CHANSEY, BeeDrill, and Omanyte.    GYRADOS and PIGEOT are my strongest pokemon by far.   a big concern I have is that my team will not be strong enough to defeat the elite four. My best pokemon are water-flying and flying.  The GYRADOS it does know hyper beam.   But my other pokemon are very weak, like my BEE DRILL is basically useless.  And Chansey needs to get to a higher level, but I did teach Chansey TOXIC and SEISMIC TOSS which are pretty good combo.    But I am still worried that my team won’t be powerful enough to defeat the elite four.  I am using an EXP ALL to try and level up my team but it really takes forever and I have not spent too much time “grinding” but I might need to hear pretty soon.

With this run of the game I am not using any kind of Psychic type pokemon and I am avoiding having moves that are too good,  NO thunderbolt NO ice beam NO blizzard NO earthquake. Those moves are just too powerful.   And my team has a real serious lack in the department of ice moves and electric moves and fire moves.  So we shall how it plays out.

The game is WAY easier if you have a Zapdos or if you have a good Kadabra/Hypno.  or if you have a Blastoise that knows Surf/Ice beam.  Certain pokemon with certain moves make the game too easy.  Like you have Zapdos and it knows drill peck and thunderbolt, then the Zapdos can destroy a lot of pokemon that it goes up against.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT