Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez are ready for Wimbledon

After a couple tournaments where he showed some signs of being rusty after taking an extended break during the clay court season, Roger Federer played the best match of this grass court season in the championship match of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany against Alexander Zverev. Federer’s backhand was back in solid form as he dominated Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for his ninth Halle title.

At The Queen’s Club in London, Feliciano Lopez won his sixth ATP singles title by beating Marin Cilic at the Aegon Championships. With the five wins this week, Lopez moved into third place among active players with 72 grass court victories. Only Roger Federer (157 wins) and Andy Murray (102 wins) have more grass victories. That’s good company!

Wimbledon begins on Monday, July 3rd. Many people consider Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to be the strong favorites.

MeTV pays tribute to Adam West on Saturday, June 17

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, MeTV will pay tribute to the late, great Adam West starting at 10:00 am eastern. Sadly, Adam West, best known for playing Batman in the 1960s Batman television series, passed away after a short battle with leukemia on Friday, June 9, 2017.

The tribute will feature seven different shows Mr. West acted in, including the classic two-part premiere of Batman at 11:00 pm eastern. You can view the full tribute schedule on the MeTV website.

I will be recording the entire tribute and will find time to watch the best movie ever, Batman: The Movie (1966).

Rest in peace, Adam West.

Adam West

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Rehabilitation Update

This morning I was lucky enough to get a tour of the rehabilitation project underway at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

The Visitor Center rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Along with the project to rehabilitate the building, an exhibit upgrade project for inside the building has been initiated and will start shortly after the rehab concludes.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, should be fully operational and open to the public next summer.

In case you didn’t know, the park remains open seven days a week with lots to see outside. There is a temporary visitor available for those looking for a break from the weather and an opportunity to shop for gifts.

Bird Fight

On the morning of Sunday, May 22, 2017, I traveled on bicycle from the north end of Manteo to the small area of Roanoke Island called Skyco. While in Skyco, I saw a tree with a hawk’s nest on top (picture 1) and shortly after seeing it, a couple smaller birds swooped in and tried to attack the nest and hawk. The hawk never really got the upper hand, but it did a good job of luring the smaller birds away from its nest. It appears in picture 3 that a part of the hawk’s wing is missing.