Just a few highlights this week as my schedule in Japan had me focused elsewhere.
The Alcaraz v. Sinner US Open quarterfinal match that went over five hours ending 2:30am was one thing but it was the backhand save that was seared into everyone’s memory. The Spanish teenager would go on to beat Tiafoe (that match was 4 hours, 19 mins) who was celebrated not only for snapping Nadal’s 22-match Grand Slam winning streak but also because he came up thru the ranks as a son of immigrant parents from Sierra Leone and learned tennis at the center where his dad was the maintenance man.
Queen Elizabeth passed away and my favorite recollections are the stories that show her humanity. One is this amazing story of how she comforted a trauma surgeon just returned from Aleppo, and another on how she was asked to take a photo of an unaware American couple.
Russia, running out of munitions for their war in Ukraine, has placed an order with North Korea.
Forget NFTs, people in Shibuya lined up around the block and then some for one of Kith’s fungible tokens.
A bridge collapsed just as the ribbon was cut at the opening ceremony in Kinshasa, Congo. “The bridge buckled, both its handrails broke off, and the central section slumped into the stream a couple of metres below.” Thankfully, no one was injured.