Love-Struck Karly

What do you normally say when meeting someone for the first time? For me it’s generally something along the lines of, “Hi, I’m Karly. Nice to meet you.” So naturally when starting to write my introductory entry for the TW Blog, those were the first words that came to mind. But as I tried to think of other things to say, it was like I lost my entire vocabulary except for those seven words. Talk about frustrating. All I wanted to do was think of something clever. Make a good impression. Was it really that hard? The last thing I wanted was to sound cliché or use a common, boring expression to introduce myself. Desperate, I felt like if I wanted to do something clever, the only option I had was to scramble my seven words around to make a puzzle – perfect for those who can’t get enough “Jumble” from their daily paper, but not ideal for a blog. Since that won’t work, I’m playing it safe and keeping it simple. Hi, I’m Karly and this is my first blog entry. I just hope I don’t come off boring or unoriginal because I couldn’t think of any other way to start this off.

Now you may be wondering what the title is all about. Allow me to explain. And don’t worry, you didn’t land on an online dating personal ad (although this may not be a bad time to mention I have hazel eyes, like long walks on the beach and have a weakness for karaoke…). Instead I chose “Love-Struck Karly” for two reasons.

The first one deals with all the talented players I’m surrounded by here at TW. On the courts, I’m not always the winning player. And, yes, I’ll admit it. There’ve been times were I end up with a love score (Get it? “Love-Struck”). Particularly when playing against people like Brittany, Chris or Siobhan, the score is more like love to forty-thousand. Now, I’ve been playing tennis since I was 5 and can definitely hold my own against harder hitters. I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to hit with such great players every day. They constantly push me to improve my game, and with any luck, I’ll eventually be able to spread the love (score) to others.

Showing more love for the sport and its players. (Left: Gasquet. Right: Me)

Then that brings me to my second reasoning: my job. Along with playtesting, I work as an Assistant Web Editor and help write apparel descriptions for the website. I love it. I get to see all the new outfits the pros will be wearing at the upcoming tournaments and then get to describe their fit to help better our customers’ shopping experience. Since online shopping isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart – personally I know how nerve-racking it can be waiting for clothes that were bought online to see whether they fit like I expected them to. It definitely puts a damper on my day when they don’t. So this is where I ask for your help. Speak up! Let us know if you have any suggestions to make the online shopping experience better. Post a comment on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter or start a thread on our message board. We want to improve, and I’d love to help.

Uh oh, not again. Now that I have to end the entry all I can think of is, “It was a pleasure meeting you.” So please excuse me again for using a cliché phrase, but it truly was a pleasure writing this. Can’t wait to write again in the future! And let’s hope my vocabulary won’t make this disappearing act a habit…

Game. Set. Match.
~Karly

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