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If anyone is confused by the title "Breakfast at Wimbledon" and the location appears as the United States, the scene is in my study in Virginia, USA. The television set is tuned to the beginning of today's matches at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, in England. As a tennis player, it is an exciting experience for me to actually enjoy breakfast at Wimbledon, although it is 8:00 am here in Virginia and 1:00 pm in England.

The four American announcers seated left-to-right are Chris McKendry, a journalist for ESPN; Chris Evert, a former Women's World No.1 and 18-time Grand Slam Champion (1970s and 1980s); John McEnroe another legendary American player, a former Men's No. 1, and considered one of the best players ever. McEnroe had the unenviable reputation as the "enfant terrible" of men's tennis, endlessly throwing temper tantrums. But as an announcer, he is first-rate... wise, knowledgeable and gracious. Finally, seated at the right end is Patrick McEnroe, John's brother, and an exceptionally fine doubles' player. I normally don't notice how women are dressed, but here I am very happy to have Ms. McKendry wearing the bright red dress, an important compositional element for the scene.

I have hundreds of photos spanning the past few decades still to upload to Trekearth. This is a rare photo that I am posting immediately after shooting it. The two statues on the windowsill depict a cowboy and a Native American, respectively. The tree seen window on the left is a tall (15 m) Norwegian pine, the right side shows the deck/balcony and beyond it a small pond. The three stained glass windows were created by my wife's late uncle, Roy Miller. A machinist most of his life, after he retired, he began to make Tiffany-style lamps for family and friends. When he offered to make a lamp for me, I was much more presumptuous, asking him to create three window panes of Penrose Tiles, instead of a lamp, to my specifications.

Sir Roger Penrose who formulated the symmetry underlying this mathematical tiling was a brilliant mathematical physicist at Oxford University. Crystallographers explain known crystals by their mathematical symmetries. Shortly after Penrose published his discovery, an Israeli scientist, Danny Schectmann discovered a "quasicrystal" with a related symmetry and won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Penrose tiles are comprised of a pair of shapes that tile a flat surface only aperiodically (when the markings are constrained to match at borders). Seen in the stained glass, the two tile-shapes are rhombuses called "kites" and "darts," respectively. They were grouped here to feature a five-pointed star and a soccer ball.

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