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My baby blog just turned one! Partay! 




Having realised I’ve left a few things unexplained, here are the answers to some questions you were all too lazy to ask. 😀


1. Why is this blog called “All I need is a picket fence”?

A) Secret fence fetish

B) Psychoanalytic insight into humanity’s need for security and closure.

C) Secret ploy to make sure that this blog tops every alphabetically-arranged blogroll and links directory

D) Awesome tennis reference you’re just too dumb to get

E) Throwaway line someone said when Doots was registering the blog.


Sorry to disappoint, the answer is E.

A friend said it to me while I was registering on wordpress and it just stuck because it was so quirky and entirely irrelevant to everything.


2. This blog was almost going to be…


3. The name ‘Dootsiez’ is…

An old nickname that’s fallen out of use, although writing this blog has actually revived it in real life. 


4. I got into men’s tennis because of…

Rafa’s ass. 

I got into women’s tennis because of the Williams sisters. Had a crush on Pat Rafter too, back in the day. But who didn’t?


5. I used to hate Federer.

I thought he was boring. I thought he lacked emotions(!!). I thought he had bad hair (!!!). I thought he had too much hair (!!!!). I thought he was an overrated tennis player. I ‘hmmphed’ at his forehands. I mocked his backhands. I claimed his dominance wouldn’t last for more than 3 years. I was convinced he would never marry Mirka…

In short, I was just a whole pile of blasphemous wrong.

Roger proved me silly on every account, and I had my first “religious experience” during the 2007 Australian Open semifinal. From then on, it was a point of no return. I was converted. I saw the error of my ways and headed for the light.

Yada yada.

These days, I’ll happily admit that the Fed is the best thing since pickled vegetables.

Damn right he is.


So here’s to a year of stomach ulcers, bald patches, and acid reflux induced by this crazy sport of tennis. A year of frazzling, and fretting, and freaking out. A year of tennis porn and historical celebrations. 

Best of all, it’s been a year of goofing off with you readers and fellow bloggers. 

Cheers to all that. Hurrah!




35 responses to “One.”

  1. roadrunnerz says :

    Happy Anniversary!

    I’m glad I found this blog and I did think the answer to 1) was D, so I’d never have asked, lol.


  2. Dippy says :

    Happy 1st Birthday, I am glad to discover your blog.

  3. Liz says :

    Happy happy joy joy! Thanks for your blog and sense of humor!

    Party on, Teddy Bear!

  4. TopSpin says :


    And heres me thinking Picket Fence was a fetish for suburban living. Or something. I much prefer the irrelevance though.

    Congrats for being one of the few remaining blogs out there that successfully manages to combine sound tennis analysis with more light hearted off court news.

    My daily fix. Well other than white tea that is.

    Here’s to another year of disagreeing with you about Federer…

    • dootsiez says :

      hehehe I’ll raise my skinny lattes to that. 😉

      Funny that we started blogging almost at the same time. Hurrah to that too!

  5. girl from michigan says :

    Happy Happy Anniversary!

    And #4 FTW. It’s totally why I watch tennis.. Rafa’s ass and Roger’s hair. Shallow? Yes. But oh so much fun.

    Thank you for your Blog!

  6. kim says :

    Really? The first year of tennis blogging? Congratulations and here’s hoping for many more returns. Thanks for being my daily “vice” when I am supposed to be hard at work. Cheers!

  7. Annie says :

    Here’s to …. you! Wahey!

    Thankyou so much for keeping up such a fun blog ❤

  8. perispomenon says :

    Happy Anniversary. I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago but I am already hooked and I check it everyday now.

  9. breadstix says :

    ‘Grats! And here’s to many more years to come! 😀

    Haha, ‘grass is for cows’, love it. x’D But AINIAPF is good too, suitably random, so much so that it took me weeks to find your blog again after I first stumbed on it. Hehe.

  10. JFK says :

    Happy Anniversary. Congrats on an amazing blog!

  11. EP says :

    Wow, I feel SO much less guilty for getting into tennis because of Rafa…. although not because of his ass but yeah… XD;

    Happy anniversary! May this be the first of many more! =)

  12. Julie says :

    Happy birthday Doots!

  13. Erwin says :


  14. LJ says :

    congrats on your 1st anniversary and may this awesome blog continue forevermore

  15. sly says :

    happy birthday to allineedisapicketfence blog…

    I have to say, I really enjoyed your interesting approach to tennis… in a very passionate, cool & weird way… =)

    The FREAK ACCIDENTS IN CAPSLOCK is just genius.. lol

    I also thought the name of your blog just came on random note coz it’s freaking long for a blog name… really bizarre but very unique…


  16. MP says :

    I was trying to figure out the name of an old movie I’d seen, but all I could remember was a scene where some guy was running over picket fences, and another where a man was playing tennis with only one arm. Google somehow led me to one of your funny ruminations on the non-existent left arm.

    So now I read your blog pretty regularly, which is a bit odd because I don’t even watch tennis. I just think your blog is amusing.

    Thanks for the entertainment and Happy Anniversary!

  17. Rose says :

    Congratulations, Happy Anniversary and may this blog continue to bring sunshine and rainbow and stardust and madness and thunder and lightning all neatly wrapped in purple and silver ribbons to all who are fortunate enough to discover it in the first place.

    • dootsiez says :

      Hehehe hopefully more sunshine, rainbow and stardust than thunder and lightning and madness. Gee tennis fandom is a crazy place…

  18. Blue says :

    Congratulations doots! Has it been a year already? I’ve always wondered why you picked this name for your blog, I really thought it was something deep hehe. Anyway, I love your blog because it’s fun, insightful and fedtastic. I think I found this blog from your first youtube account, was so impressed and have been spamming ever since! Keep it up!

  19. Van says :

    Hey Dootsiez! Congratulations, and hopefully there will be many more anniversaries to come!

  20. mgasol says :

    congratulations!!! 🙂

  21. judy says :

    big congrats on a job well done! love the federbear pic, hilarious! love reading the backstory on how you got started and that you weren’t a fed fan before. now you’re obsessed and we’re all thankful for it! cheers!

  22. freakyfrites says :

    Congrats, Dootsiez! And thank you for the quiz! I totally thought the answer for #1 was D! Like maybe something Roger said when he won his cow.

    Here’s to another great year of Federer fanaticism!

  23. pban says :

    Belated Happy Birthday doots,love your blog .Helps to know people share your madness ,it really does.

  24. Tsquare says :

    Great Blog!……There’s always something here to make me laugh…Keep doing what ya do 🙂

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  26. facebook says :

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this excellent blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

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