Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's March Madness and someone isn't here...

It's been thirty years.  Thirty years since Dereck Wittenburg's airball of a pass to Lorenzo Charles in the 1983 NCAA Championship and Charles' dunk that catapulted the NC State Wolfpack to the pinnacle of college basketball.

Who can forget Jim Valvano running around the court to hug someone in pure pandemonium?

Yes it's been thirty years.  And it's been twenty years, this April 28, that Jim Valvano passed away. Those fans of college basketball, ESPN and society in general can't forget his touching speech at the 1993 ESPY awards. "... To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special....Don't Give Up...Don't Ever Give Up ..."

Jimmy V's not here but his NC State Wolf Pack are.

Sadly too, there's someone else who isn't here. Rick Majerus

The humble, jovial and intense Coach of the St. Louis Billikens passed away Dec 5 2012.

The title of his autobiography alone shows his humility:

My Life On a Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin' Utes

Valvano and Majerus reminds us that the spirit of this tournament lies in not only the purity of the sport but the inspiration of those before us.

How sweet would the sweet sixteen be if NCSt ( in the East)  and St. Louis ( in the Midwest) advanced?  How elite would the Elite 8 be if they extended their play?  How fanatic would the Final Four be if the Wolfpack and Billikens made it? And yes, they could meet each other in the Championship.

Could the Basketball Fairy Godmother bestow a pair of glass slippers on these two Cinderella sentimental favorites?

I'm not sure, but...

In taking Jim's advice, if we spend time in thought as we fill out our brackets,  laugh at some of our picks and cry when we win (or lose)...think, laugh and cry, we'll have a heck of a tournament and it's going to be special!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A 3D book?

No, you won't need special glasses to ready Jeffery Deaver's The Devil's Teardrop. However, a pair of  readers, aka cheaters, or eye glasses or contacts may be needed for the older generation.

In Devil's Teardrop, help Deaver's characters solve a puzzle. A mass-murderer is on the loose in DC and Parker Kincaid and Margaret Lukas have until midnight on December 31, 1999 to solve this master of a puzzle.

On a rating system of 5 bookmarks, I give it a 4. Noone is perfect, even the smartest of criminals, and when you read Deavers book,  you'll understand why!

A masterful thriller!

Deaver Doesn't Disappoint!

Friday, March 15, 2013

a Thin Mints poem

I opened my freezer door

And what did I find

A box of cookies

From some great friends of mine


I had forgotten that

They were in there

So I’m very grateful for

My friends generosity and care


A box of Thin Mints

Frozen and ready to eat

So I tossed a few in my mouth

My diet has been beat


I hope that my friends

Enjoyed their weekend stay

My diet has been put on hold

For yet another day!