Thursday, March 26, 2009
I entered a basketball pool at work. After the first couple of rounds I was doing pretty good and was in the top 25%. Today, 2 or 4. Duke was trounced by Villanova. And I had duke winning another game this weekend. And another #2 seed, Memphis, was taken out by Missouri. I thought Memphis would also get to the final 4.
So unless others have similar disasters tomorrow and I am smarter than everyone else, so much for getting my $5 back. Actually, it may be so much for being in the top 50%.
Given that I haven't watch ANY college basketball this year I can't say that's too bad. I should have listened to the Duke skeptics (Duke haters to the faithful) and I'd be more comfortable with my picks up til now.
In other sporting news, SDSU is still alive in the NIT tournament. They'll be playing in the semifinals tomorrow. Go Aztecs.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Eventide by Kent Haruf is the third book he's written about an imaginary small town, Holt Colorado, and is the followup to Plainsong. Go read that one first.
"Haruf's books are so low-key and straightforward that a careless reader might miss the fact that they are about everything that life has to offer: love, sorrow, malice, understanding, and the connections that make and keep us human, to name a few."
There may not be much of a plot besides life. But that doesn't stop you from caring about the characters. The action is occasionally violent and stark yet more often than not almost dull, like the prairie landscape, forcing you to pay attention to the little details that really matter.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Trader Ming's Kung Pao
From Trader Joe's... In a take out box package. You dump the precooked noodles back into the box and separate them and then pour on the sauce before microwaving for two minutes.
Vegan. Tasty. But really lacked the veggie chunks or tofu to make it outstanding. For the amount of effort required, not really worth it. Go out and order extra Thai food and bring the leftovers.
They claim two servings per container. But only if you ate it as a side. So 520 calories and 1180 mg sodium (50% daily recommended).