Lent Day – Twenty-Six
Sunday, March 30, 2014 – My apologies. It seems I spoke in cult language in yesterday’s entry. BTHO is an Aggie yell meaning Beat The Hell Outta. So BTHOUC! means Beat The Hell Outta UConn! May I suggest you adjust or clean your glasses? That last symbol is an exclamation point and not the letter “I.” That could account for the inability to figure it out. Our question for today is “What is the mascot or nickname of Stanford University?” It is my understanding that this question has won and continues to win drinks in bar bets. Therefore, it is critical to pay attention. If you said a dancing tree made from green cloth patches, you would be incorrect. The tree is the mascot of the Stanford Band. By the way, if you are the Tree, you have to make your own green patch outfit. If you said Cardinals, you would again be wrong. Many moons ago, the mascot was an “Indian.” It was dropped in 1972 which I am certain involved a protest. From 1972-1981, the official nickname was the Cardinals. During the 1970’s suggestions of nicknames included: Robber Barons in reference to founder Leland Stanford; Trees; just the plain kind I suppose; Sequoias; like who can spell that? Spikes; Huns and Griffins. Those were the names on the ballots. Can you imagine what did not make the list? The Inventors? The LSD Trippers? The Protestors? The Griffins seems to gain momentum in that two statues of Griffins were placed outside the athletic dorm. Finally, I guess the University president had had enough or did not like Griffins, but on November 17, 1981, he declared that athletic teams would be represented by the color cardinal in singular form. Stanford University has no mascot. Drink up!
Lent – Day Twenty-Five
Saturday, March 29, 2014 – What? You were expecting something BEFORE The Fighting Texas Aggie Women played DePaul? Dear DePaul, Welcome to the SEC. If you think our basketball teams are good, you should see us play football. Live by the 3-point shot; die by the 3-point shot. As I predicted Texas A&M plays UConn on Monday. And the Bears of Baylor play the Irish of Notre Dame. And who was the last team to beat Notre Dame and Little Miss Muffet? It was Kim’s Baylor Bears in December of 2012. Gonna be tough on the ND home court though. From the men’s bracket – Chomp. Chomp. Give those other teams some Gator Aid. I read a comment that someone’s son is arranging his entire schedule around the Final Four next weekend in North Texas. First, the announcers say the Final Four is in North Texas because nobody knows where Denton is. Second, I see nothing wrong with arranging one’s life around an athletic event. My family arranges their entire fall and spring schedules around athletic events and that could be just the games that are on television. So here’s to the Baylor Bears and the Texas Aggies. Make the state of Texas proud. BTHOUC! WHOOP!
Lent – Day Twenty-four
Friday, March 28, 2014 – And Then There Was None! No Big 12 basketball teams remain in The Tournament. My winner of Florida still holds as the teams move to The Elite Eight. Nevertheless, how many days until football season begins? Did you ever read Agatha Christi’s And Then There Were None? This was the novel I read in Senior English IV taught by Mrs. Wanda Traugh. The book was originally published in England in 1939 as Ten Little Niggers. Ouch. The American publication changed the poem, which serves as the theme, to Ten Little Indians. Hmm. Not much better. But the point is ten people die in a variety of ways as described in the poem Ten Little Indians until “there was none” leaving one to wonder in this great who done it of how it ends?” This book is one of the best-selling mystery novels of all time and one of the best-selling novels. When Mrs. Traugh ordered a class set of the novel for senior English, she was asked to justify the purchase. Her response was “Well, it is British and it will become literature.” Little did she know. As I said, there was a class set. One only got to read while in class. A careful count of the books was taken at the end of class to ensure no one slipped a copy out of class to finish. We were only allowed to read certain chapters and not allowed to skip ahead. One time, Mrs. Traugh realized that Larry the Firebird had read faster than then rest of us. She snatched the book from him and refused to allow him to read further. It is now that point in The Big Dance. All but eight have been eliminated. However, as in the novel, there is always one left.
Lent Day – Twenty-Three
Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 10:04 PM. Two hours before the day is over. On what day of the week were you born? Mondays child is fair of face, Tuesdays child is full of grace, Wednesdays child is full of woe, Thursdays child has far to go, Fridays child is loving and giving, Saturdays child works hard for his living, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and gay. In the new version, the Sabbath child is happy and wise instead of bonny and blithe and good and gay. I was born on Thursday and I had far to go today. That is why this is late. Did you know that Wednesday of The Addams Family was named because of the poem? Do you recall this mnemonic device to teach children the days of the week? Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Grew worse on Friday, Died on Saturday Buried on Sunday. That was the end, Of Solomon Grundy. And that’s the end of Day Twenty-Three!
Lent Day Twenty-Two
Lent Day Twenty-Two – Wednesday, March 27, 2014 – Captain’s Log – Somewhere in the galaxy a large cube of technology moves through space. “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” That is the Borg by-line from Star Trek – The Next Generation and the television series Star Trek Voyager. Actually, that is a paraphrase of the actual phrases used by The Borg. The Borg is a collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones of the Collective, or the hive. Of course the Borg were part human and mostly machine. The Borg fed on data streams. If you were assimilated and assimilation was not optional, there was no turning back. Except of course if you were Captain Picard. I am feeling assimilated today because at the gym, I had a small IPod Nano and a Fit Bit. The IPod was clipped to my shirt, with ear plug listening devices and the Fit Bit around my wrist. Counting the artificial lens in the right eye, I had three technological enhancements. The lens and Fit-Bit are receiving data while the IPod is giving data in the form of music. When I synced my Fit-Bit to my computer, I visualized the Borg plugging themselves into a charging socket. This was their sleep pattern. So far today I have taken 7619 steps that come to 3.38 miles. With 37 “very active” minutes, I burned 1289 calories. I exercise to avoid various other body part replacements. Now I must be assimilated and go take a nap. Resistance is futile.
Lent – Day Twenty-One
Lent – Day 21 – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – “You forgot your flash drive; you forgot your flash drive; you forgot your flash drive.” From The Big Bang Theory, when Sheldon forgets his flash drive with his presentation on it. You have to watch it. But in reality – “I just washed my flash drive; I just washed my flash drive; I just washed my flash drive.” Or perhaps “I just dried my flash drive in the dryer.” On the positive side, Mrs. Lincoln, all of your blue jeans are clean, dried, folded and put away. After a thorough search of all of the jeans’ pockets and the laundry appliances, it appears the flash drive has run away with the sock. You know how laundry appliances are. You are certain you load two socks, but only one is in the appliance when the cycle ends. I suspect there is a black hole that swallows items just to make us crazy. So, “I just lost my flash-drive; etc.” I am not concerned about the contents, because after all, it is a flash drive, but it was the big flash drive. Oh well, as they say, it is now gone in flash. Groan. Bouncing around again, congratulations to the Baylor Bears – all of them, for reaching the Sweet 16! The men’s team is the only team left in the tournament from Texas. On the women’s side, hope still floats with Texas and the Fighting Texas Aggies and Baylor. Unfortunately, Baylor must go to South Bend. I wonder if ND has a Three-point, Jesus, like they have a Touchdown Jesus. While we must not get ahead of ourselves (read: Kentucky (Baylor) and DePaul (Texas A&M)), it could be the Catholics and the Baptists and the Huskies and the Aggies in the Elite Eight. I am lost for a conclusion, so feel free to make one up.
Lent Day Twenty – Half Way
Monday, March 23, 2014 – Obviously a bear does crap in the woods. At least a Bruin does in the Piney Woods. Nice run, Lumberjacks. Remember a few years ago, no one had ever heard of Gonzaga or Wichita State when they were Cinderella teams at the Big Dance. Look where they are today. After all, you only played the greatest basketball school west of the Mississippi. This was Stephen F. Austin’s 1st appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was the 101st NCAA game for UCLA. That tells a lot about the outcome. UCLA produced one of the greatest players of all time. You get extra points if you know what his name is today and extra credit if you know his name when he played at UCLA. Hint: that is a clue! Think! The University of Houston versus UCLA. Astrodome. Elvin Hayes. Larry, of Firebird fame from Lent Day Nine, got to attend. I was jealous. I knew he was getting to see greatest up close. Well as close as one could see with a basketball court on the floor of Astrodome. I feel certain he and I, and maybe a couple of basketball players – Number one – Knew what a UCLA was and number two – The name of their most dominant player. I bet Larry went in his Firebird. Oh well. The Bears of Baylor kept hopes alive for the Big 12, along with Iowa State. And cheers to the women, who always have to pick up the slack. Sic ‘Em Bears and Gig ‘Em Aggies. And congrats to Karen Aston and the Lady Longhorns. I am confident I was the only female in Magnolia High School who knew that a man named Karim Ab-dul Jabaar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor existed. UCLA vs The University of Houston in 1967 is known as The Game of the Century.
Lent Day Nineteen
Sunday, March 23, 2014 – Bless me Father, for I have sinned. When I began this Lenton Log, I failed to mention Bill Prady, the co-creator of my all-time favorite television program, The Big Bang Theory. Dr. Shelton Cooper and Dr. Leonard Hofstadter – both physicists. Dr. Rajesh Koothrappolli – an astrophysicist, and MR. Howard Wolowitz and Penny. Penny. Penny. Yes, even though your aerospace engineering degree is from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Who doesn’t have a Masters’ Degree?” That is the attitude of those of us who do have Dr. in front of our name. Add Bernadette Rostenkowski, a microbiologist and my favorite – Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Mayim Bialik, who actually has a PhD. in neurobiology and you, get an ensemble cast that is one of the best in television history. I am, or know, or have taught every character in the series. I think most of them were in my first period American history class when they were juniors at McCullough High School in The Woodlands. Well, this must be short today because I must get ready to give UCLA the Axe, tonight. Go Lumberjacks!!! So I will leave with one of my favorite of many from the series, quotes. This one from Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. “I do not question the existence of a Supreme Deity. However, I do not understand one that takes attendance once a week.”
Lent Day Eighteen
Saturday, March 22, 2014 – Oh future bright, Neath the purple and white, all hail to SFA; Neath Texas pines, we have found peaceful shrines where every month is May. Long live our alma mater; honor to thee for aye; As years unfold happy memories we’ll hold; all hail to SFA. Yes, I still remember the words to the SFA school song. I can also say the Greek alphabet while holding a burning match and get to Omega before the flame burns out. Something else I learned at SFA besides the school song. VCU, you can kiss my axe! Last’s night’s game was one of those happy unfolding memories we’ll hold. Here’s to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks first NCAA victory in what was an incredible and unbelievable basketball game. There have been no blow out victories in the tournament. In fact, there have been many “poopy undies victories,” because the favored, big name school was taken down to the final minutes or seconds before escaping with a win over a small school, but obviously powerful team. The NCAA women’s games begin today. The bracket of the POTUS has the Catholics playing the Baylor Baptists, I mean Bears, in the Elite Eight for the Championship of Notre Dame Region. We both have ND winning. He also has UConn and Texas A&M playing for the Championship of the Lincoln region. We both have UConn winning. Reveille, you can take down that Huskie. OK, maybe not. Maybe Gary Blair can bore Geno to victory. I have great admiration for Coach Blair, but dang he talks slow. The POTUS has ND and UConn in the Championship Game. I do too. The irresistible force and the immoveable object. Baring a major upset this will be the first in NCAA women’s basketball history where the final two teams come in undefeated. UConn will have one loss when the lights go out.
Lent Day Seventeen
Friday, March 21, 2014 – “Fight, fiercely Harvard…” That is not the fight song of Harvard University, but rather the parody by one of its alumni and one of the greatest satirist of the twentieth century. While you are thinking who it is, here is a report from yesterday’s and this mornings’ games. This tournament has already had so many upsets, the name should be changed to March Schizophrenia. Harvard might be the only school who could spell it though. Congratulations to the Billikens and you certainly needed to be and have that good luck charm to pull off the win. Also having good luck were the buzzer-beating Texas Longhorns and of course the Harvard Crimson upsetting Cincinnati. If your bracket had not busted earlier with Dayton over The Ohio State, it probably did with Harvard. My selection, Colorado, played as though they inhaled too much of the air caused by the recent passing of laws in their their state to expand recreational opportunities. And then, am I the only one who sees the irony in the win by the North Dakota Bison over the Oklahoma Sooners? Bison – 1. Native Americans and Sooners – 0. The revenge of the buffaloes, you betcha. And so far today, it has been a good day for bears – both Baylor and Mercer. Mercer upset the Duke Blue Devils. And the brackets continue to bust. Fight, fiercely, Harvard is one of many songs by the fabulous Tom Lehrer. Tom Lehrer earned his AB in mathematics (magna cum laude) from Harvard University in 1946 when he was 19. He received his MA degree the next year and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. His songs, such as Pollution and A Song for World War III, (Watch World War III on pay TV…) are as meaningful and pertinent today as they were in the 1960’s and 1970’s. So for Mr. Lehrer and all the other key carrying scholars – Fight, fiercely, Harvard.