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cbertsch
cbertsch
Distraction as Therapy
I made the mistake of visiting Google News just now. I'd managed, thanks to a multi-hour internet outage, to take a break from reality. I had a leisurely dinner, washed some dishes and saw parts of three college basketball games. I found myself rooting hard for ASU to beat UCLA, primarily because it would be to Cal's benefit, and for the Wildcats to prevail over USC, for that same reason and other, more complicated motives. And then I cheered St. Mary's attempt to overcome the loss of their best player and defeat WCC bully Gonzaga. I didn't think they would. And they didn't. Too many turnovers. The same was true for the Sun Devils, but their excellent outside shooting more than compensated. And James Harden made a ton of great plays. I've been slow to get on his bandwagon. But the way he was dishing the ball tonight made me a believer. Now I have to gear up my anxiety about this weekend's Cal-Stanford contests. Somehow worrying about something so inconsequential counts as a stress-reducer in the present climate. Maybe I'll shut the internet off more often.

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chefxh From: chefxh Date: February 13th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

(like I care)

*gasp* badmouthing Gonzaga? Dangerous around here.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: (like I care)

::grinning::

They're a nice bully. . .
flw From: flw Date: February 13th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
An interesting side-effect of caring about unimportant sports must be getting to know a bit about all those strange cities of 200,000 people. They would be megalopolises at any other time in history and now they seem like small towns.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. Although with college sports, I think 100,000 is more like the midpoint. Places like Bloomington, Indiana and Durham, North Carolina, as well as the Pac-10's Eugene, Oregon. Or Berkeley, even, though its presence in the Bay Area makes it feel less like a stand-alone municipality.
flw From: flw Date: February 13th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Imagine what it would feel like to walk into a city of 100,000 people in 1900 versus 2000... Needles probably has 100,000 people!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yuma is veering towards 100,000. Needles has a long way to go, though.
flw From: flw Date: February 15th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can't afford the extra datapoint in my scheme.

Places - between CA and Tucson - AVOID:
1) Needles
2) Yuma

Places - between CA and Tucson - AVOID - population > 100,000:
1) Yuma

Places - between CA and Tucson - AVOID - population < 100,000:
2) Needles.

See? Functionally, it serves no purpose for me. Actually, the category is more like this:

Places - Between CA and Tucson - AVOID
1) ALL.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yuma has a Starbucks and a Ross!
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
http://postsecret.blogspot.com/
Near the bottom of the page, just beneath the "All of our animals hate me" post.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 14th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's funny. Thanks!
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