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Miscellany (III)

1. I played in my last intramural basketball game of the season on Thursday. I had my best game in ages (21 pts.), but I crashed into this guy on one play and hurt my ribs. Since then, I have been in pain every time I move in certain ways. Especially painful is rolling over in bed. But, I hit two free throws at the end of the game to ice it, and, I think it was worth it. It was the only game we won this year!

2. I like to win, but I think these guys who say they hate to lose have a serious character flaw. You have to know how to be a loser if you ever hope to attain grace.

3. Snow today. It was beautiful, and throws a monkey wrench into everyone's plans. That's part of the beauty of it all. No school for the kids. People don't dare leave their mountain abodes. Nothing functions as planned.

4. I was clued in today to a cool website for Japanese music ("indies & amateur music community site"). Google "muzie" and you'll find it.

muzie ~日本最大級のインディーズ&アマチュア音楽コミュニティーサイト

You can listen to songs, and even download tunes for free. I downloaded a song called "Gate of UTK" by a group called 403. I didn't know anything about them, still don't. But the music is good. (I was going to write "bad," meaning good in jazz slang, but thought better of it.)

5. Jimbotron Dandrich's latest blog, "Scrabble Babble" is a winner:


6. My daughter's basketball league is still in full swing, and I'm enjoying that. I'm Assistant Coach. I provide comic relief. Plus, I play in the church league. So for the next month or so, basketball will remain a big part of my life.




Snow is otherworldly--white, dreamy, cleansing. Everybody is happy. I stayed in my pajamas all day, until I showered and put on clean pajamas. I drank multiple cups of tea. My only regret is that I left my piano music at the office, so I couldn't practice Debussy's Sunken Cathedrals, fitting on a silent, other-worldly day. I also tackled the puzzle of emptying a wicker bin I'm removing from the living room, to make room for my new IMAC, on which I will return to my long folded-up-and-stored personal writing. The wicker bin contained the usual assortment of oddities, both useful and useless. The game of finding new housing for the useful reminded of the Dr. Seuss book "The Cat and the Hat Returns." The Cat in the Hat's solution to cleaning up the mess he has made is to shift it from place to place, until... I won't give away the end of the story, except to say that it involves snow.

May 2018



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