This is one of those times of the year when I know more than usual, I ain't exactly mainstream.
Not that reminders of that are in short supply any time of the year, but this is when everybody is talking 'Sweet 16' and 'final 4' and of course, their 'brackets.'
Well. Am I disparaging of President Obama because he announced his 'brackets' with much fanfare? Naw, not really. I have plenty other reasons to be disparaging of him.
But realistically, he has to stay tight with a public image much of his base relates to, that's all.
It is kinda scary to me that a US President might be spending more time thinking about college basketball than events in Japan, but hey? His supporters will tend to think their man is SO super freakin' awesome cool, he can think about Japan AND college basketball with no deletirious effects to either project.
Hmmm, what was I gonna type about... oh yeah! This whole NOT being in the mainstream thing!!!
Well it's certainly there all the time, and VERY noticeable when I walk in on heated discussions of whether UTEP can beat Rutgers, but I guess I don't mind it that much.
My thinking, everybody has three names. You have the name God gave you, the name this world will give you, and the name you make up for yourself in response to the world.
If I tried to give myself a name that rhymes with 'digs college basketball' I'd be dishonest.
Best I can tell, my God given name just has a lot to do with knowing obscure things that delight and inspire me.
College basketball just doesn't interest me, and I don't care whether it consumes every other brain on the planet. I'd rather spend my idle hours pondering on Dr. Willem Kolff, Virginia Hall, or Minnie Vautrin.
And sure, I spend a good bit of time thinking about suicidal grasshoppers, termite symbiosis and bird migration too.
And on people, I often find myself considering people with legacies far harder to sort out, like Albert Speer or Robert Oppenheimer.
But I don't think much about college basketball. Apparently, not the sort of work God designed me for. Hey, little known fact from the history of great spies?
Virginia Hall had a killer jumpshot. Imagine that, and her with a wooden leg too!
Well... I've never read any scholarship that proved she DIDN'T have a killer jumpshot, OK?