Spring Flowers

First signs of life at the Japanese Gardens in Fabyan.

On the light side
A bright spot among all the bracket breaking clatter, in addition to the always compelling cinderella stories, was the very impressive list of player names.  Here’s a few of my favorites in no particular order and with my admiration for their richness and originality: Cleanthony Early, Jordair Jett, RaShawn Stores, Cady Lalanne, Melsahn Basabe, Xavian Rimmer, Tshilidzi Nephawe, Przemek Karnowski, Joel Bolomboy, Shabazz Napier.  And on the women’s side: Xylina McDaniel, Karisma Tyson, Diamond DeShields, Jaterra Bonds, Asia Taylor, Averee Fields, Natasha Cloud and maybe best of all: Aerial Powers.  (My spellchecker is going nuts.  If there are any misspellings above I blame the newspaper editors who have gone extinct or asleep or just forgotten how to spell.  I’m sure I couldn’t mistype anything.)

On the other side
The following is from an interview with Philip Roth in the March 16, 2014 edition of The New York Times Book Review.

The power in any society is with those who get to impose the fantasy…. Now the fantasy that prevails is the all-consuming, voraciously consumed popular culture, seemingly spawned by, of all things, freedom.  The young especially live according to beliefs that are thought up for them by the society’s most unthinking people and by the businesses least impeded by innocent ends.

On still another side
I was 23 of 32 in the first round of the men’s basketball tournament.  Not so great in the second and three of four last night.  Who cares?  I didn’t have any money on it.  The names were more fun to me.