Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Basketball Playoffs are Here!

It's basketball playoff season! I'm resurrecting some older fun facts and adding some new ones.

1.  This has to be the best play of this season:  Cleanup in Aisle 3!

 2. Shaquille O'Neal has several rap songs. It's kinda funny. This one is from 1993.  I imagine Shaq would like to forget it!

 3. The shortest person to play in the NBA was Mugsy Bogues who was only 5' 3" tall. The Washington Bullets selected him as the 12th overall pick in 1987. He played in the NBA for 14 years.  Here he is pictured with Tracy McGrady.
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 4.. Pau Gasol, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, went to medical school in Barcelona, but left when he was drafted into the NBA.  Brawn and Brains!  Brother Marc plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.  Youngest brother Adria played at UCLA but has returned to Spain to play there.
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 5. The American Basketball League, which began in 1976, was known for the flashy 3-point shots. The ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, but the 3-point shot wasn't used in the NBA until 1979.

 6.The NBA is truly a global sport.  There is at least one player from every team who is considered an international player.  Thirty-three different countries are represented by 62 players.  Utah and Philadelphia have the most with 7 players each from various parts of our world

7. Did you know that jump balls used to be after EVERY BASKET? I can't imagine that!

 8. LeBron James has not lost a first round series in almost six years playing for Miami and Cleveland. This "might" be the year they break that streak since their first round series with the Pacers is 1-1 so far.  You never know!
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9. Elvin Hayes never won an MVP award despite the fact that "he played in 12 consecutive All-Star games, won a championship and averaged 20 points per game or more in 10 of his 16 NBA seasons" (Bleacher Report) He played for the University of Houston before the NBA, then the San Diego/Houston Rockets, the Baltimore Bullets, and again for Houston.

 10. Charles Barkley was cut from both his freshman and sophomore basketball teams. He did, however, play his junior and senior years.
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11. Teams who win game 1 of their playoff series have won the series 79% of the time since the 1983-84 season.

12. Providence, Rhode Island once had a team. They were called the Steamrollers. They only lasted 3 seasons, and their overall record was abysmal: 46-122.

13. Malice in the Palace - Some call this the scariest (or most embarrassing) moment in NBA history. It took place on November 19, 2004 between the Pistons and the Pacers. Take a look.

Most information in this post came from Bleacher Report and FoxSports.
P. S. I really can't stand those GEICO commercials with the talking basketball! Just sayin'!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy today.

Here's a bit of bizarre news:

Last week, when a woman passed away in Oklahoma City, her obituary led police to track down her son who had escaped from prison in 1981 after serving only 19 months of a nine year sentence for distribution of drugs.  They tracked him right here to Houston where he lived under an assumed name.  Fingerprints confirmed they had their man.

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This is how I have been feeling about work lately.  It is never-ending!  Literally!  And I'm tired!
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I always wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up.  I used to play school all the time.  All the things I loved then... no longer exist!  And all of the changes lead to even more work for teachers.  Personal learning plans for all students, eliminating the grading scale completely - no numerical grades, workshop approach in reading (no novels), and the list goes on.  I am opposed to these ideas, yet I am not at a point where I can retire yet.  Starting over in another school district is not appealing, either.

Now time for something fun.

This is probably what my cat thinks:

How 'bout this?

 Why aren’t koalas actual bears?

The don’t meet the koalafications.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

Unforeseen (Thomas Prescott #1)Unforeseen by Nick Pirog
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thomas Prescott is a retired homicide detective. An author has written a book, Eight in October, about a serial killer. It just so happens, Prescott was the detective in charge of the case. He doesn't need to read the book because he lived all of the gruesome details, but Prescott has a secret. Everyone thinks the killer, Tristen Grayer, is dead. Prescott knows he is not. On October 1, the one year anniversary of the case, Grayer strikes again, but this time, it's personal. Grayer is targeting the women Prescott is closest to. Prescott enlists the help of Tooms, the author of Eight in October (a book within a book), and medical examiner Caitlin Dodds to try and stop Grayer before eight more people are dead.

I would have given this book a higher rating, but the author tried a little too hard to make his main character (Prescott) funny. Too frequent wiseass jokes, comments, etc. It got old. He was also what you'd describe as crass. The story was interesting, if not a little gross, but kept me wanting to read. I don't know if I want to read any other books by Pirog, but for less than $2, this one was good.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thursday Thirteen - Tossed

Have you ever heard of Mod Pizza?  We have one near our house that opened about a year ago, and I love to get a salad when we go there.  Here's how I build it.

1.  Romaine lettuce
2.  Spinach leaves
3.  Mozarella cheese
4.  Asiago cheese
5. Canadian bacon
6.  Roasted red peppers
7.  Black olives
8.  Greek olive mix
9.  Artichokes
10. Basil
11. Croutons
12. Parmesan cheese
13. Ranch dressing

Here is a link to Mod's ingredient list.  It may not be good for me, but it tastes so good!

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Monday, April 09, 2018

It's Random

I'm linking up with Stacy for some Random Tuesday Thoughts.

Have you ever changed banks?  Like opened a new account at a different bank and closed the older account completely?  What a hassle!  My husband has been trying to get me to switch banks so that our joint account and my individual account are at the same bank.  I get that, but did he realize how much of a pain it was going to be?

Direct deposit.  Changing any automatic debits.  This requires a lot of time on the phone because you can't change some places online even if you pay them online.  Makes no sense.  Changing every website you use to pay a bill.  AND, to top it off, even though I have had a joint account with my husband at this bank for years, they HELD my first payroll check.  And not for 2 or 3 days, but 7 to 10.  Ridiculous!  If I had gone in to the bank to cash the check, they would have given me cash, but because I deposited it, I can't get access to it.  How stupid is that?  Who can wait ten days to have access to their own money?

Done complaining now!

How is the weather where you are?  Here in Houston, I think Mother Nature is trying to get all four seasons into one week!  It's chilly right now, but yesterday was cold.  Two days prior to that, it felt like summer, and toward the end of this week, it will be spring-like for a few days.  Crazy weather!

And talk about crazy... Have you seen this picture of the  11 foot alligator that was dragged out of a Florida swimming pool on March 30?  This occurred in Sarasota, Florida.  There have been two more since then, but apparently there are 1.3 MILLION alligators that are becoming active due to warmer weather.  If I were near them, I'd say it was time to move!  Haha!
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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

The Guilty OneThe Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was very disappointed in this book. It is touted as a suspenseful psychological thriller about the darkness in all of us. There was nothing thrilling about this book. It was bland and boring and poorly written. The fact that it was set in England with some unusual dialect was mildly irritating, but I could get past that if it held my attention. I really wanted to abandon this book, but  I forced myself to read it. There were no surprises. It was predictable and repetitive.

Attorney Daniel Hunter is asked to defend an 11 year old boy accused of murder. This forces him to relive some of his own tumultuous childhood in foster care. The author tries to draw parallels between the two characters, but they really don't connect. For a novel that claims to be character-driven, the characters are rather unlikable and it is easy for the reader to anticipate what will happen next.

I just wasn't impressed.

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Saturday, April 07, 2018

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Random Tuesday

Getting random with Stacy for some Tuesday Thoughts.

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter.  I watched two services on TV instead of going.  My daughter was away, and she usually goes with me, and I didn't want to go by myself, so... online church, both local broadcasts.  It was a good day.

Going back to work after a three-day weekend is always a little difficult, not to mention that I completely lost Friday due to sedation.  I've had more issues with my tooth that lost the crown.  I hope to get it all fixed up by next Friday.  I hope. I hope.

I may have mentioned somewhere on this blog at some time that kids measure their success by how many followers, likes,  or subscribers they have.  That is the first thing they notice if I show an educational youTube video.  "Look at how many subscribers they have!"
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Now, to my point... kids go online to look for challenges to get more views, followers, and subscribers (remember Tide pods?).  One that is making a comeback (poor choice of words) is the condom-snorting challenge.  The trick is to snort an unrolled condom up one nostril and pull it out through the mouth.  And don't forget to video this and post it.
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What is the world coming to?  Not only is this just plain gross, it can damage the lining of the nose, cause an infection, and even cause choking if the condom gets stuck in the throat.  Here is a link if you care to watch it.  I just looked at the screen shot because I couldn't bear to see someone actually do this.

I didn't think I was going to like the new Once Upon a Time after so many characters left (Emma, Snow, Charming, and Belle, to name a few), but I have to admit that I'm digging it.  I'd say it's a little "darker" and more complex, and it's definitely entertaining me.  I record several episodes then binge-watch them.    I especially like Adelaide Kane as Ivy/Drizella and Rose Reynolds as Tilly/Alice.  I dislike the actress who plays Jacinda.  She's just very "rehearsed."  But her story is interesting, so there's that!

And how about some "Awwwwww?"
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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

This is post number 2,000!  Stay tuned to celebrate with me!

The Big WaveThe Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At first I thought this was a young adult book, but then I saw that it won awards in the children's category. To me, it seems like it would fit somewhere in the middle of children's and young adult, so intermediate readers.

The story is simple enough. The book is about two friends, one a farmer's son named Kino, and one a fisherman's son named Jiya. When the big wave comes, Jiya's entire family, save him, is wiped out along with most of the families in the fishing village on the beach. Kino's family becomes a surrogate for Jiya, but the great wise man in the castle is also interested in fostering Jiya.

I won't give the story away, although it's somewhat predictable. But there are some serious life lessons embedded in the narrative: How to face grief with courage, love is stronger than death, how to be brave in the face of danger, and how important tradition and family are.

I'm not sure I've ever read another book by Pearl S. Buck before, but growing up, my mom loved her books. Maybe I will read one of her adult novels to see if I love them too. Any recommendations?

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