Last year at this time (and by this time I mean NCAA Tournament first round weekend, I don't really know if it was the same weekend on the calendar... and why should I care? Time is all relative to basketball. At least in March) I was heading out to Texas (To be one more horse's ass... as Shel Silverstein might say) to play some frisbee. Ended up not seeing any of the first 2 rounds of the tournament. Spent a year trying to recover.
So this year we skipped National Doubles and I was planning on digging in for a weekend of basketball, take-out chinese, and bedsores (well, couch-sores). Until I realized that I have a whole lot of work that I have to get done. Ack! What to do? I was thinking maybe get up really early and work until 12:20 and then maybe squeeze an hour of work in between the early games and the late games...
... but inspiration doth cometh. I have 2 old commodore monitors sitting in my computer/junk closet (along with a DEC grayscale monitor, an Amiga 500, and Amiga 1200, a DecStation Personal 5000, a Commodore 64, 2 1541 disk drives... what else? If you want any of it let me know) so I pulled one of 'em out. Excellent. Now all I need is a tuner... no problem, we have a VCR right in the main room. Oh, but I don't have enough coax and I can't find my splitter.
Piece of cake. It's 9:30, Best Buy will be open at 10, I can swing down there, pick up some cable and a splitter (and who knows, maybe a cheap vcr...) and be set by 11.
So now it's 11:20, my desk holes my Commodore 1702 Video Monitor with a brand spanking new Toshiba HiFI VHS Video Recorder (hey, it's a piece of shit, but it's stereo and it was sixty bucks, whatcha gonna do? I actually spent a decent amount of time comparing and as far as functionality goes there just wasn't that much difference between the $80 and $150 VCRs [and isn't it cool that the expensive VCRs are only $150?]. Even so I was thisclose to buying the nice, well made, solid, pretty $150 one. Then I saw that this one had an open box price on it so was only $59 instead of $79, well, there wasn't $90 worth of difference, so...) sitting happily on top. The coax is spiraling itself across my carpet in lovely waves, I have enough so if I really want to I can run it up by the ceiling and get it out of the way, but I don't plan to keep the setup here after tournament season... I'll probably just leave it on the floor.
My schedule for the day:
|02 Kentucky vs. 15 Holy Cross||East||12:20 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|05 Ohio State vs. 12 Utah St.||East||12:25 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|06 Wisconsin vs. 11 Georgia St.||West||12:40 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|08 Georgia Tech vs. 09 St. Joseph's||West||2:42 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|07 Iowa vs. 10 Creighton||East||30 min. after UK-HC||CBS||TotalCast|
|04 UCLA vs. 13 Hofstra||East||30 min. after OSU-USU||CBS||TotalCast|
|03 Maryland vs. 14 George Mason||West||30 min. after UW-GSU||CBS||TotalCast|
|01 Stanford vs. 16 UNC Greensboro||West||30 min. after GT-SJU||CBS||TotalCast|
|01 Duke vs. 16 Monmouth||East||7:40 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|03 Boston College vs. 14 Southern Utah||East||7:40 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|07 Arkansas vs. 10 Georgetown||West||7:50 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|04 Indiana vs. 13 Kent St.||West||7:55 p.m.||CBS||TotalCast|
|08 Georgia vs. 09 Missouri||East||25 min. after DU-MU||CBS||TotalCast|
|06 Southern California vs. 11 Oklahoma St.||East||25 min. after BC-SU||CBS||TotalCast|
|02 Iowa St. vs. 15 Hampton||West||25 min. after UA-GU||CBS||TotalCast|
|05 Cincinnati vs. 12 Brigham Young||West||25 min. after IU-KSU||CBS||TotalCast|