Monday, March 30, 2009

Spartan Brass celebrating victory over Louisville at the Elite 8 this year (I'm holding the trombone, far right)! Next stop: Final Four in DETROIT!! I couldn't be more pleased to perform my last couple of gigs as a member of Spartan Brass at an event of this level, let alone in my home state! This will also be the third (!!) Final Four I've performed at.

2005: Traveled with the women's basketball team to all rounds of the NCAA Tournament, including the Final Four in Indianapolis.

2007: Traveled with the hockey team to all rounds. Frozen Four was in Albany, NY and we ended up going all the way as a 3 seeded team, which is major underdog status in collegiate hockey. The tournament starts off with a much smaller pool than basketball.

2009: Going to Detroit! I won't make any predictions - I'll only go as far as to say that I totally homered in all of my tournament brackets. I knew it then, and I know it now! I love the excitement and extreme uncertainty of Final Fours, because the teams are all so good that it's VERY tough to predict an outcome. The media has the Spartans as the underdog against UConn and I'm okay with that.

I'm glad I stuck around for a fifth year. What a great year to be a Spartan, and hoping for many more.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Quick Update

-Nearly caught up. Made it through what I'm hoping was the worst of a burnout period.

-Withdrawal from long-term medications upon which one grows dependent sucks.

-Non-science major students in a general science class are cretins when it comes to grades.

-I love basketball. I love March. I'm getting pumped for the spring game, and I wish hockey was still playing.

-Trying to find time to fit a run around campus in. Maybe tonight.

-Going to Indy tomorrow for Men's Sweet 16. Should be a good time!

-GPR measurements are surprisingly easy and fun to do. At least when you're only looking at a 150ish foot transect and it's on nearly flat ground. Wouldn't want to hike up and down a cinder cone with a GPR setup.

-Free time? What a novel concept. Might actually have some soon. Sort of. Long-term projects are going to require some additional work soon.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009