burning down the house

April 28, 2008

18 days left of school–ok, 19, but the last one is a recording and reporting day, so it doesn’t really count.  WOO HOO.

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alex’s bday is this weekend and i can’t WAIT to give him his berfday present…more on that next week

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alex graduates from law school on may 18th and has an interview for a jobby job this thursday so cross your fingers, say a prayer, send good vibes, pay somebody off, whatever you gotta do!

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we got a new grill yesterday that–once i put it together–will surely provide us with a summer of tasty treats

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new patio furniture will be arriving shortly to accompany said grill.  anybody wanna party on our back porch?

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the new van morrison album “keep it simple” rocks my face off

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going with alex to hear john roberts speak at the lied on wednesday–chief justices are so cool

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wilco in downtown lawrence on the 14th of may, josh ritter on may 11th, so much good music this spring!

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inspiring kiddoes

April 22, 2008

barackapella from lewis and clark college in oregon

 

 

 

 

ha!

April 21, 2008

orange sky

April 16, 2008

this song sums up exactly how i have been feeling lately:

orange sky–by alexi murdoch

Well I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
Yes I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my brother standing by
With my brother standing by
I said Brother, you know you know
It’s a long road we’ve been walking on
Brother you know it is you know it is
Such a long road we’ve been walking on

And I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my sister standing by
With my sister standing by
I said Sister, here is what I know now
Here is what I know now
Goes like this..
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, in your love, in your love

But sister you know I’m so weary
And you know sister
My hearts been broken
Sometimes, sometimes
My mind is too strong to carry on
Too strong to carry on

When I am alone
When I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone
When I’ve lost all care for the things I own
That’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you
You who are my home
You who are my home
And here is what I know now
Here is what I know now
Goes like this..
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, in your love, in your love

Well I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
Yes I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my brother and my sister standing by
With my brother and my sister standing by
With my brother and my sister standing by

 

Anniversary Present

April 8, 2008

After 20 years of trying to claw their way back, only to have championships yanked out from under them for a variety of reasons, KU returned to the winners circle last night.  The Dream Team of Chalmers, Rush, Robinson, Jackson, Arthur, Aldrich, Collins, Stewart, Kaun, Case, Kittman, and the rest of the KU bench brought home a hard fought victory against the near perfect Memphis Tigers after a brilliant 3 pointer by Chalmers that sent the game into overtime.

Final Score: 75-68, Kansas.

I will admit, in the last 15 seconds of the game I became distraught.  I started throwing out trash, pacing around the house, believing that I wold be going to sleep heartbroken at what had managed to evade this team yet again.  And then the 3.  The historic 3 of Chalmers came much like the rain in Lawrence last night, loud, booming, and definite.  That rain is still pouring today, and no doubt we–as KU fans–are still feeling that 3.

Alex and I stayed in to watch the game, both of is having caught a wicked spring cold that threatened to debilitate us if we should decide to go out.  We sat in our living room, full of meds and anticipation, and watched a ‘hawk team we have been rooting for all year prove our faith was well spent, our support warranted, our belief justified.  

The paper says 40,000 people thronged Mass lat night, and here are some pictures to prove it.  My body was home, but my heart was downtown, screaming through the streets on the 20th anniversary of the 1988 win led by Danny Manning, now Asst. Coach for Bill Self.  ROCK CHALK, JAYHAWK, indeed.  GO KU!


AND THEN THERE WERE 2

April 6, 2008

went to harbour lights yesterday at 1 and waited for the battle–unc vs. ku.  a lot of people, a lot of booze, and enough energy to deliver power to every 3rd world country on the planet.  it was a long day and it did seem slow at times, but then the game came…

you could not have paid me to be anywhere else last night.  alex sat outback with our friend mark watching the game on a tv set up for those who like to smoke while they drink and cheer and yell.  i stood on vinyl seats way beyond repair, ripped and torn like tigers had taken to them.  all around me people chanted ‘d-d-d-defense’ and ‘lets-go-jayhawks.’  at one time there was even a ‘fuck-roy-williams’ chant.  it was magical.

the thing about collective experience is that it heightens your own.  would i have moved to tears when we were up in the first half by 28 points if i had watched the game at home?  i doubt it.  but being surrounded by fans who really believe in the talent of this team, believe that we deserve to be in the championship game, believe that ku basketball is simply the best program in the country this season, well, yeah, i welled up a little.

there are people who don’t understand the excitement of rooting for sports teams and celebrating victories like this one, feeling that sports loyalties are for suckers and neanderthals who haven’t picked up a book since grade school.  in some cases, that is right on.  but for many of us, being a sports fan means letting yourself believe in something you have no control over, and then getting swept away by the ride of that faith, wherever it takes you–NIT, or Final Four, Orange Bowl, or locker room.  

so here is to monday, to the final game, 20 years in the making.  here’s to my papa who has watched ku basketball for as long as i can remember and who, when i called him and said (after the victory last night) ‘this is what mass street sounds like’ my dad laughed and said that is awesome…and it truly was.  here’s to one more game in this season, here’s to taking it all the way, here’s to fans everywhere that give it all to support kids playing ball so they can get an education.  here’s to the dream: ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK.