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Early Morning Shopping

Thursday
March 19, 2015

"I'm gonna hit the road, adios my friend
Go someplace and start all over again"
-Allman Brothers "No One To Run With"

Early morning is an odd time for me to write, but I've been up all night and I figure if I don't write this now, I'll blink and April (the month) will slap me in the face. That's especially so with the start of the NCAA men's basketball tournament happening today, and don't try to sell me on the First Four since that's a farce at best.

Seriously though, maybe now is the time for the NCAA to think about splitting up the glorified play-in games being hosted in Dayton for both days. I'm hardly a homer for Boise State, but last night they played what was in all reality a home game against the University of Dayton. The Flyers beat them by one, and now they have an easy ~70 mile drive over here to Columbus tomorrow to take on Providence.

Speaking of Columbus, I've got roughly two months to go on my apartment lease. It's been such a strange dynamic for me here. I love the city, great people and plenty of fun things to do. But I don't have many running buddies. I've got some friends from Fight Club, both people I knew going in and friends I made during that three-month ordeal. But besides that and a few girls I've met here and there, that's it.

To be fair, I haven't made an overwhelming effort to get to know people here, and I've done my best to squirrel away my cash to get me through to Nashville in May. And that means usually staying in versus seeing what the night has to offer. What has helped me to get through it is working on Draft King and looking forward to what I have waiting for me in Tennessee.

Better times are ahead. Hopefully.

I hit the grocery store around 5:15 a.m. today. They closed the Giant Eagle on West 5th Avenue in Grandview last year to open a much larger location -- it's very nice but it's also further away and more difficult to get into and out of quickly. Normally the place is packed, which annoys me when I'm shopping since my goal is to get what I need and get out of there as fast as possible.

For being open 24 hours a day, I felt a distinct vibe that they didn't actually want customers in the store. I worked the graveyard shift enough years to know how much of a pain that can be, and I can empathize with the skeleton crew working the store, but they definitely dialed it down on convenience, particularly with the check-out configuration.

But, ultimately, I got what I wanted and got out of there in record time. So I suppose I'll take it.

Unbeaten Kentucky looks like the prohibitive favorite to win the NCAA tourney that starts today, which for bracket-predicting creates some challenges. If you take Kentucky to win, you almost have to nail the runner-up. If you don't take Kentucky, you're really rolling the dice. Not so simple there.

And, with that, I'll see if I can get some sleep before getting up to watch the start of the "second round" games beginning this afternoon.


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