Emma, I have seen your future, and you are a success!
Let me explain.
My brother recently posted this picture of his granddaughter Emma sporting reindeer antlers at her school’s Christmas concert. Her holiday headgear and mischievous smile reveal a lot — a fun-loving, entertaining youngest child.
No, I’m not talking about me (although as the baby of the family, I have been known to grab the spotlight from time to time). I mean Emma’s actual doppelganger.
I’ve met her.
She’s an MBA candidate at the Boston University School of Management. And when I showed her Emma’s photo, she was quick to agree that the two were kindred spirits.
Emma, you are in excellent company.
I fly to Germany tonight.
It’s for business — as is most of my travel — but every time I think about my upcoming stay in Heidelberg, it takes me back to junior year at the University of Kentucky.
I ushered every performance of The Student Prince, an operetta in four-acts that did a week of performances at the university arts center. The musical is set in Heidelberg, and after seeing that many shows in succession, it is what I associate most with the city.
When I walk into a pub this week, I fully expect to hear choruses of “Drink, Drink!” (and if I don’t, might be forced to start a round or two myself).
That operetta must be playing year round in Heidelberg — wonder if I could see it again in the motherland? It has been a year or two since my junior year.
Time to make some new memories in Deutschland.
HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY, LOUISIANA!
I don’t normally get that excited about other states’ bicentennial celebrations.
But New Orleans did all Kentuckians a kindness this year. They hosted the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship — an event that I’m not sure if I have mentioned here…
So, forever more New Orleans — and indeed the entire state of Louisiana — will have a warm spot in my memory and in my heart.
Enjoy your big day, Pelican State. You sure helped all us Wildcats enjoy ours.
Over the weekend, students at MIT hacked the Green Building on campus and made it play Tetris.
It’s not the first time a college building’s lights have been hijacked. Students at Brown University and Delft University in the Netherlands pulled off similar stunts years earlier.
But it’s still pretty darn fun.
And I think New York City should consider itself challenged — not the colleges per se, but all the wonderfully tall buildings that occupy downtown and bring in millions of tourists each year.
Sure, we have dancing snowflakes on the side of the Sax Fifth Avenue Building each Christmas, but I’m talking bigger. Taller. Faster.
We know you can vary the lights at the very tip-top to reflect the seasons. How about using the lights on the side of the building to create the biggest video game in the world?
If you don’t do it, I’ll bet there’s a hacker out there who will.
For years I have collected unusual last names.
Hey, I’m a Curtsinger. Just looking for my peeps.
Some of my all-time fav’s are ‘Stuckenschneider’ and ‘Krisfalusi.’ But today I discovered a bizarro last name that earns not only attention, but cold, hard cash.
Take note: if your surname is Zolp (and you’re Catholic), you are eligible for the Zolp Scholarship at Loyola University. The amount depends on the fund availability and the number of Zolps who apply.
I don’t think you’ll have much competition. Based on a quick Google search, the Zolps appear to be few and far between.
Which makes the name even cooler.
I’m in the cast of a short film being shot today in Jersey.
It’s called ‘Mr. Imagination.’
Jesse King, a student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, is the director. We are on location at her parents’ home, who also provided the crafts service.
It is a very happy set.
The conference tourneys are underway — March Madness has begun!
But this year the upsets aren’t limited to the games. Seriously…have you seen the uniforms?
The color is foul enough. (Perhaps they thought they would be playing under a black light at the Sprint Center?)
But if you look closely, the shorts have a tonal tiger stripe.
Umm — for the Baylor Bears? Am I missing something here?
It’s been that kinda year in fashion for men’s college basketball. Nike unveiled a line of uniforms that is so edgy — and so alike — you are hard pressed to tell the teams apart on the floor unless you look at their socks.
College Team. Color.
And then just accept that Kentucky will always look best on the ‘cat walk.’
WAKE UP, UK WILDCAT FANS!
Tickets go on sale today for Big Blue Madness, the annual season-opening basketball practice of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, October 14th at Rupp Arena in Lexington and marks the official beginning of college basketball in the Bluegrass.
Happy days are here again!
A literal tent city has popped up outside the ticket office this week — a record 570 tents in all. Fans like me who are far, far away from the Big Blue Nation can get tickets on the phone via Ticketmaster.
But you have to get up super-duper early to have any kind of shot, so…
WAKE UP, WAKE UP, WAKE UP!
There is a well-known Native American proverb that says:
“Don’t judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.”
I’m not judging — I’m just wondering who is walking around in mine.
You see, last Saturday — like a typical city dweller — I wore flip flops to walk to Boston University and quickly changed into pumps before class began. Once I was finished teaching for the day, I rushed out to catch my ride back to NYC.
My flip flops? They lie forgotten…alone in the empty, dark classroom.
Now, the janitor may have seen them later and thrown them away. Or some cash-strapped student could have picked them up the next day and thought — “Hey, free flip flops! Score!”
Who knows what adventures my beloved brown havaianas have begun?
Me? I’m going shopping today. I need new flip flops.