Archive for March, 2006

Spalding’s doughnuts are back

March 29, 2006

A Lexington institution is back after a long absence.

Spalding’s bakery had been in operation in Lexington for decades, making the best doughnuts that I ever tasted. A couple of years ago, an elder member of the family was assaulted, and the bakery was shut down. The guy in the office next to me, who married into the family many years ago, decided with his wife to re-open. They have built a new building. Although the grand opening isn’t until Friday, they opened to the public today. At 7:15 AM, my manager stopped by there  and got some of the last doughnuts they had available. Early each morning, the doughnuts are baked, and the bakery stays open until they are sold out.

The average weight of a Lexington resident will go up in the next few weeks :-). Welcome back Spalding’s!

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Entry for March 28, 2006

March 28, 2006

The Associated Press is reporting that Kelvin Sampson, currently at Oklahoma, will become the new head basketball coach at Indiana, replacing the departed Mike Davis.  A lot of us Ohio State fans had wondered if our Thad Matta might take the Indiana job. Apparently he will not.

There is a lot of speculation that Tubby Smith might be asked to leave Kentucky. I am guessing that they give him at least one more year, but I am notoriously bad about accurately predicting such things.

Great story that the teller swears is true: My friend Mike, KA4MKG, distributes the local newspaper around the downtown area. In the wee hours this morning, he had stopped to make a drop off, and noticed a car with Indiana license plates stopping near his truck. The doors opened, and out came six Hooters girls, asking him for directions to a nearby hotel.

I will let you readers decide if you want to believe that or not :-).

Entry for March 27, 2006

March 27, 2006

I went to the cardiologist Friday afternoon. They did an echocardiogram, and an EKG. The doctor says that my cardiomyopathy has “stabilized”. I won’t need to see him again for a year.

Obviously, I watched a lot of TV over the weekend :-).

Because of all the upsets, I wrapped up victory in my bracket pool Sunday night. George Mason is the only team I have still alive in the auction pool. We’ve got a Final Four with no number-one seeds for the first time in years.

The Blue Jackets’ fortunes changed dramatically. Friday night, Jason Chimera scored with less than 3 minutes left for a 3-2 win over Calgary. But the real fireworks were Saturday night. Going into the third period behind 3-0 in Joe Louis Arena, Columbus scored 4 goals in-a-row to take a 4-3 lead. Detroit scored to tie it, and no goals were scored in overtime. In the shootout, Jaroslav Balastik scored the only goal, and the Jackets came away with a 5-4 win. That might have been the biggest game in franchise history for Columbus.

Also Saturday night I got to see the Lexington Catholic girls team win the state basketball championship.

I had heard that Lifetime had done a series of programs on the cheerleaders at one of our high schools. Turns out that it is aired on Sunday nights at 7 PM ET and again at 10 PM. I don’t know any of the people on the show, but it is fun to see a program about local people.

Entry for March 22, 2006

March 22, 2006

Still no sign of Spring here. The wind chill was 13 this morning.

Both the UK and OSU women’s teams lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament, just as their men’s teams did.

Kentucky and Michigan State were close until the Ladykats went cold in the last five minutes.  The Spartans ended up winning by 4.

Boston College beat Ohio State last night, in what will probably be the biggest upset the women’s tournament has seen in awhile. The Buckeyes became the first one-seed to leave in the second round since 1998.

And, to complete the trifecta, the Blue Jackets lost again, but this time by more than one goal :-). After scoring two quick ones in the first period, Columbus lost to Phoenix 5-2.

The NCAA men’s regionals start tomorrow night. Teams I have in the auction pool that are still alive include Bradley, Gonzaga, George Mason, Wichita State, Boston College and Georgetown.

Entry for March 20, 2006

March 20, 2006

Happy First-day-of-Spring to everyone! We’ll be celebrating here with a lot of cold, rain, and snow tomorrow :-).

The Kentucky and Ohio State men were both eliminated from the NCAA tournament yesterday. UK put forth a gallant effort against Connecticut but lost by 4. Ohio State trailed Georgetown pretty much the whole game and lost by 18. I am proud of the Buckeyes this year, though, in winning an outright Big Ten Championship. And, we have the number-one recruiting class in the nation coming in next year.

The UK and OSU women both won their first-round games over the weekend.

The Blue Jackets have now lost 4 games in a row, all of them by one goal.

I e-filed my tax returns yesterday afternoon, and I am glad to have that overwith.

Entry for March 13, 2006

March 13, 2006

Indiana had  a good shot at the buzzer Saturday but missed, so Ohio State won 52-51 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Yesterday in the finals,  Iowa beat Ohio State 67-60 as the Buckeyes went cold late in the game. So, Iowa was the only team to beat OSU twice this year.

This will be the busiest week of the year for me, as I run a couple of tournament pools.

One is a traditional bracket pool. Each player predicts the entire tournament. The points double each round, and the high scorer wins the pot. This will be the 29th consecutive year for this pool. I found some nice software for this a few years ago, and it makes my life much easier. Now, there are various web sites you can use to run pools, but we like the software since it works so well.

A few years back, a friend of mine invented an auction pool. He has moved on to greener pastures, but we still do the auction each year. Each player puts in a fixed amount of money. The teams are then auctioned off. Each time your team wins a game, you earn money. A few of the players will end up winning more money than they put in. The auction meeting itself is a blast, in fact some say it is more fun than the tournament itself :-).

We had rain most of the weekend. Some areas of the state possibley had some flooding.

Entry for March 11, 2006

March 11, 2006

In the SEC tournament, Kentucky overcame slow starts against Ole Miss on Thursday and Alabama on Friday to earn a spot in the semifinals. But today the surging South Carolina Gamecocks ended UK’s tournament run 65-61. With more than 20 wins, the Wildcats have certainly earned an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State started slow against Penn State yesterday, and it was over 6 minutes before the Buckeyes made their first field goal. After trailing most of the game, the Bucks rallied and won 63-57. Their semifinal opponent will be Indiana this afternoon, a team that beat OSU early in the season, the Buckeyes’ first loss of the year.

We’ve started the weekend with rain and storms, but no real severe weather so far.

Entry for March 07, 2006

March 7, 2006

March Madness is starting to ramp up!

The Ohio State men faced lowly Purdue Sunday afternoon on Senior Day in Columbus, and won by 19. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten title outright with the win. So, in this academic year (2005-2006), OSU won the Big Ten football championship (shared with Penn State) and both basketball teams won their championships outright.

Kentucky entertained Florida for Senior Day, and the Gators pulled away in the second half to win fairly handily. The UK women met Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament Friday night, and won after losing to the Gators just a month or so ago. But, in the semifinals, the Lady Kats were routed by LSU, just as they were in December.

The Blue Jackets came back from the Olympic break and headed out on the road. After a couple losses, Columbus beat Anaheim in a shootout Sunday afternoon. At 11-2, the Blue Jackets still have the best overtime/shootout record in the NHL.

Last night, the two best women’s teams in the Big Ten (Ohio State and Purdue) got together in the Big Ten tournament championship game. The Buckeyes dominated the first half, and it looked like it might be a blowout. But Purdue rallied and even took the lead in the second half. Marscilla Packer hit a couple key three-pointers late in the game, and OSU prevailed 63-60.

Entry for March 03, 2006

March 3, 2006

I’m a technologist, and I firmly believe that our lives are made better by our technology. But technology fails from time-to-time. Or, more precisely, our implementation of our technology is by no means perfect.

A friend of mine sent e-mail this afternoon to my Yahoo e-mail address. It bounced. I have not exceeded the 1 GB of mail storage  Yahoo provides, so this was clearly a hiccup in the Yahoo mail servers.

So, he decided to go the old-fashioned route, and give me a phone call. Although he dialed the correct number, he got a recorded message “this is an invalid number”. Then, by getting through to an operator (yes, a real, live, English speaking person), she completed the call for him.

Although it IS Friday, this sounds more like the stuff of Friday the 13 th 🙂

Entry for March 02, 2006

March 2, 2006

A couple big road wins last night.

Ohio State clinched at least a share of the Big Ten men’s basketball championship with a 56-53 win at Northwestern. I didn’t get to see it, but it sounds like it was a real struggle. The Buckeyes can win the title outright by beating Purdue on Sunday.

Kentucky went to Knoxville and upset Tennessee. The Cats had a lot of silly turnovers, but shooting 79% in the second half was enough to pull out the win.