I literally cannot stop bracketing. It’s so bad. Even though I’m on “Spring Break,” I had a long list of things to accomplish for school and internship this week and so much is falling by the wayside for the pursuit of my perfect dream bracket. <Sigh>
The best time of the year :) 68 teams (this year) will come…only one will end the season on a win.
In my International Women’s Law class (yes, I know that class sounds like it’s out of Ye Big Book of Undergrad Stereotypes) we had a variety of speakers and lessons on women’s issues in different parts of the world that I’m sure I looked at through all-too Western eyes. One such class consisted of a US speaker who had worked with women in Japan, and of all her stories, I most often remember the aside that had nothing to do with women in particular and everything to do with Japanese culture. The speaker told us how she was traveling with an envelope full of LOTS of cash (the reason why had long-since escaped me) and forgot it at a restaurant. She did not realize its absence until the next day when she felt certain it was lost. Her Japanese companions insisted that she call the restaurant, which she did with the lowest of expectations. Of course, you’ll have guessed by now, the restaurant told her they did in fact have the envelope and would hold it until she was able to journey back to that town (she had since traveled further). And when she showed up, they had her count it, to demonstrate that it was all there. I feel like everyone who has traveled to that remarkable country has some story like this. And that’s what this quote reminded me of.
“Japan’s orderliness and civility often impressed me during my years living in Japan, but never more so than after the Kobe quake. Pretty much the entire port of Kobe was destroyed, with shop windows broken all across the city. I looked all over for a case of looting, or violent jostling over rescue supplies. Finally, I was delighted to find a store owner who told me that he’d been robbed by two men. Somewhat melodramatically, I asked him something like: And were you surprised that fellow Japanese would take advantage of a natural disaster and turn to crime? He looked surprised and responded, as I recall: Who said anything about Japanese. They were foreigners.”
My inner feminist and my inner basketball fan are in a huge fight right now between being happy ESPN is carrying the women’s Big East championship game and being frustrated that I can’t watch the men’s Villanova game because it’s on the always evasive ESPN-U. (By “always evasive,” I clearly mean never in my channel line-up because no matter what television provider I have it always costs me extra and therefore is not a channel I have. Of course.)
I have developed recently an inability to fall asleep, probably due to “anxiety” about school, relationships, etc. so I’ve found the perfect relaxation cocktail: melatonin and the soothing tones of Ira Glass. Is there anything you’d rather fall asleep to than that??