Have you guys been watching any basketball lately? No? Yeah, me neither. - said no one ever. (ok, maybe some people haven't been and that's cool, but they're really missing out)
I guess we can start by looking at the men's NCAA tournament which is wrapping up tonight. This is the highest combined seeding of teams in the final with #8 Kentucky taking on #7 UConn. Like seriously, who saw that coming? I know I didn't even take UConn past the first round in my bracket. (In my defense, St. Joe's had just won their conference championship and they did almost pull the upset before losing in OT). And then Kentucky with their nail-biters throughout most of the tournament, including just squeaking by Wisconsin in the Final Four.
On the women's side, it's the first time two undefeated teams will meet in the championship game, which is just perfect if you ask me. It would be a little more perfect if ND's senior forward Natalie Achonwa hadn't torn her ACL in their Elite 8 win over Baylor. But hey, that's part of sports (especially the women's game). They did well enough without her to get the win over Maryland, but will it be enough to overcome defending national champion UConn? Also, if UConn wins the men's and women's championships, it will be 10 years after the first time they or any NCAA Div I team has accomplished such a feat. I don't know if that makes me want to cheer for the Huskies or against... hmm.
In other awesome basketball news a little closer to home, OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant surpassed Michael Jordan's 40 game 25-points-or-more streak. He's only about halfway to the record of 80 straight games with at least 25 points set by Wilt Chamberlain, but MJ is MJ is MJ and anytime you can compare a stat with that guy, I think you have something to brag about. So congrats to KD, even though I know he has something a little bigger on his mind (or lacking something big on his finger).
Just in the past month, we've made brilliant discoveries in the fields of science, physics and astronomy. I like checking Reddit's Futurology subreddit for the weekly science roundup. It's mind blowing.
So what have I been doing? Discovering astronomical anamolies of my own. Oops, typo. Gastronomical. (Ha, gastro-NOM-ical, even). Um, yeah, I've basically been eating food. What do you expect? I'm busy. Next year's fall sports campaigns aren't going to make themselves, right?
Back to the matter at hand, or rather, the sandwich I wish I had in my hands right now (and always): the Bahn-Mi sandwich.
I was visiting some food trucks the other day for lunch. Out of the corner of my eye I spot a smaller, less ornate food truck than the others in the library square. You know what this tells me? It says "Yeah, I didn't want to pay for the decal wrap and decided to convert this old mini-Uhaul into a place to serve food. I barely meet health code standards, but I'll serve you the best food you've ever had." It's like the rusty garage in the rough part of town that secretly sells the world's best BBQ. You've been there and you loved it.
And this is what I'm experiencing as I approach this truck. It's later in the afternoon and I'm literally last in line. The vendor tells me he's out of food and could make me one last sandwich out of remaining ingredients. I agree to take it. I mean, I'm really hungry at this point, it's cold and rain/snowing (because Utah) and I've gotta get back to work.
When I get back to the office, this sandwich is a bit of a mess. It's dripping with oils and sauces but in an inconveinent "great, spilled on my jeans again" kind of way. But I take a bite.
And it was good. So good in fact I think I died. I was dead at my desk for a little bit. The taste revived me and I found a new reason to get up in the mornings.
Bad thing was, though, I had no idea what I was eating. The vendor only told me it was scraps of other meals put together. But after some research, I found out it was a Bahn-Mi. Sweet, savory and refreshing all in one bite. I'm getting a little overwhelmed thinking about it now.
Here is a diagram of a Bahn-Mi (mine was a little different but you get the idea):
If you've never tried this, I recommend it.
Even though I'm not discovering oceans on alien planets, I am discovering new dishes from around the world. And I've found my new culinary obsession.
Today is opening day for Minor League Baseball. When I think of Minor League Baseball, I think of a fun, family atmosphere. I've been fortunate to have gone to several different Minor League ballparks, including games for the Midland RockHounds, Fort Worth Cats. Oklahoma City RedHawks and Greensboro Grasshoppers. It's always an entertaining experience and I love seeing the creative promotions each team comes up with. That's why I was so excited when Old Hat got the opportunity to work with the MiLB Front Office on a few projects for this season. These projects included creating a 32 page information guide, a media guide cover and template page, and the 2014 Minor League Baseball Cap poster featuring the official home caps of all 160 clubs. We started the process by creating the front side of the cap poster so that this design could carry over to the information guide and media guide covers as well. From there, we worked to design the interior pages of the information guide and the back side of the cap poster. You can check out the complete information guide here:
We had a great time working on these projects and hopefully I can add some new Minor League Baseball team games to my list in 2014.