Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Our little taste of spring earlier this week made the return of proper winter yesterday a bit hard to stomach. Fortunately, spring returns today with temperatures in the 20s and 30s predicted for foreseeable future. As they say out here, it’s not so much that winter is bad, it’s that it’s long.

Fortunately, there’s the return of overnight cricket with Australia taking on Pakistan in Pakistan. Unfortunately, the Aussies are on one of their “don’t get the other team out” jags. The Sixers continue their James Harden experiment tonight with their first major test. The NASCAR guys are in Las Vegas, I believe, and there’s also some high quality boxing this weekend: Jose Ramirez faces Jose Pedraza tonight and Roman Gonzalez vs. Julio Cesar Martinez on Saturday night. While the latter isn’t the Chocolatito-Estrada III that everyone wanted to see, it is still one more chance to see Chocolatito. Do spare a thought for the great Ukrainian boxing champions Vasily Lomachenko and Oleksander Usyk who are fighting for their country.

Otherwise there are books to re-read, papers to grade, and some final touches to put on a project for The Digital Press. I’m also a judge on two creative writing contests.

And, of course, there are always some quick hits and varia:

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