Realm is also taken back with the details of Rab's demise. Like most people... we have an angel on one shoulder AND a devil on the other.
Who you listen to most... will set you on the path you're supposed to follow in life.
Bleed... Much Thanks for posting this interesting tidbit.
Realm's brother is currently slumming through Vietnam... having watched Anthony Bourdain speak very highly of Vietnam... he decided to visit and he sent this email a couple of days ago.
Family and Friends..
I'm currently in Vietnam, in the city of Hue on the banks of the Perfume river. Hue was the capital of the Nguyen emperors. The Imperial Citadel (a World Heritage Site) encloses the emperor's residence, temples and palaces. Today much of it is in ruins. What's left is only a fraction of the original. Most of the buildings were badly bombed during the French and American wars. Only 20 of the 148 buildings survived. What is left is still impressive.
Vietnam is a long narrow country, which involves overnight travel by bus. Fortunately, most of the long distance buses are sleeper buses (a 2-tier bunk bed type setup). In two days, I'll be in Hanoi (12 hours by bus).
Both Cambodia and Vietnam have an incredible number of motorcycles. Motorcycles park on the sidewalk, which makes walking around the city sometimes difficult. You don't see many cars on the road (5% cars, 95% motorcycles), which is good since most of the city streets are narrow with no room to park a car. I wouldn't exactly call Vietnam and Cambodia walking friendly countries.
One of the big surprises on my trip so far is the different foods I have been eating. Going in, I thought Thailand would be the high-lite of my culinary experience. I was surprise to find that I liked Cambodian food even more. Cambodia uses a delicious ginger sauce on many of their foods. Vietnamese food is also a great experience. Each city, seems to have it's own local foods. In other words, the delicious street food you had in Hoi An isn't made in Hue (only 6 hours away).
Nice people in Vietnam, when they find out your American they smile and we share a conversation. It's not unusual to find out they have relatives in the States, mostly in California.
A week's BYE and only 6,344 bothered to show up for this game ?!?
I would imagine the only good thing about having a sparse crowd... not too many people are questioning why they keep buying UTEP season tickets.
Who needs the aggravation, right ??
Although we only lost by 2 points (71-69), I expected Utep to win handily after having a week's rest. Univ New Orleans, where Floyd coached for 6 seasons and had an impressive 126 - 59 record, had not won an away game in a couple of years.
Hmmm... maybe Coach Floyd was giving back to a University that had been hit so hard by Katrina.
But was this an upset??
Nope, I gotta believe the BEST team won.
The Miners have yet to impress me in 4 years... but the Tennessee game though was close...
Cheerleaders can kick you off their message boards... they can argue incessantly without logic... but in the end they have nothing left to say.
Apparently no one at the E P Times, Digs or the Den. Everyone talks about the tragedy of losing Thomas Howard.
But no one talks about his recklessness at driving his BMW at 100-110 in the 3 lane(not the fast lane… but the 3 lane) where he clipped the back of a big rig that sent him over the freeway mid barrier and into on-coming traffic.
Poor Mr Liu thought he was going home… guess he should feel special that he is somehow tied to the foolishness that Thomas Howard chose for that night.
But lets not let facts get in the way of expressing our sorrow for Mr. Howard’s passing.
I gave an early assessment of the Miner basketball team and haven't had the urge to follow them since.
I'm at work but got half time score from a friend. What would have surprised me is if we could hang close to USM. Their record indicates they are a talented team... while the Miner record indicates we are NOT.
What surprises me is that what is so obvious to me is not so obvious to others.
Can't be injuries because this funk seems to be affecting the whole team.
It could be a low team morale... That would explain Bo behaving erratically since he doesn't react well to losing.
What might cause low morale: The very tough schedule that didn't support the team's growth? Coach Floyd's inability to get his players to see his basketball point of view? Team dissention? Maybe the team doesn't have the parts needed to be succesful and they're overworked by Floyd to adapt??
I don't know... I can only tell you that my observations of this team is that I don't see a complete team and they're suffering because of it.
Streeter is NOT the point guard Utep has to have. He lacks aggressiveness. He doesn't create shots for others. Poor assist totals.
Defenses is breaking down recently?? Why are other teams suddenly running down courts before Miner's get back?? I can only notice this all started when Tucker got into the lineup.
In my opinion... We are breaking down because we don't have the necessary parts to compete. We need a Rivera (Eddie or Fili) quarterbacking this team and getting the offense to flow thru them. Get the team to WIN like a team AND they will perform like a team.
I realize there are a lot with HARD feelings but... For those interested... Realm
The Philadelphia 76ers recalled rookie forward Arnett Moultrie from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, on Sunday.
The 6-10 Moultrie was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Miami. He was traded to Philadelphia on draft night in exchange for the draft rights to Justin Hamilton and a protected future first-round pick
Cusa-liter is a slow death the longer we stay there. But we have no one but ourselves to blame since we're so pathetic in football that conferences aren't knocking on our door WITH an invitation in hand.
Bleed, the ONLY thing this tells me is that playing at home... on a familiar court... without having to travel... in front of your fans... with referees calling plays in favor of the home team does seem to favor the home team most times.
Playing either of these 2 teams on a neutral court will show that Utep is the weakest of the bunch.
At every chance but one... Everytime we played a prominent team that would show how good we were.... we failed every time.
I agree Utep added some new players who have improved things... but not enough to warrant any REAL optimism.
Simply Put --We have to win the Conference Tourney to get into the NCAA... we won't get in based on our RPI when you match that up with our record.
A couple of pleasant additions... BUT I definitely don't see this team getting ready to take off...
The water definitely has been muddied and a course of action will have to be put on a back burner until this issue gets cleared up.
Possible for MWC to re-admit Boise & San Diego St because they haven't accepted their replacements yet.
CUSA-lite already has admitted new conference members... so re-admitting Houston, SMU, etc has a problem.
Was the fall of the Big East already foreseen by Stull?? A quote from Stull from the New Mex St. basketball game has some wondering: We always want to do what is best for the university so as things unfold we'll take a look at everything that's going on. The Big East is not going to be there, I don't know what is happening with them. So we don't really know."