I have a bad habit – although it’s not particularly harmful on a more laid-back day like today _ of seeing something on Yahoo! – today it was the so-called “world’s ugliest buildings” _ which leads me on a lilly-pad-hopping search through the Internet of randomly linked topics. At which point, I always have to stop and think about how I got where I am without ever having intended to go there in the first place.
The list of ugliest buildings included a link to the a list of “most beautiful structures,” which led me to reading more about Fallingwater, which led me to more about Frank Lloyd Wright, which led me to wonder about the “real” meaning of the Simon and Garfunkel song, “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright,” which led me to reading over a lot of Simon and Garfunkel lyrics … which seemed exactly the right soundtrack for a soggy, grey afternoon in November that has a melancholy beauty I find really comforting.
Tonight will be my “official” opening of basketball season, as I’m going to the Duke-Oklahoma State matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium. A few years ago, this would not be a game to take any note of, as the Cowgirls were a program that you couldn’t even call “struggling.” It was more or less flat-lined.
Under coach Kurt Budke, Oklahoma State has taken huge steps forward, making the Sweet 16 last season and winning a breakthrough game for the program: the Bedlam matchup with Oklahoma in Stillwater.
Guard Andrea Riley had 45 points in that game, and it will be especially interesting to see how Duke guards her. The Blue Devils have quickness on the perimeter, but nobody is as quick as Riley.