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I have good intentions of keeping up with my blog, at least every couple of days, and then sometimes life just gets in the way.

The last few weeks have been busy - busy enjoying life, and busy enjoying the Wichita State Shocker's run in the NIT Tournament, culminated by a trip to Madison Square Garden in New York, where they played great, stayed strong, and WON the tournament! Maybe the NIT isn't as prestigious as the NCAA Tournament, but the Shockers rolled over some really good teams, starting with a thrashing of Nebraska, 76-49 at Koch Arena. Game two was played on the road, at Virginia Tech, a game WSU won 79-76 in overtime. Game three was back in Wichita, and Kaitlin, her best friend, Lydia, my brother Terry and I enjoyed watching the Shockers beat the College of Charleston 82-75 at Koch. From there the Shockers headed to NY, where they annihilated Washington State 75-44, behind Garrett Stutz's career-high 24 points. I rescheduled a hair appointment so I could watch the Championship Game against Alabama on Thursday, March 31. It was a close game, until about 5 minutes left in the game, when the Shocker's pulled ahead on 4-for-4 shooting by Graham Hatch and Aaron Ellis on a 23-9 run, and they won the championship game 66-57. Hatch was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player! WAY TO GO SHOCKERS! WICHITA IS PROUD OF YOU!

Corby, Kaitlin and I went to the zoo last Saturday. It was a nice day, and we had a great time. Here are some pictures:

I will try to do a better job of keeping up with my blog...


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