My 2nd Annual Iowa High School Basketball Coaches Postseason Tournament Tour starts tonight as I travel to Stuart to watch Coach Stonewall and the girls from West Central Valley take on the Ogden Bulldogs. The schedule is obviously dependent upon how prior games in the tournaments play out but here is the initial tentative schedule:
Saturday Feb 11th: West Central Valley Girls Basketball at Stuart
Monday, Feb 13th: AC/GC Boys Basketball at South Central Calhoun
Wednesday, Feb 15th: North Polk Girls Basketball at Humboldt
Thursday, Feb 16th: Sigourney Boys Basketball at Lynville Sully
The rest of the schedule is TBD.
I'll try to give a brief recap on each game here on the Three Count the following day. Angela is going with me to tonight's game but I believe her exact quote was "There is no way in hell I'm going to all of those games with you again this year. I'll go to the first one and that's it". So, needless to say I do have an empty seat in the car if anyone wants to join me for a game or two. Just tweet at me or get ahold of me and let's watch some basketball.
So I got a NES Classic for Christmas this year. Big shoutout to my mom for waiting outside a Best Buy at 4 AM in the morning in single digit temperatures for 4 hours to get it for me. So my wife and I have been playing games on it off and on since Christmas. We went all the way through Super Mario Bros 3 (with no warp whistles) and hit Dr. Mario pretty hard as well. On my own, I've also made some runs Punch-Out, dabbled in some Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, and played bits and pieces of the other Mario games as well. But this week I tried out Zelda for the first time in my life.
What do I need to know about this game? I never had it as a kid so I've never played it before. I spent about an hour the first day just wandering around the game killing random bugs trying to find places. I didn't know what I was looking for of course, just going through random doors and mostly ending up in shops to buy things that I couldn't afford yet because I didn't have enough coins. The screen looks huge though, feels like I could wander around the game for years.
After a day of this I did go to the internet to get a little background info on the game and where to go first. Apparently there are 7 scrolls or artifacts I have to find. So basically this is the prequel to Harry Potter and the Horcruxes. I then Googled where to go to find the first one just so I had an idea of what I was doing. I eventually found the first one and am working my way to the second. I am going to try to do the rest with no internet just to see how far I can get with that but I'm not sure how long I'll be able to go with that approach.
I'll keep everyone updated on my Zelda journey. If you have any tips or advice, feel free to leave them in the Comments for me.
I don't know how many of you follow Shea Serrano on Twitter but what a social media empire this guy is building. Short story for those of you who don't know him: He used to be a middle school teacher in Houston, got into freelance writing and eventually quit his teaching job, started building followers on Twitter by making dumb jokes and goofing around, eventually published a couple books, and now is working at The Ringer. Incredible.
Well anyways, back to the current part of this story. I bought his upcoming book yesterday. I say upcoming because he's not actually done writing the book yet. But somehow you are still able to pre-order it on Amazon. So Shea tweeted out the link to preorder it again yesterday. He played it up a little bit on Twitter and then people started buying it left and right. Jokes were made on Twitter and somehow the book ended up in the Top 10 of all books sold on Amazon. IT'S ON THE TOP 10 LIST AND IT'S NOT EVEN COMPLETED YET. I guess it doesn't even have a book cover yet. That's crazy.
So I joined the movement. I bought the book and will receive it whenever it's published. People were buying books just to send to other people. People were buying multiple books at a time. Someone bought 11 copies at once, someone bout 25 copies, someone bought 33 copies. People were buying books just to support him and be part of the fun. It was outstanding. Follow him on Twitter if you aren't already.