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Sunday, March 23, 2008

NC Saturday/Sunday

Saturday brought another sunny day and a free brunch kindly provided by the Christian Business Fellowship. After doing some shopping (DIT introduced me to DSW and I also got a dress to wear for Easter) we came back and got ready for the evening.

For dinner we headed over to Chapel Hill and met DIT's friend from college who is getting her MBA at UNC. I've not seen her since I crashed Cornell's senior week many years ago. We ate at a Mexican restaurant on Rosemary, then went to Top of the Hill. I hadn't been to Chapel Hill since I was in high school but Franklin Street still had the hip college vibe I remember, although now I no longer look at it with awe but with both amusement and nostalgia.

My favorite discovery: they have Gumby's, which is not at all good pizza, but has a special place in my heart due to its low price and staying open in Blacksburg until 3am :) Plus you really can't resist Pokey Stix!

We called it an early evening, knowing we would be up early for Easter the next day, plus it was the 3rd night out in a row (#1 sign of age: when you begin counting consecutive nights out)
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Sunday morning brought another sunny day, and mass at Immaculate Conception in the morning. Happy Easter!!

This afternoon we went to round 2 of the NCAA tourney at the RBC Center. We got to see #10 Davidson upset #2 Georgetown - they came back from a 17 point deficit to win!

The next game was not at all as exciting - UNC beat up on Arkansas worse than they did Mount St. Mary's. To keep it interesting, we decided to take sides on whether the UNC score would be double that of Arkansas at the half; final tally 51-26...DIT was right by 1 point!! I couldn't believe it. And THAT was the most exciting part of the game (for non-UNC fans anyway)

I still find it ironic that it would be a "home" game for UNC at NC State...I'm surprised the arena could hold that much Carolina Blue without somehow vomiting on itself.

Things you can't get from watching the Tourney on TV:
-The UMBC dance team routine during half time (the only real half time show of the entire Raleigh segment) NOTE - they also have cheerleaders, which provided a nice wholesome-appearing juxtaposition to the scantily clad dance squad.
-There is only one male cheerleader at Georgetown. He really, really reminded us of Craig (of SNL Spartan fame) which made me both feel bad, and laugh hysterically. Sorry dude! I know you're the only one but seriously, the sweat bands go around the wrists, not the elbows.
-It seems, in general, larger state schools do a better job at recruiting male cheerleaders.
-Male cheerleaders do not hold pom-poms, they hold megaphones
-The Davidson pep band does a GREAT rendition of Sweet Caroline and everyone joins in on "Bum-bum-bum" and "So good! So good! So good!"
-Even though we are in the NIT, Hokies still wear orange, maroon and/or logos and greet each other with "Go Hokies!!" when passing. Myself included.
-Tyler Hansbrough is really that good. And really that awkward.

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