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Tuesday, March 07, 2006  

Childhood loyalties
I often am reminded that my childhood loyalties have more staying power than later adult loyalties. Consider sports. I grew up in So. Calif. rooting for UCLA (because the football team was among the last to drop the single wing), the SF 49ers (because my dad hated the Rams), and the LA Angels. I later went to UCLA, where I got my BA. I got my MFA at University of Oregon. So when Oregon, where I've lived for almost 30 years, plays UCLA, whom do I root for? UCLA.

I grew up in a Navy family. A Navy brat. I joined the Army, which almost caused my mother to have a nervous breakdown. Something of a family scandal, especially since my dad's two brothers were both Army. (I did it because of a 3-year enlistment, not the 4 of the Navy. My dad got it.) So when Army plays Navy ... I root for Navy.

So I am thrilled to read today that the UCLA women's basketball team upset ranked Stanford for the Pac-10 title!

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Kathy Olivier wore the net around her neck. Nikki Blue grabbed the glass trophy and gave it a kiss. Noelle Quinn offered hugs to anyone who would accept.

Just down the road from Stanford's campus, another team celebrated a Pac-10 tournament title for a change.

Quinn scored the final seven points of regulation and four more in overtime, lifting UCLA to its first Pac-10 tournament title with a thrilling 85-76 comeback victory over the 11th-ranked Cardinal on Monday night.

This weekend the tournament rankings come out and March Madness begins, one of my favorite sporting events. I recall in the 80s, when I was a bachelor, but without a TV to my name, rather than hang out in sports bars for the tourny I would sometimes rent a motel for a week or two and write and watch basketball there. My favorite motel was this side of Hood River, high on a cliff overlooking the Columbia River. I'd drag along my Remington or, later, my old Kaypro CP/M computer. Sometimes I'd go to the coast.

In fact, I've long thought living in a hotel or motel wouldn't be a bad way to go except for the expense. You never have to clean the bathroom or make the bed ha ha.

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