My hat's off to ESPN for carrying the two games they had on last night.  Other than the fact that Dick Vitale was one of the announcers for the KU vs. Duke game, it was a great evening of some of the best basketball of this young year.  Michigan State has a great team and Kentucky played them right to the last of the game.  The same could be said about Duke and KU.  How can these 4 teams be this good this early in the season?  To me, the fact that KU graduated their entire starting five last year is tribute that Bill Self could even put a team on the floor.  To beat a Duke team is just a feat that tells me that after reloading KU will again have a great team this year.  KU Has a p[layer that is as smart as any player in Basketball.  Perry Ellis is shifty. He just scored 20 points and grabbed a lot of rebounds without all the hype we saw about the 8 McDonald's All American Freshmen in the games.  The kid that broke his scoring record in Wichita didn't even get into the game.  Oh well. 

This morning after our second day of temperatures below 20, the leaves are beating a hasty retreat to the ground.  Just a short time back time, the leaves across the Midwest were so pretty that it is a shame to have them falling to the ground.  One of the prettiest things I saw was the Asian Pear tree that had bright yellow leaves.  The grass was still green and about 1/3 of the leaves were surrounding the tree.  The Hickory trees here at Rabbit Run were also very spectacular this year.  A lot of times I take Barb to Leavenworth to see the trees along the banks of the Missouri.  The drive they call their Esplanade is spectacular and it is almost better than the cannon run on the Fort.  This year we stayed right here at home for some of the best views.

This has been a great couple of weeks to have Dave coming over for visits.  His wife was on a cruise with her best friend and 11 other girls from Austin.   Dave and I enclosed the front porch at his home and most days came here for some great meals.  My wife, Barbara came up the last day of our project and sure made it looked great.  I will say it again that if you want something built I am your go to guy.  If you want it pretty, get Barb involved.  We make a pretty good couple.


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