Random thoughts and notes with no rhyme or reason on the final Monday of March:

  • While I have been watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament I have to admit it’s still not quite what it was in pre-COVID times and will be again hopefully by next year. Of course the fact that my bracket was busted by the second day of the tournament might have something to do with it.
  • So it’s Sunday and you’re not sure if you want to go out for breakfast or lunch. I’m happy to suggest brunch at Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails in Toms River. They offer a nice choice of both breakfast and lunch items from 11:30am-3pm along with $5 Bloody Mary’s which you can’t beat.
  • So I was back in the press box at Kessler Stadium on Saturday as the public address announcer for Monmouth University football which was nice and strange at the same time. The Hawks are playing a four-game spring schedule and they opened with a victory over Charleston Southern.  Only two fans for each Monmouth player were allowed but they managed to make quite a bit of noise as everyone was just happy to have football back.
  • Seasonal businesses at the Jersey Shore are holding job fairs as they try and fill positions for the upcoming “season” and that includes The Crab’s Claw Inn in Lavallette. The popular restaurant is holding a job fair tomorrow (Tuesday) from 3-6m for all positions.  You are asked to bring proper identification.
  • My short-term memory seems to be getting worse by the day. Last week I went up into the attic to take down relatively new rugs from the attic that we use in the spring and summer.  At the same time I rolled up ones that were down for the winter that were to be thrown away.  So I loaded up my car and took the rugs to the public works yard just when they opened Saturday morning and threw them into the garbage truck,  When I got home I said to my wife Jane, “there were quite a few rugs there.”  In a panic she looked in the garage and sure enough I had taken the good summer rugs as well as the ones that were supposed to be tossed.  I responded with…well I don’t want to repeat that but I got in my car and raced to the yard and amazingly nobody had come in between and the rugs were still on top of the pile.  I grabbed them, thanked the somewhat amused workers and drove home with a tremendous sense of relief.  Smiling, Jane said “It was really no big deal if you threw away a $1000 worth of rugs.  I was just going to order new ones and make you pay for them.”

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