We broke a couple of records weather yesterday. We had over 2.5 inches of rain in a single day, something that hasn’t happened since the record 2004 rainy season. So biggest rain day in about 18 years. Plus, we broke the all-time record low temperature last night – it got down to 28 degrees, shattering the old record of 34 degrees. This is/was a *cold* Pacific storm. More rain coming tonight and Monday. I’m very happy that we live atop a hill on a hard granite foundation – flooding is the one hazard we don’t have to worry about.
Picture from that epic 2004 rain season, our first winter here. Picture taken with my trusty old Canon Powershot G2, one of my favorite cameras.
Another amazing thing happened yesterday. The UK men’s basketball squad beat #5 Tennessee, at home. I didn’t give them a snowball’s chance in hell after their awful performance against SC. And after a completely lackluster season so far. But they showed up, played very hard, and came out with a W. In my opinion, the best win of the last 5-6 years.
What made it even better was that we played five players against Tennessee’s eight – 5 players and 3 refs. This was the worst (best?) example of home cooking refereeing I’ve ever seen. TN mugged our players, time after time, with no call. It was more like a rugby game. But our guys kept their cool, weren’t intimidated, and played on. It was exciting and beautiful, the way I remember UK games being. Their big man, 7 foot 1 inch Plasvic, played as dirty a college game as I’ve ever seen. And the refs let him.
I don’t know what to conclude from this game. Is this a turning point? Will we see this tough team again, or was this just lightning striking? I suppose we’ll find out next week. But for now I can bask in the glow of a great win.