Off The Press

March 23, 2010

By Greg Farrar

Brackets: Not just for office betting pools

Greg Farrar Press photographer


If necessity is the mother of invention, if desperation breeds creativity, maybe today’s column is the proof. In a panic on deadline for something to write about, maybe the humble thought I’ve just had is a stroke of genius.

Thank you, NCAA tournament! Thank you, my disorganized life! Combine the two, mix well, and behold, the invention of Bracketology Organization!

How many chores around the house are piled up undone for me to do? Oh, I don’t know, maybe 50 or 60, or even… 64! The four first-seed chores could be rebuilding the driveway, cleaning out the garage, building the fence and installing the new flooring.I can list 64 chores, pick the most important of each pair of chores, prioritize the sweet 16 and then my wife can declare the final four and pick the winner. Then, I’ll get to work on the national champion of household chores!

You should see the pile of books I have collected at home waiting to be read. Where should I start? Of course, use Bracketology Organization! Here’s a short sample among my 64 books (at least); “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “On The Road,” “Walden,” “LBJ: Master Of the Senate,” “Breakfast of Champions,” “The Audacity of Hope,” “The Foundation Trilogy,” “Einstein,” “Truman,” “All The President’s Men” and “Dangerous Visions.” I’ll have six rounds of playoffs, and start on the book that comes out on top.

Oh yeah, what about my 64 piles of paper clutter? What about my 64 sticky notes? What about the 64 e-mails? What about the 64 folders on my computer desktop? Bracketology Organization to the rescue. Solved, solved, solved, solved!

Hopefully you can see the possibilities for yourself, too. Are you a great cook, with a lot of recipes, maybe, oh, say 64, that you’d like to try? Do you want to try some Cascade hiking trails? I bet there are more than five-dozen of them.

With two play-in brackets, you could figure out your plan to read all 66 books of the Bible! I personally would pick Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for the four first seeds.

There are only 50 states to visit, but if you want to explore the U.S. of A., you could always give 14 states a first-round bye. Draw them down to the state you want to visit the most and make those vacation plans!

How many restaurants would you like to try? How many bird species do you want to spot? How many antique shops are there? How many letters do you want to write? How many charities are there that need a donation? Bracketology Organization to the rescue again!

For many people, being organized comes naturally. I admire you, I wish I was like you and this column really wasn’t written for you. It was written for my struggling compatriots and me. If you think this column is just silly, and that it’s a waste of time to make lists of things to do, when it is your second nature to just go and pick them off like pop bottles at the baseball pitching arcade, you are commended.

But I’ve tried agendas, timelines, chore notebooks and lots of other ways to catch up on the things that pile up in this speeded-up culture. As of right now, Bracketology Organization is on my to-do list. Oh, the irony!

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