Ambrose bierce describes the past as "That part of Eternity with some small fraction of which we have a slight and regrettable acquaintance. A moving line called the Present parts it from an imaginary period known as the Future. These two grand divisions of Eternity, of which the one is continually effacing the other, are entirely unlike. The one is dark with sorrow and disappointment, the other bright with prosperity and joy. The Past is the region of sobs, the Future is the realm of song. In the one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential prayer: in the sunshine of the other Hope flies with a free wing, beckoning to temples of success and bowers of ease...."
I am a UTEP alum (MA '79) and have followed Miner sports for more than fifty years. As we approach the fall and winter of 2014 - '15, Bierce's words are truer for me than they have ever been. Call me a cockeyed optimist: The football team will win a bowl game and the basketball team will go a way in the NCAA tournament. What the heck, Moses saw the Promised Land.
Fire in the hole!