One of the secrets to getting through daily life is prioritizing.
Some things are simply more important than others. Recognizing what items in life belong in which category is the key to fewer gray hairs and a good night's rest, which brings us to Vol. VIII of "Five and Five" -- five things that have captured my attention and five things I don't need to worry about.
• The NCAA Tournament. Come on, even if you don't care about college basketball, there is the thrill of the bracket, plus watching wall-to-wall basketball for the next few weeks. The first weekend of the tournament is always the best -- a minimum of 10 to 12 hours of games each day on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is barely enough time away from the TV screen to call for a pizza.
• I've developed quite a thirst for fruit juice, specifically "cran-mango." I'm going to be exploring other flavors, too. And if you have never tried one of those cranberry juice mixes with ice, I highly suggest it.
• Those Entenmann's midsize chocolate frosted doughnuts continue to amaze me. They're not those mini-doughnuts, and they're not the full-sized; they are a mutant style threatening to take the pastry world by storm. They're excellent either slightly refrigerated or right out of the box. Beware if you have grandkids -- they seem to love them, too.
• The NBC cop drama "Shades of Blue" is back for a second season and it's even better this time around. Don't be looking for a hero, though. There aren't any, including the characters played by stars Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.
• More information is finally coming out about the 25th James Bond movie. An October 2019 release date seems likely at this point. The biggest question mark continues to revolve around who will succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond, or will he actually return for a fifth film in the long-running franchise?
• Those wacky March weather reports. This may be the most difficult month for meteorologists to get a handle on, with anything from rain and snow to 70-degree sunny days a possibility. I'll start watching Mike Cole and Whitney Williams again on WGEM about the first of May.
• I'm so ready for the NBA regular season to be finished. Bring on the playoffs. A year ago, there was the story line about whether the Warriors could establish a new regular-season victory record. There's no such developing narrative this season, and it feels like the playoffs will never arrive.
• I'm giving up on trying to figure out Snapchat. I'll stick with texting, Facebook and Twitter for my social media fixes. Anything beyond those is way too far above my pay grade.
• So, the Iditarod is a 1,000-mile sled-dog race, eh? Sounds like one of the Winter X Games sports gone awry. No thanks.