Tonight I ran a gambling ring. It's a lot less tough and a lot more legal than it sounds. I headed up my office's Oscar pool (the first ever, methinks) and after making it back to New York just in time, got to score ballots and tally points while watching the subdued yet enjoyable show. The winner was officemate E, who won not by picking the highest number of winners, but by having the highest point tally at the end (different categories had different point values). She won a whopping $18 on her $2 investment.
The best part for me was being reminded of "Falling Slowly," the hauntingly beautiful Best Song winner from Once, to which I have already listened about 10 times since the end of the telecast.