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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
2:09 pm
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Sunday, March 29th, 2009
8:06 pm
Fantasy Baseball Blah Blah
Did two drafts this weekend, here's how I look...

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Monday, January 5th, 2009
5:16 pm
1. How do you like your eggs?
Scrambled, very cheesy, some sort of meat product.

2. How do you take your coffee/tea?
Tea is yucky. Coffee lots of both.

3. Favorite breakfast food:
Corned Beef Hash and Sausage Gravy.

4. Peanut butter:
I prefer Chunky, but don't mind either, really.
Also, I don't mind when some of your chocolate gets on there.

5. What kind of dressing on your salad?
Blue Cheese when out, but there's few that I don't like.

6. Coke or Pepsi?
Diet Coke.

7. You’re feeling lazy. What do you make?

8. You’re feeling really lazy. What kind of pizza do you order?
I like Chicken, Pineapple, & Broccoli, or if others are involved Sausage and Mushroom.

9. You feel like cooking. What do you make?
Fajitas, Stir Fry.

10. Do any foods bring back good memories?

11. Do any foods bring back bad memories?

12. Do any foods remind you of someone?

13. Is there a food you refuse to eat?

14. What was your favorite food as a child?
I liked a slice of American Cheese with Ketchup on white bread.

15. Is there a food that you hated as a child but now like?

16. Is there a food that you liked as a child but now hate?
a slice of American Cheese with Ketchup on white bread.

17. Favorite fruit and vegetable:
Pineapple. Broccoli.

18. Favorite junk food:
English Toffee.

19. Favorite between meal snack:
Whatever's around usually.

20. Do you have any weird food habits?
Invariably putting Garlic and Italian Seasoning in everything.

21. You’re on a diet. What food(s) do you fill up on?
Steamed Vegis.

22. You’re off your diet. Now what would you like?

23. How spicy do you order Indian/Thai?
I like it Medium to Hot.

24. Can I get you a drink?
Cap'n & Diet.

25. Red or White Wine?

26. Favorite dessert?
I dig ice cream.

27. The perfect nightcap?
A simple Bud Light will suffice.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
8:36 am
I decided to check my spot today.
Thank you for checking your place on the Cubs Season Ticket Wait List.

Your current place on the Wait List is 50003.

To check your place on the Cubs Wait List at any time, or for more information, go to cubs.com/waitlist.
Sunday, October 5th, 2008
6:53 pm
Oh Wrigley update.

I was at NLDS Game 2 in Wrigley.
Everyone knows they lost, I won't rehash it.
It was the hardest loss I've ever personally dealt with, and been at live.
The crowd was a lot better than Game 1, but once it was out of reach, the crowd died.
I end the year 7-5 in the Friendly Confines, 8-5 in games I was at.
Twas a great year, and minus the playoff sweep I loved every moment.


Wants for next year...

Free Agents
Sign: Dempster, Harden, Wood,
Dunno: Reed Johnson (He's a muthaphuckin' ninja) Jimmy Edmonds. (if Jimmy's coming back, I say keep both, if not, we should look for a full time guy.) Reed's probably gonna look for a full time gig himself.
Let Go: Blanco (Hill's cheaper) Howry, Lieber, Ward

Starting Lineup
I know it's a pipe dream, but I still don't want Soriano leading off. I want:
1. Theriot
2. Derosa
3. Ramirez
4. Soriano
5. Lee

Please relearn how to hit pitchers that throw from that side of their body. Please remember how to hit a curve ball. Your average shouldn't be 80 points less than the 9-hole. I love your defense, keep that up...:)
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
12:33 pm
League Championship Series Home Game 2
Friday, 10/10/08
at Time is TBD
Standing Room
Section Row Seat Price Type
STANDG GA 229 $30.00 Web Adult
STANDG GA 230 $30.00 Web Adult
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
12:22 pm
Division Series Home Game 2
Thursday 10/2/08 Time is TBD

Section: 239-3
Row/Box: 28
Seat: 104 & 105

I got the rejection email, wifey got a password.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
11:35 am
I was at the Cubs final regular season home game.
The Cubs won this game.
I end the year 7-4 in Wrigley, and 8-4 overall.
Not as good as last year's Undefeated Reign, but not bad at all.

The emails come out today letting you know if you can buy playoff tickets or not.
I'm kinda sad I didn't think to sign up other family members and the such for a better chance of getting some, but oh well. Just Sara and I.
I also should have signed up for the Brewers lottery just in case too.
Friday, September 19th, 2008
10:25 am
As per usual around this time every year I say unto you...

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
10:45 pm
On Sunday I went to Milwaukee to watch the Cubs vs. the Astros.

The Cubs won, and you may have heard Carlos Zambrano didn't allow any hits, and retired all 28 batters he faced. That's an accomplishment that deserves some recognition. That win made the Cubs 7-3 in games I was in attendance at, but I'm keeping that as a separate stat from the Wrigley Streak which stayed at 6-3 that evening because I was not watching the Cubs play baseball at Wrigley Field, instead I was at Miller Park. Miller Park is the stadium of the Milwaukee Brewers, whom were not involved in the game. This is confusing to some, and maddening to others (Cecil Cooper...)

Wednesday Night I went to the game at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs lost, thus I'm now 6-4 on the year at Wrigley.

I'm going to Wrigley Field on Sunday to watch the Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals for the final regular season game in Wrigley Field. This will be the last time I see them in Wrigley this year, unless I somehow get tickets to games in the non-regular post-season. My record indicates that I cannot end the year with a losing record in both Cubs games I'm in attendance for, and Cubs games I attend in Wrigley Field. Both of these things make me happy.
Monday, September 15th, 2008
9:32 am
By the time they finally made the decision to move the Astros vs. Cubs games to Miller Park in Milwaukee, myself and my buddy Larry had already made the decision to attend if they did. We had plans out with a group of people Saturday night, and the wife and I were staying at Larry's place in the city so we didn't have to drive all the way back out to the suburbs after a night of drinking. Went out to dinner at a bar beforehand and saw the scroll under THE Ohio State getting trounced by USC that it was official, and tickets would go on sale starting at 9pm We attempted to get tickets via our phone's internet there in the bar, but decided the print at home option that was being recommended wouldn't work so well on our cell phones. We then decide we'll see if there's tickets still available when we get home. So we finish dinner and drinks, go meet up with the crew out at a bar. The girls weren't really feeling the place we were at, so we go somewhere else. blah blah blah. We get home and there's lots of tickets available. We opt against the $140 behind home plate tickets, and go for the $25 second row of the LF bleachers. I'm kinda giddy once I realize I just added a third set of Cubs game tickets to my week. Drive back home with Larry in tow on Sunday morning, watch the Bears be awesome in the first half, and be worse than a local pop warner team in the second half. Then Larry and I head up to Milwaukee. Traffic's not too bad, lots of people on the road, but not pulling us down below speed limit. I then notice that every non-Wisconsin (and some of the Wisc ones) car on the road is filled with people in Cubs gear. I start to realize lots of people are making the trip. Get to the park, and walk around the tailgating. Since Wrigley has no parking lots, or parking in general, just city sidewalks around the park, there's no tailgating. Tailgating in Wrigleyville usually involves going to overcrowded yuppie/hipster bars. It's good to see, but you can tell it's the Wisconsin-ites that knew to bring grills and drinks, as most of us Illinoisians just walk through and head to park. Feeling good, lots of Cubs fans up here. I've wanted to go to Miller Park for a while as I've heard it's a great facility, and it is. Much better food than Wrigley, but that's not hard to do as Wrigley's pretty much got the worst food in baseball. I'd rather have Bud products than Miller products, but this is Milwuakee not St. Louis...

So on to the game, kinda weird all around as Houston's the home team in Milwaukee, yet they're wearing road jerseys and using the visitor's dugout (they're used to it, they said) Zambrano was in an MRI machine a week ago, nobody knows how his arm is gonna be especially after a cortizone shot. Wait, I know when Z pitches the Cubs wear the blue jerseys, but they're wearing the road pants too. Both teams are wearing road gear? Oh well... So around after the third inning the Cubs had scored as many as they were gonna score, and I realize Z hasn't given up a hit I think about it, but as usual I remember it's only been three and don't think about it. After the fourth I think about it again and the glimmers of hope begin. After the fifth people start noticing and you can see a lot of people talking to the people next to them pointing to the scoreboard area with the box score. The crowd keeps getting louder and louder, and every time he's got two strikes the entire crowd (we got 24K up there with tickets going on sale less than 24 hours from game time in another city) is on it's feet louder and louder every time. The atmosphere is electric. Starting with the seventh inning the old-timer wearing his Cub personalized Wisconsin License plate around his neck in his Chuck Knaubloch jersey starts counting down the outs after every out for our sections of the bleachers. After they did the seventh inning stretch combo of God Bless America/Take Me Out to the Ballgame/ Roll out the Barrel I get pissed because I realize there will be no Sausage Race. Eighth inning, the scare of my life when (Cub-Killer) Blum had a good shot to Right, but DeRo makes a great running catch to get the first out. That was only the second and last ball to leave the infield for the Astros. (none to us behind Soriano) The pop foul that Z wasn't letting anyone but him catch. Then strike out number nine to end the eighth. First pitch of the ninth bouncer to Theriot. Second batter, bouncer to Theriot. Then Erstad who we were railing on out in left feild draws the count to 2-2. Z gets caught in the moment and throws one in the dirt. Full count...Erstad swings at a horrendous pitch to complete the No-No. Earlier this year at my birthday game, I saw Z have one of the worst games I've ever seen him pitch. This was the best game I've seen him pitch. He started the game with three balls to Erstad (I think with a 98 and a 99 mpher in there) , but after that he was in command the entire time. Well barring the HBP I guess, but he was just phenominal.

The thing was magic. 24,000 people all spur of the moment decide to go up to Milwaukee for a game. Transfered up here from Houston because of Ike. (Yeah there were some distasteful "I Like Ike" shirts) Neutral site, but MLB wanted it to be on a covered field so it came to Milwaukee, (read: Selig wanted his concession people to make the money) Wrigley Field North. I've never given so many High Fives in my life. I hugged the couple next to us as if I'd known them my whole life, even though I'd met them about two and a half hours earlier. I've never been more proud to take off my Zambrano T-shirt and sport my 'W' shirt with honor.

The crowd was awesome except for the not very baseball-smart Brewers fans behind us, who when their girl in the bottom of the ninth asked why the crowd was being so crazy said to her, and I quote "it's not very often a pitcher gets a complete game shutout" DURING A NO HITTER. Then after the game when everyone's finally saying the words no and hit in the same sentence, they said "Oh, it was a no hitter"
Monday, August 25th, 2008
4:10 pm
Cubs Update.

Went Saturday...Win....6-3 on the season...but first... some elipses...

Elvis Night at US Cellular... Quite a few people in jumpsuits. A lot more with fake pompadores, even more with cheap plastic sunglass, and even more with fake felt sideburns. Game was very long and very losing for the Sox, Tampa Bay put a hurtin' on them. During the game there were plenty of Elvis facts put it on the boards......YESSS. Lots of Elvis tunes between innings etc. Afterwards, the Flying Elvises parachuted into The Cell. Then there was a showgirl routine to Viva Las Vegas. Then an impersonator did about 4-5 songs. Then there was an AWESOME Fireworks show put to Elvis tunes, about 7-8 of them. Pretty awesome.

Get up and meet people at Goose Island for the Cubs game. WAY too hot, humid, and sunny. We were in section 101, which is the Family Friendly No Alcohol Section. Obviously the perfect place to take Larry to his Birthday Game. We decided to score the game, and really had fun with that. I might just score the next game I watch. I only have Bleacher tickets left this year, and those are Cardinal and Brewer games, so probably no scoring on those days. Afterwards we went to Lange's for some drinks, and then out to dinner at Schuba's little restaurant cafe place, Hidden Lounge maybe???

Sunday Full on Loungin' Word.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
2:41 pm
I'm posting for one reason and one reason only.

Staci pointed out that since Nick Swisher blogs more than I do, he's usurped my placement on her list of regularly visited sites.

This will reclaim my spot.

Um I went to Door County for a week, yeah.
I was gonna blog it, but this will suffice,
Get there unpack, Sara and I make dinner, the first night was our night.
Wakeup swim, go see touristy stuff, have dinner, sit by fire and drink, go to bed (x5)
Packup go home

I went to Lambeau, just to see it on the way home, the battery was almost out on the camera so I didn't take enough pictures. They still had Favre jerseys at regular price.

Pictures should eventually hit the flickr.

I'm going to three games of professional Chicagoland baseball next week, Flyers, Sox, Cubs in that order Tues, Fri, and Sat.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
7:38 am
Cubs update:
I went last Thursday (first game of the Marlins series) and they won.
I'm 5-3 on the year.
Went to the usual bleacher spot, and had front row.
The free hats are tiny, and are basically yarmulkes with a brim.
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
6:24 pm
So with today's random happening into some Cubs tickets, I'm now 4-3 for the season.
Still winning, but not necessarily a lock. In fact I'm responsible for 27% of their home losses, whilst only being responsible for 11% of their home wins.

The record:

04/05/08 W 9-7
05/13/08 L 3-4
05/14/08 W 8-5
05/17/08 L 6-7
06/11/08 W 7-2
07/08/08 W 7-3
07/10/08 L 7-12

The Reds had it.
We already had the series won.
Walking to the entrance, Gerritt says "Dunn's gonna hit one of these buildings"
He might have, and it was right about where he said it.
I got rained on.
Traffic SUCKED going back to the office.
Still it was a beautiful day at Wrigley Field.
I'd rathered they played two.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
4:15 pm
Walking In Memphis
I guarantee I'm the first person to use that title to talk about a trip to Memphis. I'm original.

This is a post where I describe my trip to Memphis. This trip is to commemorate our good friend Dina's Thirtieth Birthday that will be occurring in July. The crew consists of:

Dina: Birthday Girl, enjoys 70s era Elvis, multiple-time Memphis visitor.
Sara: Friend of Birthday Girl, enjoys young Elvis, multiple-time Memphis visitor.
Ken: Your Narrator, enjoys bar/lounge style cover artist Elvis, first-time Memphis visitor.
Sandy: Sister of Birthday Girl, unknown favorite Elvis era, first-time Memphis visitor.

It starts when I left work on Thursday...

I leave work on Thursday to go pick up the rental car. We did the math, and a rental car with better mileage calculated out to be cheaper including the gas, than driving our cars did. Well apparently when renting a car from Hertz through Travelocity, they don't tell you everything. Like how since they're closed on Sunday, if you drop the car off on Sunday, they charge you until Monday, and that it's $11 a day for an extra person. The doubling of our car rental costs caused us to lose the cost savings of the rental, and to not rent a car, and then make the decision to drive Dina's Accord, or my Santa Fe. Both of which badly needed oil changes before embarking on a 1250 mile trip. We decided on mine, try to get an oil change, but am told I can’t at Jiffy Lube even though they’re not closing for 15 minutes. They got a very angry email. Finish packing, and shower up at the house. Grab some Culvers for dinner, and drive over to Dina's to stay the night before leaving. Give D her birthday present of a Digital Camera, which is good, because that's the exact moment we realized we forgot ours. Pictures were taken with D's camera, and once we get our hands on them the good ones will be put on my flickr. Relax a bit, then off to bed early because.

3:14am the alarm goes off. Good thing I set my phone alarm, as the electricity went out in D's condo. We're all ready and out the door by 4am. Two stops for Gas, and a stop for an oil change/breakfast, and we're at the hotel around 1pm. No time for love though as we're just picking up D's sister Sandy, who had flown in earlier in the day from Brooklyn, and off to Graceland. Graceland is exactly what I thought I would be. Which is totally worth it, but it’s nothing that you don’t already know about. Acruss the street were plenty of exhibits too, one with all of his cars, one talking about his military career, one exploring his planes, and the best one, the one that rotates yearly. This year, the exhibit was jumpsuits. Just a room with about 80 jumpsuits. It was totally the highlight of Graceland. So many sequins, so many jewels, so many eyelets, so much fringe, so many capes. Phenominal. Visited some shops, the sisters got some photoshopped Elvis pictures. Then back to the hotel for rest as we had some going out to partake in. It started raining, so it ended up a good thing that one of the bars we planned on going to was on the same block as the hotel. Silky O’Sullivans was the game plan. Dueling/Dualing pianos in action soon after we arrived, and it’s on. Leah, our good friend and server was excited that none of the other servers claimed our table, so we kept her busy all night. Got some dinner (they had BBQ topped salads, my kinda town) When the girls ordered their drinks, she casually asked if they wanted doubles. The girls said sure, and the drinks stayed doubles all night. We sang along with the piano players, D and I did lots of shots, good times were had by all. Around 1am we found out it had stopped raining, and went outside not only to find out that there were goats out there, but also a funk band playing. Awesome. We realize some of us are really drunk and on no sleep and eventually end up leaving around 2ish. Back to the hotel and we got the bathroom floor sleeping D that I requested for the weekend. 24 Hours of fun over, it’s time for bed.

7:30 I wake up. Yep after pulling a 24-hourer, I wake up 4 hours later. I know it’ll be a shower fest to get out of there, so I shower, and try to catch a little nap. I do, and we all get up around 10 to start the day. The day starts at Sun Studios, which is one of the parts of the trip I was most excited about. It’s a two part tour that does a history of the owner and the studios first, then takes us to the recording room for a history of who all recorded there. It was really cool. As we waited to get in D decided to have a delicious root beer float. Not realizing the dairy would destroy her already queasy stomach. It did, and about half way through the second part of the tour she had to leave. Grab some burgers on Beale St, then head over to the Civil Rights Museum. As a White American, I felt plenty of white guilt, but it was pretty interesting. Actually I felt more guilty about getting Outkast’s “Rosa Parks” stuck in my head after visiting her part of the exhibit, and then when reading MLKJr’s mountain top speech, getting Eminem’s “Shake That” stuck in there (ya know, Been to the Muthafuckin' mountain top...), and actually that one still hasn’t left. We then head to the Peabody hotel for the daily walking of the ducks. It’s tradition that at 11am the trained ducks, walk from their house on the roof of the hotel, into an elevator, and then down to main lobby to hang out in the lobby’s fountain for the day. Then at 5pm they return. It’s pretty cute, once the aisleway out of the fountain is opened, the ducks climb out, and walk the red carpet to the elevator. Good gimmick. We then cruise the Beale St. shops for a while, and then back to the hotel to get ready for the evening. We go to the world famous Rendevous for dinner, and yeah, I see what all the fuss is about. The ribs are that good. Sandy opts instead to put a Brisket Baby in her baby. All including the waiter laugh at D’s choice of a cheese sandwich, especially her acceptance and perhaps even glee at the fact that it’s not even toasted, just cheese on a bun. Thus earning the nickname “Cheese Sandwich.” We then go to Pat O Brien’s for more dualing/dueling piano action, we treat it much calmer on this evening as evidenced by the sub-three-digit bar bill. Then cruise Beale St. Apparently it’s more of a locals attraction on Saturdays than a tourist, as it definitely had a more local feel about it than a tourist vibe…

Sunday wake-up excited for this Peabody brunch I’ve heard about for years. It’s well worth it. We had 10:30 reservations, and didn’t stop eating until after noon. Fancy stuff, homey southern stuffs. Seriously the Thai Chili Scallops, and the contents of the Eggs Benedict station were my highlights. After eating that much food, the abundant dessert bar was a touch too much. Brunch Babies, Buffet Babies, and Shrimp Babies. Like any good High School Prom, I left a little bit of my Buffet Baby in the Peabody bathroom. Yeah, I ate that much. Then drop Sandy and her Shrimp Babies at the airport. Stop back at Graceland to pick up a couple more souvenirs. Go to the visitor’s center to see the giant B.B.King and Elvis statues Then around 3:30 start heading back north. Got one more round of sub-$4-a-gallon gasoline, before getting back up to Chicago, at BOOMTOWN, which has a lot of fireworks, and pecan logs, and junk. Dropped D off around 11:15, and was home around midnight.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
10:06 am
My phone froze up on me.
So I had to give it a hard reboot.
In doing this I found out that when I added numbers to this phone they weren't automatically put on the sim-card.
So if you're the kind of person that wants me to have your number, email it to me so I can make sure that I have the right number for you in the phone.
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
11:57 am
Got Bleacher tickets tonight. Hooray.

Reality Show Recaps for you.

Top Chef: So hyped for the finale, I won't be able to watch it until tomorrow so don't spoil it for me. I'm fine with either of the the two that have a shot. Lisa=Shit.

Miss Rap Supreme: Didn't have a John Brown (hallelujah holla-back) type character, like White Rapper did, but the secondary characters were stronger. Came down to the girl with Pure Rap Skills vs. the hotter girl with Pure Hip-Pop skills. Pure Rap skills won out, but I bet Byatta has a career, girl is foine.

Beauty & The Geek: I know it's long over. But the switching up of formats killed one of my favorite shows. The Girl Geek/Hot Guy experiment, although it worked in my eyes, killed viewership. Then the Beauty vs. Geek format killed this one from the get go. It didn't get picked back up either. MTV loves Ashton, so hopefully they'll grab it sometime.

Hell's Kitchen: Trying this one out. Sara's friend E suggested we try Gordon Ramsey. The part of one I've watched was good.

Iron Chef America: I marked out hard at Iron Chef Sakai getting some props during Boers & Bernstein's ManLove edition of Friday Fung last week. Still haven't seen Battle Corn, but the re-airing of old Puck as an Iron Chef episodes definitely showed how far they've come in producing the show.
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
7:41 am
Lucked into Cubs tickets yesterday.

A new Wrigley streak has began.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
7:42 am
The Wrigley Streak died last night.

*insert frowny face here*
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