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Hurricane Katrina

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Since Katrina began threatening New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Shore, my mantra has been, “I’ll take a blizzard over a hurricane any day.” I have only seen pictures of and have only heard second hand stories about such catastrophic hurricanes and I would like to keep it that way. Watching the news and seeing the devastation and destruction caused by Katrina’s fury, I couldn’t help but feel a great deal of sadness for the residents who lost everything: their homes, their most cherished personal effects, and in some cases, their family members. But when I saw pictures of and read stories about people looting businesses in New Orleans, I became furious! Maybe I can understand people running into supermarkets that were blown open to snatch up some bottled water or milk for their children. But why do grown men need to vandalize and essentially burglarize clothing stores and jewelry shops? Carefully read the article I linked above. Read what some of the looters said, how they attempted to justify what they were doing. The quote that angered me the most is, “To be honest with you, people who are oppressed all their lives, man, it’s an opportunity to get back at society.” I’d like to know how that man was so horribly oppressed his entire life. And here’s an idea about how to get back at society, and even how to get back into society: get a damn JOB!!

Why….

Monday, August 29th, 2005

…do I torture myself so? Why, day after day, do I subject myself to the misery that is Cubs baseball? We can all agree that their season is all but over, yet I continue to arrange my daily schedule around these not-so-loveable (anymore) losers. This year, we were again fooled into thinking that “this is the year”. Well, once again, the owners and other powers that be failed to put a disciplined and focused team on the field as well as a hungry and competitive coaching team in the dugout. As long as Wrigley Field is sold out game after game, we are going to see a lot more of the same. And the saddest part? Seventy-five per cent of the people in attendance have no clue about the game; Wrigley Field is the best of this city’s bar scene. It’s all about socializing and getting drunk. And then there are true, die hard fans like myself who can’t even get tickets to a regular season game because these yahoos snatch them all up. And as long as these yahoos sell out the stadium all season long, we real Cubs fans will be dealt nothing but more heartache and misery. End of rant. Now let’s talk about those Cardinals….

Poor poor pitiful me

Saturday, August 27th, 2005
When I was on midnights, working every weekend, I complained about always missing out on good shows that came through town because I had to work. Now that I have a normal-person schedule (Monday through Friday, weekends off - ... [Continue reading this entry]

Gag me with a spoon! ♪♪ I ♥ the 80’s ♪♪

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
I can't really say I loved the 80's although it was during that decade when I did my "growing up." This past Saturday, Bob & I attended an 80's party. My friend Jen tagged along. Here are ... [Continue reading this entry]

Camping & canoeing in Kankakee

Thursday, August 18th, 2005
Earlier this week Mark & I decided to return to nature and went on a mini camping and canoeing trip. We camped at Kankakee River State Park for one night. A classmate of mine camped there earlier ... [Continue reading this entry]

Camping & canoeing in Kankakee

Thursday, August 18th, 2005
Earlier this week Mark & I decided to return to nature and went on a mini camping and canoeing trip. We camped at Kankakee River State Park for one night. A classmate of mine camped there earlier ... [Continue reading this entry]

What do you get when you mix Tuna with a long rain delay at Wrigley Field?

Monday, August 15th, 2005
Too many photos of Albert Pujols. Felicia, Brian, Dane & I waited out the almost three-hour rain delay on Saturday at Hi-Tops, a bar across the street from Wrigley Field. By the time we entered the park ... [Continue reading this entry]

I met Jay Farrar!

Saturday, August 13th, 2005
Yesterday was one of the happiest days in my recent memory. Sure, I had to spend most of the day at work, and then the weather was crappy. But the Cubs beat the Cardinals for the second day ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sister’s Day

Thursday, August 11th, 2005
Who knew that this past Sunday, August 7th, was Sister's Day? Yes, it is an official "day", much like Mother's Day and Father's Day. I had no idea until I read an article about it in Sunday's Chicago ... [Continue reading this entry]

Jay at Border’s on Friday night

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
If you find yourself in the Uptown neighborhood with nothing to do on Friday night, stop by the Border's Bookstore for a free, solo, in-store performance by my rock idol, Jay Farrar. That's where I'll be, rain ... [Continue reading this entry]