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So long, Mad Dog

Monday, July 31st, 2006

We Cubs fans knew it would probably happen and today, at the trading deadline, it did happen. Greg Maddux was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder Cesar Izturis. I am once again sad to see Mad Dog go. Best of luck to you, Greg. You will always be a class act and one of baseball’s best.

I would also like to bid a fond farewell to second baseman Todd Walker. He was dealt to the San Diego Padres today for minor league pitcher Jose Ceda. There were trade rumors surrounding Walker even before this season began and I could never understand why. He plays hard every game, he comes through in the clutch more than our so-called superstar Aramis Ramirez, and he did a fantastic job filling in at first base for the injured Derrek Lee. Such is baseball, I guess. Best of luck to you as well, Walk.

One last thought: with Izturis coming to the Cubs – an infielder who primarily plays shortstop – what does this mean for Ronny Cedeno? I think, defensively, Ronny’s right up there with other big league shortstops and lately his bat has been brought back to life. I’d hate to see Ronny go, too.

Letter from Frankie

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Where were you living 10 years ago? Back in 1996, Frankie was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan playing AAA hockey and attending high school. I was back in Chicago after my freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. October of 1996 saw my 19th birthday and my 16-year-old brother sent me birthday wishes via the below typed letter. Read on as it is proven that distance does make the heart grow fonder. Oh yeah, and be prepared to laugh. I sure did…and still do.
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Villa in Umbria

Friday, July 28th, 2006
I mentioned that while in Italy, Felicia and I have a villa in Umbria to use as our base. That's all thanks to Dad who is renting this gorgeous home just south of Orvieto. Here you can ... [Continue reading this entry]

Italy itinerary: Rough draft

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
Only two months remain until Felicia and I depart for Italy. Ever the planner, I started mapping mental routes and making lists of "must sees" weeks ago. Yesterday I finally put it on paper. Making this itinerary ... [Continue reading this entry]

Play Where the Weather Can’t Ruin Your Round: Pro Golf of Skokie

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
Here is some free advertisement for my dear friend Julie and her husband, Kevin. The two of them opened their own Pro Golf store in Skokie (7094 Carpenter Road) earlier this year. See below for the opportunity for ... [Continue reading this entry]

Nerd alert

Thursday, July 20th, 2006
Maybe you remember when I wrote about watching the spelling bee championships on television last month. Maybe you know me personally and know that I am a spelling, grammar, punctuation, and geography geek. My co-worker Kathi ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Bow Wow Meow Open

Thursday, July 20th, 2006
I have been trying to find information online about this golf outing and have had no luck. There are flyers up in the building where I work so I'm just going to copy the information verbatim. The Bow Wow Meow ... [Continue reading this entry]

The planet’s potties

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
Here's a fun little quiz to see if you can identify the toilets of the world. I must know my crap because I scored 152 (get it? "Crap"??).

Best Places to Live 2006

Monday, July 17th, 2006
CNNMoney.com has released its list of 10 Best Places to Live. These types of lists are always so interesting and entertaining. Of the top 10, I've been to four of these towns: Fort Collins, CO; Naperville, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chicago Man Dies And Goes To Hell

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
Chicago man dies and goes to hell. When he gets there, the devil comes over to welcome him. The devil then says, "Sometimes it gets pretty uncomfortable down here." The man says,"No problem. I'm from Chicago." So the devil goes ... [Continue reading this entry]