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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from October 2007.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Disappointing spooks

So.. it was - what I thought - a very nice day. Sunny. Low 60's. A bit breezy, though.

And ... thanks to our screwed-up government, Daylight Saving is still in effect for an extra week, just to allow the Trick or Treater's out there one extra hour of daylight.

So, I was disappointed in the turnout - another downturn in visitors. You know I keep track of the kids.

So... here we go... here's the look of the numbers over the years:

2006: 57
2005: 56
2004: 61
2003: 69
2002: 79

and... drumroll... this year's count: 46

And that doesn't count the 3 kids that came back (they were in my first group - at 4:21pm).. .and.. it doesn't count the dog dressed like a devil, either.

posted at 07:31 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Monday, October 29, 2007

Stealing a Taco

On the way home from work today, I had to stop by Taco Bell.

Now... why would I do that... and why would you care?

Because everyone in the United States is getting a free taco today. Now... again... why?

Because Taco Bell ran a promotion that was called "Steal a Base Steal a Taco". In a nutshell, if anybody in the World Series steals a base in a World Series game, America gets a free a free crunchy seasoned beef taco .

So - there it was: last Thursday, Game 2, bottom of the 4th. - Thank You Boston Red Sox rookie center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (he walked after two out, and stole second in a 2-1 win by Boston over Colorado)

The place wasn't crowded at all... you could only cash-in today from 2pm-5pm. I can't imagine what the chain's 5,800 stores were like during all of this.

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posted at 04:50 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |
Yep... it's cold

Woke up this morning to 39F outside... yeah.. the season has turned...

It's been a disappointing fall, though... it's been warm for so long, that the trees REALLY haven't changed colors as well as they used to. Add to that the high winds we had recently, and the trees are becoming more bare than retaining colorful leaves.

Well, at least I won't be staying in the house this morning, having to go to work. yesterday it was 61F in the house, and that just made a bit too uncomfortable.

posted at 07:57 AM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Another season over

Boston sweeps Colorado in the World Series... and thus brings to a close another baseball season...

My heart goes into hibernation until the spring...

posted at 11:32 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Went to see Gone

Drove into the city to pickup B&B to drive to the Evanston Century 12 theaters to see Gone Baby Gone.

Well, I have to say lately that I think I've decided that "my kind of movie" is one that entertains, it could be "light", it could be "action"... and this movie doesn't fall into that genre for me. I was reluctant to go, but as Carol pointed out to me, I seem to have been steering our movie going in that direction when the four of us are together and it was time to see one of "their" movies.

A bit dark... a bit disturbing (the subject matter)... but.. I MUST admit, well performed... and enjoyable in that sense.

And, to top it off, my legs didn't twitch at all in those seats, and I haven't the foggiest reason why.

After the movie, we drove back to their neighborhood to hit a LITTLE restaurant that we love going to - El Tapatio. The food was great, as always, but tonight our issues were 1) sitting under a speaker that was JUST TOO LOUD... and 2) since when do all these toddlers love Mexican food? the restaurant is TINY and the tables really close together, especially in the back where we always seem to sit, but I don't like have to scoot my chair as close to the table as possible (up against my stomach) to stay out of the way of the lady sitting behind.. .and the toddler always running into my chair... the amount of kids in such a tiny restaurant was startling...

We went to their house afterward to watch Game 3 of the World Series (there's no way Boston is gonna loose this series... sorry Colorado...) and had some yummy hot apple pie from Dinkel's (complete with a great vanilla bean ice cream, too).

posted at 11:07 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Elevator Entrance Etiquette

Am I off-base here? Is there some kind of cultural thing going on?

When I'm in an elevator and when I reach my floor... the doors will open...

WHY OH WHY OH WHY.. am I sensing that certain people of certain ethnic decents... have this... compulsion.. to enter the elevator before you can get out?

That's why I'm asking if it's a cultural thing that I'm just aware of... or are these individuals just discourteous?

posted at 01:29 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Mike and the Apple Guck

I know I have wrote much about my nephew... perhaps it's because for most of his VERY young life he's kind of looked at me with just a slight look of fear. I guess I was just an odd looking person, with the deep voice ... and all that hair on my face... and... none (or almost none) on top of my head.

But... he's been slowly warming up to me. And, just recently, like within the past few months, we've actually started playing together.

Today was a MAJOR day for me... I'm sure it wasn't for him, it was just another trip to see "gamma".

But... you know what happened today? You know what is going to go into my (recently faulty) memory today?

HE CALLED ME BY MY NAME.

Now... he can't say "uncle" yet, but to hear him call me "Mike" was a BIG THING for me.

We had bought Jack a Bob The Builder toy yesterday when we were at Fry's Electronics (wow, I love that place!)... it was a Packer Delivery truck... that came with (allegedly) scented crates of apples... so... he can say "apples" pretty well (OK, it comes out more like "appooo") but the "tr" in "truck"... well... not so much.

..and so.. Jack and Mike played with his "apple guck".

posted at 08:27 PM | Link | Uncle Michael | Care to comment? | |

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Wolves 2 - Admirals 1 - Overtime - Home Opener

Chicago Wolves Milwaukee Admirals

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posted at 10:46 PM | Link | Wolves | Care to comment? | |

Friday, October 12, 2007

Way to go, Albert Arnold!!!

Early, early this morning (well, at least for us in the U.S.), it was announced that the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ... and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.!!!!

w00t!!!!

"for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change"

Now... people... all those people that are trying to get Al to run for president when he doesn't want to, remember this:

this country is screwed... it won't REALLY matter who occupies the white House because of the significance of the damage that has been done with relations between the United States and just about the entire rest of the world.

That being said... Gore is in a position to MAKE A DIFFERENCE not to the U.S., but GLOBALLY... and that is SO MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT... and, let's face it, fulfilling...

SAVE THE PLANET

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posted at 07:13 AM | Link | Current Events | Care to comment? | |

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Welcome to Chicago Weather

So, the official high temperature on Sunday was 87F.

Today, I woke up and it was 48F. The high was only 53F - 34F colder than Sunday for the marathon. Today's temperature would have been so much better for that event - more seasonal, I suppose.

That's why they scheduled it at this time of year.

posted at 02:17 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Deadly Heat

It's October. Baseball is over. It's fall...

it's not supposed to be 87 degrees outside.

That's why the Chicago Marathon is scheduled at this time of year.

The race started today at 8am. At 11:30, for any runners that didn't make the half-way point, they were diverted to the Finish Line.

The organizers shutdown the marathon.

It was already too late. A 35-year-old guy from Michigan died after 19 miles.

24,931 of the 35,867 that started actually completed the race (about 4,000 finishing under 3 hours) - when the officials stopped the race. And about 10,000 registered runners took the heat warnings to heart and didn't even start the race.

Still, over 300 were hospitalized.

On top of that, there were many reports of the water stations were depleted... many runners not getting any water until mile 8... or mile 13, depending on the reports I was hearing.

posted at 02:53 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Saturday, October 06, 2007

So sorry.

The Natural Order of things has returned to normal in Chicago.

posted at 08:31 PM | Link | Cubs | Care to comment? | |

Thursday, October 04, 2007

50 years ago today the world changed

It was 50 years ago today that life on this planet changed. The Soviet Union launched the first satellite to orbit the earth - Sputnik 1 (or "Спутник-1") On October 4, 1957 at 19:28:34 UTC. It was 22.8 inches in diameter, 183.9 pounds, orbiting on an elliptical orbit that took about 98 minutes. It took until January 31, 1958 for the U.S. to even fight back in what has always been described as a "Space Race" by launching Explorer 1 (ummm.. after Vanguard TV-3 explodes on launch pad on December 6, 1957). NASA was created on October 1, 1958 from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) by the congress's National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (commonly called the "Space Act") Public Law #85-568, 72 Stat., 426. Signed by the President on July 29, 1958. Sputnik-1 orbited 1,440 times and lasted about 3 months. The transmitter batteries ran out after 22 days.

It all REALLY started 50 years ago today, 9 months to the day after I was born.

posted at 12:20 PM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Fog

What a great foggy morning. It's mornings like this that I am reminded about how much I love fog... and I really can't tell you why. Fog usually means no wind - not even a breeze. For some reason, too... it seems quiet. So mysterious. Driving is always a heightened experience... not knowing what's ahead of you... an enjoyable drive to work, for a change.

posted at 08:13 AM | Link | Mundane | Care to comment? | |

Monday, October 01, 2007

*nose wiggle* *nose wiggle*

We had a nice fall storm move through the area overnight... which, to keep a long story short, tripped a GFI breaker in our house, which took down the distribution amplifier in our garage for our DirecTV system...

..again, trying to make this short, I had to go downstairs to reset the breaker... which was the cause of me talking to Carol before I realized I needed to utter the correct words for today - "Rabbit, Rabbit!" - to get some luck... (with two nose wiggles from our two bunnies Indy and Chip)...

so... since I am doomed for not saying the luck phrase that pays (unless I remember to say "Tibbar, Tibbar!" tonight), go checkout the Wikipedia entry on this: "Rabbit rabbit".

posted at 06:49 AM | Link | Memes | Care to comment? | |

 

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