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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 September 2005.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

As John Rooney would say... "Another White Sox Winner!"

Chicago White Sox

MAGIC NUMBER 1 but it doesn't matter...


Chicago White Sox 2005 American League Central Division Champions
Chicago's victory reduced its magic number to one, clinching a tie for the American League Central title. But even if the Indians were to sweep the three-game set at Jacobs Field this weekend, thus clinching a playoff berth, the White Sox would win the tiebreaker for the AL Central crown with an 11-8 edge in head-to-head play.

The reason the White Sox and Indians wouldn't play a one-game playoff is because, with the Red Sox and Yankees playing each other this weekend, one team would be guaranteed to finish out of the playoffs if the Indians swept the White Sox. And in instances in which two teams from the same division are guaranteed to make the playoffs, MLB does not use a one-game playoff, instead relying on head-to-head records to break the tie.

Alight, this is pretty damn exciting. I feel great. MY team is number one, and the Chicago National League Baseball Club is nowhere to be seen this year. We've taken all the crap you North Siders have dished out, and this particular year you've got nothing. Your team didn't even get to .500. So shut the hell up this year - next year, we're on again. This year - SHUT UP.

However, I will graciously extend my arm to help out anybody willing to jump on the bandwagon to see how far we can ride it this year.

I realize I live in Chicago. I realize we don't have the greatest history when it comes to championships with any professional team in the city. We may get no further than this round. This is OK. Like I said, come 2006 it's "Game On" all over again.

Here's two seemingly opposite stats that bring the whole year in focus as a great start and a sickening slide at the end: Only the 10th team in history to be in first place every day of the season, and the only team in history to have a 15-game lead drop below three games, And we still won it with 3 games to spare.

It sure is nice feeling being on top. Again.

I'm just excited that we get to raise a flag on Opening Day next year. I just wonder what it will say?

(White Sox 4 - Tigers 2 - Boxscore)

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posted at 02:26 PM | Link | White Sox § |
I have to break down and admit it

I have to admit Fall is here.

47 friggin' degrees this morning going to work... I should have worn a jacket... only going to be 62 for a high today...

posted at 07:54 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Magic Number 2 1 2

Oh, crap... I don't know how my body is going to survive the stress.

One more game against Detroit.

3 final games against our nemesis Cleveland.

Magic Number is reduced with each White Sox win or Cleveland loss.

Magic Number to clinch the division.

Update: Magic numbers are so confusing... If we want to limp-in, the Magic Number is 1.

BUT - If we win tomorrow, and Cleveland wins the rest of 3-game series against them, WE TIE for the AL Central. But then, the White Sox would win the tiebreaker for the American League Central by an 11-8 record in head-to-head competition.

Oh, and let's muddy the water with a coin-toss: If we limp-in with a Wild Card spot, The Sox won a coin toss to host a possible one-game Wild Card playoff contest against either the Yankees or Red Sox on Monday (because the Yankees or the Red Sox are guaranteed 2 losses this weekend - they 're playing a 3-game series against each other)

posted at 09:07 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Swamped. Drowning.

I'm barely treading water.

Too busy to blog.

posted at 10:10 AM | Link | Work § |

Monday, September 26, 2005

Wolves 5 - Rivermen 6 - Preseason

Chicago Wolves Peoria Rivermen

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posted at 09:08 PM | Link | Wolves § |

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Yellow Jack

We left the ballgame early.

I NEVER leave a game early. NEVER. The exception is the opportunity to see Jack.

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posted at 09:07 PM | Link | Uncle Michael § |
White Sox 4 - Twins 1

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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posted at 05:05 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, September 24, 2005

White Sox 8 - Twins 1

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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posted at 10:42 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Friday, September 23, 2005

Great. Taunt me.

My 2005 Post Season Tickets - of course, with the important stuff blocked-out!
So, guess what came in the mail yesterday.

My playoff and World Series tickets.

I think that stabbing pain I had yesterday (which hasn't gone away, it's just "significantly muted") was to show me what a Cub Fan feels like.

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posted at 08:49 AM | Link | White Sox § |

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Autumnal Equinox

That's it.

The sun has crossed the equator. Fall has begun. though today has the same amount of daylight as night, the nights now get longer than the days.

Summer is over.

posted at 05:23 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Whoa... going home sick

I don't think I've done this on this job... I'm going home... sick. I made it through a couple of hours, but I can't take it anymore. I have a stabbing pain really low in my abdomen (on the center line not toward the sides) and it hurts like hell.

I need to just disconnect and go home and lie down and let whatever it is take its course.

Lots of odd pains are coming along with this. I guess I'm just achey as well.

I'm going home.

posted at 09:44 AM | Link | Work § |

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Screeching to a halt

WHOA!!! What do you mean today is the last full day of summer?


I'm not ready. Baseball isn't over (yet). I hear the NFL has started already. I can't get my head wrapped around football yet... I haven't changed my body-clock from baseball yet... can't... give... up... baseball... yet...

Pre-season hockey? The Wolves have their first preseason game on Monday, blocks from my house in their new facility... I have to go just because it's the first game over there... but... I'm not ready for it...

The days are soooo much shorter now. We're getting pretty good temperature swings as Mother Nature screws with Chicago again.

I'm not ready for this.

How can I make it stop?

posted at 10:22 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

My Guilty Pleasures of Summer are over

Well, a whole slew of my "Guilty Pleasures of Summer" TV shows came to an end tonight.

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posted at 10:16 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
OK, maybe I have to back off a bit...

I started thinking about my nephew Jack and that whole baseball thing...

Maybe it's a little early to think about baseball right now.

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posted at 01:56 PM | Link | Uncle Michael § |

Monday, September 19, 2005


Arrr, me mind's been failing me... been waitin' all year for this day...

And perhaps this feels better, now that I've got a tiny Captain Jack in the family....

Like the song says:

T' me,
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho,
It's "Talk Like A Pirate" Day!
That time in September when sea dogs remember
That grown-ups still know how ta play!
When wenches are curvy and dogs are all scurvy
And a soft-wear patch covers your eye,
Ta hell with our jobs, for one day we're all swabs
And buccaneers all till we die!

posted at 09:39 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Oh, yeah, I forgot to say something about yesterday.

Jack's middle name is Michael.

As in my dad's name.

As in my name.

Yeah, that whole uncle pressure is really on....

Oh, and don't you dare flip around his first and middle name... don't you dare... you'll answer to me....

posted at 09:19 AM | Link | Uncle Michael § |

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Jackson Michael

Me and Jackson
I just got back from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

It's been a weird day. Actually a weird 24 hours, I guess.

Some lives were changed today, all for the best. Even mine.

For I have become - for the first time in my life - an uncle.

I never thought there would ever be a baby in our family, but there he was. A nephew.

A nephew named Jackson. And now - even though I'm not the parent - I've got a big responsibility on my shoulders - I've got a nephew and he may be just 4 hours old, but he's gotta learn about baseball. Oh, sure, there's tons of stuff he's got to learn first. I mean, he's just getting the whole air-breathing thing down right now. He was bundled-up so tight that I couldn't see his hands. I couldn't tell how he would hold a ball to throw it. OK, he's getting the sleeping thing down, too. Hell, he's just trying to stay warm now, too. All I know is that he's a bit of a screamer, mostly because, well, he got a cold jolt as he came into the world, and quite frankly, he was having none of that.

He's got a lot to learn about this strange and crazy world that we're in. I figure baseball will just ground him in Americana and sports... he still has to learn to eat, though...

I guess there are priorities first. Like the breathing bit. Oh, and the eating, too. I guess he's got to open his eyes a bit more and see the world around him first. Figure out who's who. He'll spend the rest of his life figuring out what's what. I guess that would start with the blanket he's all swaddled in and the silly little knit hat they always put on newborns to keep 'em warm and such, matting down his mane of blond hair...

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posted at 11:03 PM | Link | Uncle Michael | 1 comment § |
Stand By

My sister just called.

I may have some exciting information to tell you about.

Really soon.

posted at 10:45 AM | Link | Family § |

Saturday, September 17, 2005

D-List Comedy

Kathy Griffin on stage at The Centre East Theatre in Skokie Kathy Griffin drops her pants to demonstrate how she looked running around outside a Palm Springs hotel after being locked out of her room The Ocean's 12 Room at L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge
Went out to Centre East Theatre in Skokie to see Kathy Griffin. She had 2 shows tonight. It was Carol and Diane and Melinda and I.

I've never seen her in person. I've caught her Bravo reality show and a couple of her performances.

Funny. Good laugh riot. Distinct two parts of the show - the first over an hour of just dishing celebrity stuff (though, it started with all the crap we've seen on TV about Katrina, the federal response, and the media coverage - including Larry King and Celine Dion. Here it was - the night before the Emmy's - and she's her back in town doing a show, before she has to fly back to LA early in the morning to do red-carpet coverage for E!. Of course, she went into where she would be doing the coverage from (NOT the red carpet) and Star Jones.

She's straight, to the point, and makes you laugh at everything she talks about - even if it crosses a certain imaginary line. You still wind-up laughing about it.

The last 20 minutes was a story about he going to Pal;m Springs with her dogs to stay at a hotel and do a show in-town. Part of the story is about letting her dogs outside on her hotel room patio to, um, "relive themselves" in the morning. She talks about going on the patio and hearing the door close behind her, standing her outside wearing a big t-shirt and underpants...

...which she decided to demonstrate on stage.

No flash photography allowed? HA! You should have seen the strobes going off! I think it caught her off guard (not that it happened but by how much happened)

Great performance. I'd see her again. It was just a good time.

Had dinner at L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge afterward. Good food there in this great Wisconsin-woods-supper club-lodge setting.

posted at 10:33 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, September 16, 2005

What??? OH NO YOU DON'T!!!!!

What the hell? It's September 16 - why the hell are they selling Christmas stuff already?
I went to Woodfield to walk the mall, looking for something light to eat.

I was walking across one of the ramps and looked over at saw the front of Marshall Field's that faces the Grand Court.

I froze. My blood curdled. I got pissed - pissed enough that I just got the hell out of there.

What's today's date? SEPTEMBER 16.



We just barely got past Labor Day (September 5) and Grandparanets Day (September 11).

We still have to get through:
Citizenship Day (September 17)
Columbus Day (Observed - October 10, Traditional - October12)
United Nations Day (October 24)
(Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, 30 October, 2005)
Halloween (October 31)
Election Day (November 8)
Veterans' Day (November 11)
Thanksgiving Day (November 24)
Bill of Rights ( December 15)

before we get to Christamas! WTF?????

Hell, let's throw in some Christian ones, too:
Mass of Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (September 29)
All Saints' Day (November 1)
All Souls' Day (November 2)
Feast of Christ the King (November 20)
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
The celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12)

again, all of these before we get to Christamas! WTF?????

posted at 02:31 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Potty Break

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's vision of freedom from want, persecution and war. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
You don't know how much I want this to be a FARK job...

During the 60th General Assembly of the U.N. yesterday, during presentations and debate about the U.N., our president was caught writing a note to Condoleezza Rice.

Not unusual, right?

Part of the note was actually caught - in focus - by a camera. What's visible reads:

"I think I may need a bathroom break"

posted at 09:58 AM | Link | Current Events § |
26 Years

After exchanging cards this morning in our own unusual way (both of us left cards in each other's cars), it's time to say Happy Anniversary to my wife here in public.

Twenty six years.

Oh, if you really need to see it, I put our official wedding photo from 26 years ago in last years post.

posted at 07:06 AM | Link | Family § |

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Bigger TiVo

We were getting a little "tight" with our DirecTiVo and available space. the programs we were recording were expiring pretty quickly. We were just running out of space.

So today, I took our TiVo and dropped it off in Hisndale and had a hard drive added. It only took one hour and was well worth the drive. My skills are so crappy, that I'm willing to spend money to have people do the skill work for me. And I'm so happy about the service, I'm almost ecstatic.

Instead of about 40 hours of available space on the TiVo, we now have about 160 hours of available space.

Yeah, that should last a while.

posted at 02:11 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New Sensation

The cast of Rockstar: INXS
I can't help it. I started watching this reality show the first week it was on CBS and fell in love with it.

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posted at 10:28 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Monday, September 12, 2005

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

Wanna bet that he didn't really do this voluntarily?

FEMA director Brown resigns

Update: His replacement (David Paulison) is the same FEMA official who, two-and-a-half years ago, suggested that Americans stock up on duct tape to protect against a biological or chemical terrorist attack. Keith Olbermann has another great insight:

But in light of the response to this hurricane, another comment he made at the time of the Duct Tape announcements rings especially loudly. Paulison said in February, 2003, that in the first 48 to 72 hours of an emergency, many Americans would likely have to look after themselves.

posted at 04:17 PM | Link | Current Events § |

Sunday, September 11, 2005

White Sox 1 - Angels 6

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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posted at 09:45 PM | Link | White Sox § |
Four Years On

The pain and anger and loss that I felt four years ago on September 11, 2001 somehow has changed.

Hurricane Katrina seems to have taken a brush and re-colored those feelings, and then re-amplified parts of those and introduced others.

I can't shake these feelings now that maybe we could have been just plain lucky that our government worked well during in the aftermath of a terrorist attack when - if somebody would just figure out that the government response should have been the same - in the aftermath of a natural disaster, our government had no reaction for days.

The phrase is the same, but perhaps it takes on additional meaning:

Never Forget.

posted at 07:00 AM | Link | Current Events § |

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Lots o' Chinese

Since the game was so early today, we headed north in the city to Wrigleyville to visit Barry & Buffy and see how barry is feeling. He's really fatigued, looks like he lost a little weight, but other than that, he seems just like his normal everyday self.

We watched and talked extensively about Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath stories while watching extended coverage on MSNBC.

We ordered Chinese food for delivery and, well, you just can't order the right amount of Chinese food. We had 4 entrées, extra white rice, big order of fried rice. And this was good Chinese, no matter what you ate.

Watched Ladder 49 on Starz after that. (Actually, a decent movie). then a cheesecake sampler afterward.

Man we just love eating and talking...

posted at 10:18 PM | Link | Friends § |
White Sox 5 - Angels 10

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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posted at 04:59 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Thursday, September 08, 2005

THAT's a fine????

Back on March 30 of 2003, under cover of darkness, without telling anybody and without any advanced warning, Mayor Daley rolled backhoes through the city to Meigs Field to tear it apart. An airport. In the middle of the night.

He didn't even tell the FAA.

Well, the FAA finally got around to fining the city.


A city fined $33,000 just sounds ridiculous. I mean, that's pin money to a man that rules a city like Daley does!

posted at 11:28 AM | Link | Current Events § |
Note to self re: Andre

When attempting to go to sleep early, and successfully accomplishing that, make sure you don't attempt this on a night that Andre Agassi is playing tennis late at night into the early morning, so that when wife decides to go to bed after sitting on couch watching match after match, that she doesn't put on the match on the bedroom TV to watch her boy Andre win in 5 sets. (3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (6) that ended at 1:09 a.m. ET.)

posted at 10:17 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Gas Price Extremes

After holding some pretty damn high prices through the Labor Day holiday weekend (cause, you know, a lot of people drive so the oil companies want that extra money), I drove by my gas station yesterday to find that the prices dropped 21 cents overnight.

Can you say "gouging"? No way you just get 20+ cent swings overnight.

Heard something on NPR yesterday - do you know how much a gallon of gas costs in Baghdad? Now, mind you, they've had to ration gas there, too, because of the "emergency" (not sure what the hell they're talking about). Also, to ease the horrendous traffic problems, the ruling government has said that only even-numbered licenses plates can drive on certain days, and odd-numbered plates on the other (This means that people are buying black market plates so they can drive their cars anytime)

So - how much is a gallon of gas in Baghdad? 5 CENTS. It's the cheapest in the region and it's causing a whole slew of black market problems.


posted at 10:10 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


It's been well over a week since Katrina hit.

When you have a moment, please go over and read Keith Olbermann's blog Bloggermann from the 5th if it's still available on the web.

Why should this disaster, though natural, be treated any differently than a known terrorist attack? Why can't you just deploy some of the same assets in a similar manner and secure the ground-zero of the attack?

If you look at it that way, consider this quote by Mr. Olbermann:

"...these are leaders who won re-election last year largely by portraying their opponents as incapable of keeping the country safe. These are leaders who regularly pressure the news media in this country to report the reopening of a school or a power station in Iraq, and defies its citizens not to stand up and cheer. Yet they couldn't even keep one school or power station from being devastated by infrastructure collapse in New Orleans — even though the government had heard all the "chatter" from the scientists and city planners and hurricane centers and some group whose purposes the government couldn't quite discern... a group called The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological.

It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water."

Consider that. Do you feel safe right now? This isn't some media smear campaign. DAYS passed where nothing happened - and the President signed emergency orders (which I thought was odd) a day or two BEFORE the hurricane hit - and by doing so, immediately put the federal government in charge. When did FEMA - a part of the Department Of Homeland Security - not only arrive but started to do anything?

posted at 09:01 AM | Link | Current Events | 1 comment § |

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

It's coming to an end...

Summer is almost gone. I know that Labor Day Weekend is sort of a traditional "End Of Summer".

Tonight, Carol and I are in the family room, big screen HDTV glowing in the other half of the room. We turned the lights off after we finished reading our stack of daily newspapers and realized we can't see outside.

It's dark. The sun has set. The days are rapidly getting shorter.

I'm not ready for summer to be over.

Baseball is still around. I won't let it be over... yet.

posted at 08:23 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, September 05, 2005

No Labor

Enjoying a day away from laboring at my job...

...and being thankful that it's been about 72 hours since the last increase in gas prices at the local station

posted at 09:45 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, September 04, 2005

White Sox 2 - Tigers 0

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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posted at 05:44 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, September 03, 2005

White Sox 6 - Tigers 2

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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posted at 09:12 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Friday, September 02, 2005

HD Bliss


US Open Tennis - in HD.

HD - very cool. I'm diggin' the whole HD thing. Sports in HD - the best!

Letterman started broadcasting in HD this past Monday - both Carol and I agree - Dave looks creepy in HD. Actually, he only looks creepy during the monologue. When he sits down at the desk, he looks fine. i think it's the angle that they're shooting him center stage in the monologue that just creeps us out. Paul and the band always look great.

posted at 10:55 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Thursday, September 01, 2005

*nose wiggle* x 2

"Rabbit, Rabbit!"

I've been at this for a few years now, you would think that at least some good luck would come my way!

posted at 07:07 AM | Link | Memes § |


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