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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 2005.

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Wet Halloween

First kids to the door Candy Central setup at the front door
Left the office a little early to get home and setup for the neighborhood trick-or-Treat'ers. It started out well, but at about 4:45 it started to rain and it went downhill from there. Total for this year: 56 Last year: 61. 2003: 69 2002: 79. I guess its been slowly going down year-by-year. (Yes, we keep tally on a pad of paper near the door.)

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posted at 07:31 PM | Link | Mundane |

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Half his life

Jack is all dressed-up for Halloween The Halloween House on Nagle
Went to my mom's house, all excited to see Jack.

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posted at 11:01 PM | Link | Uncle Michael |

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Cheese and Rabbits!

Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
We went to the AMC South Barrington 30 this afternoon to catch a 4:40 showing of Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. You can never never never go wrong watching a picture from Aardman Animation. However - perhaps a Full-Length motion picture (85 minutes) really is a little long for our buds Wallace and Gromit. GREAT movie, though

posted at 07:39 PM | Link | Movies |
Quick bunny update

Indy and Chip
I haven't talked about them in a while and some of you wanted to know, so here's a quick picture of Indy & Chip. They're great and doing well. They are absolutely inseparable, except for every once in a while where they take turns in the cage and the other being outside the cage , sort of giving each other their own "space" for a few hours. Otherwise, they are always together grooming, playing or sleeping.

posted at 11:31 AM | Link | Bunnies |

Morning frost on the grass
The weather is really changing around. The mornings are really crisp, with frost on the grass (before the sun comes up and melts it). The leaves on the trees in the neighborhood are almost all on the ground. It's like I've been into "baseball mode" for so long, that I refused to believe it was fall (it wasn't until last weekend when I bought a World Series pin that said "Fall Classic" on it that I was able to actually say the words "Fall" and "Autumn.". All this time I felt that, as long as my team was still playing, then it was summer. And then it it kept being summer. We were at Game 2 of the World Series in the low 40's and upper 30's in the rain - it was still summer. Now that baseball is over, it's fall. In my head, it was like it went from Summer to Fall in the blink of an eye. It was Summer, and then it wasn't. I look around my neighborhood, and see the leaves on the ground and I feel like I missed something. I actually missed the changing of the leaves, and the appreciation of the beauty of it all. It went from green to brown. But this year, I'll let it go. This year I didn't want to have it any other way.

posted at 08:12 AM | Link | Mundane |

Friday, October 28, 2005

Wearing the Championship

People swarming over Championship apparel
Carol left me in charge of getting our World Series championship apparel, so I went over to Dick's Sporting Goods after work. Last time I was there they didn't have anything with any playoff logo on it. Guess that all changes when a team becomes World Champions - they carved-out a really good sized area in front of the store and loaded it with merchandise. Apparently this is going on all over town - sporting goods storing opening hours earlier than normal and the merchandise is just being scooped-up.

posted at 04:06 PM | Link | White Sox |
Streaming Video is a good thing

Local TV stations in Chicago started their coverage of the White Sox celebration (a celebratory motorcade from the park though the neighborhoods to the Board of Exchange, followed by a "Ticker Tape Parade" down La Salle street (like they still use ticker tape... I heard they're using shredded-up Chicago Sun-Times newspapers... in my opinion a good use of the Sun-Times, but that's gotta look crappy) and a rally in the midle of La Salle and Wacker, right at the river.

Anyway, some of the local stations (Channels 2, 5, 7, and 9) are streaming their coverage over the web so I'll be able to watch from my desk!

Update: Sign in the crowd downtown: JOE CREDE I WANT TO GO TO THIRD BASE WITH YOU

posted at 11:03 AM | Link | White Sox | 1 comment |

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Water Canons

I guess the White Sox just landed at Midway and the cool thing was that their plane (looked like an American Airlines 757) was welcomed with a traditional Fire Department Water Canon salute (it's where the fire department water canon trucks will setup opposite each other off of a taxiway and shoot a curtain of water into the air over the taxiway that the plane taxi's underneath). It's cool to watch because that's something that only done on very special occasions and I've never seen it done at a Chicago airport.

posted at 03:31 PM | Link | White Sox | 1 comment |

Wednesday, October 26, 2005



Not much to say here... I'm kinda overwhelmed and overcome with emotions, I guess.

To follow one team all your life and finally see them win the championship.


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posted at 11:05 AM | Link | White Sox |
That's 3

Damn it. Fell asleep in the friggin' chair watching the game. Woke up when the local Fox news was on after the game. Checked TiVo, but it stopped after Uribe's at bat in the 14th, right after Blum's homerun. (have been TiVo-ing all of the games and copying them off to DVD... just for "posterity")

14 innings (The only other World Series game that lasted 14 innings was on Oct. 9, 1916, when the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 2) Five hours and 41 minutes. (longest (time) in World Series history). 482 pitches. 17 pitchers (the previous high of was 13 for a World Series game). Most walks in a World Series game - 21. Most walks by one team was a record, too, for the Sox - 12. Most players used in a World Series game - 43. The 30 men left on base, 15 by each team, were the most in a World Series game. Most combined Double Plays - 6. Scott Podsednik became the first player to have eight official at-bats in a Series game. First World Series game played in the state of Texas.

I knew it was going to be a rough game. If the Sox didn't win, I wasn't too concerned thinking that the Astros and fans would be pretty pumped. They were but everyone sure fell silent ion the 5th when we scored 5 runs to take the lead after being down 4-0 (especially off their "superstar" pitcher Roy Oswalt, who everybody was raving about, to the point of giving him a win for the game handily without him even throwing a pitch - like he was predestined and nobody could touch him).

Hope I can stay up and watch the game tonight!

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posted at 01:47 AM | Link | White Sox |

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Damn faucet

Woke up and went to the bathroom to get a drink of water. Turned on the faucet, filled my cup... couldn't turn the damn faucet off. We've got an old one-touch faucet with an acrylic handle and the handle feels messed up. But I can't get it off. So, we hit the cut-off for the cold water. That way, we can turn the faucet to cold to turn off the watre, and if we need hot water for washing, just turn it to hot. And, in the morning, for cold water either get the first drips out of the faucet when you turn on the hot - which always wind-up cold for the first few seconds - or use the faucet in the bathtub.

Damn. Will have to call a plumber.

posted at 12:52 AM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Big Screen World Series

We had Bary, Buffy, and Debbie over this evening to watch the first game o fthe World Series on the big screen in HDTV.

I can't tell you how happy I am that Barry was feeling well enough to leave the house and come out all the way to our house. And I'm happy that Deb was able to get out here, too.

So, we called-up our new PF Chang's at Woodfield and placed an order for pickup, and the "girls" went out to pick it up before the game started.

What a great time - they stayed for the whole game, the food was great. Oh, and we won the first game. How cool.

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posted at 11:46 PM | Link | Friends |
World Series Shopping

We're having company over tonight - a perfect time to get out of the house to let Carol clean it without ME being around.

Besides, I've got places I need to go and see.

After all, the World Series is in town for the first time in 47 years.

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posted at 02:43 PM | Link | White Sox |

Friday, October 21, 2005

If the sky's gonna fall, at least let's make the place look good...

The Picasso statue in Daley Plaza is wearing a Sox hat.

The two lions in front of the Art Institute are being fitted for hats and will be wearing them shortly.

(I don't know this statue) the hoofs of a downtown sculpture titled "The Bowman and The Spearman" are to outfitted with white socks in time for tomorrow night's Game One against the Houston Astros.

The mayor's office is distributing 20,000 Ozzie Guillen masks. (That's supposed to make the place look better?)

posted at 02:07 PM | Link | White Sox |
Today has become "The Sky Is Falling" day

Today, the White Sox and the media are laying it on thick. The World Series is coming to town, but if you don't have a ticket, don't bother getting anywhere close.

The first game starts tomorrow night. The police & FBI are blocking of the streets for a block around the park. Nobody without a ticket gets inside the area. On top of that, there will be random car searches. I remember 2 years ago the searches they were doing around the park prior to the All-Star Game. The real unnerving part? They had guys with Geiger counters checking for radiation coming from the cars... makes you wonder if they heard"chatter" about a "threat". And, jeez, the World Series is a pretty big public event... Great...

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posted at 11:39 AM | Link | White Sox |

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Houston, eh?

So we finally find out what opponent we have for the World Series:

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros

It's going to be a long, well fought series.

posted at 10:50 PM | Link | White Sox |

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tickets? HA!

World Series tickets went on sale at noon today.

Gone in 18 minutes.

Thank God we have ours already. There weren't a lot of tickets available anyway - I've heard 2,00-4,000.

Still don't know who we're playing.

Update: Well, it's Houston.

Update: Here's the word on tickets from the Inside The White Sox blog, written by Scott Reifert, their Vice President of Communications:

I've gotten quite a few questions about how the tickets are distributed. The White Sox get our allotment for STH, etc. Then MLB takes a big chunk for the following: MLB sponsors, licensees, broadcasting partners, the media, all other 28 teams, every MLB player, umpire, etc.

What's left goes on sale to the public, which was just over 10,000 tickets available to the general public for the four games. If you figure there were 140,000 people trying to get 2,500 opportunities (since each could buy four tickets), you can determine how tough the odds are and how many fans were disappointed.

Update: This should put us in our place. 10,000 tickets in 18 minutes? How about Tickets for Wrestlemania 22, to be held in Chicago on April 2nd of next year at the Allstate Arena, were put on sale last week -- and sold out in less than two minutes. And that was 15,000 tickets.

posted at 06:15 PM | Link | White Sox |

A little too sunny
We're at that real dangerous point of the year. The point that the sun - when out - is very low on the horizon during the time of your commute. And I'm lucky to commute on a "diagonal" road that eastbound (or actually, slightly southeastbound) points right into the sun. You need sunglasses. You need a working sun visor. You need a clean windshield. You need to pay attention.

I had an old lady tailgating me all the way to work. I'm convinced she did that because she could actually keep an eye on me. If I got too far ahead, I'd be in the sun and she couldn't figure out what to do. A bit nerve-wracking.

posted at 10:17 AM | Link | Mundane |

Monday, October 17, 2005

Taking it's toll


Lack of it.

A little bit (HA!) of excitement about getting to the World Series. I think I'm a little pumped-up but the fatigue is easily taking over. Hard to stay awake at work (very embarrassing... not a good idea).

posted at 04:29 PM | Link | Mundane |

Sunday, October 16, 2005




I didn't think we'd win 4 straight and actually go to the World Series! 4 straight games of complete game pitching?

This is unheard of.

Paul Konerko gets the ALCS MVP trophy.

No World Series appearance since 1959. 46 years. 16,825 days between qualifications.

No World Series win since 1917. 88 years. (let's not get ahead of ourselves)

I wish I could explain to you the feeling of following a team all your life and the team finally makes it to the championship. It's unbelievable.

Yes, there's tears. Tears of joy. I can't explain it. Relief. Pride. Excitement.


posted at 10:41 PM | Link | White Sox |

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wolves 1 - Moose 3

Chicago Wolves Manitoba Moose

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posted at 10:53 PM | Link | Wolves |

Friday, October 14, 2005

Irregular posting

Sorry that I haven't been regularly posting anything around here lately. I've been SWAMPED at work.

On top of that, Carol and I have been wiped from putting in extra hours at work... just so that we can go to the ALDS and ALCS baseball games that we have tickets to (through our White Sox Season Tickets).

On top of that, I couldn't ignore the "call" of a friend who was looking for help when her MovableType blog went absolutely kablooie (ka-bloo-ee? Kablewie?) . It didn't look like anybody was going to help her out and, well, she's a good egg and I just felt I needed to help her. So, I upgraded Erin's site from 2.6x to MovableType 3.2 and got all posts to work again - now she's got comment problems (which may have started this whole mess), so I still have some work to go on her site. But at least she's posting again.

I promise, I'll write something here again soon, and fill in my empty days... sometime.

posted at 09:37 AM | Link | Mundane | 2 comments |

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Runny nose, sneezing, congestion, watery eyes and itchy throat. All the time.

Guess if I didn't know before, I now have definitive proof:

Chicago is #1 in a list of Fall Allergy Capitals according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America The rankings were based on each city's pollen counts, the amount of allergy medicine used per patient, and the number of allergists per patient.

Wonder where we rank in spring. It ain't too pleasant now and I seem to remember a whole mess of unpleasantness back in the spring.

posted at 01:16 PM | Link | Mundane |

Saturday, October 08, 2005

20 bags of cypress mulch

20 bags of cypress mulch on that wonderful area that Diane worked on this summer means it's finally done. Carol & I went to Home Depot and bought and transported the mulch home and just went though and covered everything we could the best we could.

We're exhausted.

posted at 12:34 PM | Link | Mundane |

Friday, October 07, 2005

Sweep? Sweep? SWEEP!

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posted at 07:33 PM | Link | White Sox |

Thursday, October 06, 2005


Carol and I are just both wiped-out from the events of the last two days and the hours we're putting in to be able to get time-off to get to these games. The word "fatigued" doesn't come close. But, ya know, it's a "good" fatigued? I mean, we can barely walk and talk, but I wouldn't have given up a chance to see those games.

posted at 05:19 PM | Link | Mundane |

Monday, October 03, 2005

Blackout in the darkness

Damn - the power went out at quarter after 2. In the friggin' morning .No storms, no rain, no nothin'. Couldn't sleep when that happened so I got up, jumped in Carol's truck and drove to Walgreen's to get some flashlights. The power was back by 3am - the time I got back home.

Screwin' with my sleep...

posted at 03:04 AM | Link | Mundane |

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Jack visit

Went to my mom's house for the usual Sunday night dinner, like we've been doing for years. Decades, even.

Tonight's different. Diane and Melinda are bringing Jack over. His first night out with the family.

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posted at 09:46 PM | Link | Uncle Michael |
The heavens opened

Freaky little thunderstorm that just caused havoc in the neighborhood with heavy rain high winds, and hail. There's debris all over the neighborhood (we even lost a plactic downspout drain pad - we found it down the driveway almost in hte street).

The storm followed us all the way to my mom's house. We had standing water on Golf Road that I haven't seen in the 20 years we've been out here. Couldn't take the tollway - too backed-up. The traffic on Higgins flowed, at least, though it was a bit dicey going through standing water or when the clouds just opened up and you couldn't see very far in front of you.

Still hot & humid afterward. And summer is over, right?

posted at 04:08 PM | Link | Mundane |
OK, now that the season's over...

For the first time in a while (actually, only 5 years but it's long enough) it's time to get ready for post-season baseball.

But it took until today to figure out what was going on. We swept the Cleveland Indians (which I was surprised/shocked about).

We end the season TIED for the best record in all of baseball (best in the AL at least - we tied with the ST. Louis Cardinals) - 99-63. I think that's an OK comeback from our little "slide". (The Cardinals had the best record in baseball at 100-62. We came pretty damn close after losing our best record to them in August)

So, here's how the AL plays out for the ALDS First Round:

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posted at 03:42 PM | Link | White Sox | 2 comments |

Saturday, October 01, 2005


Went to B&B's tonight. Originally, we were going to go out to Mon Ami Gabi for dinner to celebrate our anniversaries, but Barry wasn't up to it.

Instead we had a nice homemade ham dinner and a movie afterward - Crash. Dinner was great. Conversation was great. Movie was disturbing. Great cast, great script, great movie - just disturbing.

posted at 11:15 PM | Link | Friends |
*nose wiggle* x 2
posted at 07:09 AM | Link | Memes |


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