Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Everybody loves the Chicago Cubs

Last night I was at one of the better sporting events I have ever been to in my life. To say that it was thrilling is an understatement, and for those of you there, could you ask for a better finish? I am talking about the Cubs vs. Rockies game from Monday night. I will lay out the scene for you.....Cubs lead 8-3 going into the top of the 9th inning. Got it in the bag right? Nope. Cubs allow the first six Rockies to not only reach base, but also score (all with no outs). Yep, the Cubs now trail 9-8 and lucky for them they got out of the inning without any more damage done. Side note, to make the inning even worse, a fan ran onto the field and almost attacked the Cubs pitcher. That was bizarre and not the smartest thing. Anyways, heading into the bottom of the 9th, Cubs down one and so we need a miracle. De Rosa gets on first with a bloop single to right center. Angel Pagan (oxymoron?) strikes out. One out. Rob Bowen grounds into a fielder's choice and so now there is a runner on first with two outs. Koyie Hill comes up to bat and he's batting .194. He goes down in the count 0-2, it's over right? Out of nowhere Hill lines a single down the left field line, runners now on first and second. Theriot steps up to bat, he being Ryan The Riot, one of my new favorite Cubs. He grounds one up the middle and unbelievably the second baseman boots it for an E-4. Everyone is safe! We now have the bases loaded and Soriano is coming up to bat. He is 0-5 on the night, but everyone is feeling it. First pitch, ball one. Crowd screams, we will take a walk for sure. Second pitch, liner to right, one run in, another man rounding third, coming to the plate......Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! We are all going nuts. Pandemonium breaks loose. High fives all around. I could not believe it. The ultimate low in the top of the inning followed by the greatest high in the bottom of the inning. Only the Cubs could do this to us. A great night at the ballpark and an unreal night of baseball that will not be surely forgotten any time soon.

Lastly, I walked to and from the game, but if I had driven to the game, I would have driven home on Lake Shore Drive with the windows down to this song. Stanley would have loved it! And a certain someone else out there would have loved it too. You know who you are!!!!

Another side note....In the video, doesn't the woman backup singer with black hair look like one of the bad villians from Superman 2? Discuss on your own.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Teaching Thursdays

I thought I would make Thursdays a teaching day. My little brother said Teaching Tuesdays sounds better, and while I agree, today is Thursday and I want to teach tonight. I am going to start out with something that everyone has always wanted to know. Solving Rubik's Cube. I recently found one here at my place and started learning how to figure it out. The first few steps are not that hard, but it does get tougher as you get further along. As with anything, practice makes perfect though and if you don't pick it up for a few weeks, you can lose a lot of the moves. I will put this video here that gives some good steps on how to solve the cube. Time to start flexing your brain muscle.

Got it? If not, here is another 'more detailed' version that will start you from the beginning. There is a sequence of videos that follows (steps 2 thru 6 are in the related video section) and I think it does a good job of explaining everything. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cool web site #1

Okay, so being that I am letting people know a little more about me and letting people know about some of my weird aspects, I thought I would let you know about one of my favorite websites. I first learned about Threadless about 4 years ago as I read a very pint size article on them in a magazine. One of the things that caught my eye was that it was a Chicago company and that they were run by kids my age. I checked out the site and little did I know that I would become a fan and a die-hard supporter of their way of life. My Mom made fun of me when I joined their T-shirt of the month club a couple of years ago and my Dad would always laugh when the t-shirts would arrive in the mail in the sealed plastic bags. But I don't think anyone is laughing now. This company is one of the most successful and coolest of its kind and both the founders were recently named to Crain's 40 under 40. Pretty impressive for two kids who didn't finish college and who basically print t-shirts. The concept is pretty simple. Have a t-shirt design contest where designers all around the world submit their unique, original designs. Let the public vote and then print the winning designs on t-shirts. Keep the winners happy by giving them cash prizes and then selling their t-shirts on-line. All the while, never selling out and creating a community that is one of the coolest on the Internet. I wish I had the foresight to see that this company was going places years ago and applied for some type of job, any type of job! I would be one happy man as they have so much fun and can wear whatever they want to work! Take a look at this video from Chicago Tonight and you can learn a little more about how Threadless all came together and why they are the envy of so many people out there. So next time you see me in an obscure t-shirt or in my lion sweatshirt, just smile and say, "Gotta be a Threadless!!"

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Lionel Richie

First real post on this new blog. A thanks to the Flow Cooleys for the blogger help page. I needed the help for sure.

I thought I would start out with something fun. This is a great link and I have to give credit to two big Lionel Richie Fans - Andy and Chris. Thanks Andy for always making this a part of the parties at our old place. And Chris, you know you love the DVD. If this doesn't brighten your day, I don't know what will.

Random notes.....Our work softball team lost tonight, but that is okay. While I can be competitive, I like to just get out there and play. It is fun to then hang out afterwards with the team. We go to O'Donovan's and have some food and drinks and that is a good time to just relax and get to know your co-workers a little better. My favorite part of the night though is driving home by myself with the music on real loud. I like to get on Lake Shore Drive and just let Stanley (my car) fly (although Stanley is not a 2007, but a 2006). On the play list right now is Bloc Party and they are a hard one to pass up for me of late. This is a sweet song by them if you do not know them already.

Okay, first real day of blogging done, pretty cool. Think I might just make a habit out of this. Night.