And unlike the good Mr. Shakespeare, I just don’t got it.
Over the past month or so, I have put together a bunch of ideas. All great things that I wanted to expound upon here in my own little blog home. But alas, I didn’t find the time, or never finished writing, and then the world changed again, and more ideas sprouted, only to get lost in the mass jumble that is my brain. Then the opportunity was lost, and you, the readers, were saved from having to try to decipher my sometimes incoherent ramblings.
So in case you were ever wondering, and I guess even if you weren’t, I now present my Top Ten list of things I wanted to write about, but never got around too. I can tell you are so thrilled!
10. The Girl and the Goat
Having heard mixed reviews and canceling a reservation, Maureen and I headed out to Stephanie Izzard’s restaurant here in Chicago and were more than pleased with the outcome. How can you go wrong when you order something called a Pig Face, and it comes with a fried egg on top of the crispy cheek meat? And this restaurant did something I never thought anyone would ever be able to do. Made brussel sprouts that I truly enjoyed. This wasn’t your mom’s mushy old brussel sprouts. Pan fried and yummy! And then there was dessert. Something called Chocolate Bouchon with Foie Fluff. I have no idea what a bouchon is, and neither did our waitress, but it tasted even better than it looked. Yes, that is a toasted foie gras marshmallow next to the milk chocolate sorbet.
9. Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend
I got a call a few weeks ago, and the first thing Maureen says to me over the phone is, “Don’t be mad at me.” The next thing she tells me is that someone is on their way to pick up my crappy old car, she had traded it in on a new one. How could I be mad? Look what they left in its place. I’m not sure when someone will be stopping by to pick up my crappy old phone.
8. The Return of William Kelly
It appears that my favorite producer of Emmy Award winning television was back at it again. This time it was another confrontation dealing with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Kelly did a pretty good job of making an ass of himself. If you care to watch the video, he posted it on his Washington Times “Communities” sight. It is the only place where you will find this scathing video. Because basically no one else cared.
7. Jim Henson Presents (part two)
I was planning to post two additional blogs based on the idea of the White Sox as Muppets, but then came that announcement with just two games left in the season, and it just didn’t seem like such a good idea anymore. This is the picture I had picked out to represent Ozzie Guillen and General Manager Ken Williams.
6. A Case for Terry Francona
It wasn’t that I was endorsing Francona to take over as the new White Sox manager, and to be honest, I really didn’t think he had a chance at getting the job, but I already had my Muppet picture of him all picked out.
5. Chase-ing My Tail
I have on a number of occasions come close to putting together a full length expose about the many problems I have had with Chase Bank, but when I would try to tell the tale, it always got too bogged down with details, and it just came out sounding bitter and whinny. Let’s just leave it at this. I am not a big fan of Chase.
4. Washington State is at Dunne
It was a Saturday afternoon, and I didn’t have the kids. Maureen was working, and I decided to meet up with two of my sisters and my brother-in-law Jim at one of our favorite taverns. A great little place on Lincoln called Finley Dunne’s. They were relaxing after running a 5K. I was there for the Mac-n-Cheese Bites and some cold beer. Also in the bar was a Chicago Alumni group from Washington State, and wisely they chose this same bar to watch their Cougars take on the Aztecs of San Diego State. The Cougars would eventually lose, but it was close for three quarters, and even those of us that were there to watch the Illini play, couldn’t help but get drawn into the excitement of this group. Soon we were all rooting for Washington State.
3. And The Winner Is…..
I was going to take another stab at predicting the outcome of this years baseball post season. I was absolutely certain that the Cardinals and Rangers would be playing in this years World Series. Next week I will let you know who I think will win.
2. The Top Ten
At least once a week, I come up with another idea for a top ten list. Usually it happens while driving to work, because even on a good day it takes me over an hour to get the 26 miles from my driveway to work. I have a lot of time to think. Unfortunately I do not have a lot of time to write it all down while in the car, so most of the ideas get lost between the parking lot and my desk. What I do have is a number of scribbled lists tucked into the drawers of my desk, and I promise that sometime soon I will get some of these lists posted. This one doesn’t count.
1. Our Treacherous Ireland Holiday (parts nine through thirteen or fourteen or maybe even fifteen)
It has been almost a year since we took our honeymoon trip to the emerald isle, and there is still a lot of story to be told. Both Maureen and I have tried to pick up the story, but we have yet to finish it. The story was to conclude with a unique pictorial, inspired by our own favorite Irish Pub here in Chicago. I may have to cheat, and skip to the final chapter.