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…if you want my respect.  (In honor of opening day at Wrigley today, woo hoo!!)

1) A knowledge of baseball 

2) Clever heckling lines (read: not “you suck”)

3) A willingness to boo the home team

4) A thirst for beer (read: not mai tais)

5) A hate for any unofficial mascot (read: Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers)

6) A couple quarters to use the payphone (read: because you will not need to be on your mobile during the game, standing up and waving at people across the field)

7) A jersey in which you commit to a team member (read: not blank, and not your last name)

8 ) An interest in baseball

9) Sticky hands (read: if you catch a ball in the bleachers you will not throw it back)

10) A pen (to keep score with)

And bonus points if you bring the day’s sports section! 🙂

Pet Peeve of the Day:My incessant need for socks because otherwise my feet become ice

Quote of the Day: “I don’t wanna end up in a room alone–don’t wanna end up someone I don’t even know.” –Tom Petty

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Props to the President for staying true to his home team and busting out the White Sox hat… yet something in the interview with him reminded me of what Sox fans accuse us Cubs fans for relentlessly…

I guess Obama has been busy though, what with all the scheming he has been doing to make sure I pay for everyone’s health care…

Things I Live For: The Yard, my new bar

Quote of the Day: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” –Nursery rhyme

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Baseball starts on Monday!!  I can hardly wait to dip myself into magic waters at Wrigley Field again this season!  Thank you for baseball America, it’s exactly what I need right now…to be reminded “of all that once was good and could be again…”

 

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who don’t like baseball

Quote of the Day: “I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.” –Gerald Early

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Milton Bradley, you are so god-damned dumb.  Shut your mouth already.  If you don’t, I fear parts of the Pacific Northwest will fall into the ocean quicker because of you bringing that giant chip on your shoulder to Seattle. 

Batting .257 with 12 homers and 40 RBI’s for the Cubs certainly had nothing to do with the hard times you endured in Chicago right?  It’s just because we’re all a bunch of racists.  AND, it’s the first time you’ve ever come up against such controversy.  Well Milton, I’m calling your bluff for the millionth, AND LAST time (the rest is up to you Seattle, bless your hearts):

 

Skip to 2:50 for some more “I’m a fucking victim” statements.  (Hmmmm… I think I know someone he actually would get along with): 

 

Wow, EVERYONE lies EXCEPT Milton Bradley.  Madness!

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who don’t take responsibility for themselves

Quote of the Day: “Any idiot can face a crisis.  It’s day-to-day living that wears you out.” –Anton Chekov

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The constant question of  “can people change” has been predominately taking over my life lately.  I believe that people can, but only if they want to.  Or, if there is a reason they want to change their life, their situation, or whatever.  How can you resist a valid, powerful reason for change that would positively effect your life?

For example, I have surprised myself by changing in these ways:

Last summer I went to U.S. Cellular Field for a White Sox game.  I swore I would never go to that hell hole.  But they were playing the Cubs, the tickets were free, and the company was fun.  Thus, I had a reason to enact that change.

Further, I used to abhor cream cheese.  But as someone who doesn’t eat eggs, I am left with very few breakfast options.  A bagel and cream cheese would seem to be the most ideal on-the-go choice.  And yet, I insisted on butter with my bagel, fearing the consistency and weirdness of cream cheese.  But when I discovered that places such as Dunkin Donuts thought that 2 packets of butter could cover an entire bagel, it was time to reevaluate.  I found out there was something known as garlic-herb cream cheese.  I could eat garlic in an acceptable way in the morning!  What better reason for change?  And so, I now love cream cheese.

I love winter, but have never been a fan of spring.  Well, Chicago springs, which are weird and pretty much non-existent.  So I have always opted for snow throughtout the month of March, and then April to come with lots of sunnieness.  I have no problem with snow through April as well.  May is when it all happens as far as I’m concerned.  So you will not find me cursing the weather gods if white flakes should fall for weeks to come.  Except, this is the first year in my life that I can recall desperately waiting for spring.  I cannot wait for baseball, for drinking outside, for drinking 40’s on porches, for wearing flippies.  I have never been so excited for spring in my life and I didn’t really know why.  But I think it is the sense of possibilities, the sense that spring brings in new things, new loves, new friends, new anything.  And so, since 2010 has been shitty thus far, I eagerly await spring!

The examples could go on, but I think I have scientifically proved that yes, people can change.  It’s just a matter of if they want to or not.  And it’s the saddest, most heartbreaking thing in the world to see someone resist necessary change, especially with regards to relationships.  And especially when you’ve done everything you can yet you’re not getting anything back or even being close to being met halfway.  Not that I’m talking about something personal or anything… 

But perhaps I just need to remind myself of the definition of insanity– “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  And remind myself of these words from Dave Matthews– “some people change, and some people won’t.”  I’d like to think there is still hope because I mean really, if I can like cream cheese… But insanity cannot prevail.  It will not. 

Things I Live For: Foggy days; dependability

Quote of the Day: “No rest without love– No sleep without dreams of love– Be mad or chill, obsessed with angels or machines– the final wish is love.” –Allen Ginsburg

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