Weekend in Wrigleyville, Full Moon, Pregnant Marathon Runner

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  • Props to the Des Moines Airport. Every time I fly somewhere else, I’m reminded how well run things are run back home.
  • Flew to Chicago Friday. That’s an easy flight on United. Took the train to our hotel, checked in, another train to Wrigleyville in plenty of time for lunch at the Cubby Bear, and first pitch at 1:20.
  • Wrigley Field is not a nice ballpark by today’s standards, but there’s something magical about walking in the place, even when the ivy is still brown.
  • The Cubs aren’t very good this season. Alfonso Soriano serves as a microcosm for the the entire team. Great at times, awful at others, overall slightly above mediocre. And expensive.
  • After spending a car payment for an afternoon of baseball, we headed to the Blackhawks playoff game. It was the first NHL playoff game for me. Awesome. 23,000 fans going bonkers, especially during the national anthem. The Blackhawks forgot to show up, but they can afford to add free agents in the off-season with what they charge for tickets, food, and drinks.
  • Even though I know better, and I dressed in layers, I was still cold at Saturday’s game. One thing to know about Wrigley in April and May is it can be very cold in the shade, even when it’s nice and comfortable in the bleachers. We were behind home plate with the lake wind blowing straight at us. Brr.
  • We ate a week’s worth of calories at Gino’s East. That deep dish pizza is ridiculous. They warn you when you order it will take 45 minutes to cook, and it’s worth it.
  • We hit the wall Saturday night and stayed in to watch a movie. Were we just tired, or is Mel Gibson’s Edge of Darkness a convoluted mess?
  • I am thankful for our annual “guys weekend”. It’s good for the soul to laugh so much. We even set aside five minutes to catch-up on family.
  • Must have been a full moon for SoundOFF Sunday night. The callers were nuttier than squirrel turds.
  • Congratulations to Chris Hassel and Shawn Terrell, Northwest Broadcast News Association Eric Sevareid award winners for outstanding sports reporting. Chris won first place, and Shawn an award of merit.
  • I can’t imagine running a marathon, let alone a marathon while I’m six months pregnant. Well, I can’t imagine being six months pregnant either. Anyway, an Urbandale woman, Leah Newman, completed the Boston Marathon in 4 hours 21 minutes. She tells the Register’s Bryce Miller she would have finished much sooner but she had to stop and pee all the time. Check Bryce’s story here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100419/SPORTS13/100419032/1003/SPORTS/Urbandale-woman-six-months-pregnant-finishes-Boston-Marathon-in-4-21