Showing posts from April, 2015

My Love Affair With The Chicago Cubs

My Twitter friend and blogger Andy Schmidt, (@ASchmidtSports), has asked a few female Cubs fans to talk about how they developed their passion for the team.  Here's a brief account of my particular love affair.

Alhough it was dad that took my sister and I to see our first Cubs game against the Astros in Houston, TX,  it was my husband Rick who took me to the Friendly Confines for the first time on October 1, 1988.  I still have my ticket.  It was only $6!  The Cubs played the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Some of the greats playing that year for the Cubs were Sandberg, Dawson, Grace, Maddux, and my then current crush, Rafael Palmeiro.  He belted his 8th homer of the season that afternoon.  The Pirates had the great Andy Van Slyke who hit his 25th homer in this game.  Andy was a badass!  Rick and I sat on the right field side in the warm October sunshine guzzling our beers and soaking it all in. I can't remember who smoked a foul into the seats right next to me but I will never forge…

A Baseball Game With Dad

On the eve of what would have been my dad's 88th birthday I thought it would be nice to write about the first Cubbie game that I ever went to with him and my older sister JJ.  It was another hot day in Houston back in 1976. Dad came home from his job with game tickets in his hand and said, "Girls, let's go to the Astrodome tonight to see the Cubs!"  It was totally unplanned. We were so excited because we had never been to a professional game before.  Not even when we lived in Hobart, IN or Highland Park, IL!  Go figure.  Why dad waited until we were 925 miles away from Wrigley Field to go to a Cubs game, I'll never know.  Haha!  But I have made up for it since then.  ; )

I believe, at that time, he was working for the Paragon Corporation. I know he was always flying off somewhere when he worked for them.  Before Paragon, he worked for Medical Ancillary Services.  This was one of the first organizations to group and market emergency room physicians, a predecessor …

Arizona Vacation 2015

I had not been to the great state of Arizona since the young age of seven.  My best friend Susan has a daughter named Kylie who is a professional pole vaulter. Kylie lives with her boyfriend Jake, a former college pole vaulter himself, in Phoenix, AZ. They also own a beautiful, sweet dog named Gizmo! : )

Kylie is training to hopefully qualify for the Olympics!  I mentioned to Susan one day that it would be so much fun to visit, and enjoy some popular attractions like the Grand Canyon and a few of the beautiful spring training facilities that are in the greater Phoenix area.  Susan talked to Kylie and boy was I thrilled when she told me a vacation getaway was in store for us!!! It was a lot of fun planning our itinerary, but even more fun enjoying it!  I can't thank Kylie and Jake enough for their wonderful hospitality!!

We flew on Southwest Airlines out of Indianapolis on Saturday, March 21st.  I was pleasantly surprised by the newness of the plane. Having only flown with United …