Archive for April, 2007

Hayden’s Birthday Wishes Collage

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Hayden’s 30th birthday was Saturday. Because we couldn’t go home and have a huge party with family and friends, I asked people to take photos of themselves wishing Hayden a happy birthday. I’m just now posting the collage online because I was having issues with some of the files. Rest assured though, I was able to show Hayden the collage on my computer Saturday afternoon. I’ll let him tell you what he thought.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this huge project! There are too many of you to name here, but you can find out who helped by looking at the collage. You can also click on an image in the collage to enlarge it and find out from whom it came.

– Apryl

UPDATE: I’ve added some more photos since I originally posted the collage. Somehow, I hadn’t gotten Brad and Robin’s email earlier, so I did a little rearranging and added their photo. I also added some extra photos that didn’t fit in the collage; see the link in the top right corner of the collage.

Sox vs. Angeles – TV Game #7

Friday, April 27th, 2007

1. The Sox vs. Santana… Ervin Santana. This is the second pitcher with a last name of Santana (Johan Santana from the Twins was the first) that we’ve face this year.
2. Jim Thome returns from the DL only to have to walk off the field in pain after one swing at the bat. Looks like it’s back to the DL (disabled list).
3. The Sox get back to back homers in the 4th from Dye and Pierzynski.
4. There was so much smoke from the fireworks during the back to back home runs that the rest of the inning was played in a haze.
5. During the last couple games, Erstad has been getting out of his hitting slump. Tonight saw Erstad hit a double and get a RBI.
6. When Gooch hit for a triple in the 8th, he was hit on top of his batting helmet while slidding into third. Sometimes baseball can be a contact sport.
7. After watching all these games (and listening to non televised games on the radio), I’m really getting the itch to see a game in person.
8. In non Sox news, the Bulls win game 3 against the Miami Heat.
9. During most of the game, Apryl was on the computer working on my birthday present. She even moved her computer into the guest bedroom so that there wouldn’t be a chance I would see what she was doing. I have been told over and over not to be scared about the surprise. Let’s just say I’m very befuddled.

RIP Boris

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Bobby “Boris” Pickett, the man who gave life to the Halloween favorite “Monster Mash,” died this week from complications from leukemia. Check out the official Monster Mash website.

Did you know that Leon Russell played piano on the original?

(Check out John Beifuss’ post about Pickett including an interview he conducted with the man in `98.)

The sisters’ visit.

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Two weeks ago, Apryl’s sisters Lisa and Stephanie came for a visit. We had a lot of fun hanging out with them and eating out!

Here are a few photos that were taken during their stay:

The sisters at the Lincoln Park Zoo…

…looking at da bears.

Me and the sisters are amazed with…

…the swimming hippo!

The Lincoln Park Conservatory.

The Chicago Pizza Oven and Grinder Co.

Home of the Chicago Pizza Pot Pie.

The gals enjoyed their pot pies, but what they really loved was the Mediterranean bread appetizer.

Lisa poses for a bus photo.

Margies Candies in Bucktown.

The Beatles once visited here.

Apryl’s student center at IIT.

Lake Michigan

The Apple Store on Michigan Ave.

Giordano’s on Rush St.

The World Famous Stuffed Pizza!

The sisters made good use of their CTA visitor’s passes.

Thanks for visiting Steph and Lisa!

The box score doesn’t lie.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

The Sox sure are a scrappy bunch, complete with a “never say die” attitude. And I’m loving it! Tonight, we even got major hits from struggling Anderson and Erstad. And, after a rough seventh inning where we lost the lead, my boy Joe Crede hits a homer in the top of the 8th to tie the game. In the 9th, we score two more runs, which are enough to prevent us from going into extra innings. The best part is that with tonight’s victory, the Sox are tied with #1 in the AL Central!

I passed…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

…my driver’s license test and am now a legal, Illinois driver!

Congratulations…

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

…to WEVL for reaching its goal (and then some) during the Spring Pledge Drive!

Sox vs. Tigers – TV Game #6

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

1. `Tis the season for Saturday afternoon baseball!
2. Last night, I went out to eat at Giordano’s with a TV crew that I had been working with all week. So Apryl and I had leftovers while watching the game.
3. Apryl watched most of the game with me until falling asleep around the 7th inning.
4. When the Tigers scored 4 runs in the first inning with a grand slam, I thought it was going to be long day at the ballpark. Fortunately, the Sox played great ball to come back, without having to rely on a homerun.
5. The Tigers’ 3 errors certainly helped us as well.
6. After explaining to Apryl that a foul ball counts as a strike but that a batter could not strike out with a foul, I was told that “whoever came up with the rules for baseball must have been drunk.”
7. Brian Anderson, a fan favorite but seldom used player, was brought in as a pinch runner for Jim Thome. He would later score a run. However, he didn’t get the chance to hit the next inning after Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had Rod Mackowiak pinch hit for Anderson. Mackowiak would pop out.
8. This was the first game sent into extra innings that I have seen this season. Well, one inning, since the Sox won the game with two more runs in the 10th.
9. After three straight losses reported on the blog, I thought I was starting to jinx the Sox (even when they had won their last previous outings). Today, the Good Guys proved me wrong, and now we’ve won our last 4 games and are in 2nd place in the Central AL!

Why, oh why?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The Sox win tonight against the Texas Rangers 6-0. Mark Buehrle pitches a no hitter, which makes the 16th no hitter in Chicago White Sox history. Jim Thome hits two home runs, and Jermaine Dye hits a grand slam. Perhaps, the best game of the season (thus far). But instead of broadcasting the game, Comcast gives us the Cubs getting beat by the Braves. Dang!

Sox vs. Rangers – TV Game #5

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

After a short break, I’m back with another one of these:

1. Leaving a shoot today I got to see the Sox fans making their way to the ballpark.
2. Tonight’s game was the first one I had seen broadcasted on WCIU, which is the same station that Svengoolie airs on.
3. While I understand that Pods was out due to an injury, I don’t understand where our home run leader Juan Uribe was tonight.
4. The Sox’s only run was from a Jim Thome home run over the 400ft fence in the fourth.
5. Other than the occasional home run, the Sox lacks any type of offense. Most of the team are barely hitting over 200. Ugh.
6. The legendary Sammy Sosa played his first game in Chicago since his days in the Cubs. And was booed. He also hit a double and a home run.
7. This is going to be frustrating year. I see us competing with the Indians throughtout the season for a third place position in the AL Central Division. Detroit Tigers should remain #1 most of the season with Minnesota Twins a few games back at 2nd.
8. The first couple of innings were watched during commerical breaks of the new episode of Gilmore Girls, while eating a great dinner cooked by Apryl.
9. Go Sox!