Archive for January, 2009

A few kind words…

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Shotgun Stories

I received some kind words from the folks over at Hammer To Nail for my audio work on the feature film, Shotgun Stories. You can check out the article here.

Not Your DQ Blizzard

Monday, January 12th, 2009

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Apryl and I decided it would probably be a good idea to get several errands done today before the upcoming blizzard hits us this evening. Though to do so, we first had to shovel out the Corolla from several days worth of snowfall. While I was taking the above photo, I told Apryl I wanted to show everyone the fun side of living in Chicago. Oh joy! While we were taking turns shoveling, a snow plow truck circling our neighborhood decided to help us out. Thanks Mr. Plow!

Snow Plow

Our first errand was to take our Christmas tree over to Humboldt Park. The City of Chicago has several centers around the city where one can take their tree instead of throwing it in the trash. At the end of the week, the trees are all going to be shredded into mulch and spread around the parks. Below, Apryl holds up our sad tree:

Apryl and tree

While we were at the park, I decided to also get a photo of the lagoon where I go fishing. It was quite surreal seeing it completely covered in snow.

Lagoon Snow

I won’t bore you with stories about the rest of our errands to Target, Menards, and Dominick’s. Only, I hope we got enough stuff in case this blizzard turns out to be worse than The Chicago Blizzard of 1967.

Snowed In

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Thank goodness that Apryl baked some butter cookies because for all practical purposes, we’re snowed in. The snow, which started around 8 o’clock last night, is still steadily coming down. The news are reporting that the city has already received 4 inches of snow and could be expected to see another 1 – 4 inches by the end of the day. Below, a short video of me walking outside and surveying the damage:

From the Hot Stove…

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Now, I’m not 100% sure but it seems I promised that I wouldn’t post anything more about baseball until the new season. However, that was before I discovered the Korean comics of Choi Hoon. From what little I can gather, Mr. Hoon has been creating baseball comics that satirizes the teams and players of the MLB since 2004. And since they’re all in Korean, I think I can safely assume they weren’t attended for an American audience. Even so, there must have been a big enough buzz about the strip to warrant a translation of several of the strips in the The New York Times in 2005.

I’ve discussed baseball comics on the blog before. My favorite, the White Sox cartoon An Illustrated History of the Sagacious, chronicled (quite wittingly, I might add) the entire 2008 season. Stylistic, Sagacious is black and white with illustrations that resemble political cartoons. Hoon’s strip is in vibrant color and feels like it belongs on the Sunday funnies. Still, since the entire strip is in Korean, it leaves a lot to the imagination. However, I find them a treat to the eye.

Through the past years, Hoon has taken on the White Sox on more than on occasion. Here is one from 2005 that seems to depict Ozzie Guillen going through the bullpen (check out #45 Big Bobby Jenks) to strike out a batter. The last frame shows the rest of the Sox pitchers frustrated and quarreling. Of course, 2005 was the year the Sox won the World Series, and the start of the silly phrase “Grinder Ball” (For official Grinder Ball rules, click here). So, instead of fighting, I suppose they could just be grinding it out. Either way, enjoy:

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BTW, the title of this post references the term Hot Stove League, which itself refers to the baseball off-season.

Rose vs. Carney aka Bulls vs. Timberwolves

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

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Last night, Apryl and I made our way over to the United Center to catch the Chicago Bulls take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. We were joined by others taking part in the Memphis Tigers Chicago Club (if you follow the link, you’ll see me in two of the photos). Typically, we get together to watch major games throughout the season at Junior’s Sports Lounge, so last night felt more like a field trip. Unfortunately, we were in the midst of folks that already seemed to know one another, so we felt a bit left out.

Oh well, it was still fun to watch fellow Tigers Derrick Rose (22 pts) and Rodney Carney (6 pts) playing against one another on a professional level. It was also nice to see past Grizzlies Mike Miller and Brian Cardinal out on the court playing for the Timberwolves. Check out this great, diplomatic (albeit oversized) shirt that Apryl made for the game:

Apryl Shirt

In front of a crowd of 20,000+, the Bulls lost 102-92 to one of the worst teams in the NBA. Still, you have to admire such a turn out:

Big turn out

Towards the end of the game, the crowd dwindled and started to look more like a Grizzlies crowd:

End Crowd

Of course, any trip to the United Center requires one to pay their respects to the Legend:

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Fetching Eva

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

For those who don’t know, Eva will fetch like a dog. When she was younger, it seemed like she would play the game for hours. And if you grew tired and stopped paying attention to her, she would push her toy with her paw under your foot making it clear that she wasn’t done playing. Well, she might not fetch as often as she once did, but every once in awhile the mood will still strike her. This is especially the case when she receives new toys like the ones in her stocking this Christmas. Below is an extremely short video of her playing fetch with a new toy monkey:

However, it’s been an old mouse toy that she had forgotten and that my dad put in her stocking that has been getting the most attention. I took a short video of her playing with it as well but it kept failing to upload on Flickr. Oh well. For the most part, Eva Cat has been sleeping about 23.5 hours of the day on the couch keeping warm.

If you build it…

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

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About as dramatic as turning a corn field into a baseball field, the folks at the NHL have converted the baseball field at the Friendly Confines into an ice rink for this year’s edition of the Winter Classic with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Check out this time lapse video of just what it took to make this amazing transformation. Game starts today at noon!