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Dioner Navarro hits 3 HRs against the White Sox

The Chicago Cubs had a big day yesterday.  Despite boasting a losing record and the second-worst record in the National League Central Division, the Cubs have won three in a row.  Yesterday, the backup catcher Dioner Navarro had the best hitting day of his career.  Navarro hit three home runs against the White Sox.  He finished the day 3-for-3, BB, 3 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI.  That’s a pretty good day for a guy that doesn’t play every day.  It brings even more joy that he did this against the hated White Sox.

In honor of this rivalry, I present Ron Swanson vs. Darryl Philbin:

Until later friends…

April 20th.  It is one of those days in history that you have to acknowledge.  I’m sure there are going to be several blogposts around the world today talking about the fact that this day is the anniversary of Hitler‘s birthday and the Columbine shooting.  I don’t really want to blog about Hitler other than to say that he was absolutely evil.  I think it is interesting that in our culture where so many people poo-poo on the idea of applying labels of “evil” and “sin” to people, we can all still agree that Hitler (and Nazism) was evil.  No one can deny that a man brute responsible for the creation of a political system that oversaw the murder of over 6 million people is evil.

In regards to Columbine, I think all of us that witnessed the news coverage that day were changed.  In some way, I know that my worldview changed just a little bit on April 20, 1999.  Five Iron Frenzy (Denver natives) wrote a song about Columbine entitled “A New Hope” that I think characterizes the shock well:

A darker world lies behind this one
Cryptic it hides beneath perception
We all saw it on that day
Stunned we stood stuttering
What did the news say

April 20th is also a day when potheads celebrate their complete apathy towards life, but this is barely worth mentioning.

All of these dark events could lead you to ask, “Does April 20th ever produce anything good?”  In fact, it does.  I have decided to give you a short list of some of the blessings April 20th has bestowed upon the world over the years.

  • 1718 – David Brainerd was born (one of the most influential missionaries ever).
  • 1976 – Joey Lawrence was born, and if he had not been born, we never would have had one of the best catchphrases of the 90s:

  • 1916 – Wrigley Field hosted its first Chicago Cubs game.

  • 1972 – Apollo 16 lands on the moon
  • It is also the birthday of two of my friends Lindsay and Jande, to whom I give a shout out.

So, go make this April 20th a good one! Until later friends…

I’m really itching to go to Chicago.  I am not a big city person.  I think that cities are much better to visit than to live in, but as far as cities go, Chicago is probably my favorite to visit.

Chicago Skyline

Recently several of my friends and acquaintances were in Chicago at Coffee Fest, representing Prima Coffee, Quills, and Sunergos. (And congrats to Louisville native Ryan Soeder on winning the Coffee Fest Latte Art Competition!)  I was jealous of their trip.  First, because I would love to get to experience Coffee Fest.  Second, because I love Chicago.

Here is a list of five reasons why I love Chicago:

The Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs are my favorite team.  This proves that I am a man of great faith.  I love going to Cubs games at Wrigley Field (the best baseball venue in the world – sorry BoSox fans).  If you’ve never been to a game at Wrigley, you need to go.  I don’t care if you hate the Cubs, it is a necessary experience for all sports fans.

Giordano’s

I know a lot of people like Gino’s, but for me, Giordano’s is the place to get pizza in Chicago. Jen and I always make sure to go there when we visit Chicago.

The Field Museum

Field Museum in Chicago

I’m a nerd, and I like museums – fact. The Field Museum is a great place to visit.  They have all sorts of fascinating exhibits.  My favorite exhibit is “The Lions of Tsavo” of The Ghost and the Darkness fame.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago Art Museum

This is due to the influence of my artistic wife.  I appreciated art before meeting her, but she has helped me to enjoy it a lot more.  The Art Institute of Chicago is affordable and worth the visit.

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee is one of my top two favorite national roasters (along with Counter Culture).  Intelligentsia has several shops in Chicago.  I was first introduced to their coffee at one of the Prima Coffee Barista Bashes, and I have loved Intelligentsia ever since. 

So, there are 5 reasons why I want to go to Chicago.  Opening Day is quickly approaching, and it has been far too long since the last time I had Chicago pizza.

Until later friends…

PS – Lou Mitchell’s and the used book stores of Hyde Park deserve mentioning too.