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The 2016 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. Absolutely incredible. I was able to watch the Game 5 win from Wrigleyville and watch Games 6 & 7 with my Dad in Indianapolis. My Dad and I are both White Sox fans but it doesn’t matter.  It played out perfectly.  Couldn’t ask for anything more. Incredible.

Heading to Chicago in the morning

Well, as a sit here on the heels of a Team Boom loss in a tough battle in the Tempe Rec League championship game, I am completely wired.  Which works to my advantage, at the moment, as I am packing for a trip to Chicago in the morning.  This will be my third year in a row heading to the Windy City for Lollapalooza weekend and a reunion with the friends I grew up with, and my second trip to Chicago this summer.  We aren’t actually going to the festival this weekend, but I’d recommend it, if you haven’t been.  We are getting a boat on Lake Michigan Saturday which should pretty sweet.

It was tough to lose in the championship tonight but things are good. Always excited about getting back to Chicago, when I can.  Still my favorite city in the world.  If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it (especially in the summer). There’s a reason Kanye West calls out “summertime Chi,” in particular, in the song “Good Life from his 2007 album, Graduation. (Kanye, I miss that soulful stuff, by the way, man.)

In fact, let’s close this post out with the video.   (Also, Chicago did not commission me to write this somewhat generic endorsement.  It’s just a great place, and felt like mentioning it.)

Have a great weekend, everybody.

‘The Making of the Mob: Chicago’ is good

AMC‘s “The Making of the Mob: Chicago” is a fascinating look at the rise of Al Capone and the mafia in Chicago in the early 20th century. I didn’t see the first season, “The Making of the Mob: New York,” but the fact that this story takes place in Chicago drew me in.  Not to mention, I’m a bit of a history buff.

Does it glorify the mob a bit?  Of course.  Does it sensationalize it?  Yes.  This is entertainment.  But it also does a great job of providing a historical account of how Al “Scarface” Capone came the be–from his upbringing in Brooklyn, to his migration to Chicago in which he joins Johnny Torrio.  It also paints a lively picture of Prohibition era America, and Prohibition era Chicago, in particular.  And this is just the first two episodes.

I’m really trying to limit my TV these days.  Focusing more on getting work done and real life. But this is one show on the air this summer that is worth checking out.  Especially if you are fascinated by history, and the lessons that can be learned from it.

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