Monday, June 05, 2017

A little June update

So much going on today and this weekend that I had to make an entry. Let's start with the good things.

Marissa had her first ballet recital. She did pretty well for four years old. Quite frankly, even the high school kids were underwhelming for what I imagine to be years and years of training. The hip-hop kids seemed to have some good skills though. Anyway, the important thing is that Marissa enjoys it, despite getting up for class on Saturday morning. We'll see if that continues at older ages!!




Next up is young master Thomas, who, while mimicking Marissa's dance moves the night before her recital, took a tumble and broke his foot....on the carpet....without any collision whatsoever. Just a freak accident. Two to four weeks in a cast.





Other than not wanting to walk too far on it, he really didn't complain much. All the doctors mentioned what a great patient he was. 

Next up is the passing of yet another high school classmate: Terry Smith. Terry was a really nice kid with whom I played some sports as a kid. He had a dry wit, but was very funny and nice to everyone. It's a loss for all of us. My dad used to coach him in football and Terry always spoke highly of my pops. 

In the world of real estate today, I had not one but two agents set up inspections at homes I was listing, without telling me!! Who does that?? I always go through the agent when setting up inspections for my clients. This why I got into the business: incompetent brokers. Or more appropriately, keeping incompetent brokers away from my family and friends. One of them at least had a somewhat reasonable excuse; her father was hospitalized last week and she had to make an emergency trip out of state and just forgot to let me know. The other guy is just an ass. 

This summer I have three bachelor parties to attend....3!! But, when you're 51 and still playing softball, your 30-35 year old buddies start to get married. One though is only 25 I think...if that, but he's the son of a good buddy of mine that sits next to me at Bears games. So it's going to be a busy summer. Just need Joisey Ken to get his shit together so we can finalize our summer trip with the families! LOL!! Luv ya Ken!! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bears draft 2017

As I sit down at my computer to type on this cold and dreary last day of April, I was faced with two topics: a letter to the 18 year old Marissa of the future or my thoughts on recapping the just held 2017 NFL draft. The former is not for public consumption, so that would have been in a Word document that would get printed out and placed with my letter to the 18 year old Thomas, in a safe place. Each year now, I plan to write one of those letters and maybe include my favorite pictures. Should be pretty awesome. While I'm trying to get family members to do it as well, they have not complied so far. We'll see.

So YOU get my thoughts on the Bears draft!! Lucky you.

As you may know, the Bears had the #3 overall pick and traded up to the #2 pick by giving away two third round picks this year and a fourth round pick next year. They were most likely bidding against themselves by making this move as SF, who had the #2 pick, had no interest in Mitch Trubiskey (he of 13 college starts out of NC, from where no Pro-Bowl QB's have hailed. The Bears WERE fielding calls from other teams looking to trade up though, but either those teams weren't willing to pay up (most likely) or the Bears didn't want to move.

Here's where it gets more interesting. GM Ryan Pace and the Bears didn't just give up three picks and the #3 pick for Trubiskey, they also TURNED DOWN at least two more picks if they would have moved down in the draft even one spot!! Probably more if they moved down to 10 or 12. So when you hear the Bears gave up four picks for him, it's really at least SIX. That's more than half of an entire starting offense or defense. That's incredible.

Instead, the Bears took Mitch the Bitch and gave up the picks. Then they chose a DII tight end who the scouts say is a "beast" and "demolished" the opposition. Yeah, well a guy who is 6'6" and 275 is going demolish anyone in DII. That's why those other guys are in DII?? Put me in Pop Warner and I'm going to score a 100 TD's too because I'm going to demolish much smaller players. We had a need at TE, though it was one of our lesser needs, but Pace, who worked in New Orleans with Brees and Graham and Sproles before coming to Chicago, is trying to surround his new QB with weapons. We won't be able to stop anyone on defense, but maybe we'll score. Not this year though.

The Bears first fourth round pick was a CB or S out of Alabama who broke his leg last year after tearing his ACL in the other leg two years ago. So he's basically a cripple. Who needs legs to play football??

Their second pick of the fourth round was Pace's "Darren Sproles guy"; small (5'6") sort of fast, who can catch.....so a midget.

Their 5th round pick was a DII left tackle who projects as a guard in the NFL, but maybe he'll still play left tackle. Oh yeah, he's out of Kuntztown State. I'll let you look that one up.

So a cripple, a midget and two DII players added on to a QB that was passed up by two teams who also needed a QB, but understand that you build winning teams through defense first. Oh yeah, don't forget that NEXT year's crop of college QB's is actually supposed to be talented, unlike this year's. So now, when we are picking top 5 again because nobody we just added will start, we'll PASS on those talented QB's to give this guy a shot. That's terrible. And yes, I said none of these guys will start. The Bears are 3-13 and they just held a draft taking 5 players and none of them will start. Possibly, possibly the TE will, but that's doubtful too.

What they should have done was stayed put and taken Jamal Adams at #3. IF they needed to trade down, it would have depended how far down they went. Adams slid to #6 with the Jets, which was a steal. They could have added a Budda Baker type in the second round and really solidified their DB's. Two third round picks could have netted the likes of Duane Smoot at DE or Daeshon Hall at DE or maybe you take Deshone Kizer in the second round and see what happens. Davis Webb went in the third at QB, so he was an option.

As a season ticket holder who actually has to pay money to see the team play, unlike those Bears fans who can sit at home on Sunday, I want to see a better product on the field now. Not adding any starters in the draft will not get there. My draft grade: D-.


Sunday, October 09, 2016

Random thoughts for an October Sunday

This morning I was up early to get some coffee at my nearby Starbucks and then go to church with my family (we go to different churches, but they are near each other). On my way, I saw this wonderful site from the road and had to stop and take a picture.




It just made me think of how beautiful nature can be.

In church, the gospel from a few weeks ago was Luke 16, 19-31 which I'll reproduce here:

Luke 16:19-31New International Version (NIV)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Now, why would I bother with a gospel passage? Well, I did not remember ever hearing this particular passage and it's very compelling on several fronts. One is that we all have had "pacts" with someone that if they die first, we'll come back and tell them what the other side is like (hopefully while not scaring them). Per this passage, that won't be possible and based on this passage, it's unnecessary. I love the cynicism of Abraham here towards humans: even someone coming back from the dead won't convince people (and Christians believe this has already transpired once!).  There's also no way to help those in hell, even if you're in heaven at the right hand of the Lord. That's disappointing.
While at church, St. Rays in Joliet, I saw this display in the foyer of the church: 

That Cardinal, Daniel Kucera, is the one who presided over my confirmation. Just an interesting note.

While Marissa was at school one morning last week and I was on daddy duty, I sat out back with coffee while Thomas sat out back on the stoop with a snack. It was a good morning.

Another day this week, Thomas and I took in some TV while trying to get ready for the day.

It's Bears season and even though they aren't good, we do have fun tailgating!

Me, E-Money and Chrizzo at the Bears/Lions game....only our second win in the last 12 home games.

I've added a touch of class to the tailgate! A tablecloth!

Okay, it's not MINE, but I am able to use it regularly. Good advertising for the company!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pumpkin Patch visit!

It's been a while and I posted these pics on Facebook, but here they are for my blog readers as well.

All is good here in our household by the way, just too busy to keep up with the blog right now. We let our nanny go and that means extra time with the kids during the day. It's all good!














Saturday, August 08, 2015

Happy eight months to TD! It's sort of a golden birthday: 8 months on the 8th!

Some big news this week for BOTH kids!

Thomas turned 8 months today! Yay!! He's a good looking boy I have to say. Good looking in the sense of filling out and such. Very happy with the little guy!

Thomas continued to eat more and more solid food. He started maybe a month ago, but it was just sporadic. Now, we put him at the table and lets out a squawk if we don't give him some of what we are eating. It's hysterical and awesome all at the same time. He also has been moved downstairs into his own room and has slept through the night (7 p.m.-6 a.m.) all but two nights. It's been awesome for OUR sleeping as well. The two nights he woke up crying, I went down with a bottle instead of LL. It was sort of funny as when he saw me, he started crying LOUDER! The first night he didn't eat much, but went back to bed and slept through the rest of the night. A few nights later when I went down to get him, he ate a bit and then went back to bed again. It's been refreshing, but it's also awesome to see him getting big and continuing to follow the path of Marissa (and billions of other kids I assume).

Today, as I arrived home from being out for a few minutes, LL and Marissa were in the bathroom. Marissa came running out of the bathroom saying, "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! I used the big potty!" And she had! Then during dinner, she said she needed to go again so LL took her into the bathroom and she did her business. Very awesome! She REALLY wants to wear big girl underwear (we have several pairs with various princesses on them) so there's been motivation for a while. We didn't want to rush her though. Later in the evening, she had an accident, but that's okay as it was before bath-time and easily cleaned up. We'll see what tomorrow brings. A big day though!!!

Today we also went to see the Bears scrimmage at Soldier Field and I've attached one picture of that event.

Oh, and Marissa has been dressing up as a princess for our daily walk to Starbucks in the morning. It's soooooo cute!  Last night she was upset after having a bad dream and needed some attention. As LL was putting her back down in bed she said, "Daddy won't go without me." Obviously she's concerned that I have enough willpower to turn down this beauty in the morning:



Here's Thomas on one of his first swing rides if not the first. He loved it!




Oh, I forgot about Marissa's first haircut! This was a week or so ago.




She was great the whole time. And then gave this look: "Yeah, I know I'm looking good."


Sunday, July 19, 2015

How about some more pictures?

Last week, LL took the kids on vacation in St. Joe's Michigan, not too far away. Because of several events, softball and not being too fond of the accommodations, I stayed home. While I missed my family dearly, I was able to get a lot accomplished including: sleeping, dropping 3-4 pounds. putting up a piece of wood trim in the kitchen, cleaning out the shoe portion of my closet...just all sorts of things.

Here are some pictures!









Friday, July 03, 2015

Just a short post

A lot less to catch up on with this entry, but still, there's much going on!

Thomas had two milestones in the last week: saying dada and rolling over and back on his own. Oh, three things! He said mama the other day too. Big things going on with that young man. I may start calling him Thumper as a nickname because he loves to raise his legs and thump them down on the bed to make noise. It's kind of hysterical.....except when it's 3 a.m.

Marissa continues to be more and more awesome every day. Lately she's been more and more obsessed with Frozen, as most little girls have been the last few years. Her new thing is to to put her Elsa and Anna dress on over her pajamas and say "Don't touch me!! You'll be frozen!" It's super cute, but I don't like missing out on hugs. :-(



Funny story, when I tried to take him OUT of this sit up thingy, his thighs got stuck. Ha! Our little Buddha.


 Future real estate broker possibly.


Like father like son!