Blackhawks Hoist the Cup at the UC

Photos taken from 11 rows up in section 312and when we walked down to the 100 level after the Cup ceremony.

I didn’t go to a Blackhawk hockey game until I was in college. You could pin me as part of the generation …

Enjoy every sandwich

In the waning moments of a long Monday at work, I fell into a wormhole of David Letterman video clips.  It started with Dave showing a highlight retrospective of Biff Henderson clips.  Then a brief segment of Seinfeld turning the interview tables on Dave and asking what he thinks he’s doing by quitting.   I could probably write for days about Letterman memories, and maybe over the next few weeks …

  • Posted: April 27, 2015
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Maui Vacation 2015

Neither Jen nor I had made the trip to Hawaii before, so this was one on our list of vacation destinations we were both looking forward to.  We flew from Chicago to LA for a couple nights to break up the long flight, we then spent a week on the island of Maui.  One thing on both of our must-see places was Pearl Harbor, so we also did a day …


Bought a Brik for Nik(ola)

Much in the same vein as my NIU “Save 7B” brick, I bought a brick for the future Nikola Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

I knew a little about Tesla in school, but through pages like Badass of the Week and The Oatmeal, I kinda jumped on the Tesla hype bandwagon.

So now I’ll have to remember to put Shoreham, New York on a …

  • Posted: December 10, 2014
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Two nights with Pearl Jam

John & I randomly bought tickets to two Pearl Jam shows as the band wound down their Lightning Bolt tour, and we couldn’t have picked better ones.   John bought Moline and I bought Milwaukee two nights later.   PJ threw a Minneapolis show in between there that we thought about going to as well, but figured two shows was enough.

Turns out the band ended up playing No Code in …


Grand Opening of the Basement

Took months to (mostly) complete, but the grand opening of the basement (once affectionately dubbed Craig & Jen’s Room of Leisure and Amusement) will be Labor Day Weekend 2014.

The centerpiece is the bowling alley bar top. Years (decades) of memorabilia will adorn the walls (but mostly commemorating the 2005 White Sox and the 2010 & 2013 Blackhawks).

A comfy couch (La Z Boy of course) and a nice big television to …

  • Posted: September 1, 2014
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Got Married…

The was a time in my life I wasn’t sure I’d ever take this step at all. But that was before Jennifer, and I couldn’t have imagined a better day. More words & pictures over here…

  • Posted: May 8, 2014
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Blackhawks @ Soldier Field

Well, that happened.  When we saw this was going to be on March 1st, we weren’t sure what to expect for the weather.  That time of year in Chicago could have gone either way.  Of course it went the way off windy, snowy, and cold.

Our tickets were in the south end zone, and the wind was blowing from the north off the lake right into our faces.  We were already …

  • Posted: March 1, 2014
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United Kingdom 2013

Jen’s mom Lois wanted to take a vacation. First it was Ireland. We’d all been to Ireland a few times, and not that I wouldn’t go back in a heartbeat, Lois ultimately decided she wanted to go to Scotland. Ok. Let’s go to Scotland.

When planning the trip, we figured we’d fly into London, rent a car, take a week and a half or so and drive up to Scotland and …

I had to have this jersey

On February 22, 1980 I turned 6 years old. In Mrs. Parker’s kindergarten class if I do the math right. And I don’t remember much else from that time of my life.

Just about that time I was learning how to hit a baseball off a tee. Playing wiffle ball in the back yard, occasionally pretending my bat was a lightsaber and I was battling Darth Vader. I was just starting to learn about the White Sox and the Bears. Hockey, or the Blackhawks, hadn’t caught on with me yet.

I was oblivious to most things in the world. I had no idea what the Cold War was, no idea yet what the big deal about the Soviet Union was either.

So by the time I had my customary yellow cake and chocolate frosting birthday cake on that Friday in February in 1980, something huge had happened in Lake Placid, New York. A group of amateur hockey players, mostly college age kids from Massachusetts and Minnesota and the like, defeated the veteran Soviet Union hockey team, a team that had dominated international and Olympic play for almost two decades. At the time, although it was just a hockey game, it meant more to the nation than that. It was a victory over the Soviets. An unexpected one. A miracle, one would say.

  • Posted: March 23, 2013
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