Sunday, July 26, 2009

Having Hope for Anything

Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.
-Mary McLeod Bethune
I spent the weekend in Chicago and just returned this evening and have been reflecting on it. It was naturally a great time and we got to reconnect with friends that we haven't seen for a while. We also went to a Cubs game and enjoyed the game from a rooftop that is across the street from the stadium. A great venue (for a reasonable cost) with unlimited food and drink, no bathroom lines, and great company.

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Let me just say, I love Wrigley Field and the Cubs and my reason for writing about this is because of mine and my friends faith in the Cubs. Every year we hope it's going to be "that season" and we'll get another playoff opportunity, and maybe even a World Series win if we really do well. What is it that makes true, hard core fans keep believing and keep supporting teams that have losing streaks or have adverse outcomes in their seasons? For me, it's the atmosphere of Wrigleyville and especially the field with ivy growing on the walls, the spirit of the years of baseball there, the vibe of Chicago, the people, and of course, the Cubs players and announcers. Oh, then there's the epitome of cased meat; the great Chicago hot dog. It's fantastic and is not to be overlooked when in Chicago. If you're not familiar with Chicago "dogs," check this site out ( for the ingredients that go on it.

Driving out of Chicago this morning, I couldn't help but enjoy and envy the Chicago residents and their great Lake Michigan drive on "Lake Shore Drive." The running/biking paths that go along the beach, with the numerous volleyball courts, outdoor restaurants, sailboats, and other spectacles that make up the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. I love to run and cycle and I couldn't help but wish I could have that ride/run every day.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Have a great Monday.

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