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new blog [Jul. 10th, 2007|01:15 am]
for those of you who actually still read this blog, i have a new one that you need to start checking out.


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A Reflection [Apr. 17th, 2007|11:10 am]
Yesterday at the Virginia Tech University 32 people’s lives were taken and many others left wounded in what is being called the worst shooting massacre in United States history. It is still hard for me to comprehend. Over the last six years this country has seen the worst terrorist attack it has ever known on September 11, the worst natural disaster with Hurricane Katrina, and now the worst shooting rampage ever just yesterday at Virginia Tech University. It was hard for me to just go through my day yesterday after hearing the news of what happened on the campus of Virginia Tech. I struggled to understand how such carnage could be possible. It seems that we hear of death and turmoil everyday coming out of Iraq, parts of Africa, parts of Central America, and all around the world, but we do not think of our country as being vulnerable or prone to these types of gruesome acts. I think we need to look at this country with a new perspective after reflecting back on the last few years and all the horrible and tragic events we have seen. We are a country that is being humbled from the safe and secure image we so long had.
I do not question why things like this happen because I know in the end I will never find an answer that satisfies me but I do know this: I can see how something like this can happen. We live in a culture of death and we have become completely numb to the beauty and sanctity of every single life. We are surrounded by death and because of it we have become numb to it. Everyday we pick up a newspaper or watch the news and hear how many today were killed in Iraq or on the streets of our own city and then we just move onto the weather and sports. We become numb to these people that are killed. These are people that have lives and families but for our own sanity we move on. Everyday countless numbers of children are taken from us because of abortion yet we are not moved as a country to protect the unborn, the most defenseless of those around us. We make ourselves the ultimate judge on who deserves to live and does not with barbaric and mindless state sponsored executions. Our country tortures and humiliates in secret under notion of national security. And now there are some who wish to pass laws that allow doctors to kill their patients in what they believe to an act of mercy. I pose this question, when does it end? It is my prayer and hope that something like what took place at Virginia Tech yesterday can at the very least shed some light onto the reality of how special, sacred, and fragile human life is. God has given life to us and by no means do we have the right infringe upon that. Not ever. We all have been given a great gift and we must defend it. We must refuse to become numb to those who killed, tortured, marginalized, forgotten, defenseless, and unprotected in this world or this world will continue to become a more frightening place for us all.
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yelp.com [Jan. 8th, 2007|01:39 pm]
So I have recently became hooked on yelp.com. Basically it is a site that has user reviews on just about anything. I just registered and started writing some reviews. Here is one that I am particularly proud of:

Wrigley Field

As a White Sox fan it hard for me to give Wrigley Field a fair and non-biased review. Although, most of the reviews for Wrigley are fairly biased as it seeing how they are written by Cub fans who grew up loving the entire Wrigley field experience.

I have been to Wrigley Field three times in my life. Two of those times I was there I was fortunate enough to see the White Sox beat the Cubs. The third time I was there was this summer while I was working at a summer camp and we took the kids to the "friendly confines."

I honestly do believe it is a place that all baseball fans should go to once in their life. I felt the same way when I went to Fenway Park. That being said, it is not the mecca of all things baseball. The Cubs have some great fans but for me its the people that show up at Wrigley Field looking to just get drunk and leave by the 6th inning to go to the bars that ruin the place for me. I once was at a game and there were a group of girls all decked out in their Cubby blue sitting directly in front of me. One of them turned to me ask if the 7th inning stretch was coming up. I politely told her that the 7th inning stretch was not for another four innings and she became very confused. "So what is that 7 doing up there?" she asked pointing to the scoreboard. "The Cubs have 7 hits..." I responded. She then got on her cell phone to call her friends to plan what bar they would meet up at after they sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." There should be a baseball IQ test before you allowed to step into this place...

The last game I was at I saw the Cubby faithful shower the field with trash after the most hated player in baseball, AJ Piersynki, hit a home run in the 9th to put the Sox up. I kept yelling to the fans "Stop throwing trash on your beloved Wrigley Field! There is already too much of that here as it is!"

This place is always packed. For at least the last ten years it has been like that. Do not let a Cub fan fool you into thinking that the Cubs have always had the most loyal fan base in the world. In fact one year in the 1980s the Cubs drew less than 500,000 fans the entire year. It was not until Wrigley Field became a party destination rather than a baseball field that this place started to sell out again.

The team that happens to show up and play in Wrigley Field is really bad but the fanbase does not seem to mind. I do not understand this about Cub fans. If I go to a restaurant and order a steak and I am served raw hamburger meat I am not going to come back. Even if this restaurant has hot chicks, is in a cool location, and serves all the overpriced ice cold Old Styles I can handle. But thats just me...
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Top 10 Albums of 2006 [Dec. 30th, 2006|06:23 pm]
10. Nelly Furtado- Loose
9. The Sounds- Dying to Say This to You
8. TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain
7. Rhymefest- Blue Collar
6. Lupe Fiasco- Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor
5. Junior Boys- So This Is Goodbye
4. Cat Power- The Greatest
3. Kaki King- ...Until We Felt Red
2. Ben Kweller- Ben Kweller
1. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins- Rabbit Fur Coat

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Done. [Dec. 15th, 2006|03:32 pm]
My first semester at St. Joseph College Seminary is done. I can honestly say I am pretty happy about that. Often times people ask me "How are you liking the Seminary?" and I politely respond something to the effect of "I like it a lot."

And I do like it. There are some really great people and I have had some good times. I do like it at St. Joe's. Just not all the time. At the start of the semester I spent a lot of time with my friends outsides of the seminary and I was also helping plan Kairos XII. Both those really helped me stayed grounded, happy, and normal. Towards the end of this semester I felt as if I was losing my sense of self. I do not really have one event or person or feeling that I can point to as a result of this. My batteries had been drained and I was becoming a cynical person towards others, the world, the Church, and the entire seminary system as a whole.

I am so happy to be home. All I have been doing in the last few days has been sleeping and reading. It has been wonderful. I am done with the semester and do not have to deal with any of the things back at the seminary for a month.

I am really looking forward to all my brother and all my friends coming home. Hopefully I can return to school in a month with a fresh approach and attitude.
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Tired... [Dec. 6th, 2006|05:07 pm]
I feel a big update is coming on but i have been just so busy lately with school...

Merry Christmas everyone.
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summer report card [Aug. 2nd, 2006|09:04 pm]
do you remember when you were a kid and summer was the most amazing time to be alive? my fondest summers were those of junior high spent riding my bike and playing n64. i can still own anyone in mario cart or star fox battle mode.

these days i could care less for summer. maybe its that i don't have as many friends that live around here. maybe its the heat. maybe its my job. maybe its another three months living at home. maybe its that im starting at a new school shortly.

i have been to a bunch of chicago white sox games. i was even fortunate enough to go to two sox/cubs games both with the outcome coming on the side of the world champion chicago white sox. although another source of summer frustration has come in the recent skid the champs have taken since the all star break.

i only have 7 more days of work left. 7 more days. and then i get a little nice break before i have to report at the seminary on the the 23rd of august. the first day of classes for the year is the august 28 which also happens to be my 22nd birthday. which also happens to be the day when i start counting down the days till its summer again.
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(no subject) [Mar. 9th, 2006|09:55 pm]
[Current Mood |calmcalm]
[Current Music |The Anniversary]

I wish my computer was working. I am currently using my dad's and it is the slowest darn computer.


I am not doing very well with giving up tv. I find that in order to do it I have to be anti-social in my house. I think I just need to spend less time here at my house anyways. I really get nothing done here. I rarely work on homework when I am here or do anything productive.


I need to find a new job. Although I enjoy the title of being a "Popcorn Chef" after moving back in with my parents it is not feasible for me to drive all the way to Oak Park for 4 hours of work on random days. I am once again applying to be a tour guide in Chicago. I really want to have a job somewhere in the loop or downtown area. I thought joining the vendors union again and actually put in some work at Wrigley Field but I probably would not show up.


Break starts tomorrow. Two big things going on over break. First the South Side Irish Parade this Sunday. I love this parade. I remember watching my older siblings step dance in various St. Patrick's Day parades and events as a little child and for some reason St. Patrick's Day always reminds me of those times when I thought it was really cool to be Irish. Second I am going to the Jenny Lewis concert on Tuesday. Should be a rocking time even though I am going by myself. I'll post some pics of the parade on Monday.


WBC GO USA!!!!!!!
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A Tale of Two Ballparks [Feb. 27th, 2006|10:24 am]
[Current Mood |sicksick]

I had to write a paper for English 101 on why one thing is better than the other. I am quite aware it full of grammar errors but enjoy it anyways:

The national perception of the Chicago Cubs home ballpark, Wrigley Field, is one of summertime fun in one of the oldest sports stadiums still standing. While it may be true Wrigley Field is old it far from comfortable or fun or even historic; that is unless you choose to call the team that makes Wrigley Field it’s home historic for the sheer fact they have been a loosing baseball team for nearly 100 years now. The often overlooked other ballpark in Chicago, US Cellular Field, is vastly superior to Wrigley Field in every aspect. It is a modern ballpark with a real Chicago neighborhood surrounding it, top notch amenities, great sightlines, and believe it or not, trumps Wrigley Field in “history”.
Cub fans seems to be just as enthusiastic about their dilapidating ballpark as they are their already dilapidated baseball team and will defend Wrigley Field, in all its glory, with much vigor. They often speak of the wonderful neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field and overall ambience of “Wrigleyville”. Although, I would argue Wrigleyville is as about as authentically Chicago as Bloomington, Indiana. The whole neighborhood is filled with twenty and thirty year olds transplants who wish to live in an area that openly promotes and celebrates the party lifestyle. What Wrigley Field enthusiasts see as the ambiance of Wrigley Field and its surrounding area, I perceive as a giant frat party with no parking. When you go to US Cellular Field you are not going to get all the sights and sounds of Wrigleyville but what you will find is a real baseball stadium, a real Chicago neighborhood, and you will be actually be able to park your car in the area. What a concept! The neighborhood surrounding US Cellular Field, Bridgeport, is a true working class neighborhood that is true to the roots of the city and also exemplifies its diversity. You will find all walks life in the area from Polish to African American to Mexican to Chinese. While parking at Wrigley Field is next to impossible it is never a problem at US Cellular Field. US Cellular Field has many parking lots in the surrounding area of the ballpark.
Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and when you go there it shows. It is actually starting to fall apart. In the 2004 season there were incidents of falling concrete from the upper deck seating to the seats down below. What did the Chicago Cubs organization do to alleviate this problem? Well, they installed nets to catch the falling concrete. Nets, that’s right, nets; so now the fans can enjoy the game there without the worry of falling concrete. Even with or without the nets Wrigley Field has some other serious problems and drawbacks. The bathroom facilities are still ancient and too few and far between. Often the lines go out the door and if you are a woman you will even have a harder time in the bathrooms. As far as the ballpark food is concerned there is probably a reason that many of the fans come to the ballpark just to drink because their concessions is obsolete compared to any major sports stadium today. There are also several areas of the stadium deemed “obstructed view” seating; which pretty much means that you have a giant pole blocking you from watching the game. On the other hand at US Cellular Field (which was completed in 1991) you have no falling concrete, up to date bathroom facilities, a wide variety of delicious ballpark food, and no obstructed view seating in the whole stadium. As well, you have many other modern amenities and entertainment such as areas for children, a ballpark museum, jumbo-screen, luxury suites, a sports bar in right field, and a fan deck overlooking center field.
One baseball team in Chicago has the shortest World Series title drought while the other has the longest. The Chicago White Sox this year went from the start of the season to the end of the season in first place and finishing with the most wins in the American League. They play an exciting brand of baseball at US Cellular Field that mixed power and speed with great pitching from their starters to their bullpen. The White Sox marched through the playoffs to capture the World Series title. Even though Wrigley Field is 77 years older than US Cellular Field it has never seen its home team, the Chicago Cubs, win a World Series title. While Wrigley Field is an old stadium, it hardly the type of history you would want associated with a ballpark or a baseball franchise. In fact, the last World Series title the Chicago Cubs won was in 1908, six years before Wrigley Field was even finished. The Chicago Cubs continued their losing way this past summer at Wrigley Field finishing 4th place in their division by playing inconsistent, uninspired, and unentertaining baseball; which is something Wrigley Field is used to hosting.
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Random Thoughts [Feb. 26th, 2006|06:23 pm]
[Current Mood |coldcold]

Lent is upon us. I have decided to give up the television (minus Chicago White Sox games). This should be a challenge even though I feel most of the programing on TV is trash. The TV is always there when you want to be idle and mindless and giving up that will not come easy but I feel the fruits of that will include more time for prayer and devotion to my studies.


I saw an Iowa license plate on the expressway today. Whenever I see an Iowa license plate it reminds me of my time at St. Ambrose University. Sometimes I forget I ever went there. I was so miserable while I was there. It only took me a month to realize that SAU was not right for me. I actually thought about visiting again this year but I could probably count the people I would really want to see on my left hand that still attend SAU.


Recently I have become an uncle. Last Thursday my sister Katie gave birth to a baby girl. Katie and Jerry named her Alia Elizabeth. I got to hold Alia last night for the first time. It was a pretty remarkable experience for me. To look at her in my own arms and to think about all the possibilities for her future. I began to think that someone once looked at me the same way. I will post some photos of her on here tomorrow.
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