Wednesday, January 08, 2014

A Joyous Day in Wrigleyville

I love Greg Maddux. He is my all-time favorite Cub.Yes, even more than Ernie Banks or Ryne Sandberg. I was there that historic rainy night in Wrigley Field when he got his 3000th strikeout.

And today, he earned the right to write HOF after his autograph. I'm massively proud of him.

I am not unaware that The Professor enjoyed his greatest success with the Braves, and that in Atlanta this is viewed as a big day because both Maddux and Glavine were elected on the first ballot.

Whatever. He began his career in Cubbie blue.

My favorite Cub is going to Cooperstown.

Who's a good boy?

Reynaldo! He let me sleep through the night for first time in 2014. No eating my hair or digging at my face, buried in the pillow. No standing on the dresser, yowling and knocking everything over. He was just settled in at the foot of the bed until the alarm clock went off. And then he began eating my hair. But I figure he felt he was on a special mission on behalf of my boss.


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• What are you currently reading? The Last Word, the latest document in the Spellman "case files" by Lisa Lutz. I'm enjoying it, because time spent with our funny and forever badly behaved protagonist/narrator Izzy is always well spent. But I feel like a little of the gas is running out of this series. Brother David, his wife Maggie and their daughter Sydney are not charming me the way the I suspect Ms. Lutz intends. If it wasn't for the fact that this is, nominally, a mystery and I'm afraid I'll miss a clue, I'd blow past those passages. And so far there's very little of kid sister Rae, and she's always been my favorite character. If you're looking for an engaging, amusing mystery series, by all means reach for the Spellmans. But start with one of the earlier books in the series.

• What did you recently finish reading? Nothing new. I have been flipping through and rereading sections of biographies and non-fiction I've read in the past. But, since I didn't settle in and really read any of these, start to finish, I don't think they count.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I don't know. Since today is Elvis' birthday, I'm thinking good ol' rock'n'roll and may reach for Bruce, a bio of the Boss by Peter Ames Carlin.

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