This is my first time at the front of the class. Don’t forget to check out what everybody is showing . This weekend I’ve spent the time trying to reorganize the mess that is my house. All in all, I’ve binned 7 huge black sacks full of random rubbish and junk. So I wanted to share with you some of the sentimental so called “junk”.
In this picture you can see the program for Wicked, 1 White Sox vs. Red Sox ticket dated August 25 2007, two vouchers for the White Sox stadium club at the Cell (which my friend still calls Comiskey), 1 ticket stub from a Kane County Cougars game.
Back in August 2007 I made a trip across the Atlantic and landed in Chicago. it was the first face to face meeting with a friend I had known online for over a year. I was a nervous wreck. Not kidding. I hid in the ladies at baggage claim for 20 minutes just to work up the courage to go out those doors and meet him, actually considering if a 9 hour flight home was at all possible.
But I’m so glad I did make it into the arrival hall. M and his wife turned out to be some of the funniest, most welcoming people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. In fact my trip was filled with smiling faces. Chicago is amazing fun, just as thrilling as NYC but less stressed out. The lake is stunning and when I saw it was the most amazing color. I could sit and look at it for hours. I couldn’t tell you whether it was the wonderful food I ate, the crazy thunderstorms that scared the bejebus out of me (I’ve never seen rain like that before!) or one of the *5* baseball games I saw that qualifies as my favorite memory, but I can tell you Chicago is now my number one US city and I often use the memories of this trip to remind me of happier times. So, this junk I’ll be holding onto. It’s funny the little mementos we keep… they may be rubbish to others but they remind us of so much…
The one line that comes to mind is from Wicked “because I knew you I have been changed for good“. It applies to the couple I met of course… But even just to the city itself. I’ll be back someday!
In terms of baseball I’ll always be on the Sox side of this town.