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Listen to it over and over…. let it seep deep into your brain.

what is it about this song that’s so sticky?

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I’m blogging this as I watch it.

Very nice to mix up the audience.  Changing seats changes dynamics.  Some might clap when they wouldn’t.  Others might not yell when they did last time.

“Sets our nation apart” is a tired concept.  From who?  From what?  being different doesn’t matter.  are we better?   better how?

Challenges that are decades in the making…  now that’s a concept!

Globalization… oh, wow.   folks who are now just recognizing this need to catch up!

Rules have been changed in the middle of the game… YES people.  that’s how it is.  There is no ruleset that stays the same… goodness.

Education… MATH BABY.   yeah, how many times have I heard “I don’t do math” in this country. A lot.  Learn it.  you need it.

Discourage vs. Challenge…. bingo.

Founded for the sake of an idea.  hmmm… don’t just memorize equations… what do you think of the world….  how many people watching this REALLY understand this???

Why outbuild the world?  Why?   what about doing it because it’s cool and a great strategy… we don’t need to “win the future”

Nation of Google and Facebook… oy!   that is a stretch…

I wanna see all this talk turn into action.  Sputnik moment?   R and D?   You need more than government to invest.   I just don’t see this generation of people doing R and D.  It’s a generation lacking imagination.   Facebook was not imagination.  it was a Hot or Not picture rating service.   And how has it REALLY changed things like the invention of the internet, the car, the plane, the lightbulb.  Maybe I’m romanticizing these inventions.

nearly half of jobs will require education that goes beyond high school!  yikes!

(was having a side conversation… so missed a lines)

Love focus on EDUCATION.    that’s what I care about.

goodness… border stuff.  get over it people.  yer forebears all jumped the fence.  get over it.

This is definitely a centrist speech.

I do like the Simplify Tax Code.

why promote only American jobs?  I just don’t get that.

concerns about health care law?  ya think!

Does he have this memorized!?

deficit… boring.

safe-havens.   nuclear weapons.  all this is big talk.   we’re not shaping a world that favors peace.  that makes no sense with the above sentiments about “make america the best”…. puhlease.   we defend our turf.  just own up to it.

Overall dynamic was much much better.  Far less “you lie” and standing Os.

only an hour.

good.

i’m kinda bored to be honest.

but that’s ok.

 

yer take?

 

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I had a great weekend with my family in Chicago. It’s always enjoyable to haunt your old stomping grounds and relive the old stories, hopes, heartbreaks, jobs, dinners, and strolls.

For this trip I really want to soak in a lot of the experience even though our time was limited. This post is a little brain dump of things I found amusing, interesting or otherwise notable.

American airlines at ohare is way more enjoyable than the united airlines experience.

A city with abundant taxis is a luxury I really appreciate.

Holy cow is there a big difference between 33 degrees in Austin,Tx and 15 degrees in Chicago wind!

It’s amazing when a restaurant you used to love is as good as you remember it almost a decade later.

It seems 8 years is the limit at which 90% of your old social circle moves on or moves away. 4 years ago a visit to Chicago was filled with visits to parties and friends still in the area. Only a handful this time around.

Kids go with snow way better than adults.

Downtown Chicago on a Sunday morning is so quiet. You can own the place. It’s great.

Why does a town always build the awesome stuff after you leave? Hahahah

Man is it great to talk math and the business of math with my pal John Boller. He’s got a deep knowledge of math and is such a great communicator!

Watching kids at a great museum demonstrates the value of these cultural institutions. Also, it’s hard to create a great museum. The field museum is one of the best.

I spoke to at least 5 guys at the bears game that came alone, travelled hundreds of miles for this really big game. One guy taking pictures of the old soldier field structure almost teared up. He’d driven himself in from s. Carolina and had just enough money for one ticket. Ya, it’s just football, right? I spent the first part of a day with a gentleman from Eugene, oregon. His family sent him solo because they could only afford one ticket and this was something they really wanted for him. He showed me the texts and pics of his family prepping for the game. We took pictures with him and the Chicago police and outside of all the soldier field displays. Ya, its clearly just football.

Heavily marketing beer cutoff at end of third quarter seems to encourage fans to pound beers at halftime. Stadium folks might consider changing that marketing a bit depending on their objectives. As for me, it was so freaking cold pounding beers seemed more like punishment than the normal enjoyment it might bring. I actually drank a coffee and ate nachos cause cheese was warm.

I laughed so hard when I went to the bathroom cause there was a beer man selling.

I did order an Mgd in the stands and the guy next to me asked if I was still in college. He was drinking a miller lite. What am I missing?

The national anthem and jet flyover was quite possibly one of the coolest things ive ever experienced.

There was a moment in the third quarter when I was so cold and dejected for a brief moment I considered leaving. I fought myself back up to my seat and pulled a haine! Glad I did. That was about to an epic comeback.

Several people yelled at me via txt that I stopped txting. My hands outside of gloves could not operate these stinking phones. Sorry folks, I’m a good txter, but I couldn’t do it!

Anticipation is the best state to be in. Once the adrenaline fades you get very cold. Lucky for me after the game all I had to do was walk ocer to the she’d aquarium to meet my family. That was awesome.

Chicago is the kind of place where you don’t need a plan before wandering the streets for some decent food. Had to the feed the family after the game and all the obvious places were jammed. Found some pizza and wings on state.

Who’s idea was it to order all that food at seven at night?

Indoor swimming pools on a cold night in Chicago are awesome for kids.

Dani and i feel asleep last night watching “inside 9/11” on nat geo. Um, wow. Almost ten years ago we were living in Chicago down the street from our hotel. Watching that show brought my 25th birthday to the forefront of my memories. What a day. Hard to remember all that unfolding in real time. That show plus all the sausage and pizza during the day generated some strange dreams indeed.

Note to self, never ever stick your hand into cab seat looking for the belt connector the morning after a city hosts a big event. I do not know what got on my hand but the fistful of baby wipes did not clean my hand and brain to my satisfaction.

Traveling with our girls is getting more fun as they age. They really get excited by trips now and seem to appreciate “cool” things.

Reese said she was mad the packers won and all those people were shouting go pack go. But she wanted to know how to spell packers. Bella called me a wolf because I howl at football games. I think they have the basics of bears packers down.

Thanks to dani for doing this ! Man, what a weekend!

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Da Bears had a great, exciting season.  The team wasn’t supposed to compete for a division title, a playoff win, nor even a winning record.

A yet here we are – complaining about The Bears losing the NFC championship to a dominating Packers team that’s clearly ready for the big game.   Take a deep breath and reflect on where the Bears really are.

The 2010 season was going to end this week or two weeks from now and no matter how it ended the Bears would have plenty to work on to build a dominant franchise.   The Bears were about to sneak into the Superbowl on a string of ridiculous calls (Calvin Johnson catch), “lucky” match ups (Seahawks in first round), and very improbable health (almost no major injuries all season???).  Perhaps they could have won it all.   It wouldn’t change the fact that they aren’t done building something really impressive and that can last for several seasons.

So… take a deep breath and DO NOT BLOW THIS TEAM AND STAFF UP.   Having witnessed the dismantling of the Broncos as a life long bronco nation member… I can tell you it’s a major mistake to blow it all up when you really just have a few personnel moves to make, another off season of scheme improvements and some winning routines to cement.   And yes, YOU, the FAN BASE, can blow this team up… by burning jerseys, writing lame blog posts, drawing up Fire Lovie signs, not going to the games, and yes, QUITTING ON YOUR TEAM DURING THE GAME.

That’s right… fans, you quit on your team.  This was the quietest playoff game I’ve ever been to.  and that’s on YOU.   For the most part you were more concerned with Miller Lite than the comeback that almost became legend.  In the third deck north end zone I started not less than 30 DE-FENSE chants, and I’m a transplant fan who doesn’t own season tickets.   While the bears D was bringing the bears back you were WHINING ABOUT CUTLER.   Gimme a break.   We generated only 2 false starts in the “biggest rivalry” in the NFL.  Puhlease.

If you don’t support your team in their biggest game… then you’re going to get a team that doesn’t build on a remarkable year.   So take a deep breath, reflect on how far the bears have come and get back to helping this team build something that’s worthy of the history.  How can you help build?   Buy the tickets, keep your jerseys, bring young people to the game, keep your cursing to a minimum in the stands and CHEER.  Don’t call for Cutler to go away… my goodness, the guy took hundreds of hits while the offensive line learned how to block and the receivers learned routes.   Instead build him up.   That’s how greatness comes about… not by crushing a guys spirit.

I’ve been to many college and pro games.   The teams winning the most games and championships are the ones where the fans aren’t angry, are loud, and proud.

Last but not least.   Don’t forget this is JUST FOOTBALL.   And when I say that understand that i’m die-hard.  I really really really love football, The Bears, Cutler, rivarlies…. This season delivered the goods.  The playoffs are a celebration of all the ups and downs and work of the regular season.   The playoffs are a remarkable experience to take in with your neighbors, friends, family, community.

I can’t wait to see what the Bears do in 2011.

GO BEARS!

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On the last day of 2010 I picked up lewis’ book “the great divorce”. I have no idea why other than I think he’s a creative writer and it was less than 200 pages.

The book was a thrill to read. Just great writing. Fast, fun, efficient. Oh, and evocative. However, the main morality is a pain to me. Not because of the end morals, but the justification of those morals. Sure none of us should be too selfish, too pity sucking, and too self-respecting.
That said, we need not be that way because the promise of heaven nor “eternal joy” nor “true love”. Life is just easier if you’re not a jerk nor a pity party.

Lewis presents an enticing view of heaven and Christianity.  Salvation through the surrender of self to God and everything is
awesomely straightforwad! Unfortunately, the history of Christianity and the stories in the bible simply don’t paint that simple of a picture.

(and, oh, that’s not the way the world works. )

I won’t deny Lewis’ idea that ‘it’s all good’ and we all have flaws that will be forgiven and forgotten is very appealing. It’s just not a serious position. You
have to suspend too much of your intellect to take this story as a serious philosophy to order your values around.

There is a small gem in this book for me.  Lewis seems to paint a world view devoid of personal responsibility, which is likely the
right position in the grand scheme of things.

Read the book and let’s talk!

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