So, what did you learn during your summer vacation? My kids learned a lesson or two on Chicago's north side this summer. Here's my latest newspaper column. (Here's the original column and the printable version as well.)
School is quickly approaching, and as a favor to my kids – I hope their teachers aren’t reading this – I thought I’d give them a leg up on that traditional back-to-school paragraph.
So here you are kiddos, cut and paste.
What I Learned This Summer by Meg and/or Ethan
This summer my parents took me to
Just getting to the game took lots of learning. First of all you don’t drive to the game, you take the Red Line north to
I didn’t think taking a train would work because, like, where do you put the tables and chairs and coolers and stuff? I’ve been to a Brewers game or two, you know? Then I learned you don’t tailgate at Wrigley. Really, I’m serious. No tailgating.
Instead of parking lots, a neighborhood surrounds the stadium. There are apartment buildings across the street from the outfield. Home runs can - boink! - hit someone’s front porch.
And get this. There are bleachers on the apartment buildings. So, like, you could say, “Hey wanna play catch in the yard?” and your buddy could say back, “Nah. Let’s go on the roof and watch the Cubs.” Then my dad said you still have to pay a bunch of money to sit up there, so what the heck? Might as well buy tickets.
Wrigley Field is old, but
Some Cubs fans’ vocabulary is colorful. (That’s the word my dad used – colorful.) I didn’t hear any colors, but I did hear things like “Blankety-blank Brewers fans!” When we were there, the Brewers won 18 to 1, so I even heard Cubs fans use “blankety-blank” followed by the names of Cubs players.
No, “blankey-blank” is not a compliment.
There was this guy sitting next to my dad, and he said it looked like Abe Frohman, sausage king of
Finally, after the Cubs lose again and you’re leaving the game, hold tight on to Mom or Dad’s hand. That’s important. There’s a bajillion people leaving the park, and they’re all headed to the L. That’s a river of people, and you don’t want to float away from your parents.
I did a lot and learned a lot this summer, but there ain’t no education like the one I got at 1060
That’s Wrigley Field.