The 5 – My week without the White Sox

This is pretty much a “What I did on my Summer Vacation” article.  I never go to write those as a kid, so I’ll do it now.  And to clarify, It wasn’t so much because our teachers didn’t care, but they wanted to stay blissfully ignorant of the child labor laws that were most likely being broken over those summers.  That said, this is about what I did instead of watching the Sox this week.

Monday – Olympics

It was an off day for the Sox, so I didn’t have much choice.  So I watched the Olympics.  I had heard so much about the horrible conditions of Rio, that I was really expecting to see a guy rowing a twin size mattress through the Amazon with chupacabras chasing him.  Instead I saw a bunch of sports that nobody watches anytime other than when the Olympics are on.  Overall, there were definitely some incredible athletes representing their respective countries quite admirably.  And I am sure I’ll get to see them again in either Cirque Du Soleil, Subway commercials, or CDC quarantines.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 04: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Pele (L) attend a Subway press conference to promote healthy living and lifestyle among children on December 04, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Rafael Neddermeyer/Getty Images)

Tuesday – DOFH

I went out for some $3 Surly Hell Lagers right after work.  It was nice to sit on a roof top deck, drinks some reasonably priced draughts, and watch an over-served girl get carted out by paramedics.  That’s what Tuesday is all about.  After doing that, I was a bit tipsy, so I just watched this on repeat instead of the Sox

Wednesday – Sumac

A friend told me Sumac was playing at Township and we should head up there.  I obliged and ended up doing something I hadn’t ever done: I bought ear plugs at a show.  Now let me explain, this is not me getting old (though I am), this is a band bringing in enough gear to play the United Center in a 150 capacity room.  That said, it was awesome.  Interesting side note, I saw multiple people wearing Sox gear.  So I guess the Sox have finally made in-roads with the much sought after noise metal community.


Thursday – Bears


SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 12: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears lies on the grass against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 12, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 10-6. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Friday – Beefloaf’s Place

So I didn’t make it through without watching any Sox.  I caught some at Beefloaf’s place, since he would not let me watch A-Rod’s final game as a Yankee.  But that’s ok, because A-Rod will be on the Sox in no time and I’ll get to see him in person.  Plus, we ended up spending most of our time talking about North Korea’s dominance in the Olympics.


So what did I learn?  Nothing.  I rarely learn anything. because I’m an old stubborn jerk.  But overall it was nice to take a break, but nothing really compares to baseball, so I’ll see you on Friday in the 108.


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