‘Tis a warm and funny Tuesday for me and this is why….
I am sitting at my computer, fresh from my gym workout at my South Loop Fitness Formula Clubs. It’s member appreciation week and I’m enjoying some Starbucks coffee provided by the gym (I’m not a big fan of S-bucks, but hey, it was available!). If you are nice to me, you can even be my ‘free guest’ all week and watch me on the elliptical or curling free weights like the non girlie-man I am:).
So there I was, loving the membership fest at my gym and watching sports highlights on ESPN. I saw a clip of Barry Bonds and smirked – I was in Milwaukee last weekend and caught the Brewers playing the Giants. The Giants toppled the Brewers and Bonds didn’t do much. In addition to anticipating Bonds at the plate, I was taking in Miller Park. Wow. I gotta say, I was pretty envious of the entire park and the way Milwaukee folks celebrated outside the park before the game. From the time you walked from your car (parking was only $8) to the time you got to the park, you heard bands, smelled hot dogs and felt like you were in a tight community. I was jealous. I didn’t think our North side or South side parks could compare to this pre-game fun fest. All these feelings washed away during the game.
Chicago baseball fans put Milwaukee fans in their place. I sat thru a game and didn’t hear much cheering, booing or yelling. I missed Chicago and hence, I decided engaged fans supersedes bands in the parking lot. Fellow Milwaukee folks, I love your town, but our fans rule!
I flipped away from ESPN and watched a few minutes of The Today Show. There they were, our beloved boys from Villa Park, The Plain White T’s. Joining their suburban brothers, Fall Out Boy, The Plain White T’s shone on that stage and sang their hit, “Hey There Delilah!” with emotion and spirit true to Chicagoland bands.
I finished my quick 20 minute set, did a speedy weight training session, poured my Member Appreciation Starbucks and silently high-fived our town. Booyah.