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Catching Up Online


The SulliDad train is slowing down. I’m like a Metra caught behind a freight train because the freight train owns the track the Metra is renting.

It’s tough to keep up with the blogging. But I really enjoy this part of my day (or my week as it has been recently). Maybe some donations from the general public would increase my motivation/time management to post more often…I’m just saying.

But I digress…let’s visit the rundown:

The Script At The Riviera: Last Friday, SulliParents had a chance to capitalize on SulliMom’s Father’s Day Gift–tickets to see emerging Irish rockers, The Script. The Riviera proved to be an excellent venue for this trio from Dublin (right near the Guinness factory, in fact). They we’re really good–sounded solid, were funny, energetic and an impressive presence. I highly recommend them. We started the night at one of my favorite northside spots: Fat Cat. It features great bar food, solid beer selection, chocolaty desserts and Jameson.

The Script At The Riv

The Chicago crowd approves.

Bad photographer. I need the new iPhone camera.

Liam’s Moving Up: Liam turned six months this week which meant it was time to move into the larger car seat. This Britax model seems pretty solid. I wonder why there are options for car seats? I mean, it’s not like Liam can tell me, “Dad, I hate the way this seat handles. The balance is off, I can’t reach my pacifier and my freakin’ toes hit that stupid mirror you hung from the head rest!”

Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots: Not those kind of shots–medical shots. Liam picked up a few more shots today–as did SulliDad. We’ve all completed our flu shots–although I think Liam gets another dose at some point. He did quite well; just a short burst of sourness.

Go Flames: Hoops season gets underway next week for most college basketball teams. UIC is no exception as the Flames hit the hardwood Wednesday night for a men’s/women’s doubleheader. I suggest you call 312-413-8421 and buy tickets. It should be the start of something pretty good this year. At least bookmark the new blog of UIC basketball: Flame Throwers. At that link you’ll find several news stories on the Flames. Flex Plans are $99. Just buy one. Or, get some tix to the UIC-Illinois game at the United Center or the Butler-UIC game at the Pavilion.

Cross Country Challenge: It’s time to enroll in the 2010 edition of the Cross Country Challenge presented by Nike and Dick Pond. Get a team together and get it done.

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UIC Basketball – Bringin’ the Fire


Typically I won’t use this platform for work purposes.

But I’m quite excited and optimistic for the future of UIC basketball.

Now, as a former cross country/track athlete at UIC and university employee–I’m upbeat for all of our sports. But I came to UIC in the fall of 1997. Seven months later the UIC Flames were Dancing’ in the NCAA basketball tournament.

That’s about as excited as I can ever remember our campus getting over anything.

I think those times could be returning over the next few seasons. Enter our new head coach, Howard Moore. Here are a bunch of opportunities to get to know the guy I first met (I assume I met him at one point) when I was in grade school when my good friend Tom Kilbride would invite me along to Big Ten towns to watch his big brother Andy play for the Wisconsin Badgers. They were teammates in Madison.

I think it would be wise now to buy season tickets while they are a good deal and you can get good seats. Remember how bad the Blackhawks were a couple seasons ago?

And it would be nice for me to catch up with SulliMom’s alma mater–Butler–on the college hoops scene. I don’t need Liam wanting to wear Butler blue.

Video highlights from press conference (Share With Friends, please)
Howard Moore Podcast
Howard Moore Press Conference and Photo Gallery
Official Press Release
Sun-Times Story
Trib Story
Daily Herald Story

(A Liam update is coming soon–we have solid footage and photos from a week full of him making new sounds, rolling a throwing up a little more than usual.)

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Panera Bread Musings


Flames baseball snowed out today so a little field trip to Panera was in order.

As I sit here with SulliMom as she reads Chicago Mag I will go around the restaurant and summarize what I think is going on at each table. This will be fun…mostly, for me.

At 11 o’clock, bald guy with a Dell. Dude, it’s a Dell. He has the headphones on so I’m going to say he his watching a rerun of The Office.

To my immediate right, a daughter and mother sipping coffee and downing danishes. Definitely Italian. I’m eavesdropping…hold, hold, steady (Braveheart reference)…got it. They are discussing local garbage disposal options. Nice.

Across the way, a lovely couple who haven’t spoken a word to each other. And that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes, you can enjoy your loved one’s company and not speak. (That rarely happens with SulliMom-she likes to chatter, which is fine by me)

Next up we have a mom and her young daughter who are discussing their 11 o’clock swimming lesson. Awesome.

And this was strange, JD Jones, a Field Manager for CLEAR mobile internet just interrupted by blogging to hand me his card in the middle of the restaurant. His number is 773-655-0360 or jdjonesfinancial@yahoo.com. Feel free to pester him because he just pestered me.

Now entering our seating area, two female pals really giddy about this coffee time they are about to share. One of them sporting a Purdue sweatshirt in preparation for tomorrow’s NCAA second round tilt after the Boilers’ win over Siena yesterday.

Okay, enough judging. Onto the rest of the day, including watching Molly’s BU team take on Murray State. For my sake, Go Bulldogs.

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