Wrigley Touring Saturday

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Did you know that for only $25, you can spend an hour and a half in Wrigley Field, learning its nooks and crannies and hearing about its 100 year journey? We had out of town visitors this weekend so we checked it out and the tour was awesome. Not only was our guide entertaining and super knowledgable but we got to see places that just aren’t open to the public on game days. To be clear: Wrigley needs a major reno. I was actually really surprised by how run down some parts were but it was really cool to get the opportunity to see the press box and players dugout & club house in what has got to be darn close to its original form.

Great photos of Wrigley in years past lined the hallway to the Press Box. Apparently, a ski jumping competition was once held on the field. And women’s baseball! I love A League of Their Own!

Inside the Friendly Confines are one of my favorite places to be and that helped make for a nice part of the weekend.





Family Resemblance

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Fun fact: my great grandfather Giuseppe was once arrested because the police thought he was Al Capone. I love this big image of Old Scarface at Untitled because while my great grandfather did not peddle illegal booze or run an organized crime ring, I’d like to think he’d appreciate us having prohibition-style cocktails at an underground bar with live jazz. Sorry about the arrest thing though, G.

Conclave Like a Champion Today

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I was in Rome when Pope John Paul died and in Paris when the news broke that a new pope had been appointed. I was 20 years old and felt like I was in the center of the universe. Being surrounded by the cathedrals that had seen this happen for thousands of years and receiving the news via the ringing of bells, the rising of smoke and the reactions of Romans was all at once exactly how it should have been and very, very surreal. I remember thinking that I had to get back to Italy immediately to find out what was really going on, as if the TV and Internet didn’t exist.

Notre Dame students studying abroad in Rome posted this photo today and it brought back those memories of being so young and in the middle of such historical happenings. I really hope they’re drinking wine and stuffing their faces on pistachio gelato in Piazza Navona tonight.

I hope the cardinals conclave like a champion too.

(Image via nd.edu)