Blogging will be light this holiday weekend. We're going to Chicago. My former script-writing partner is getting married this weekend, putting an end to years of speculation, and since Chicago is where I grew up we're turning it into a vacation. I don't vacation well, usually, since I twitch almost spasmodically when I'm not billing anyone for my time. But I'm going to give this the old college try.
We have hotel accomodations, but will live most of the time in Wrigley Field, partially for the pure joy of baseball but also to suss out whether the Cubs are worth investing emotionally in this year. We need to find out if last night come-from-behind victory was a harbinger or just the same old tease. (Either way, I must send a thankyou note to Craig Biggio, who dropped an easy fly ball late in the game, allowing the winning runs to score.) We try to get the kids to the Wrig every year, not only for the game but also so they are at home and comfortable in a big city. When they were very young, they enjoyed riding the train to the park more than they enjoyed the baseball. If I may slip into proud father mode for a moment, allow me to brag that they have now both mastered the arcane art of baseball scoring, and have shown a great deal of raw talent when it comes to bitching in hindsight about managerial moves.
I grew up in Chicago, and seem to be hard-wired to its rhythms and sensibility. I have gone years without being there, but no matter how long it has been everything seems to make more sense to me standing on a Chicago street corner. I lived in L.A. for more than ten years, and when I go there I still feel a little like I'm visiting. In Chicago, I feel at home.
Functional Ambivalent will not fall fallow while I'm gone. I've set up a few not-time-critical things to post automatically while I'm gone, and on Friday there will be a Sex Day entry (!), albeit a rerun from the old beta version of F/A. I used to be in the television business; reruns are in my blood.
Have a happy and safe 4th. In between drinks, take a minute to re-read the Declaration of Independence, and remember that the founders of this country did not expect us to be passive in our relationship with our government. No matter what anyone says, you're allowed to disagree, to argue, and to look after you own self-interests.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. --And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.