In my job, work teams sometimes build relationships with vendors such that the vendors invite a team to be their guests. My present team is comprised of some very hard-working people and not a single person is lazy about getting the job done. Our client is extraordinarily parsimonious, the client employees act like they are entitled to most everything, and vendors really get sick of this sort of behavior. A new vendor is on the scene, a generous and classy vendor, and we were invited to stay a night at the vendor hotel, check in early, check out late, were treated to several meals, and were taken to a baseball game at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs.
|An Astros pitcher doing his job|
|Mike, handsome in sun protection|
|Strike! It's okay. The Cubs won.|
Why do great fans of the Cubs and Wrigley Field call it "the friendly confines?" It's an astoundingly old-fashioned ball park with terrible sight lines, uncomfortable and narrow seats, and some aisles -- those off to the far sides, like where we were sitting -- are almost impossible to navigate. We were glad we went and are even more glad that now we don't have to ever go again because friendly it's not but confining it most certainly is.
In the conveyance on the way over, someone with great affection for the Cubs said with enthusiasm, "If they win tomorrow after maybe winning today, then they will have won three in a row, which they haven't done all season long." A backhanded way of saying, "They suck so hard but I live in hope." His dream was answered and they did get three in a row. During the game we agreed that Mike Quade was probably a great guy but Ryne Sandberg, ex-Cub, Hall of Fame second baseman, he of the retired Cubs number 23, would have been the superior choice. It is feared that the three-in-a-row might mean Quade is not so terrible. Oh, he's terrible and he needs to go to the Minors. I suggest a swap. The Minors take Quade and the Majors get Ryne Sandberg. I think that's fair.