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August 4, 2014 - Mike Donahey
In our youth-oriented culture, conventional wisdom dictates that any birthday after age 39 is supposed to be an occasion fit for mourning, versus celebrating.
Thanks to my better half and my two lovely daughters, I’ve enjoyed several outstanding birthdays in recent years, especially since I attained one of those milestone birthdays three years ago which included a zero. Combined, the two numbers equaled a sum that is supposed to direct one’s thinking primarily to retirement, as opposed to advancing one's career.
Be that as it may, our family celebrated another one of my birthdays — albeit a little early — in grand style in the Windy City this past weekend.
It included a trip to Comedy Sportz Club Friday night and a Minnesota Twins versus White Sox ballgame Saturday night.
I made sure to get in a good, long run-walk of several miles in downtown Chicago on Saturday morning, to take advantage of the sunshine, and mild temperatures.
The comedy club and baseball game were the highlights, as I had never been to a comedy club or seen a game at U.S. Cellular Field, or the White Sox or Twins play, for that matter.
First things first.
I would highly recommend the Comedy Sportz Club at 929 W. Belmont Ave. for hearty laughs, and all in good clean fun. (However, a ribald version, strictly for adults, is offered after 10 p.m.)
Comedy Sportz is advertised as an “interactive improvisational experience” and it truly was.
The troupe relied heavily on audience participation for skit ideas and more, and the audience did not disappoint.
Our family chipped in with several ideas which were utilized — much to our delight.
The action is fast-paced — and credit the performers — a talented group of young men and women — for keeping things moving quickly.
Saturday night was reserved for the Twins-White Sox game.
More than 27,400 were on hand, despite the fact the Sox at game time, were in fourth place and the Twins fifth —and last — in the American League Central division.
After a Chicago Transit Authority bus and "L" ride, which deposited us near U.S. Cellular Field, we were ready to enjoy a beautiful summer evening of baseball.
The Twins won 8-6, and there was solid offense by both teams and key defensive plays by each.
But this writer came away the real winner, having spent a special weekend in the company of family.
A film tribute to honor retired White Sox slugger Frank "The Big Hurt" Thomas, a July 28 Hall of Fame inductee, and fireworks followed the game.