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R.I.P. Rusty

Rusty and Mom at Dog Day Afternoon at White Sox Park

It was one of the hardest things I have had to do but he could no longer walk and he had some other blood blockages causing swollen limbs. He was put to sleep earlier today.

I took to the hospital in the Miata as it was lower and easier to get him into than the Jeep.

I am comforted by a number of photos that I have to remember him by including the one with my mother and him at the ballgame.

Rusty's Last Day at Hospital
Rusty in Centerfield at White Sox Park

White Sox Opening Day

White Sox opening day Tailgating before the White Sox game One of the best days ever at a baseball game.   It started with perfect weather in the mid 70s and ended with a White Sox victory.

In between there was the tailgating before the game which is getting increasingly popular as they have now allowed in the parking lots for a number of years. Thanks to Pete and his friends for a great feast before the game.

There also was the best defensive play I have ever seen by a pitcher when Mark Buerhle fielded a play hit off his leg that went into foul territory by throwing a strike to Paul Konerko backhanded between his legs.  What a great time at the ballpark and the White Sox won 6 to nothing.

Arizona Spring Training Trip

White Sox and Cubs spring training game at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona

I was really impressed with the White Sox new spring training facility called Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.  It is much better than the previous facilities in Tucson, Arizona and Sarasota, Florida.  Also it is in the Phoenix metro area which makes it close to all of the many other teams that train in Arizona.  I had a great time on the trip.

Removing items from Mom’s house

Removing items from mom's house

We loaded up 6 truckloads of items from my mother’s house in an attempt to clear out all of the accumulated items from over 40 years. Still a few more loads to go tomorrow and then painting and cleaning prior to placing the home at 1016 Circle Ave. in Forest Park, Illinois for sale.

Note:  As many of you know, my mother passed away on October 28, 2009 which is why the above is being done.

British car parts swap meet

I had a great time at the British car parts swap meet in Wheaton, Illinois on Sunday, February 28, 2010. It was the first time I had been to this event even though this was its 14th year.

I attended with Bruce Magers of the American MGB Association and we had a vendor’s table set up with club merchandise and membership information. We did manage to sign up a few new members and met many of our current members at the show. It was also good to see so many of the friends that I have made throughout the years because of my involvement with the club.

British Car Swap Meet in Wheaton, Illinois
British Car Swap Meet in Wheaton, IllinoisBritish Car Swap Meet in Wheaton, Illinois
British Car Swap Meet in Wheaton, Illinois