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Family Fun With The White Sox

by derek on July 9, 2010 · 20 comments

When it comes to baseball in Chicago there is only one choice – well, for those with any semblance of intelligence – and that choice is the Chicago White Sox. Being a lifelong fan, you can imagine how thrilled I was when a friend pulled a few strings for me and was able to set […]

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Chicago Blackhawks – 2010 Stanley Cup Champions! Last night the Chicago Blackhawks culminated their tremendous regular season and run through the playoffs by winning the 2010 Stanley Cup and bringing the Cup back to Chicago for the first time since 1961. Being a Blackhawks fan for my entire life, I was not around in those […]

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Notification Day

by derek on June 4, 2010 · 12 comments

Yesterday was “Notification Day” at work, and while I would like to tell you that this is the code name for a grandiose announcement or exciting revelation, it was anything but as this was the day that we all learned whether or not we still had jobs. From an IT perspective, there were cuts – […]

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Standing On Your Head

by derek on April 27, 2010 · 11 comments

Last night the Chicago Blackhawks closed out the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-3 victory over the tough Nashville Predators. Heading into the playoffs there was one significant concern about the Blackhawks and that was the fact that their goaltender, Antti Niemi, had never been tested on the big stage. In […]

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Analysis Paralysis

by derek on April 21, 2010 · 8 comments

Over the last few weeks I have been spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about resuming my writing on the blog but not actually doing anything about it. The problem is not so much what to write or having the time to write, but more about where to write. In the time that I […]

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Do You Have An SSP?

by derek on February 5, 2010 · 29 comments

With what some would say is the pinnacle of American sports upon us, I want to ask you a question. Do you have an SSP – Super (Bowl) Sunday Party – or do you prefer the quiet of watching the game at home? While I am always up for a party, I would personally prefer […]

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Twenty Ten Honey

by derek on December 31, 2009 · 19 comments

Before we close out the year 2009 and move on to the new adventures that lie ahead in 2010, I wanted to take a moment to send a quick thanks to all of the people that have been a part of my experiences in the last year. Without each of you it would not be […]

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The Best Travel Tip For Barcelona

by derek on December 29, 2009 · 54 comments

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of visiting Barcelona, Spain for the first time. Being in my early 30’s I am somewhat embarrassed to say that this was my first voyage outside of the United States – well, other than a trip to Canada when I bought my Harley and a trip to Mexico […]

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Earn $100 With DerekTV

by derek on December 27, 2009 · 11 comments

After years of cable service with Comcast, I recently reached the tipping point where the monthly bill had become far too ridiculous for what we were receiving. Out With The Old Sure, Comcast was flexible in that you could call up to complain every six months or so and they would throw you a teaser […]

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Black Friweek – Is It A Day Or A Week?

by derek on November 21, 2009 · 42 comments

As many of you know, the day after Thanksgiving, known by many as Black Friday, is the craziest shopping day of the year. How crazy you ask? Oh let’s see… It is the type of crazy where people stampede one another trying to grab the last thingamabob on the shelf. It is the type of […]

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