Cubs Opening Day

It is opening day for the Cubs at Wrigley Field today, and apparently, the neighborhood has been going nuts all morning. I love the Cubs, sure, but as a former resident of Wrigleyville, I thought I would take this moment to clear up a few misconceptions that people might have about living in that neighborhood.1. Just because you live near Wrigley Field doesn’t mean you know who Ronnie WooWoo is.2. Sometimes you may have to go somewhere that is not in the direction of Wrigley Field.3. A doorway to an apartment building is not a urinal.4. Men, there are plenty of beautiful, game, and intoxicated women at any number of sports bars on Clark Street. Your oogling, grabbing, pick up lines, and personal beauty opinions are not really welcome on the streets.5. Not everyone enjoys ‘high fiving’.6. This may be hard to believe, but some people like to use the time between midnight at 7am for sleeping, so that might not be the best time to scream at the top of your lungs.7. As comfy as that apartment doorway may look, it is not a cot. I am sorry if you don’t have a home, but if I can’t get inside, I won’t have one either. Plus, some people think that that doorway is a urinal (see above), so I wouldn’t really recommend sleeping there.I wish the Cubs a fantastic season, and I look forward to seeing what the future for them holds. And I also look forward to going home to my quiet and cozy further-north-side apartment. Go Cubs!

5 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    yes yes and yes. just got home after seeing the cubs lose and freezing my butt off. way too many drunk assholes out there for my tastes. and for the record i hate ronnie woo woo.

  2. spudart (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    I don’t understand why people complain about living near Wrigley Field. Hello. It’s a ballpark. You will get crazy crowds. Plus, Wrigley Field has certainly been here long before anyone who lives on the north side. So you have to know that you are moving in near a Major League Ballpark.

    Now yes. People could behave nicer. Yes people should not urinate all over the place. But understand that crazy stuff will happen. If you don’t like it, then don’t move near Wrigley Field.

    Sorry, I know I’m being extreme here, but that’s just my rant.

  3. erica (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    Yes, Spudart, I knew a bit about what I was getting into when I moved over to that neighborhood, but at the time I was performing frequently at Improv Olympic, so my apartment location made everything so much easier. I was hesitant getting that close to the field, but I didn’t know just how insane it was going to be. I put up with all of it on a daily basis, but when I was grabbed by a drunk guy on the street who didn’t immediately let go even when his friends were yelling at him to do so, that is when I reached my limit. I am all for rooting for your team, but there is something about Wrigleyville that makes a lot of people lose all aspects of moderation and personal boundaries–something I think is never appropriate, ballpark or no ballpark.

  4. Kate (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    Nicely put Erica.

  5. Gino (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 1:19 am

    Let me be the first to invite you to the South Side, where all these troubles generally go away pretty quickly and you might actually also see some good baseball.

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