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I Still Have Chills

A soccer match not to be forgotten.

Last Tuesday, my parents and I were in attendance for the bone-chilling Champions League game between two of the best soccer teams in the world: Hosts Bayern Munich and visitors Atlético Madrid. Despite the fact that the latter had clinched the first spot in the group before kickoff (the former secured the second spot), there was a lot on the line.

  • Bayern Munich needed to prove it could defeat Atlético Madrid after suffering multiple losses recently.
  • Manager Carlo Ancelotti had to assure the Munich faithful that his brand of soccer football could show promise for winning a Champions League trophy, which will more than likely have to go through Atlético Madrid at some point next spring.

With the temperature in the mid-20s accompanied by a fog that created a cloud inside the confines of the massively impressive Allianz Arena, the game conditions forced the visitors to bundle up and huddle up in a circle for most of their warm-ups and the hosts going about their business as usual.

Pride in club and pride in the future of this season was on the line.

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Bayern Munich 1-0 Atlético Madrid! 

Seeing my favorite team (Bayern Munich) and favorite player (Arjen Robben) in-person and in their home stadium was a thrill of a lifetime. From Robben’s unique and separate warm-up routine to his 83 minutes of brilliant play on the pitch, witnessing one of the greatest soccer players in the world and of his generation was truly epic. And even as the bone-chilling weather was piercing through every layer of my clothes, I’ve never been so happy to be as freezing cold as I was for the hours before, during and after this game.

Bayern Munich’s motto is “Mia San Mia,” which translates to “We are who we are.”

Having now been to a Bayern Munich game at the Allianz Arena, I have a deeper understanding of just what “Mia San Mia” means.

P.S. Thanks Mom and Dad for the unforgettable experience and the amazing seats!

Happy Throwback Thursday!

This is my southernmost Throwback Thursday.

Back on December 31, 2001, my family and I boarded an airplane. You’re probably thinking that we grabbed the shortest of all straws in booking airfare. Surprisingly, you’d be wrong. The special event is called, “Antarctica Flights” by Croydon Travel. They fill a commercial airliner with a couple hundred people, delicious food (not airplane food) and golden champagne for views that are quite nearly out-of-this-world.

As you’ll see in the video below, which is the aforementioned flight just many years later, the sights are breathtaking. We could see the wind blowing on the ice from side-to-side, as well as the penguins waddling around. And the birds eye view gave a grandiose impression of the most difficult continent to visit. This was an unforgettable adventure to a place believed to be reserved for only those very few daring explorers and scientists.

Welcome to the southernmost flight on Earth.

Being aboard this flight across Antarctica, in the company of the first people to usher in the new year, is a remarkably surreal experience.

It’s really special icing on that new year’s cake.

Happy Monday!

“{I understand we’re in} the place of the champions.”

While Mick Jagger was trying to get some local street cred (well done, by the way), the crowd was thinking they were in the presence of some musical champions.

It was that kind of night.

The Rolling Stones erupted on stage with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” to kick-off their rocking concert in Ohio Stadium this past Saturday night with 60,000+ fans singing and dancing along. And the crowd was quite eclectic, featuring several generations of people that made for a great environment to see such a legendary rock n’ roll band. Their 19-song playlist (with one special rendition of a hometown favorite) focused on their immensely popular album, “Sticky Fingers,” as well as a few of their smash hits: “Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up” and “Paint It Black.”

Running and dancing (or grazing for Keith Richards) to every square inch of their enormous stage revealed that these older gents from across the pond are not only still very talented, but are first-class entertainers. Age wasn’t a factor. Mick Jagger had moves like, well, Jagger! The Stones emphatically proved that there is no age limit from having unbridled fun.

They put on a spectacular show for more than 2 hours and, perhaps best of all, it looked, felt and sounded like an old school rock n’ roll concert with some welcomed modern flare. They even brought in the Ohio University Singers to help them with, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which was amazing.

Fans stood for the entire night, which just raised the already incredible energy level. This was in addition to Jagger’s infectious buoyancy on stage. Turning to occasionally look around the packed stadium revealed that we were all in this thing together and it was an awesome feeling. And even with all the aforementioned classics that were played and received with remarkable enthusiasm, the moment that got the foundation shaking was when the Stones performed a song that has a very special place in the hearts of all Ohioans.

Yes, they happily went there.

Have a Rolling Good Week!

P.S. This special logo for the concert and accompanying custom-made apparel didn’t hurt.

(Schottenstein Center)

(Schottenstein Center)

The Eternal Legacy of Harold Ramis

This was sent out by Cartoonist Ash Vickers through his Twitter Account

By: Ash Vickers of MegaCynics

Harold Ramis will be dearly missed and fondly remembered as a man who connected multiple generations together with timeless comedy favorites. His talent for writing, directing and producing witty and humorous one-liners and creating funny characters, as well as portraying funny characters that were witty and humorous with some great one-liners, Harold Ramis was in the entertainment business to make people laugh and smile.

And he did.

Here is a small collection of his writing, directing, producing and acting credits:

Caddyshack, Stripes, Animal House, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Groundhog Day, Analyze This, Multiplicity, As Good as It Gets, High Fidelity, Orange County and Year One.

These are just some of his best-known projects. Just reading those titles is making me laugh and reminisce about all the hilariously classic scenes I and millions of others still happily quote to this day. Harold Ramis not only brought countless families together to watch the Griswold’s every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Bill Murray every Groundhog Day, but he also brought us joy in watching two idiots struggle in the Army and, unforgettably, the coolest group of ghost-fighting scientists in history.

He was a comedy legend that worked with comedy legends. In front of the camera or behind it, he was sensational. That’s a rare gift and he was a rare talent.

While it’s impossible to pay a complete tribute to his life and filmography, below is a video by CNN’s Jake Tapper that can serve as a wonderful reminder of how he made us laugh and feel better about the infinitely complex and mysterious thing we call life.

Who are we gonna miss?

Harold Ramis.

Thanks for the memories and rest in peace.