Friday, March 20, 2009

Days gone by - Southside Irish Parade

I was sent this video of the 1958 Southside Irish Parade..(79th Street).

As you will notice...there were floats, yes, actual floats. People standing on the curb waiving their hands, not their cups overflowing with beer. No fights breaking out.

It looks like the actual Mayor of Chicago (Daley, Sr.) actually had enough pride in his Irish heritage to show up.

WOW... take a peek at the good old days.

True or False?

I have been getting a ton of emails from friends and family today about an "alleged" gang initation.

It states that women should avoid Wal-Mart stores this weekend as these gangbangers are going to be randomly shooting women.

I don't want to cause women to panic, however, if it is true, then a warning to all of our wives, mothers, sisters, etc. is in order.

I know there are plenty of cops that read this blog, so what say you? Is this true or not?

***update**** I checked on - this story is false and has been flying around the internet and such since 2005 in various forms.


From Jim McMahon:

There is a Benefit Party this Saturday, 03/21/09 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Bourbon Street. It is being held for a young Oak Lawn woman by the name of Becky Clifford who was tragically paralyzed last June in a fall outside of her home. I'm asking EVERYONE to all come together for a worthwhile cause and come to this event in support for this fine woman and her family. She really needs our help and support, so let's show Chicago what the Southwest Side is all about, and how we take care of our neighbors. Also please be kind enough to pass this on to your friends, relatives and neighbors........Thanks

From the Giving Back 2 Becky Website:

Giving Back 2 Becky
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Entrance Ticket
Time: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Entrance Tickets may be purchased at the benefit.
Where: Bourbon Street

* Admission $30.00 * Raffles * Silent Auction * Live Entertainment * Free Valet
* Food (Buffet Served 3pm - 5pm)* Draft Beer * Wine * Soft Drinks * Must be 21 or older

Live Entertainment Featuring:
Michael McDermott
Two Dollars
American Sons
DJ - Instant Sound

Purchase the HOPE for Becky beaded bracelets handmade by Cami Westlake at the benefit for $10

Some great auction and raffle items include:
* Foursome at Medinah Country Club, Course #3
* Condo stay in Steamboat Springs Colorado with airfare
* One week stay in Puerto Vallarta at Buganvilias Resort for up to 6 guests
* Cubs vs. Brewers at Miller Park overnight stay
* Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park overnight stay
* Fairmont/Odyssey Cruise Chicago overnight
* Notre Dame vs. Michigan at "The Big House" (Michigan Stadium) with overnight accommodations at the Detroit Hilton
* Heisman Football autographed this year with 23 signatures donated by 1953 Johnny Lattner
* Walter Payton limited edition signed picture
* $2,000 off Orthodontic treatment at Thomas Orthodontics
* Marriott Springhill Suites Downtown/River North overnight with breakfast buffet, $200 gift card to Brazazz Brazilian Steakhouse and (3) bottles of D2 red wine from DeLille Cellars
* 4-hour guided Bass Fishing Trip with $200 gift card to Tin Fish (includes "Chef for the Day" tour)
* White Sox bean bag boxes with bags, Carlos Quentin photograph and (2) tickets
* Autographed hockey stick by Chicago Blackhawk Duncan Keith
* Chicago Cub Marquis with your own personalized message
* Numerous autographed items by current and former sports heroes
*Autographed Fender guitar by Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte
* Autographed Paul Konerko jersey
* Autographed guitar by Four Seasons
* Autographed drumhead by REO Speedwagon
* Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks and Bulls tickets
* Hundreds of dollars in restaurant gift certificates
* Multiple overnight hotel stays
* Multiple beauty/spa gift certificates
* Fine Jewelry
* And much more!

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