Sunday, November 06, 2016

Cubs Win the World Series & Life Goes On

After 108 years, it finally happened: The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions! It's not like this is a complete surprise since the Cubs were the favorite to win it at the start of the season and had the best record in the regular season. However, these were still the Cubs, who have known to blow it time and time again at the worst possible time. I guarantee you that most Cubs fans felt the way that I did when the Indians tied it up late in game seven. My stomach was feeling quite unsettled. Thank goodness for the rain delay, which was probably the true MVP in the deciding game.

Of course, now many of us are living in a new reality. How does one's prospective of life change now that the Cubbies have won the World Series? It's like seeing that thing you always hoped would happen but never would finally coming through. For me, this was the final team that needed to win it all since I started following Chicago professional sports teams. The pressure will now switch to the Chicago Bears, whose last championship was over 30 years ago. Since that time, the Bears have only reached the Super Bowl once.

The day after the big Cubs victory, I did have my wife go to Dick's sporting goods store before it opened so that I could get some sweet, sweet swag.
 My boss, one of those dastardly Cardinals fans who are overpopulated throughout central Illinois, did stop by my office to drop off a congratulatory donut treat.
All in all, the last week was one of great stress, especially after the Cubs went down 3-1 on the series and also when Cleveland caught up in game seven. However, the jubilation and associated feelings certainly more than made up for it.

And of course (u see), just when things were going great because of the Cubs, things seemed to take a turn for the worse at work. Some untenured faculty are not being rehired for next year in a cost-cutting measure designed to cut expenses and move my college to the point where we no longer have to depend on money from the state. My department is currently down 1.5 staff, and another retiring in April will likely not be replaced. I am scheduled to present a report on student mental health challenges in my school at a board of trustees meeting on November 16. I was hoping to use the meeting as a forum to make a compelling case to replace the counselor retiring in April. However, it appears likely that a big faculty contingent will also appear at the meeting, pretty much pushing my request into the background.

My status for next year in still uncertain as no plans have been finalized for the merging of another department into mine. I am scheduled to stay in my current leadership position for another 18 months. I had already been considering calling it a day on those obligations at the end of April next year, and I am pretty sure that I will not get what I asked to remain in my position and take on additional responsibilities: more pay and for someone to get an upgrade to associate director so that I would have someone with some real authority to back me up. It is likely I would be offered a nominal increase in pay, but I seriously doubt I will get the administrative help I need. Unless either I am offered a decent increase in pay and/or I decide to bite the bullet for the sake of my department, it looks like my administrative duties might come to an end in April. Either way, life will be quite different come next summer.

Thanks for reading!


Blogger Rob said...

I was shocked that it wasn't announced the morning after Game 7 that hell had frozen over. It was a great series and an awesome game 7, and the Cubbies pulled it out despite some real bad managerial decisions.

FWIW, every Dodgers fan I know was pulling for the Cubs. I guess we are hoping that the Cubs are good now for another 108 years.

Congrats, sir. I guess being a Cubs fan is like being a total nit in poker. Well, you finally got your Aces and they held.

1:02 AM  
Blogger FlushhDraw said...

Congrats on the Cubs winning the World Series. As a Red Sox fan I know what it's like to go years and years and years waiting for that day.

You said in your blog that your staff is down by 1.5. How do you determine a half a person lol??

3:00 AM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Congrats to the Cubbies. They played the big stack well.

one of those dastardly Cardinals fans who are overpopulated throughout central Illinois

Whaaa? I know things are tough at work, but I didn't know you gone into heavy drugs, lol.

7:32 AM  
Blogger KenP said...

In any dictionary that includes Shit-Eating-Grin, using your pic is a must.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Pokerdogg said...

Lightning is actually down 2 persons in his department, but since he is doing the work of 1.5 person, he is effectively down by 1.5. He is not called Lightning for nothing.

Either that or one of the position is a part time one.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Onechiquita100 said...

He has midgets on his staff. Duh.

10:59 AM  
Blogger JT88Keys said...

I was already feeling poorly during Game 7 because I was catcing a cold. I was very pissed when Maddon pulled Hendricks in the 5th and brought in Lester who promptly allowed two runs with his inability to field his position. When the Indians tied it up I did what any good Cubs fan does. I threw a temper tantrum. I shouted, "The curse is real! Maddon f---ed it up when he pulled Hendricks! I'm going to bed!" And I stomped off to my room. Of course I couldn't sleep, so I watched from bed, but I was sure the Indians were going to win it in the end. Until...they didn't. And I just sat there numb for like half an hour. I was elated, almost tearfully so, when they won the NLCS to go to the World Series. When they actually won it I was dumbfounded.

12:43 PM  

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