Rants and Raves: Bears and Packers Showdown; Finicky Weather
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If you would have asked us before the NFL season if the NFC championship would go through Chicago, we would have told you that you were crazy. But this Sunday's game is arguably the most important Bears vs. Packers game in history. The teams are 1-1 against each other. When the two last faced off in the playoffs in 1941, each team was 10-1 and their sole losses were to each other. It's almost as if we are repeating history. But this time, put a super bowl birth on the line. What better way to decide the NFC champion than matching up the league's oldest rivalry? Bear down, Chicago Bears.
We love Martin Luther King Jr. for his service, his values and his legacy. But let's be honest: We also love him for the four-day week he annual grants U.S. citizens. His mantra was always, "A day on, not a day off." So we hope you took your eight hours free to honor his memory and do something productive. Give back to others and improve your community. If you didn't, remember that you always can. Reserve a day off to spend your day on.
Every time we look at the gas pump, the prices seem to increase. It's actually gotten to the point that it doesn't even phase us anymore. It's as if we are supposed to become indifferent to a 2 cent, 3 cent or 10 cent boost in our price per gallon. Should this be? The worst part about it is that our hands, as consumers, are tied. Gas is a commodity and it seems that—at least to some extent—it will always be. I guess the best thing we can do is to remain conscious of our driving habits. Oh, and to grin and bear it.
On New Year's Eve, we didn't even wear jackets when we ventured outside. The temperature was 55 degrees and it felt like springtime. Earlier this week, it was raining. Friday, it was 15 degrees below zero—and that wasn't even at the coldest point. We know we tend to rant about the weather. But hey, we are in Chicagoland. Who doesn't? The fact of the matter is, all we are seeking is consistency. If it's winter, it should regularly be cold. If it's springtime, it should be raining. Lately, all our seasons are blending together as one. We don't like it.