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DayCreek Journal

July 20 , 2006

98 Years and Counting

The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908.

While building cordwood walls occasionally my mind would drift and I would ponder many of the world's greatest mysteries: Who invented deer flies and why? How many days does it take before rubber gloves begin to smell? Do Asian Beetles add insulation, thermal mass or both to cordwood walls? How many Menard's ads have I slurried since the start of this project? How do tree frogs know to turn from green to gray in a barrel of paper slurry? And the most important question of all: Which will come first, the Cub's winning the World Series or the completion of the final cordwood wall?

At least I now have an answer to one of the world's greatest mysteries. Wall number 64—the final cordwood wall was completed on July 20, 2006 at approximately 7PM, CDT. Yes, this confirms it. I beat the Chicago Cubs to the World Series. I probably could build another house or two before that happens.

The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908. Heck, it only took me five years to build 64 walls. It's been 98 years (and counting) for the Cubs. As a matter of fact I could have built 1,254 cordwood walls since the last time they won a World Series.

I think as penance the entire Cubs organization should build cordwood walls over the winter months. It would keep them in physical shape for next season and it would give them another occupation to consider besides baseball just in case the baseball gig didn't pan out for them.

Of course, it really doesn't matter how well the Cubs “play” or not. People still pack Wrigley Field. Wrigley Field is just one of those places you have to visit for yourself. It has this "mystique" about it. Visiting The Friendly Confines is like going into a time machine. It transports you back to a time when life was simpler and baseball was baseball. Back when baseball wasn't commercialized. Back when players played baseball for the love of the game rather than for monetary compensation.

I hope our house portrays a similar concept—reminiscent of a time when homes were built and not manufactured. Back to a time when a house was a home. A place filled with pleasant memories. A place of warmth and love, built with pride and passion. We still have a long ways to go before our home is completed, but if the remainder of the building process is anything like what we have already experienced, the best is yet to come.


Completing wall number 64 wouldn't have been possible without a little help from our friends and family.