It seems to me in a world where the less educated encroach more and more on the land of the educated that things like blogs should be outlawed. I’ve never liked them much, even though I see their value. But, after seeing Tom’s, and having Al finally browbeat me into getting one ….. here I am.I, like most of my friends, grew up on the hardened streets of Chicago’s South Side (OK … it was more like the suburbs, but our asphalt was as hard as anything Mayor Daley ever ordered spread on his streets!). I graduated from a great school, made great by very good teachers and very strong students. I went to a “public ivy” (you know the school was good because the football team was bad), and entered into my calling: education. 2007-08 is my 13th year, and through good and bad, they have been years I do not regret.While the first three years of my career were south of Madison Avenue (south of which is the Sou’ Side), since then I have been in the antithesis of the South Side, interestingly called the North Side. Depressed Cubs fans to the left of me, drunken Cubs fans to the right of me. I clutch my replica World Series trophy in the middle. It’s a life!