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I did not see any of today's 5-1 Cub win over the Giants.

And why is that?

Because this afternoon also happened to be a fundraising event for Mark's school. There was a lunch/dinner, and then a performance of "Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale," from Chicago's Lookingglass Theater Company.

Well. Hephaestus the show, VERY loosely based on the Greek myth of the same name, is sort of a combination of Blue Man Group, the Flying Wallendas (there were, in fact, two seventh-generation Wallendas in the cast), Cirque du Soleil, and a few other odds and ends thrown in.

It's entertaining; the music is a melange of several different styles, and they do a number of quite complicated circus/gymnastic/acrobatic acts, culminating with three people going across a high wire with one of them standing on a chair, straddled with a bar across the shoulders of the other two.

Interesting show, not a Tony Award winner, but entertaining, especially for the kids in the audience, and apparently, so were the Cubs today. Only Aramis Ramirez and Matt Murton from the projected Opening Day lineup started today; the pitching staff did a nice job against a similar lineup of Giants. Meanwhile, the rest of the Giants squad lost 11-7 to the USA WBC team at Scottsdale. In that game, Michael Barrett went 0-for-2, and Derrek Lee singled and scored a run.

Till tomorrow.