It’s was kind of ironic that Chet’s job got in the way of his column last week, so Joe unexpectedly took over and happened to talk about his bucket list. Ironic because at the time I was contemplating how to tell Joe that my job was getting in the way of writing my column, and that my free time on the weekends was being filled up by the pursuit of my own bucket list. Yet, that’s what’s happening. And believe me I’m not complaining. I have a wonderful job which gives me the ability to fund said bucket list. It just doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing.

It’s been my pleasure to present this girlie’s view for the past two+ years. Really I should be thanking YOU, the VFTB readers, because you essentially wrote this column every single week. Without your input, there would be no GirlieView, and for that I am grateful. I also want to express my thanks to Joe for giving me a voice here even when I said or did things he didn’t love.

If I can leave you with one final thought it would be this. Don’t take yourself or your baseball team too seriously. It’s just a game. So when you talk about that game, remember to do it with respect, passion, humor and kindness. If you do that, everyone will enjoy hearing what you have to say, whether they agree with you or not.

I will be contacting the top five finishers in the (abbreviated) 2011 Season Lizzie Contest with your prize. Everyone else, thank you for playing. VFTB would be nothing without you! xxxooo

Final Lizzie Contest Standings (total points shown)

1. Buddy = 33
2. jswanson = 28
3. Doc Raker = 26
4. Chet = 22
5. Seymour = 19
6. cap’n = 17
7. Aaron = 15
7. Chuck = 15
7. Rich Beckman = 15
10. Kris = 14
11. JoeA = 13
12. DavidMBeyer = 11
13. Dragon = 10
14. chris in Illinois = 9
14. MJ = 9
16. Deezer = 8
17. Jesse = 4
17. walterj = 4
19. Benjamin = 3
19. Doug Bagley = 3
19. Doug S = 3
19. Eric = 3
19. Mark = 3
24. Randy = 2
24. Wes = 2
26. BLC = 1
26. Brandon = 1
26. DannyB = 1
26. Dustin = 1
26. Flyslinger2 = 1
26. greg = 1
26. GV Hub = 1
26. Larry Sproul = 1
26. Mac = 1
26. Mark in Toronto = 1
26. Ryno = 1
26. Tim = 1
26. Tony = 1


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Elizabeth Pearson stumbled upon VFTB around 2006, and enjoys encouraging conversation among the wide variety of readers brought together by their love of the Cubs. She’s married, has a Cub-loving pug named Phinneaus, and enjoys biking, hiking, cooking and gardening. She calls Chesterton, Indiana home and hopes to one day retire on Mackinac Island. Connect with Lizzie via email or Instagram.