when you grow up in Chicago
and youre a kid
and it’s Halloween, you have to prepare for the weather while choosing what you will wear during Trick or Treat.
one summer the Blues Brothers came out and it instantly became my favorite film.
not only was it shot all around Chicago but the Mecca of the city was featured: Wrigley Field.
only problem with that Fall (besides the Cubs not reaching the playoffs) was that when October 31 rolled around it was really cold.
Too bad, I thought, I have my Blues Brothers outfit all ready to go, i had the suit, the sunglasses, the hat.
But I also had The Mother.
I loved her then and I always will, but regardless of how many sweaters I wore under my dress shirt (which actually made for a better John “Jake Blues” Belushi) she insisted that i put a jacket on.
It’s freezing out there Tony, please put on a coat.
But Ma, I’m on a mission from God!
Like most arguments I had with my mother in those days, I lost, she won, and the general public was confused
Much like the first resident behind the door that I knocked on.
And who are you? They said.
Oh I am a Blues Brothers guy wearing a Bears jacket, duh.
Ah yes, heres your candy corn. Happy Halloween!
Which was the last moment I ever wore that jacket.