This not a question I ever asked myself 15 years ago. All that changed when I went to work in my new school district.
My boss asked, “Are you a Cubs or Sox fan?”
Uh Oh, I thought. Is this a condition of my employment?
“Both”, I said. Thought I’d play it safe.
“No, you can’t be both. You have to pick one.”
“Why? That seemed so wrong! I’m from Chicago and I root for both teams to win!”
“Nope. You have to pick one, otherwise you’re not a true fan.” A true fan? How does he know if I’m a true fan, or not??
And so it went. I had to pick. The process of picking actually turned me into a bigger Sox fan and a huge Cub hater. I was all in. Pretty quickly I began to notice other “true fans” and the pure hatred they had for the other team.
Now I can’t even park on the “Cubs floor” at the O’Hare Airport garage! And, if someone gets on the elevator at said garage I refuse to let them hit that ugly royal blue button.
What has happened to me??
My boss says…..welcome to the club 🙂