Cubs v White Sox Brawl and Sweep!

This past weekend kicked off with the Cubs v White Sox Crosstown Classic game! Christine had tickets and was kind enough to invite me along! We had an absolute blast! It was the first winning game I had attended this year! Not to mention how rabid the fans were at “The Cell“. It was a total madhouse!


A few people got kicked out of the game for that craziness, after which there were at least 15 guards in our section kicking out anybody causing problems. We probably saw 15 people get kicked out! Totally nuts – but also a blast! Thanks again Christine!

We then headed to Melissa’s apartment to continue the festivities! She just moved into a gorgeous place with incredible views of the city! I had a blast – but a bit TOO much fun as I wasted most of the next day in recovery mode! That jungle juice was EVIL!

The Cubbies went on to sweep the series! Go Cubs!

Long week

Just a quick update! Had a bit more of a laid back weekend and went straight into a two day conference with the Consortium on Chicago School Research for work. The research data that they provided to us was quite fascinating and will be the topic of a forthcoming entry. I’ve since been trying to be more productive at work which has translated into less time for blogging. I’m hoping to have a bit more time this weekend to get stuff done – starting it off with a half day of work today followed by the Cubs v Sox Crosstown Classic! Hopefully the weather holds up!

Cool Globes and other planets

In answer to Melissa’s questions

As we rounded the Shedd Aquarium into Museum Campus walking home from Northerly Island, we came across a bunch of globes with different designs. I had read about it at AutoBlog, of all places, but had since forgotten – it is the Cool Globes Project

From June-September 2007, the City of Chicago will host “CoolGlobes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet,” an innovative project that uses the medium of public art to inspire individuals and organizations to take action against global warming.

I liked this solar powered LED globe!

It was the answer to Melissa’s question as well! You can see from a few of the pictures I took last night (including the one I took above) that the Sears Tower’s antenna were lit Green and Blue – representing the Cool Globes project!

Also, in determination to prove that the light that we saw in the sky last night was not a “satellite or the international space station” I came across The Skypage

…and I quote

“In the early evening: Extremely bright Venus can be found in the western sky during evening twilight. Saturn can be found to the upper left of Venus. Bright Jupiter, now just past its closest point to Earth, can be found low in the southeast.”

Now what was the bet?

Northerly Island

Mel and Mike invited us to see The Fray last night at Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island (aka Meigs Field). I had been wanting to go to Northerly Island since Mayor Daley had Xs bulldozed into the runway in 2003. (Google Maps still shows Meigs Field untouched!) It has since been handed over to the Chicago Park District and is now home to Charter One Pavilion. I remember first hearing a concert at Northerly on the boat that Mark and Dana had chartered for their rehearsal dinner! (anybody remember who was playing?!) The venue itself was fairly nice – I’m glad we had seats as the general admission was on runway pavement! Its quite amusing how much older one feels when going to a show like this!

OK Go had a ton of energy and was a lot of fun! No treadmills in their live show, I’m afraid. (just noticed that their YouTube video has 18.4 million views!) The Fray was fantastic! I had sort of written them off as “those guys that did the song for Grey’s Anatomy“. But I left the show quite impressed and with a hankering to purchase their CD! They did a fantastic rendition of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie – friggin hilarious! (why I didn’t take a video is beyond me!) Oh, and Dave, its called a Melodica. Overall a great night with good friends, good tunes, and beautiful weather in a fantastic city!

Full weekend!

Andrik pointed me to the new embedded Picasa slideshow, nice!

As predicted, this weekend was non-stop! Thursday night I walked over to Bluesfest, took pics of the Mark di Suvero sculptures, and soaked in some Chicago Blues. Greg and Mila picked me up and we went to the Fireplace Inn for some grub and to watch the first of the NBA finals games. Had a great time even if the Cavs didn’t do as well as we had hoped!

Friday night TK and I went to Sound-bar for a party, open bar from 9-10:30 – suffice it to say I took full advantage! As it turns out, I had actually heard of the DJ that was playing that night – Christopher Lawrence. I ended up staying way later than anybody else and closed the place at 4am. Probably a solid 4 hours of dancing! My leg muscles paid dearly for that the rest of the weekend. You can actually just make me out in the pictures on Sound Bar’s website (pics 39 & 41 on June 8th)! As I didn’t have much cash on me, I was determined to get home using public transportation. When I got to Clark, I realized that it was one-way the wrong way and that I had to catch the bus on LaSalle. It wasn’t until 3 blocks later that I realized that LaSalle was a block before Clark! I ended up walking to the red-line at Chicago and waited for a good 30 minutes for the train. By the time I got to Addison, I decided to take a cab home as the sun was already coming up!

I took it easy the next morning, nursed my hangover, and ran some errands. I headed up to Andersonville for a BBQ that the “guy that used to have my job” (Jason) was hosting. He lives about a block away from Midsommarfest so the location was perfect! I didn’t know anybody and was totally exhausted from the night before. Nothing a plate-full of food and a few beers couldn’t cure! A few hours later we walked over to the festival with cups full of beer and cans on reserve in our pockets! Hilarious! We hung out for about an hour and then went back to Jason’s for refills. Christine and Becky met up with us at the festival and joined us for the last two “pit-stops” (fire pit and all!) at Jason’s. The festival was huge! Far bigger than I had expected. It had three stages and stretched half of a mile! We caught the last part of Funkadesi’s set – self described as “Chicago’s Indo-Afro-Caribbean Band” they were fantastic!

Sunday I had a meeting for YTC in the morning about the upcoming trip to Mexico and then I headed to Ribfest in Northcenter. The ribs and curry fries were delicious! The festival itself didn’t compare to Midsommarfest – I would say about half the size and about half the crowd, but I’m glad I went! Got to bed at a decent hour the last two nights, and now my legs are back to ~80% usefulness. I guess I’m getting old after all!

12 hour nap

Last weekend was quite relaxing, which has continued through this week. Monday I had to drive to different school sites around the city (the GTI is running great!) and dealing with traffic, rain and work drama (nothing that involved me) was quite tiring. I came home with a pounding headache and decided that I could use a nap – it was after 6pm. I ended up waking up at 7am the next morning! Granted, there were a few other times that I woke up, but my body was definitely in it for the long haul. Its been a while since I’ve slept for so long! On Tuesday I felt fantastic! After Memorial day weekend – the rest was needed! I’ve been in “detox” mode all week – eating and drinking healthy. I’m headed to a bar tonight to watch the first of the NBA final games – it’ll be quite a challenge not to have a drink! But I’m determined. Otherwise the typical Chicago summer weekend awaits! I’m hoping to hit the Old Town Art Fair, Midsommarfest, and Ribfest. I’ve got a few parties and BBQs interspersed, so it should make for a fun weekend!

Being an ENFP

I have taken the Myers Briggs quite a few times – but most recently two years ago when I returned to Northwestern. The results to the test show that I’m about as strong of an ENFP as they come – after reading the following, I think most will agree!
(I took the official MBTI, but the link above should give a good indication of your type – feel free to leave it in the comments!)

ENFP Extravert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving
ENFPs represent approximately 6-7% of the American population.

Potential Strengths
ENFPs are energized by new ideas and possibilities. They are intrigued with anything original and out of the ordinary. Curious, energetic, and creative they like and need to talk about their ideas to stay interested in them and make them real. Free spirits by nature, ENFPs are not especially impressed with authority and like considering unconventional approaches. Spontaneous, adaptable, and playful people, ENFPs love a challenge and are confident in their ability to find ways to solve problems creatively. Frequently non-conformists, ENFPs admire others who also march to their own beat. Because they love meeting new people, ENFPs usually have a large and varied group of friends. They work hard to keep relationships alive and often have friendships lasting many years. Warm, gentle, and sympathetic, ENFPs are interested in helping others make the most of their talents. They want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support

Potential Weaknesses

Because ENFPs are most interested in possibilities, they tend to ignore or avoid anything that has already been done or requires routine maintenance. They much prefer the new and novel and are so eager to get onto the next challenge that they may leave projects unfinished or disorganized. Not especially realistic, ENFPs rarely even notice the routine details or common facts around them. They often have trouble paying attention and focusing on just one thing at a time and can sometimes be irresponsible with their commitments.
Since ENFPs like juggling more than one thought, activity, or person at a time, they sometimes rush through activities and find themselves over-committed socially and professionally. Their reluctance to rule out options or eliminate interesting possibilities means they sometimes miss opportunities because they didn’t commit ahead of time. Without outside stimulation, ENFPs often find themselves stagnating. They need to get out in the world and have fun with other people to recharge their batteries.

As An ENFP, I Am Good At…

• Seeing unique ways of solving problems
• Working with all kinds of people as part of a team
• Applying my various experiences and skills to new fields of interest
• Understanding other people and getting them excited about my ideas
• Being flexible, accommodating, and easy to work with

I Need To Watch My Tendency To…
• Get sidetracked or become distracted by something more interesting
• Not prepare properly ahead of time
• Become bored or disinterested if I have to work alone
• Be sloppy with details or facts
• Leave projects unfinished because I have moved onto something new

Found these after posting – QUITE interesting!

ENFP – The Visionary
ENFP Relationships

Memorial Day Weekend 2007


Ohhh… you can embed a slideshow with Picasa now!

Event #1 Friday – Mila’s Citizenship party

Arrival: ~8pm
Departure: 4:30am
Lets just say that I had to see some of the videos that I took to jog my memory about the party!

Event #2 Saturday – Club Lakewood Memorial Day Party

First drink: 1pm
Last drink: 4am
Dave ended up ordering a second keg! Teresa and her friends came by later in the evening and ended up the last ones to leave!

Event #3 Sunday – Closing show for Hall of Hungry Ghosts (Mom and Teresa’s play) & Cast Party

Play started at 2pm
Left the cast party shortly after 6pm
The play was fantastic! Sunday was definitely the better of the two performances that I saw. Very proud of both Mom and Teresa!

Event #4 Sunday – Pepe’s going away party

Arrived after 7pm
Went to bed at 7:30am
LONG night – given the fact that I was already exhausted from the nights prior! Suerte en Nueva York Pepe!

Event #5 Memorial Day – Cubbies Rooftop Outing

Bloody Marys and Mimosas – 11am
Last drink for the day – 8pm
On just over 3 hours of sleep – I’m not really sure how I made it through the day!

Almost a week later, and I’m still not sure I’ve fully recovered! I ended up taking Tuesday off for some much needed R&R. The rest of the week went by quickly, and this weekend has been much more relaxed. Did I want to participate in every event? Yes. Did I have to stay up until the wee hours of the morning? No.

One of these days I’ve got to set my limits – before I find them the hard way!