Preemtive post

Yes, again because I can. Its not tomorrow until you wake up – but if I want it to be, it is tomorrow!!

Had trivia night for Christine’s b-day! Finally got to meet her boy, and a bunch of other friends! Had a blast! Primarily because if your friend is the trivia question asker – you most likely know most of the answers. That being said – team “Thick can be a compliment” won the trivia challenge!!! Though I didn’t answer George Lucas’s 2nd major movie question properly – much to Dave’s chagrin. I also didn’t know about apartment 5a and 5b and that Cox was going to be Rachel. (even better – Mikey was going to be Bing!) We learned a lot, we laughed, we cried, we ended up at Tai’s. But I’m home, and its not too much after self imposed midnight curfew! Better yet, this post counts for tomorrow!

musings

Just some thoughts I had during the week…

  • Just because somebody invites you over for dinner on a Monday night doesn’t mean you aren’t going to eat like a king! (appetizers, bacon wrapped cornish game hen with apple and fig stuffing, au gratin potatoes, brussle sprouts, and beans – finished off with baked peaches and yogurt for dessert – I’m still full!)
  • If your laundry machine is broken, take it to a bar! Newport Bar and Grill to be more specific. The bud-lights were the same price as a wash and dry ($2.50) and I finished it all in about an hour! We stayed a bit to finish our grub and our board game. Suds and Suds = good time.
  • If you’re ever in the loop on Halloween visit a bunch of the office buildings, most were giving away treats! (I scored 2 Affy Tapples!)
  • Why in the world is it necessary to put out the Christmas items on the shelves at noon on Halloween?!
  • I’ve realized that I need to look up a bit more often. The clouds and the sun had combined to form some of the most magnificent colors I’ve seen in a while!
  • If you ever have a chance to see Bruckner’s 4th symphony in concert – do it, you will not regret it!
  • If you ever have a dream and Steve Martin is telling you not to do something, don’t do it!
  • Fred Astaire is the first person in IMDB’s database – interesting.
  • Stephen Colbert is phenomenal even when he is out of character.
  • Democrats suck sometimes too.
  • Reconnecting

    I was just going to write “July has just started” when I realized that its already half way over! The first two weeks of July have been non-stop. It all started with the annual “Cap of July” party. Which ended up being a 4pm-5am marathon – due in part to Dave’s insisting that we hit Tai’s on our way home. Thankfully, at about 2am, I realized that I needed to start drinking water. I did find out that David and Paige are engaged – congrats to the two of them!

    I decided to take Thursday and Friday off after the 4th to extend the holiday through the weekend – a good choice, as it turns out! I spent the 3rd in McHenry, IL visiting Ben and Corrie. Ben, Mark and I used to work together and Mark and I attended their wedding a long time ago! They are doing great and it was a blast spending the 3rd and most of the 4th with them!


    Visiting the Volo Car Museum

    I finally met their new baby Ganon as well. Yes, Ganon. Lets just say that Corrie didn’t realize this until Ganon was born. That being said, he is adorable! What a wonderful family!

    After spending a few hours at the Volo Car Museum – I headed back to Chicago and spent the rest of the evening hanging on Mel and Mike’s deck. They had quite a spread – just when I thought I couldn’t eat more! We played some bags and talked the night away. Dave and I ended up on his porch polishing off two bottles of champagne – for you see, he was a bit nervous… I’ll get to that. I did manage to get him inside before he toppled over the edge of the porch, thankfully.

    Thursday I spent most of the day at the beach! What a gorgeous day it was as well! The water was the perfect temperature and I was blissfully unaware of any swim advisories! Friday I worked on the car at my parent’s house as I needed it to pass emissions before the 24th. It was quite a productive day, and ended with a phone call from Dave – he had proposed to Keri!! I wrapped up what I was working on and headed out to meet with them for dinner. We ended up having pizza and champagne on the back porch while listening to The Police concert!


    Congratulations Dave and Keri!

    The following day we headed to LaSalle, IL to visit Wourms and Gwen as it was her 30th birthday! I had my camera but somehow didn’t take a single picture! I guess I was winding down from the rest of the week. We had a blast playing ping-pong, darts, bags, foozball and even put some money down in a game of Texas Holdem! The 5 day holiday was perfect as I came back to work last week refreshed and was quite productive.

    After borrowing TK’s rear bike rim on Saturday we went for an hour and a half ride on the lakefront it was beautiful out. Later that night TK’s parents threw an engagement party for him and Jos – had a fantastic time! It was great to finally meet Jos’ parents as well!

    I took a break from most things computers during the five day weekend – it was actually quite nice. Though returning on Monday I had a ton of e-mail to respond to! Reconnecting has been a week long process – but I do want to start posting more so that I don’t end up with huge summaries like this one… more to come!

    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!


    unreal!

    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!

    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!