Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday night a group of 30 or so friends said "see you later" to the inimitable Todd Devlin Milligan, who has decided to take his talents to Austin, Texas, to pursue a career opportunity. While we are sad to see Todd leave Chicago, we are excited for him and applaud the courage he has exhibited by following his gut and making this difficult decision. For any who have met him, Todd is one of a kind. He will be missed dearly, but we know we will see him again someday soon on dancin' on 6th Street in Austin or creepin' on Division Street in Chicago. Todd is pictured above, inexplicably blowing a vuvuzela on a trolley last night. See you sooner, hopefully than later pal. Tear it up in Austin.
A work related one day trip to St. Louis brought me (along with my gracious hosts, The Guymons) back to one of my favorite STL spots, a true dive with excellent pizza pies, the Black Thorn Pub. A hole in the wall if there ever was one, this gem is tucked away in a residential area of the Tower Grove neighborhood. The beer is cold, the pizza a hot (and spicy), shuffleboard is a must, and people affix dollar bills to the ceiling with thumb tacks (by folding quarters into the dollar and tossing the expensive customer crafted decor at said ceiling). You can't find a place like this anywhere else on Earth.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
On Friday, Lauren and I traveled north to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Saturday, along with some friends, we will embark on the Fat Tire Memorial Bike Tour around the entirety of beautiful Lake Geneva. The ride, which raises college scholarship money for local students, is punctuated by several stops at the finer drinking establishments in the Lake Geneva area. Hence the conversion of my hockey helmet into a make shift bike helmet... Safety first.
Thursday night, Lauren, Doug, Michelle, and I traveled to the South Side to say adios to the Sox for the season. The Twins completed a sweep of the South Siders, and in doing so, dashed any final hope the Sox had of catching the Twins to win the AL Central and make the playoffs. It was a classicly cool autumn evening and a great game filled with homers and bean balls. One last dog with grilled onions was consumed. Goodbye until next spring. It is football season... (and as I write this the Bears are 2-0!).
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Headed out to Addison today with long time good friend Doug and his brother Dan to hit the links at Maple Meadows. The golf was decent, the weather was blustery, and a good prep round was had by all (Saturday we'll have a go at the challenging Harborside International Golf Center for Part One of Doug's Bachelor Party). As we waited for the group ahead of us to clear the green, I spotted this lone tree that reminded me of the one that appears in the opening credits of Six Feet Under. Man, I miss that show...
Three brave souls (pictured at a post game watering hole) traveled to Wrigley Field on Sunday to say goodbye to the Cubs and Wrigley Field until next spring. The weather and the ambiance were unparalleled, but the quality of play on the field, sadly, conformed to reputation and fell short of expectation. Though the Cubs won the weekend series against the NY Mets, the North-Siders dropped this game 18 to 5. Typical...
Friday, September 3, 2010
Due to the self imposed Monday holiday stemming from Lou Fest and Jeff Tweedy Day (observed), Tuesday was my Monday. The back portion of our home is all windows and they face east, standing tall against the rising sun. Morning light pours in to our home and serves as a natural alarm clock... Happy Monday, even if it really is Tuesday... time to get to work...
Today, a return from St. Louis. The closure of LouFest brings with it a likely end of the summer concert season. It was a great way to bring the season to an end. Festival concert hat (pictured) will likely be retired until next summer...