February 14, 2009

Holiday Weekend


I'll be taking a little break this weekend to spend a happy Valentine's day at home with Tammi (and do some more cooking). I'll be back on Tuesday with more posts.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

June 15, 2008

Photo of the Day: Sue the T-Rex

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Natural History Museum, Chicago. 2006.

June 3, 2008

Photo of the Day: Break Time

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, IL. 2006.

January 30, 2008

Chicago Calling

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My stopover yesterday was in Chicago. I didn't get to see much more than a the path between Terminals B and C, but the brief visit coincides with discussions with Tammi and Dorla and Kevin about a summer trip out to Chi-Town. I have no idea if it'll happen as we will all be in wedding countdown mode by that point, but we'll see.

On thing I am sure of is that I am glad to have missed the weather there yesterday. With a low of 3 degrees, I can hold off for another couple months to get some deep dish pizza.

In other Chicago news, I picked up an issue of Chicago Magazine when I was there and found a piece on local Flickr photogs, including some shots by Chicago Eye, whose work I've been admiring for some time.


December 19, 2007

Photo: Chicago Lion

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Ornaments: Chicago Lion

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Purchased at the Chicago Institute of Art, Summer 2006.

May 20, 2007

Photo of the Day: The Bean's Underbelly

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May 15, 2007

Graffiti of the Day: CODO

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CODO, Chicago, 2006.

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May 14, 2007

Chicago Notes

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Kevin, a former co-worker, is heading out to Chicago soon and asked for some recommendations. Follow the Jump for the extended version of my picks.

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May 8, 2007

Photo of the Day: The El

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March 23, 2007

Chicago: Giordano's

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Here's a little food porn for the pizza lovers out there.

I had heard that I needed company to even begin to dig into a real Chicago deep dish pizza, so I didn't bother trying until Tammi met me there. We ended up going on our last day, a couple hours before we had to head to the airport. The pie was so thick and heavy that we barely got through half of it without hurting ourselves.

The pie above is from Giordano's, a local chain that I passed a dozen times while I was there. We went to the branch across from the Sears Tower.

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March 22, 2007

Chicago: The Julian High School Marching Band

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I took Tammi to Millennium Park on her first day in Chicago. I had just finished showing her the Bean when we heard music coming from somewhere. I didn't know what was going on and just ignored it until I noticed it was getting louder. I turned around and Tammi was already going to see what it was.

When I caught up with her, there was a big old marching band doing their thing. I had never seen anything like it before. None of the schools I've attended had a band, so this was a totally surreal experience.

Tammi ran over and asked the leader about what it was all about. They were the Julian High School Marching Band. Their band was the only band in the region to be selected for an out of state competition., so they decided to practice downtown for the tourists in the park.

More photos after the jump...

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Chicago: TV Flashback

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It's a testament to my lost youth that as soon as I saw Buckingham Fountain the theme song to Married...with Children started ringing through my head. I didn't even remember that the show had had been set in Chicago and it took a moment for me to even conect the show to the song. But inexplicably the sight of the fountain triggered a Pavlovian response.

Obviously, I watched way too much TV as a kid.

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March 21, 2007

Chicago: The River

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I knew they dyed the river green for St. Patrick's Day, but I was there for Labor Day and it was still green. ew.

Come on now. I'm from New York and this river grossed me out. Something is not right.

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March 11, 2007

Graffiti of the Day: Dumpster Diving

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Solve stencil, Chicago, 2006

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March 7, 2007

Photo of the Day: The Boxer

The Boxer, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Art Institue of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

March 4, 2007

Graffiti of the Day: SWIV

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SWIV sticker, Chicago, 2006

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January 1, 2007

2006 Travel Recap


(This entry is backdated.)

2006 was one of my better years for travel. I saw 2 new countries and 6 new cites. I tried to get a fresh look at the places I'd been before, exploring new neighborhoods and seeing new things.

I hope to find a way to include all or most of these trips in the blog one way or the other. For now this will have to do.

After the jump, my photo rundown of the places I went last year.

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