Monthly Archives: July 2006

Now That Was A Weekend To Remember!

First off: Happy birthday, linnaeus!

So, when last we left our heroes, they were about to venture forth on a romantic weekend getaway. Takaza made all of the plans in secret, and I had no idea where we were going or what we were doing. I picked him up from work at 4:00 PM on Friday and I was instructed to drive…north.

Where did we go? Click here to find out!

Coffee and Friends and Lots of Fun

Well, last night was a blast. We started out with dinner at Potbelly’s Sandwiches with linnaeus, rustitobuck, tecknow, and, in a surprise appearance, lisagems (glad you could make it – I hope the company helped cheer you up a bit). The sandwiches were…OK. I think I prefer Jimmy John’s, but hey, it was convenient. Next month (and we will be doing a coffee gathering again next month), I think we might try Redder, the restaurant just north of the Southport El stop, instead.

After dinner, we walked across the street to Bobtail, and were joined by daveqat, jimcyl, perro, woodychitwn, and luckytheevildog. Much entertaining conversation took place, veering from convetnion geeking to interesting bar experiences to job hunting possibilities.It was great to hang out with a fun group like that. The folks at Bobtail were quite happy to have us there, even if we did take up an inordinate amount of space. It helped that we tipped nicely and cleaned up after ourselves 🙂 I had a really good time, and I look forward to doing this again next month, maybe on the 16th? Also, rumor has it that Linnaeus is thinking about putting together a Happy Hour (to borrow from the Chambana folks :-), which would be a lot of fun as well.

Well, off to go hunting for erythromycin!

Feeling All Accomplished-Like

Reservations have been made and tickets have been purchased, yay!

takaza and I will be flying out to Maine for the wedding of roho and genet in September. We’re flying into Manchester, NH, at 10:44 AM on 9/7/06, and departing Manchester at 5:22 PM on 9/12/06 (yay for Kayak for finding the cheapest airfares!). Also, by renting a car through AAA‘s website (and of course by having a AAA membership), we’re getting a full-size car for less than the price of a compact, going through Hertz instead of somebody crappy like Thrifty. This is going to be a wonderful trip – I haven’t been back to Maine in close to 25 years, and I really love that part of the country. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make a day-trip up to Acadia National Park, and it sounds like there’s some seagoing boating in the offing as well. Oh, and lobster. Lots of lobster. Mmmmm….

Oh yeah, if anyone missed it, we’re hosting a coffee get-together tonight in Chicago!
What: Coffee (And Ice Cream) Night!
When: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM, Wednesday, July 26 (this coming Wednesday)
Where: Bobtail Soda Fountain, 3425 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
That’s a half-block north of the Brown Line Southport station, and the El is by far the easiest way to get there. Street parking is available, though you may have to hunt a bit. Bobtail has very tasty (Intelligentsia) coffee, and excellent ice cream as well. They don’t serve much in the way of non-dessert food, but there is a Potbelly Sandwich Works right across the street. takaza and I will probably hit Potbelly at around 7 PM for a quick dinner if anyone wants to join us there. If you’d like us to save you a seat, just let me know, here or by e-mail!

Finally, I’m looking forward to Friday. I’m pocking up Dan at work at 4 PM and we’re going…somewhere. I’m not sure where, and he’s not telling me, but I know that we’re going to be spending a lovely weekend away, just the two of us. The last time we did something like this it was wonderful, and I can’t wait to see what he’s come up with this time!

More Than You Ever Needed To Know About Donkey Shows

Traffic in Chicago on Friday afternoons sucks; traffic on Friday afternoons when it’s raining is just downright retarded. This would explain why it took us two hours to get from Mount Prospect to Naperville last Friday afternoon. The trip was worth it, though! We had an OK dinner at Famous Dave’s (thereby scratching my yen for BBQ – almost. Now I just want some good BBQ). The company was excellent, though, as we were joined by wyldekyttin, foxish, emrldgirrl, datahawk, and linnaeus. After dinner we headed over to the theater and saw Clerks 2, which was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. Like most of Smith’s movies, it’s very quotable, and educational, too (hence the title of this post 🙂

On Saturday we had a pleasant morning and early afternoon of bumming around the house, then headed out to Sheffield Walk to see Carbon Leaf. That was a heck of a lot more people in too small a space than I was prepared to deal with. The sound mix, alas, was abominable, and between the crowds and incoming rain, Dan and I bailed about halfway through the set. We retreated to Bobtail for tasty ice cream, and were joined there by Linnaeus. Devin and Data picked up Kyttin and met us in Lincoln Square, but we eventually opted to adjourn back to Linnaeus’ place for dinner from the taquiera on the corner nearby. Dinner was yummy, and it’s always fun to hang out with friends.

Sunday found us driving up to McHenry County to visit with Dan’s mom. Her Tivo wasn’t connecting and we suspected we knew the problem but had to be there to fix it. Sure enough, the Netgear wireless router had somehow completely reset itself; fixing it was a two-minute thing, very simple. We got a delicious lunch out of the deal, though, and a nice afternoon of familial socializing. We headed home and lazed around the house for the rest of the evening, watching a little more Tivo.

And here we are at today. Ever since Friday, I’ve had a pain in my right ear that has gotten worse and worse. I suspected I knew the problem, and I just got back from the doctor who confirmed it: Otitis Externa, or Swimmer’s Ear. A round of levofloxacin (a relative of Cipro) should take care of it, and the Tylenol with codeine to help the pain at night won’t hurt either 🙂 Having taken care of that, I’m off in a few minutes to pick up Dan and then we’ll wander our way down to Lombard to celebrate rustitobuck‘s birthday. Yay!

Oh, and for locals: if you haven’t seen it, there’s a coffee get-together in the city on Wednesday!

Coffee Get-Together-Thingy!

OK, so I’ve been feeling like organizing something, so here’s something:
What: Coffee (And Ice Cream) Night!
When: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM, Wednesday, July 26 (this coming Wednesday)
Where: Bobtail Soda Fountain, 3425 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
That’s a half-block north of the Brown Line Southport station, and the El is by far the easiest way to get there. Street parking is available, though you may have to hunt a bit (the Cubs are not playing at home that night). Bobtail has very tasty (Intelligentsia) coffee, and excellent ice cream as well. They don’t serve much in the way of non-dessert food, but there is a Potbelly Sandwich Works right across the street. takaza and I will probably hit Potbelly at around 7 PM for a quick dinner if anyone wants to join us there. If you’d like us to save you a seat, just let me know, here or by e-mail!

Edit 7/24/06, 8 AM: In response to a question elsewhere, there is a chance this may become a regular gathering, though it would be monthly, not weekly like before.

A Night On The Town

Man, am I dragging this afternoon. I had a blast last night hanging out with perro and woodychitwn and (all-too-briefly) wipeout_ut; I’ll leave the sordid tales to Woody and Perro’s journals, but it was an entertaining reminder of why I’m not a huge fan of bars, though the denizens therein and the heavy-handed propositions were hysterical to watch. The cosmo I started with was OK, and the Chivas and soda was serviceable. Then Woody’s friend came on shift behind the bar and the margarita I ordered kicked my butt something fierce.It was probably half tequila, but unfortunately we’re talking well tequila here…gah. We had a lot of fun shouting talking over the music and I’d love to do it again, though maybe in a quieter setting.

By the time 11:15 rolled around I knew I had to hit the road. I took my leave of the merry crew as they went in search of quieter digs (and, as it turns out, weak, expensive drinks). The El ride back home was…interesting. When you’re riding the El and you’re tipsy, it’s not a good idea to think about motion sickness. Oog. No real problems, just a bit of nausea. I finally got to bed a little after midnight, then the alarm went off at 5 AM. Not. Enough. Sleep. You’ll understand why I feel like I’m about to faceplant into the keyboard.

So, it appears that we’re going to see Clerks 2 tomorrow night. Saturday, there’s a couple of possibilities, though I’m kind of hoping we might grab tickets to the Gay Games Closing Ceremonies at Wrigley Field, since they cut ticket prices in half and they’re now a much more affordable $25. Also, Carbon Leaf is playing at Sheffield Walk, so that’s a possibility as well. We’ll see what happens, I guess.

Whoa…

Breaking news…Just after 5 PM CDT it appears that a fire broke out on one of the wheel assemblies leading to the derailment of one of the Blue Line trains in downtown Chicago on the northwest part of the Loop. Scores of people were evacuated and are being treated for smoke inhalation. Metra is honoring CTA farecards to get people home. More updates at CBS 2 Chicago.

Our relaxing weekends sure are busy!

So, as I said in my last post of any substance, takaza and I spent Friday evening off together. He chose the hotel (with some help from steviemaxwell. Thanks Stevie!) and let me choose the restaurant for dinner. I knew exactly what I had in mind, but I wanted to surprise him, so I told him we were going to a good Italian restaurant in Naperville. It turns out that one of his cow-orkers lives in Naperville, so when he asked me which one I was caught flat-footed. LTH Forum to my rescue! Why, it’s Pasta Amore – fortunately, I chose one that actually had a pretty good reputation. Once we parked in downtown Naperville, we walked around a bit then I abruptly turned into a restaurant as we passed. Dan said, “Wait! That’s not the right place. That’s Heaven on Seven.” I replied that yes, it was the right place – that’s where our reservations were 🙂 Dinner was, as expected, completely fabulous. Dan’s country fried steak over garlic mashed potatoes was tasty, though not quite as good as past versions at other Ho7 locations. I had the “Feed Me Jimmy Junior” tasting menu, which included crawfish cake, gumbo, turtle soup, a cheddar-jalapeno muffin, a Voodoo chicken enchilada, beef tenderloin over garlic mashed potatoes, and chocolate pecan pie. Ye gods, that was amazing! Afterwards we retired back to the hotel room to relax.

On Saturday, I let Dan sleep in as I poked at my laptop a bit and got some of the free “breakfast” downstairs. Eh, a bagel works when it’s all ya got. Once we got rolling, we stopped by the grocery store to pick up some things for Stevie then headed over to the LAFF softball game. We hung out there for an hour or so and chatted with friends, then retired over to crim_ferret and wyldekyttin‘s place for Crim’s birthday. We really enjoyed hanging out there, chatting, and the steaks were just delicious! Unfortunately, Dan was feeling under the weather so we had to take our leave on the early side.

Sunday? Sunday was the kind of day where you look at the clock and say, “Huh. It’s 5 PM. I guess we should take a shower.” It was quite nice, actually, and dinner was tasty too (sautéed pork chops accompanied by potatoes roasted in goose fat. Yum!)

I didn’t sleep too well last night, and we’ve had a bit of surprising news today that has me a bit off-kilter and stressed. Nothing bad, just…wow. More on that soon, I’m sure.

On the verge of the weekend

Whoa, it’s Friday. Wasn’t quite ready for that, but I’m certainly not complaining!

Last night was quite enjoyable. After dinner, we were faced with another night of vegging in front of the Tivo, but it was such a darned nice evening out (temp in the low 70’s F and low humidity). I poked takaza into action and we drove over to Foster Beach and walked along Lake Michigan as the sun set. Just lovely. We didn’t see any border collies, unfortunately. After walking around a bit and being serenaded by someone’s last few firecrackers from the Fourth, we adjourned to Zephyr for a tasty dessert. Sadly, I found their homemade hot fudge somewhat lacking, but the ice cream was tasty!

And now it’s Friday. I dropped Dan off at work this morning, so I’ll be off to meet him after I leave work. I like this arrangement because it gives me a good 30-45 minutes to relax, read the paper, or nap before Dan’s ready to leave. After I pick him up, we’re going to find a nice restaurant out in the ‘burbs, and crash at a nice place for a quiet evening together. Yay!

For the weekend, we’ll be stopping by for a brief social visit, then it’s off to help celebrate a certain ferret’s birthday. And Sunday? Not a whole lot is planned right now, and that’s a Good Thing.

What day is it again?

Man, long holiday weekends mess with my head. Thank heavens my employer is closed today (even if I’m not getting paid or it).

I need to think up a good excuse not to go down to see the fireworks tonight. I seem to be failing in my search, which means I might have interesting times ahead…