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.