Ten Best Days of 2007

And out of nowhere… – March 3rd, 2007

While having a regular lunch on a Saturday afternoon, Liz and I happened to look out the window and spotted a number of strange looking groups… each one of them pushing/pulling a shopping cart. Moments like today make me happy I live in Chicago.

Joining the Gapers Block Staff – June 22nd, 2007

After following the site for many years, I officially joined the Gapers Block staff. I can’t tell you how big a thrill it was to be an “official” participant, logging in to the admin, peeking behind the scenes. Posting my own entries onto a site that I regularly visited was a huge thing to me. So, so awesome.

Holy Shit, I Just Bought a New Car – June 30th, 2007

Believe it or not, I’ve never owned a car in my life. That is, until today. For the first time ever, I bought a new car – definitely the biggest purchase I’ve ever, ever made.

Shane’s Fireworks Display – July 4th, 2007

My brother-in-law Shane is a HUGE fireworks fanatic. And this year, I was lucky enough to be at his house on the Fourth of July. And let me tell you, Shane did not disappoint. He put on a show for my entire family (and for the entire neighborhood). In looking back, I’m amazed the cops didn’t show up – the kind of fireworks that were going off, didn’t quite seem so legal.

A Day on Norfork Lake – July 11th, 2007

Visiting Lisa’s parents in Arkansas, spending a day on Norfolk Lake was a great Summer 2007 memory. There was nothing to do except drive around the lake on a boat, ride the jetski, riding The Outlaw and sinking some beers at sunset. This day was the very definition of the word “vacation.”

Hello, BoingBoing! – August 4th, 2007

I was walking around on a cloud when I found out that my Astronaut project got mentioned on BoingBoing. To date, this Flash project has been my most successful, and making it on to BB (a site that I really enjoy and visit daily) meant a great deal to me.

I was very proud of the work I did, and of how the project turned out. It was great to get this kind of a nod, and felt like a validation of sorts.

Clowns in the Cemetery – August 5th, 2007

Spotting a random listing in the Chicago Reader, Liz and I attended a Clown memorial service for a 1918 train wreck in Woodlawn Cemetery. Clowns. In a Cemetery. I think that pretty much sums it up.

Polite in Public, Vic Theater – September 20th, 2007

My friend Jamie told me about some friends of hers, who run a project called Polite in Public. The group was in Chicago, and Liz and I were able to get in to the concert and participate in the photoshoot.

Dressing up and being silly in front of a camera = tons of fun.

Pinball Expo: Free Play Heaven – October 27th, 2007

I’ve spent a small fortune in arcades and on pinball games. Thanks to Chris, I attended the Pinball Expo, and spent several hours playing all sorts of machines.

Oh, and did I mention that all the pinball machines were set on free play?

Dave Fischoff, Jens Lekman: Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago – November 2nd, 2007

My friend Dave gave a fantastic show at Logan Square Auditorium, sharing the stage with Jens Lekman. The crowd was huge, the sound was excellent, and I had a great time – up close for a few songs, running through the crowd getting photos, watching from above on the balcony. I was incredibly excited and proud of Dave, and loved the whole evening.

As a bonus – prior to the show, a bunch of us got together for dinner and drinks. A great night of friends, followed by a great night of music.

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