Flowering Clematis

In our front porch, there’s an Autumn Clematis that’s gotten… pretty sizable. It started small, but has gradually grown bigger each year… and by the time Fall rolls around, it tends to take over the porch railing.


Do Not Use

While waiting to disembark at Millennium Station… I was looking down, and noticed this outlet.

Or should I say: this forbidden outlet. Which is off limits to us “norms,” but apparently is only good for the conductors.


Post-Work Drinks at Three Dots and a Dash

Group drinks, a lot of fun conversation about cocktails, food, New York, and good bars in Chicago. It was an early night for me, but definitely enjoyed spending time with coworkers – outside of the office. And all of us, on the same side of the computer screen.


A Box for the Second Floor

Bob helped talk me through the piece, and how I should build it. I needed some 9.5″ boards, and the standard 10″ boards from Home Depot wouldn’t quite cut it. So I bought 12″ boards instead, and had to trim them down to size.

It took me a little while to figure out the right sequence, but I eventually got the pieces together.


Revisiting the West Wing

I’ve been a fan of the West Wing for a long, long while. I recently restarted watching the series, figuring I’d just do the first or second episode. And then I just got sucked in, and became comfortable with the fact that I’d be re-watching every episode, from Season 1 to Season 7 start to finish.


Hungry Turtles

Wish we had some food to give, but probably wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that. It’s funny – we’ve seen these turtles here for a few years now, but have yet to run into any of the humans that actually reside here.

As far as I know, this place belongs to the turtles… and they just allow a few random humans to occupy the large box in their backyard.


Franklin Room: Scotch Malt Whisky Society, September 2023 Outturn

I was listening to Liz opine about her thoughts on various drams. Everyone had their opinions, but as part of her guesses Liz would mention things like Sauternes casks.

As I watched and listened, it dawned on me that Liz really likes whisky and I just like to drink. I think my palette is getting better, but she’s really done a lot more research, paid a lot more attention to things. Watching her go back and forth with Michael and Max, she’s on a whole other level than where I am.


Elmo as Prometheus

As I was warming up, I spotted this strange sight: Elmo, on the top of a car, held down by ropes, on his back and facing the sun.

For a moment, he looked to be a Muppet Prometheus, waiting for his inevitable fate.