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A Reminder From Above

Spotted this yesterday, as we were outside in the backyard. Guessing there was some promotional thing going on (I hate that my mind goes there first), due to the crowds downtown at Lollapalooza. But it still caused me to follow the instructions.

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Weekend in Whitehall, Day 4

A quiet moment in the porch. While we were playing our game, Anne and Kirt were both out here just hanging out – reading a little, and working a bit on a puzzle. Later on, Liz and Isabelle both joined.

When I snapped this photo, the sun was pouring in, things were quite in the house, and NPR was playing in the background. It really was a lovely, late morning moment.

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Weekend in Whitehall, Day 2

I didn’t end up taking a lot of photos this weekend. I was planning, originally, to start that sentence with “sadly” but I’m wondering now if this was a bad thing. I ended up enjoying the moment more, and wasn’t as focused on trying to document the moment.

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Weekend in Whitehall, Day 1

We were able to make it on the road by 4PM, with our luggage stored in the back and a fresh cup of coffee for me up front. Though this was a vacation, the days prior to today have been very busy for us. I’d say that maybe an hour or two into the drive, I started to relax a little bit. And felt the grip of the previous week loosen, slightly.

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Failing to Reward the Industrious

Spotted this guy on my car, early in the morning circa 7:00 AM. I pulled in late last night, and over what seems like a small number of hours… this small guy created this large bit of work. Which I then promptly destroyed, as I drove off to get my morning coffee. The way of the world, I suppose. But…

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Busy Days Before the Calm Days

We’re planning a trip out of town this weekend. And while that will be a nice, relaxing time (we’re taking time off Friday and leaving the city on Thursday afternoon), the days so far this week leading up to our deapture have been… full.

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Another Member of the Zucchini Club Club

Apparently, the zucchini had been hit by some bugs, and weren’t really growing all that much. So she had been mostly ignoring them. But apparently not all the zucchini were impacted, as this guy just kept on gathering strength.

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Drinks at Aviary with Julie and Bob

For a long time now, Liz and I have wanted to bring Julie and Bob to experience the cocktails at Aviary. The two of us had a phenomenal, memorable time here nearly 3 years ago, and it’s been on our to-do list to bring others to experience this place with us. As a belated Mothers and Fathers day outing, the…

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Get Ready for the Cosmic Crisp

The Cosmic Crisp is debuting on grocery stores after this fall’s harvest, and in the nervous lead-up to the launch, everyone from nursery operators to marketers wanted me to understand the crazy scope of the thing: the scale of the plantings, the speed with which mountains of commercially untested fruit would be arriving on the market, the size of the capital risk. People kept saying things like “unprecedented,” “on steroids,” “off the friggin’ charts,” and “the largest launch of a single produce item in American history.”

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Felix Jung, 20×2 Chicago: What Did We Miss?

Everyone who participated got to answer the question however they saw fit, but had to follow one rule: answer in two minutes or less. I had a blast presenting, and really enjoyed all the varied answers. Below, I’m including video of my talk (along with a few favorites).

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