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Payday!

Finally. Money. I went to the bank to cash my check, and make deposits into my (nearly) empty checking and savings accounts. Turns out… a few charges slipped in, the past few days. I’m down almost $75 more from late charges and whatnot. At this point, it can’t get much worse. I figure fine. Lesson seriously fucking learned. Deal with…

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What I Learned

At the train, on my way home… I wondered whether or not I could take a good picture of the moon with my camera. I now know I can’t. Experiment complete.

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Random Barrington Images

Every Thursday, there’s a "Farmer’s Market" by the train stop. A handful of stands, including fruit and bread and cheese and whatnot. But this guy has some old knife sharpening machine, and I decided to grab a quick photo. Hard to believe that people once walked the streets, sharpening knives and tools for a living. This guy was on my…

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Justin’s Birthday

Poor Melissa! She left to catch her flight, and as it turns out – they canceled it. They scheduled her for a flight the next morning – and so she came back to crash for another night. While she was gone, I accidentally met up with my friend Mike – who was helping me get the AC up and running…

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Zodiac

The one nice thing about "New Chinatown" is the statues depicting the various animals of the Chinese Zodiac. These things are fantastic, and were a blast to photograph. I’ve tried to take a picture of each sign, along with its description. The only "extra" picture in here is a close-up of a wasp’s nest, tucked into the bull’s horns (which…

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Shopping and Juxtapositions

Most of the stores in Chinatown are geared towards tourists. They sell crap, and a lot of it is kitsch. But I guess that’s what makes it so fun. This store had a "Cash Only" policy. I wanted to buy this for Justin’s birthday, whatever it was! But no such luck, as I only had plastic. :( Poetry. It’s in…

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Dim Sum

Dim Sum (I forget what the actual translation is) is a really cool meal. My family used to travel up to Chicago from Indianapolis on occasion, and we’d eat at a place called The Three Happiness. For Dim Sum, there’s not any one main course; it’s composed of a TON of little dishes, a combination of fried/steamed pastries. And when…

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Playing Hooky in Chinatown

I decided to take the day off of work. Called in sick around 6 AM, and played hooky. Even though there was a good chance of rain, Melissa and I headed down to Chinatown to have lunch and to take pictures. A quick shot of Chinatown, from the main entrance on Cermak.   Bamboo plants are considered very lucky. I’m…

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I’m an Ass

Melissa showed up, and we talked well into the night. It was a good conversation, and I felt my stress fall away as we chatted more and more. To top it off, she got me this: What a fantastic gift! And to think, I was getting antsy and nervous before her arrival! And she brings this kind of present! Amazing!

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Moonie

Melissa’s going to crash here one more night, before her flight back to California tomorrow. In fact, she should be calling at any minute. I can feel myself getting a bit tense, and I really hope I’m not jerky when we’re hanging out. I think it’ll be good, though – once we start talking. Maybe we should rent a movie…

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Shari and Erin

When I talk to Shari, she’s decided on having an early dinner. Her flight leaves at 7, so we’re going to meet at 4 at Leona’s, in Rogers Park. I plod around the house for a while, and end up at Leona’s a bit early. After waiting a good long while (I was worried that I had the wrong place),…

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