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Surfacing

They’re doing construction along Cortland Ave., and have been paving over the road the past few weeks. Near the train stop, I discovered that the road used to be paved with brick. It made me wonder how long the brick had been waiting, underneath all the crap we’d thrown on top of it… and how long it had been since…

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MoonDragon, v 2.0

Melissa and I talked today, and set up a time for us to hang out next week. As it turns out, she’ll come down to Chicago on Monday night, and stay here and leave sometime Tuesday. I have to admit… at first, I was a bit wary. I think a big part of it is that I’ve been going and…

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Sushi! Yeah, baby!

Pacific Cafe. This was a place that Chelsea and I used to go to a good deal, and it’s still one of my favorite places. Right on Damen, and the front doors open out onto the street when it’s warm enough. Reasonable prices, and just good vibes all around. I felt a bit guilty, as I didn’t have any money….

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Milwaukee! Sorta.

Instead of taking the train home today, Tracy drove and offered me and Jenny a ride. It felt nice, hanging out in the back of Tracy’s car… and just watching the world go by. On top of that, I got to ride with two really hot girls, and it made me feel really good. I know that’s selfish, but it…

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Longing and Greetings

As I was walking to the train this morning, I crossed paths with a woman who was walking her dog. It was the cutest thing in the world, a small little puppy on a leash. And she was super cute to boot. Part of me was suddenly overcome with the desire to have that sort of life… where I would…

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Silver Lining

MaryAnn signed a lease today on an apartment! That was really, really fast! I’m glad she found a place, and that the whole "searching" process is now over. After work, I went to Home Depot and Ace Hardware. Got some supplies in anticipation of my coworker Dave’s visit. I’ve been tearing up the walls here like nobody’s business, and he’s…

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$11.80

At lunch, I checked over the phone to see how much money I had. Surprise surprise… I was about $375 overdrawn on my checking account. fuck. I run to the bank, and go over my transactions with a really nice teller. Turns out, I wasn’t keeping track enough of my spending… and when my rent check got cashed, ka-BLAMMO. Luckily,…

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Visitation

My friend MaryAnn arrived today! She went to school at OSU with me, and is a fiction writer. She knows Chicago so much better than me it’s not even funny. She’s been in NY for a while, and is moving back to the windy city. She’s staying with me a few days, and arrived this morning. Our schedules are a…

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Motivation

Matt continued my asskicking during the day. While I was at work, he IM’ed me several times, yelling at me for not writing. I decided, during lunch, to go out to the Barnes and Nobles in Crystal Lake and purchase a copy of Poets Market. That’s right, kids. I haven’t had enough rejection in my life lately, so I want…

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Wasted Day

Work. Tired. Cranked out a CD for a client. Yadda yadda. Driving home from Kenosha last night, I could barely stay awake at the wheel. When I got home, an ex-girlfriend of mine (Ann) was in the process of leaving me a message. It was near 11:00 PM when I walked in the door, and picked up. She’s been having…

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Driving Miss MoonDragon

It is a rather bleak morning, with us waking up around 10 AM. Melissa is still battling her flu-like symptoms, and is in and out of the bathroom all morning. It hits noon, and we realize we’re not going to make it to see Dustin’s apartment before dinner. I talk with him online, and he’s already guessed as much. Around…

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Late Night, Late Morning

Melissa arrives! We meet, shake hands, and start chatting about her trip. As we walk down to the luggage carousel, we’re both sorta taking stock of one another. It’s a bit weird at first, as we’re essentially two complete strangers. The talk goes over the usual topics, the boards, WH folk, and whatnot. On the blueline train back into the…

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Gesundheit

When I arrive back at the checkpoint, I look up the schedules. Delayed some more. The flight is set to arrive at 12:30 AM, so there’s even more waiting. For a while, I sit at the base of an escalator, positioned directly across from the metal detectors. I see a guy slouching, and notice a nice frame for a photograph….

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A Gathering of Young Asians

So I have no recourse but to wait. When I check, I see that her flight is delayed until 11:50 PM. I spent most of the day cleaning, and realize I’m ravenous. When I ask the security guy if anything’s open, he tells me that I need to travel by train to "Terminal 5." I track down the transport, and…

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The Best Advice Often Comes From the Most Unexpected Sources

Ah. The apartment is presentable, and I head out to catch the Blue Line to O’Hare at about 9 PM. Moonie is due to arrive at around 11:15 PM. I checked airline’s schedule, and everything looks good (Melissa called earlier, to say there was a chance the flight would be delayed). I figure it takes a while to get out…

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