On Saturday, Liz and I ventured out to meet up with Jake and Anais for some drinks. The spot we were to meet was a kind of weird one – the directions we had were vague, and had a series of steps, as opposed to an actual address.
On Saturday, we had the good fortune to be invited to a Cubs game, courtesy of Jake. He’s got season tickets, and was in town this weekend… and offered to take us to the game. The last time I was at a Cubs game was… ages ago, honestly. I think it might have been circa 2000, back when the company I worked for hired a trolley and treated all the employees for a day trip.
It’s been several years now, and there’s just a twinge of sadness each time I step foot into the museum. As amazing and awesome as the displays are, I do always find myself imagining the crowds having gone, and the lights dimming. I found myself looking around at various locations, wondering what it would be like to try to sleep at this exhibit, or over under this display.
It’s an interesting thing, when Liz and I tackle complex tasks together. Traditionally, we don’t do so well. While we typically don’t argue all that often, arguments tend to arise when we’re trying to do complex or multi-step tasks alongside one another.
You can’t see it in this picture, but Bob, Liz, and I are all smiling like crazy watching the dogs on Jake’s bike. We heard some great stories about how other people (pedestrians, other bicyclists, and even cars) reacted when seeing these guys go down the street.
Jake’s dog Tus went missing yesterday, while they were out in the south side of Chicago at Sherman Park, near 55th and Racine. He’s offering a $2,000 reward for her safe return – and anything you can do to help spread the word would be greatly appreciated.
Tus is a mutt with white fur, weighs approximately 30 lbs. and his white fur and pointy ears (looks like a fox). She was last wearing a black collar. Please call 847.420.3034 with any information.
Spent a most of Saturday hanging out at Jake’s place, over in Rogers Park. I got the time wrong (thought it started at 12:00, but he was expecting folks at 2:00 PM)… so we showed up a little early. We arrived thinking we were fashionably late at 1:30 PM, but turns out we were by far the first ones there
For much of the weekend, Jake would throw sticks into the water for Tus to fetch. At first, she was hesitant to get in the water… but once she realized it was ok (after Jake tossed her in), she started diving in on her own. According to Jake, this was the first time she had ever jumped into a lake totally on her own – you could tell he was really proud of Tus.
Lisa and James are back in Chicago for a few days, and originally Jake, Liz and I were going to go out for a weekend of camping. Given the heat and the storms predicted, we ended up heading to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where we were able to stay at the lakehouse that belongs to Jake’s dad.
I walked up near the starting area to snap a few pics. This is the registration area, where you sign your name, get your map, and get your red and blue ribbons. The blue ribbon goes immediately around your arm, to signal that you’re a runner. Throughout the game, as you’re trying to get to each checkpoint on your map, you’ll be trying to avoid people with red armbands (chasers). If you’re caught, you give your blue arm band to the person who caught you, put on your red arm band… and become a chaser yourself.
A few nights ago, Jake came by to cook us dinner. It was partly a thank-you gift to Liz, for helping teach him some crochet fundamentals, and as a final goodbye meal (he’s taking off for South America again). While he’s travelling for the next six months, he’ll be making custom handbags which he plans to sell along the way….
On Friday Jake came over to our place for dinner (and Tus was along, of course). After we had eaten, we noticed that Baxter and Quincy seemed to be a little less freaked out by a dog in the area. Quincy seemed pretty nonchalant about everything, actually. And so we devised a test. Jake would hold Tus, and we would…
Jake and Lisa are back in town, and we’ve been hanging out with them over the past few days. Early in the evening on Memorial Day, despite the rains during the first part of the day… we all set up a small camp on Logan Boulevard, and did a little grilling. Liz and Jake, relaxing as the day winds down….
My friend Jake has been traveling in South America for some time now. Shortly after his trip to Shanghai, China, he came back in time for our wedding (with a day or two to spare), only to them depart a week later for Bolivia. Jake’s been keeping a travel blog over at Travelpod, including both text and photos. Because his…