While having a regular lunch on a Saturday afternoon, Liz and I happened to look out the window and spotted a number of strange looking groups… each one of them pushing/pulling a shopping cart. Moments like today make me happy I live in Chicago.
After following the site for many years, I officially joined the Gapers Block staff. I can’t tell you how big a thrill it was to be an “official” participant, logging in to the admin, peeking behind the scenes. Posting my own entries onto a site that I regularly visited was a huge thing to me. So, so awesome.
Believe it or not, I’ve never owned a car in my life. That is, until today. For the first time ever, I bought a new car – definitely the biggest purchase I’ve ever, ever made.
My brother-in-law Shane is a HUGE fireworks fanatic. And this year, I was lucky enough to be at his house on the Fourth of July. And let me tell you, Shane did not disappoint. He put on a show for my entire family (and for the entire neighborhood). In looking back, I’m amazed the cops didn’t show up – the kind of fireworks that were going off, didn’t quite seem so legal.
Visiting Lisa’s parents in Arkansas, spending a day on Norfolk Lake was a great Summer 2007 memory. There was nothing to do except drive around the lake on a boat, ride the jetski, riding The Outlaw and sinking some beers at sunset. This day was the very definition of the word “vacation.”
I was walking around on a cloud when I found out that my Astronaut project got mentioned on BoingBoing. To date, this Flash project has been my most successful, and making it on to BB (a site that I really enjoy and visit daily) meant a great deal to me.
I was very proud of the work I did, and of how the project turned out. It was great to get this kind of a nod, and felt like a validation of sorts.
Spotting a random listing in the Chicago Reader, Liz and I attended a Clown memorial service for a 1918 train wreck in Woodlawn Cemetery. Clowns. In a Cemetery. I think that pretty much sums it up.
My friend Jamie told me about some friends of hers, who run a project called Polite in Public. The group was in Chicago, and Liz and I were able to get in to the concert and participate in the photoshoot.
Dressing up and being silly in front of a camera = tons of fun.
I’ve spent a small fortune in arcades and on pinball games. Thanks to Chris, I attended the Pinball Expo, and spent several hours playing all sorts of machines.
Oh, and did I mention that all the pinball machines were set on free play?
My friend Dave gave a fantastic show at Logan Square Auditorium, sharing the stage with Jens Lekman. The crowd was huge, the sound was excellent, and I had a great time – up close for a few songs, running through the crowd getting photos, watching from above on the balcony. I was incredibly excited and proud of Dave, and loved the whole evening.
As a bonus – prior to the show, a bunch of us got together for dinner and drinks. A great night of friends, followed by a great night of music.