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Wow, yeh. Cool poster.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Something I've been meaning to suggest for a long time is that initial posts in new threads Chicago should contain a link to the previous one. Chicago: They paved a fetid swamp/and put up a parking lot

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

The artist seemed to think that people in the 1990s would be obsessed with flying buttresses and apparently non-functional viaduct looking things. And that we would spray paint everything gold.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

the fashions were a little bit off too.

JuliaA, Monday, 2 January 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

The woman's clothing looks like sportswear c. 1900 or 1910 or so (jacket, small hat) and while this is kind of facile, if you look at these silhouettes:


you can see that outside the brief dalliance into empire waists not a lot changed in women's fashion other than skirt width, sleeve shape, and hat size for over 100 years so I suppose I could see someone assuming that trend would continue for the next 100. The dude has some futuristic looking epaulettes on his jacket, though. Slick.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Monday, 2 January 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

i did spray paint everything gold (and silver) in the 90s

La Lechera, Monday, 2 January 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually I did too, for a while.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

i haven't left the apartment yet. but it's kind of chilly in here. even with the thermostat set at 70.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 2 January 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm coming to find that my place is kind of drafty. The big "balcony" door lets in a lot of air. That's really NBD in the winter, but I'm going to want to fix that in the summer to curb the cost of A/C.

It's weird that today is a bank holiday. Courts and state govt. are one thing, but I thought the banks and markets would be too busy and important to close today.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

We have officially taken down all Christmas trappings. I even repotted our tiny, live Christmas tree into a regular pot. If it lives until next year, which I think we can all agree is highly unlikely although hope springs eternal, we can just decorate it again.

In other news, our upstairs neighbor is playing guitar which wouldn't bother me except that he's still in that phase of slow, 4/4 chord-chord-chord-chord guitar playing in which everybody I knew in college seemed eternally trapped. If he starts playing "I Know You Rider" or "Jane Says" I'm going upstairs and .

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Monday, 2 January 2012 21:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's more like chord-chord-chord-chord-chord-chord- stop, reposition fingers -chord-chord- stop, start over -chord-chord-chord-chord

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Monday, 2 January 2012 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think I knew that you had a tree. You can totally keep it alive, probably.

That reminds me: You know which product works exactly like it's supposed to and is super useful, and actually better than expected? Bitter Apple.

I bought a pony tail palm

which I'm sure you can see is made to look appetizing to cats. After I sprayed it w/ Bitter Apple the would lick and start to nibble a blade, move on to another, and finally lose interest. 3 weeks have passed and the plant is not chewed up and puked out on my carpet.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 21:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I say it's better than expected b/c it effective deters the cats without seeming to be horribly disgusting. It's not scorched earth level disgusting, which I didn't want. I tasted it and it's bitter, but it doesn't linger.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

ponytail palm

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

ooh i like that plant! it looks like a muppet!

i had a long day of EXTREMELY DULL errands and now i'm in for the evening, relieved and thinking about houseplants

La Lechera, Monday, 2 January 2012 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

The groan at around 1:20 is hilarious. Love this dog.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Monday, 2 January 2012 22:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Stumbled onto this when searching for something else:

Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interesting how that glass-domed building in the poster does resemble Ogilvie.

Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, wait, isn't that a glass-domed El station at Chicago and Franklin?

Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm in Lincolnshire waiting for my room service. not gonna do much on this business trip other than work and lounge in hotel room. too damn cold!

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

What are you doing in Lincolnshire?

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's a general question for anybody in Lincolnshire, really.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

business...here to work in the Lincolnshire office of work for two days, then back home. easy in, easy out for the most part.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't really know where that is tbh but I'm glad life is easy for you there.

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had to look it up but it's way far northwest.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

well I live in FL, this is a two day excursion. not even gonna visit Chicago cuz there's no time.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Those trips can be frustrating, particularly if its an exciting city that you've never been to before. Flying out to Austin again tomorrow night, but absolutely no time to sight see. Site surveys all day before flying home Wednesday afternoon. Same thing with a two-day trip to D.C. a couple months ago - got to see the Capitol building from afar as we drove to the job site, and that was it for my sight-seeing.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interesting how that glass-domed building in the poster does resemble Ogilvie.

― Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Monday, January 2, 2012 8:12 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Oh, wait, isn't that a glass-domed El station at Chicago and Franklin?

― Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Monday, January 2, 2012 8:12 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

You're right, it does look a lot like the Ogilvie Trans Ctr/Citicorp Building. I don't understand the second post. I don't recall a glass-domed El station at Chicago and Franklin, but I could be wrong.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, I was mixing up Lincolnshire with Lincolnwood, which is the 1st suburb you hit when taking Lincoln Ave. out of Chicago.

Is the "shire" Lincolnshire pronounced "sheer"?

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

J5, I was trying to figure out the vantage point where that picure is from, and realized that it could be a block north of Franklin & Wells, with the Ogilvie-type structure actually being a domed thing on the Chicago brown line El platform.

Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd like to share the most infectious song about construction equipment that has ever been written. I watched this video approximately 30 times with my 22-month-old nephew last week. Its effect on him is amazing to see, and the tune quickly becomes buried within one's brane.

bomb.gif (dan m), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Will definitely have to share that with our little guy. Right now he's absolutely loving the Good Night Good Night Construction Site book he got for Christmas.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good Night Good Night Construction Site

Love that title.

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oops, its actually Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Hopefully that doesn't dampen your love.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^Neil Michael Haggerty side project

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

My in-laws live a couple of miles from Lincolnshire -- don't know much about it otherwise.

Bon Ivoj (jaymc), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

downstairs neighbor died
RIP

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

(btw she was v old and v sick, i am sure she is in a happier place now)

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

RFI: Trader Joe's

So R and I got a TJ's gift card for Xmas but we're not sure what to spend it on. Being that I've only set foot inside one of their stores like twice, what have they got? We were kind of thinking of using it to stock up on staples. I know they have a lot of prepared/semi-prepared stuff but we cook pretty much all our own food. Can you go there and just buy a shitload of pasta or other similar things?

BTW I still kind of hate the public ethos of the place but who cares? Free food!

bomb.gif (dan m), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

stop sweating it and just get a ton of beer

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

or wine
or cheese to freeze

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hummus and triple ginger snaps

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is the kind of stuff I get at Trader Joe's:

bread
soy milk
cereal
orange juice
frozen pizza
wine
dry pasta
applesauce
peanut butter
Lara Bars
tortilla chips
salsa
hummus
cheese
paper towels/T.P.
laundry detergent
frozen fish
veggie burgers

TJ's is admittedly not great for produce, but I will buy stuff like bananas or mushrooms or tomatoes there if I'm running low and I don't feel like stopping at HarvesTime.

Bon Ivoj (jaymc), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also...

olive oil
canned beans

Bon Ivoj (jaymc), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah they have good oo for decent price

in sum:

olive oil
wine
beer
cheese

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am the poster child for Trader Joe's ethos. I'll buy the gift card from you for 75 cents on the dollar and you can use the cash to join a CSA.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

we got a huge basket of stuff from there in addition to the card, R's aunt is a convert as well

bomb.gif (dan m), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Things I buy most often at TJ

tube o' polenta
frozen fruits and vegetables
OO
frozen chicken breasts
frozen tri-color bell pepper strips
hummus
packets of heat and serve Indian food, and tuna w/ curry (usually unavailable)

CHILI SPICED MANGO STRIPS
CHILI SPICED PINEAPPLE
FUCK YEH

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I get those flaxseed vegetable chips.

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 23:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just keeping an eye open so you don't have to! Also I contacted my state legislators to ask them not to allow CCA into IL. I strongly recommend doing that if you want to feel a teensy bit better about it.

passion it person (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

That is a good idea. I don't know if I trust JC to keep out anything that might make him a buck/put somebody in a position to owe him a favor, but it's worth a shot.

carl agatha, Thursday, 20 December 2012 01:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

About a month ago there was this big alert sent to all parents of school-aged kids in Oak Park that a convicted child molester had been hanging around his old house on Halloween while the court worked his case, reportedly with the judge's permission. He was also apparently a dick about it. Anyway, the judge ultimately rescinded his permission and he's reportedly gone. But a couple of weeks after that, two kids (high school or middle school) reported attempted abductions at the hands (literally) of some dude driving a van; one actually had to fight her way away from him. Said dude was arrested in less than a week. But then yesterday I get three more alerts from the school district about three more possible attempted abductions, all yesterday, two at the hands of one dude, and one possibly by a woman, all three driving vans (natch). I asked at the school office if this stream of reports and alerts is the result of some new policy, and she said no, it's just a troubling uptick in these incidents, all within a few weeks of one another. What the fuck is going on, man?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Perhaps people are feeling more comfortable reporting incidents than they did previously? Creepazoidal no matter what.

dansplaining (dan m), Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, we're hoping it just means people are being vigilant. But it still means this shit is happening!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Very cool collections of old CTA/L brochures, maps, and other iconography http://imprint.printmag.com/uncategorized/keeping-everyone-in-the-loop-50-years-of-chicago-l-graphics/

dansplaining (dan m), Thursday, 20 December 2012 17:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

carl agatha, this reminds me of your former co-worker

http://www.youtube.com/v/yeqwDLsZJn8

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Sunday, 23 December 2012 17:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Grr. Youtube changed their sharing options and they don't seem to offer the "Long link" anymore.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Sunday, 23 December 2012 17:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Sunday, 23 December 2012 17:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

The sweater part, def. Maybe not so much the implied spousal abuse part.

carl agatha, Sunday, 23 December 2012 18:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

No, I know. That was a strange turn at the end. Though she does have a tendency to cling to authoritative males.

I love the idea of space heaters being scams.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Sunday, 23 December 2012 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was pretty good.

carl agatha, Sunday, 23 December 2012 19:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

I finally used the express driver's license facility and it was very fast. They made me take a new picture, though, for which I was ill prepared. It's nice to have a non-expired license, however, so I don't care.

How was everybody's xmas? Jeff and I lounged around, ate food, read books, played video games, and watched TV. Xmas OTM.

carl agatha, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ran into both J3ss3 and Lechera within an hour of each other yesterday.

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Good. Quiet. Got a raise today, over lunch at Bl@ckbirddddddwwwwwwwwwzzzzzzzzzzzzzso sleepy u guys

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 20:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've been under the weather since Friday. No fun. Hopefully on the mend, though...

Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is pretty interesting, on the Ravenswood Bar--a windowless place I always passed on the way to the Fireside:

http://www.talestavernsandtowns.com/uncategorized/a-bitter-farewell/

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Thursday, 27 December 2012 06:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've never been there but now I'm sad it's closing.

carl agatha, Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

It was an Iowa bar. Probably sucked, especially on Saturdays.

Jeff, Thursday, 27 December 2012 14:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh! I just remembered I had a dream about n/a last night:

We ate mushrooms (as in psilocybin) and went out to catch butterflies. There was a woman out in a field with a label maker and we wanted her to make us some labels for our butterflies, but neither one of could say "label maker" - we kept saying "label makel" - so instead of asking, we just laughed and laughed and laughed.

There was something also about riding in my old car to Milford, DE and me eating steak but the shrooms, butterfly catching, and label makel is the only part I remember that made any sense.

carl agatha, Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

"label makel" detail sounds pretty OTM

Let's all shroom soon.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

On NYE.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Only if Nick does.

carl agatha, Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Label Maker Records = pretty good name.

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

I visited a ~certain ILXor's~ office at a ~certain~ fancy l~w f~rm today, and what was the first thing I saw upon entering the floor? A bottle of Malort on the breakroom's fancy dark wood bookcase.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 22:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's been like ... 13 years since I took mushrooms but I think I could be convinced to do so again with the right compatriots.

dansplaining (dan m), Friday, 28 December 2012 01:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

jaymc I am listening to your 2012 playlist finally! Yay!

carl agatha, Friday, 28 December 2012 15:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cool! It's now in mostly finalized order, too! Been giving it a final listen in the last couple of days to make some last-minute sequencing changes and also to delete songs I realize I don't actually like that much.

Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Friday, 28 December 2012 16:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

I GOTTA FEELING
THAT TONIGHT'S GONNA bE A GOOD NIGHT
2013

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Friday, 28 December 2012 16:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

John, I'm honoring your chosen order by not listening to it on shuffle.

I like listening to lists compiled by people I know because I like to think about why that particular person put this particular song on the list. Right now, I'm listening to Kinski Assassin by Ariel Pink and I can hear John singing, "Who sank my battleship? I sank my battleship!"

carl agatha, Friday, 28 December 2012 17:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha. Yeah, I like the silliness.

Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Friday, 28 December 2012 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Btw, I don't know that any of my song-to-song transitions were particularly inspired, though I do think the sequencing makes for a more pleasant and manageable listen in general. I like being able to dip into the mix at any point and hear a few songs with a similar vibe.

Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Friday, 28 December 2012 21:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

i will not be shrooming tonight. i think at this point i'm going to wait until i'm 85 before i start doing drugs again. i've got a good streak going.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 31 December 2012 19:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

wait did i miss something?

passion it person (La Lechera), Monday, 31 December 2012 19:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Let's all shroom soon.

― (*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:34 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

On NYE.

― (*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:34 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Only if Nick does.

― carl agatha, Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:41 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

sorry i've been away from the computer and so am responding to earlier this week

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Note: I only said I would do it if n/a did it because I knew he wouldn't do it.

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/hangover-clinic-chicagos-_n_2388820.html

I can think of multiple hangover instances where I would happily spend my last $99 at this clinic.

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

man her forehead is so weird

passion it person (La Lechera), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Whose?

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh - Nancy's?

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah
it leads directly into her nose

passion it person (La Lechera), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

hope u have a safe & happy new year, ppl

dansplaining (dan m), Monday, 31 December 2012 23:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

(w/ or w/o shrooms)

dansplaining (dan m), Monday, 31 December 2012 23:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Same to you! Happy new year, everybody!

carl agatha, Tuesday, 1 January 2013 01:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Happy new year! It is almost 2 am here which is quite impressive for me. I also cannot fuckng wait to get back to Chicago.

doctor, doctor, give me the news (askance johnson), Tuesday, 1 January 2013 06:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Chicago MMXIII: Walk Don't Run

carl agatha, Tuesday, 1 January 2013 18:55 (1 year ago) Permalink


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