Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 179 - Neurosis

Day 179 - Neurosis, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 26, 2012. As a reward for unclogging some drains in the house, Shereen took me to Kuma's Corner for dinner. They have incredible burgers. I don't eat meat, so I've had them with a veggie patty, and I maintain that they're the best. If you're intolerant of loud metal music, it's not the place for you, but it might be worthwhile for you to give it a shot anyway. Tonight I had the Neurosis, but I'm thinking next time is going to be the Absu. Tony Kisner, I understand if you had a bad experience at Kuma's on your last visit, but I have to disagree with your dethroning of Kuma's after several meals at your new favorite. The other place is very good too, and actually appears in my 365 entry for December 31.

Day 178 - Holiday

Day 178 - Holiday, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 25, 2012. At the invitation of my friend Keiko, I went to see Chicago's Blind Staggers and S.S. Web, from Milwaukee, at Ultra Lounge. This is Brian, who plays bass for S.S. Web. He's equally animated on stage, and you should check out both bands.

Day 177 - Biking Betsy Ross

Day 177 - Biking Betsy Ross, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 24, 2012. The Bike Winter Art Show opened, and the turnout was pretty fantastic. This is Elise, who made the flag behind her. If you'd like to see the fabulous art in the show, it's running through March 9 at Gala Gallery, 1000 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. March 9 there will be another party at the gallery with a bike fashion show.

Day 176 - Rainy Day Robbie

Day 176 - Rainy Day Robbie, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 23, 2012. I had lunch with my friend and former coworker Roberto on Thursday. This is a quick shot I took as he turned for the train station and I headed back to work. Roberto is a graphic designer whose work can be seen at

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 175 - Gala Gallery

Day 175 - Gala Gallery, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 22, 2012. Today I dropped off a couple of prints to be hung in the 15th Annual Bike Winter Art Show. Opening night is Friday February 24, 2012 at 7:00 at Gala, 1000 N Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. The art on the walls, soon to come down, is by Slang.

Day 174 - Fat Tuesday

Day 174 - Fat Tuesday, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 21, 2012. I hoped to find some interesting Mardi Gras photos, but it seems all the partying took place in clubs. This was the largest outdoor gathering I found, and they were huddled together like penguins waiting to get in the club and out of the cold. Down on Division Street, there was a costumed stilt walker on the street, but the only revelers outdoors were smoking or entering clubs. Wrigleyville and Boystown were similarly quiet (outdoors). I guess I'll have to choose a party and go inside next year.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 173 - Driller

Day 173 - Driller, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
Feb 20, 2012.  I shot a few frames of this guy preparing to put up a sign in Lincoln Park. I guess I made him a little agitated. He stopped and asked if there was a problem, and who I was working for.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 172 - Swiss Lanes Diner

Day 172 - Swiss Lanes Diner, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 19, 2012. The last day of our trip to New Glarus began in the diner at the Swiss Lanes bowling alley. Blueberry French toast for me!

Day 171 - Cow and Firemen

Day 171 - Cow and Firemen, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 18, 2012. After a side trip to Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, we returned to our hotel to discover four or five firetrucks and several firefighters on the roof. It was sort of scary, but couldn't have been nearly as bad as a friend of mine finding the same situation at his smoldering apartment on the Fourth of July. In this case, there had apparently been a fire in the chimney of the large fireplace in the lobby, which was quickly taken care of with minimal inconvenience to the patrons of the Chalet Landhaus. The cows did not appear to be alarmed.

Day 170 - Pink Hairs

Day 170 - Pink Hairs, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
Feb 17, 2012.  Friday, four of us made a trip to Wisconsin to visit our friend Holly and her family, and celebrate our friend Christine's birthday. This is Holly's niece, who we were also very pleased to see. We had a fun weekend, punctuated by karaoke and cows. Now I'm looking forward to some vegetables.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 169 - Skates

Day 169 - Skates, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 16, 2012. Eating a mushroom stuffed slice for lunch, I saw these two traversing the intersection through the window of the pizzeria. While I like the photo on its own, I can't get past the fact that it was taken in mid-February in Chicago, and that clothing was appropriate.

Day 168 - Paper Box

Feb 15, 2012.  Walking around Lincoln Park on my lunch break, I noticed a body in the Red Eye box.  The faceless, self-shot appearance made me wonder if the woman in the photo had put it in the box, and if this is the only one.  If yes, was it a dare, exhibitionism, or a method of empowerment and pride?  Was it just a need for nude art to be publicly available?  On the other hand, did someone else place it, whether for sinister reasons or just to stick a naked lady up in public?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day 167 - Valentine's Dessert

Day 167 - Valentine's Dessert, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
Feb 14, 2012.  Shereen and I had a Valentine's dinner at Blind Faith CafĂ© in Evanston. First choice was Green Zebra, but they were already booked up. This is one of our two delicious desserts, a Kahlua custard with strawberry chips and a garnish of rose petals. Mmmm.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 166 - Happy Valentine's Day

Feb 13, 2012.  Here is the just the cake to celebrate St. Valentine's Day with, at Alliance Bakery on Division Street in Chicago. Unless you're squeamish, that is.

Day 165 - Room E

Day 165 - Room E, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Sunday practice for Jai Alai again took place at Music Garage, this time in Room E, which is really nice. This is the drum kit I ended up with this time. Whoever used it before me has no idea how to tune a snare.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 164 - Tip

Day 164 - Tip, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 11, 2012. Dice tends bar and stores a tip at Ultra Lounge. This was a night of fun photos. It began with a Rotten Finko & the Convicts show at Ultra Lounge and continued after a couple more bands rolling around town with various members of the Convicts at different venues around Chicago. It was actually all the band members, but not always all in the same place at the same time. I'm actually looking forward to editing those photos.

Day 163 - Author

Day 163 - Author, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 10, 2012. Paloma Martinez-Cruz and Carlos at a party for the release of her book, "Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica: from East L.A. to Anahuac."

Day 162 - Swinging Erica

Day 162 - Swinging Erica, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 9, 2012. Fabulous Ladies of Fitness threw a Valentine's party of sorts at Cole's Bar - Love Is a Battlefield. Erica, one of the DJ's is getting her swing on here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 161 -Take Home Tamales!

Day 161 -Take Home Tamales!, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 8, 2012. I first saw this cart yesterday on my way to Liz's Pet Shop. Nobody was selling tamales from it then or tonight, so I don't know if it actually is an active foodcart. Even from the corner of my eye while driving a car, however, the art by don't fret grabbed my attention. Today I came back on my bicycle, which is how I get around 98% of the time, including winter, so that I could get a photo of it. It was still there, so now you can see it too.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 160 - A Couple of Guys

Day 160 - A Couple of Guys, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 7, 2012. Here I am attempting to take a picture with Malicous, who clearly won't look at the camera even when it's not in front of my face. You may notice we're both rocking a skull motif and facial hair, because we're cool like that.

Day 159 - Dinner On The Way

Day 159 - Dinner On The Way, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 6, 2012. I meant to make a photo to commemorate Bob Marley's birthday, but instead I made spaghetti and photos of spaghetti. This is a pan of Field Roast (vegetarian) sausages that have been cooked and sliced and are now getting browned a bit more on what had been the inside. They are about to go into a sauce I made with chopped tomatoes (from a carton), onion, garlic, carrot, balsamic vinegar, and some herbs and spices.

Day 158 - Jai Alai Working It Out

Feb 5, 2012.  This is the first practice for my newest band, which it seems will be called Jai Alai. This was also my first time meeting Gary, who's playing guitar. It went quite well, and I expect we'll be in good shape by the time we play our first show on March 1. Yeah, that's soon, but the Bricks actually did it the same way back in 2003. JJ called me one day and said "we have a gig in three weeks, and I have another guitar player, and we might have a bass player." We learned some songs, wrote some others, and carried on until I moved to Chicago five years later.

Day 157 - Caged Demon

Day 157 - Caged Demon, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
Feb 4, 2012.  Malicous (our dog) has issues with his back legs, so we've put a baby gate at the stairs to keep him from going up or down without us knowing and possibly hurting himself. Eamon (our cat) is usually stuck on the other side of the gate when we're gone, and this is where he tends to be when we come back. Most of the time, he's meowing as well.

Day 156 - Dancing Dove

Day 156 - Dancing Dove, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 3, 2012. Friday night we met some friends at Late Bar, which was hosting Alchemical Splendor at 45 RPM. DJ's with sideburns played 60's garage, power pop, and fuzzed out soul until four in the morning.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day 155 - Alley Lights

Day 155 - Alley Lights, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Feb 2, 2012. Last year on this date I spent much of the day walking the neighborhood and taking photos of people trying to deal with the two feet of snow left overnight by a storm that included 40+ mph winds. Most neighborhood streets, including this one, were only passable because teams of neighbors hit the road with snow shovels after digging their way out their front doors. One year later, and we're in the midst of a streak of days with temperatures around fifty degrees.

Day 154 - Ghost Bike (Liza Whitacre)

Feb 1, 2012. This ghost bike memorializes Liza Whitacre, killed in an accident with a car a little over two years ago. There are several ghost bikes in Chicago, and I'm thankful for my record on the roads every time I see one.

Day 153 - Practice Time

Day 153 - Practice Time, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Jan 31, 2012. This is one of my beautiful drums, made in 1959 about four blocks away from my current house. The former Ludwig factory now houses some high-end condos. I wish they were all occupied by drummers.

Day 152 - Steve

Day 152 - Steve, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

Jan 30, 2012. I saw one of this guy's cohort on a wall from the bus, but it was torn down when I went by on my bike the next day. I found this one (Steve) and another named Jose, though. Steve was still there yesterday, Feb 1, but today he's buried under brown paint along with some other great work, including a beautiful piece by Nice One (to Dream).

Day 151 - X's and L's

Day 151 - X's and L's, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
Jan 29, 2012.  Walking around on my lunch break, I try to find photos. Sometimes I find myself resorting to structures when there isn't much activity on the street. It's not a bad thing, though.