Friday, August 24, 2012

Day 358 - 365 Crew

Day 358 - 365 Crew, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 23, 2012. With a week to go, this probably should have been our 365 wrap party. Four of us began at the same time on September 1, 2011. Two got sporadic, and, I suppose, quit doing the 365. Hannah and i kept up with it, but Hannah will have left Chicago before we're done in a week. We went out as a final hurrah for a group of friends (there's still a going-away party though) and had a blast that ended up in Lake Michigan.

In September I plan to continue with themed months (or weeks) until the end of 2012. In 2013 I plan to do a weekly portrait rather than a daily photo. I'm open to suggestion for themes for the rest of the year, though. 365 Crew, I salute you!

Day 357 - Painting

Day 357 - Painting, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 22, 2012. Walking on my lunch break, I caught these guys painting a building in Lincoln Park. This is a few blocks down the same street as the building in the previous photo. I guess it's that time of year.

Day 356 - Sanding

Day 356 - Sanding, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 21, 2012. Walking on my lunch break, I caught these guys sanding a building in preparation for painting.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Day 355 - Bridgehouse

Day 355 - Bridgehouse, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 20, 2012. After work, I met my wife Shereen and some of her family downtown for an Architecture Boat Tour. While I agree with Shereen that this one wasn't as good as the one we took previously, I still really enjoyed it. I would have had a great time without the guide, too, just cruising up and down the Chicago River around sunset. Of all the touristy things to do, I think this is probably my favorite. One of these days, I need to try a bus tour, too. I imagine it's pretty cool to see the city from the open top of a double decker bus.

Day 354 - Kristine and Adam

Day 354 - Kristine and Adam, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 19, 2012. The reason that much of Shereen's family was in town the past few days was the wedding of her cousin, Adam. Here he is with his bride Kristine in Mount Prospect, Illinois early in their lovely wedding ceremony.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day 353 - Ami and Abu

Day 353 - Ami and Abu, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 18, 2012. It's a busy weekend. JJ and Renee are in town visiting, and Shereen's parents and siblings arrived today, along with her sister's kids. The Air & Water Show is this weekend as well, so I had an abbreviated experience there with JJ and Renee before hauling it back home to prepare for the in-laws. I missed the Blue Angels, but I saw a bit of their practice on Friday, and they rattled my windows for a while as I worked on house stuff this afternoon. Tomorrow one of Shereen's cousins is getting married, which I suppose will preempt the celebration of Eid. If I were already in bed, I probably could have gone to see the first couple of hours of the Air & Water show again tomorrow, but I'm not in bed yet.

Day 352 - Dr. Horrible Read-Along

August 17, 2012. Pizza night! A couple of friends, JJ and Renee, arrived from out of town, and a few others came over for pizza, among them, two seventeen-year-olds. They found some amusement in trying to touch our demon cat without being maimed (that worked out fine, without injury), but really lit up when they were shown to our crates of comic books. The most fun seemed to be reading Dr. Horrible, each adopting characters and assigning them different voices. I wished we'd had another copy so I could follow along. It really was as fun as it looks.

Day 351 - Sushi Partner

Day 351 - Sushi Partner, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 16, 2012. We thought we'd go to Antique Tacos for dinner, but there were about twenty people in front of us in line and there were already no vacant tables indoors or out, so we went to Nori up the street instead. I had delicious sweet potato fries with a honey wasabi sauce, a few veggie maki rolls, and a really tasty yakisoba. The whole time, I had this imposing fellow staring right at me. Maybe I should have given him a sweet potato fry.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 350 - Tequila

Day 350 - Tequila, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 15, 2012. Before Hannah's last day at work, several coworkers took her out for fajitas and tequilas. Mal found this giant bottle next to our table. Alas, it was empty.

Day 349 - Men's Apparel

Day 349 - Men's Apparel, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 14, 2012. I found a spot and stayed a few minutes for a change. Most of the time, I'm biking or walking the whole time I'm out, and grab what I can. I still missed stuff, just because of the numbers of people, cars, and bikes in motion interrupting my photo ops or veering the wrong direction when they were the photo ops. I originally missed this guy walking toward me across all three streets in the intersection because I turned to my right too late to get the shot, but I wanted it. A couple of minutes later I settled for this shot of him on the other side of the street looking like he was about to come back. I'm not sure he was actually familiar with this intersection.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Day 348 - Sleepy Dog

Day 348 - Sleepy Dog, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 13, 2012. It was a zombie day for me. I slept most of it, and just did stuff in the house for the rest of it. Before finally going to sleep around 4 the next morning, I took some shots of the sleeping dog. He woke up enough to look at me like I was crazy, but he didn't move anything but his head.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 347 - Getting Physical

Day 347 - Getting Physical, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
August 12, 2012. Shereen and I took a seven-mile bike ride that ended at Northalsted Market Days where we met our friend Vernon about to photograph Sheena Easton. None of us had heard of Karmin before, but they had a great set, and some very enthusiastic fans. We saw Sheena Easton, who sounded great, and was quite charming. The main event, though, was Olivia Newton-John. She did a set of hit after hit, and it was a lot of fun, though I wish she'd had her band with her. I had a good time, but Shereen was enthralled. That girl loves Olivia Newton-John. I thought maybe I'd get a kiss during "Hopelessly Devoted To You" or "I Honestly Love You," but I couldn't even get her attention.

Day 346 - Dave Simon

Day 346 - Dave Simon, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
August 11, 2012. After work and after iftar Saturday, I joined Paloma for a show at Reggie's. The Crombies were playing a benefit for South Side's Got Sole. We had a good time shimmying to the reggae and ska dj's that spun before and after the Crombies played their set of Two Tone ska. After editing this photo I have "Monkey Man" stuck in my head. That song tends to stick for days, too.

Day 345 - Shitty Day

Day 345 - Shitty Day, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 10, 2012. The day the drain spewed its crap through the floor in my lab. The crap also rained down in the basement below me. It was a nasty experience even if we didn't have to deal with the drain pipe. I went down in the basement at one point to see the plumber at the end of an open pipe about six inches in diameter covered in blackish brownish nastiness. He had a large trash can and a mop bucket below him, both full of sewage, and still receiving a steady stream of filthy water which just overflowed onto the floor. TGIF!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Day 342 - Kitty Kitty

Day 342 - Kitty Kitty, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
August 7, 2012. Hey, look! Kitty cats!

Day 341 - Beaned!

Day 341 - Beaned!, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 6, 2012. I've never been hit by a baseball thrown at full force anywhere but in my glove. Monday night I saw Alexei Ramirez get hit by one though, and he went down clutching his arm and lay face down for a little bit before getting up and having his arm looked at by a trainer. Even then, he looked shaky for a few more minutes. He may or may not have wanted a more physical revenge, but at least the White Sox beat pitcher Luis Mendoza and the Kansas City Royals by a score of four to two, with two home runs.

Day 340 - Alex

Day 340 - Alex, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 5, 2012. I joined my friend Leland at Schuba's to see one of the first shows by new band Divine Fits. Its members are Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks. Alex Fischel plays with them on keyboards, and occasionally guitar or bass. Leland and I were chatting with Alex before the show when I took this photo. It's really an excellent band, and I look forward to their album which will be out at the end of August. You can hear some stuff online and I recommend them.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Day 339 - No Photos Today

Day 339 - No Photos Today, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 4, 2012. A day without any real photos. There were opportunities. I thought if I woke up early enough, I might go shoot some photos around Lollapalooza before going to a soccer game later. I didn't wake up early enough, then bailed out of the soccer game. I had a friend's band playing a show in my neck of the woods, and a party invite in Pilsen. But Pilsen is kind of a pain to get to, and I would have missed my friend's band, so here I am in Photobooth at the end of the day.

Day 338 - Sonido Tritón

Day 338 - Sonido Tritón, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.
August 3, 2012. Five of us went dancing at Late Bar, where Jamaican vinyl was spinning all night long in celebration of Jamaica's fiftieth anniversary of independence from Britain.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Day 337 - Pinky

Day 337 - Pinky, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 2, 2012. That's a pretty fantastic hair color.

Day 336 - Evening Commute

Day 336 - Evening Commute, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.

August 1, 2012. I often take photos of other cyclists. They often look at me with a bit of curiosity as I stand to the side, straddling my bike, pointing my camera down the bike lanes.