Thursday, August 29, 2013
August 29, 2013. Sometimes, Kevin, who I previously knew as the singer from the band Brick Assassin, comes in to the cafe where I work on his morning break. This afternoon on my break, I caught him outside the barber school that he attends a couple of doors down from me. It's always a pleasant surprise to run into a friendly familiar face in a city the size of Chicago.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
August 28, 2013. On a reasonably cool, but still humid, cloudy day, I found myself not getting hot on the 9-mile ride to work, but sweating like crazy nonetheless. This photo was in the first of my nine miles back home, heading into the sunset on Adams Street approaching Dearborn. The building ahead is the 41-story Clark Adams Building, built in 1927. You can see the clouds, which remained throughout the day, swallowing the taller buildings behind it.
August 27, 2013. While waiting for the bus at Ashland and Division that would take me to band practice, I heard kind of loud cello music, with electronic augmentation coming from Polish Triangle across the street. I wandered over and listened and took a few photos of Shannon Hayden as she played to a modest crowd of spectators.
Monday, August 26, 2013
August 26, 2013. If you were looking at my photos from September 2012, you know that I can dedicate each day to cycling photos, but I'm trying to avoid that right now and keep a bit of variety going on. Most days I do happen to have photos of cyclists or bikes, but I've chosen others to post. Sometimes I like the cyclists best, though, as is the case today. I had just come up from the Montrose Blue Line station with my bike and was putting on my gloves when this gentleman rode by. I framed him up, of course, and he gave me this instead of the curious scowl I often get.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
August 24, 2013. On a previous day that I did nothing, you were introduced to Tokio the cat. There is another cat to meet, and here he is: Wunny! I also did nothing that day, despite it being one of the very few remaining summer Saturdays, and having a list of parties and shows to make appearances at. Oh, well.
Friday, August 23, 2013
August 23, 2013. Rainy Thursday was forgotten on Friday. It was a beautiful day for sunshine and warm, but comfortable, temperatures. The tourists noticed, too. They were definitely out and about on Michigan Avenue, as well as stopping suddenly at corners in the Loop to figure out where they were while others tried to continue their walks to work, or lunch, or home without being involved in a multi-person pileup.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
August 22, 2013. After eating lunch, I made a trip around the block in the rain shooting photos of people trying to keep dry, mostly with umbrellas. The rain was actually quite light, so several people, myself included, were willing to get a little wet.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
August 21, 2013. Sometimes our instinctive gestures don't match our intentions. As I was straddling my bike photographing the rush hour commuters coming up Milwaukee Avenue, this smiling trio came along. As you can see, one raised her hand with her middle finger extended. She promptly yelled out, "Oh God, I don't know why I flipped you off. I meant to wave!"
August 20, 2013. Riding my bike home from work, I shared a few stoplights with this tophatted fellow on a motorcycle. He said he normally wears a different hat when riding, but he was taking this hat to a friend to borrow for Burning Man. Having moved a top hat myself, I've found that the best way to carry it is indeed on your own head.
August 19, 2013. JJ found tickets from a season ticketholder to a game between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. This is JJ after the inexplicable eleventh Chicago run, one of several homers, and the second for Donnie Murphy.
August 18, 2013. I wanted to make it to the second day of the Chicago Air and Water Show, having missed the first thanks to playing a show the previous night and getting home really late. Although I woke up at a decent time, I found it difficult to move myself from North Mayfair to North Avenue Beach in a timely fashion and only saw the last couple of planes from Bucktown while riding my bike that way. I still hung out at the beach for a little bit, where I came up with this photo of a kid getting his air and water simultaneously.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
August 15, 2013. After work, I killed some time downtown before meeting coworkers at a birthday party, by photographing among the crowds on the evening streets. A significant number of people were headed to Soldier Field to see the Bears play the San Diego Chargers. Another significant number of people was, of course, anxious to get home from work.
August 14, 2013. After my friends JJ and Renee arrived in town, and after we had some dinner, we walked around Wicker Park for a bit. In the park itself, we saw a bit of a basketball game (or 3), and several other small congregations of people.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
August 13, 2013. My friend and bandmate Hoser went to look at an apartment with me. Here, he waits outside for the owner. I hope I find myself living in this place. Besides finding house hunting unenjoyable, I really like it quite a bit.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
August 10, 2013. After a Squared Off show at Mary's Place in Rockford, Illinois, Matt from Squared Off and Leo from the Hard-Onz jumped for me out on the sidewalk. This may have been related to the excitement of Matt singing the Jurassic Park theme. Or maybe not.
August 9, 2013. The August 9 Liar's Club show was certainly the best one I've played so far with Squared Off in the past four months. I have several good photos of the other bands, but I was looking for something about the manic chaos to be my single photo of the day. This is later in the night, and not so manic, but I quite like it.
August 8, 2013. Lily and Tara came to spend the evening with me, a pizza, and a pool table. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has been one of my more popular recent flickr photos in the two days that it's been posted before adding it here.
August 7, 2013. North Mayfair is the neighborhood I am housesitting in, which is filled with street after street of bungalows. This one, my friend Amy calls the Hansel and Gretel house.
August 6, 2013. During my lunch break, now that I work in the Loop, I sometimes go see what's up on Chicago's streets. I stumbled on the installation of several sculptures near the Art Institute one day. It looks a little bit like something I wasn't supposed to see.
August 4, 2013. This one day I had to recreate since I did not yet know I was doing another 365 project. It was easy, though, because I didn't even leave the house that Sunday. This is Tokio, my friend Amy's cat. I was her housesitter for a month while she was in Montana. Tokio was sure to present me with occasional challenges, so I didn't become too comfortable.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
August 3, 2013. At the gracious invitation of Rick Carney from the Austin Texas School of Rock, I went to one of their shows at the House of Blues in Chicago. While sitting at my table after the show had ended, I saw this group walk up to the hostess stand.
Back to the 365! Starting with August first, illustrated here, I'll bring another photo each day for a year.
This is Matt, who plays bass in Squared Off, a band I play drums for, and his wife having some food after we played at Reggie's in Chicago.