November 17, 2013. All week long, I kept hearing how nice it was going to be on Sunday, with temperatures in the 60's. "But it's going to rain," was always added. The weather reports were correct. It did warm up to the 60's, and it rained. It rained a lot. Tornadoes were a potential threat. A facebook contact actually reported one in a neighboring county. I looked outside and saw a flooded street, particularly along the curbs, where the surface curves downward. One neighbor in a raincoat and rainpants was stalking the sidewalks with a rake, looking for storm sewers clogged with the countless leaves that have fallen over the last week.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
November 15, 2013. I had no idea it was opening day at the Millennium Park ice rink. I don't often include Millennium Park in my lunchtime photowalks, largely because I try to avoid taking too many pictures of the Bean. I actually walked by it without taking any photos of it, and on my way out of the park, I heard the zamboni. I snapped a few frames from the south end of the rink before I gave in and decided to photograph from the angle seen here. Thankfully, the zamboni driver, who had just left the ice, drove back on and rolled into this shot. As of Friday, November 15, Chicagoans and visitors can go to Millennium Park for free outdoor ice skating until sometime in March.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
November 12, 2013. I walked past one of the countless seasonal Halloween shops that appear on every third block sometime in September, and had to wonder what became of the people who were in that shop for those few weeks. Looking in the window, I saw a bag full of heads, the lower half of someone lopped off at the waist, and a headless, armless woman's torso. There was also a really tall demonic looking fellow playing guitar. I decided against asking him any of my questions.
November 11, 2013. This year, Veteran's Day fell on a Monday, making it observed on the same day. It was also the day that Chicago saw its first snowfall of the season. I was downtown at the time, allowing me to capture a scene that is clearly Chicago.
November 10, 2013. Walking two dogs seems to result in one of two things. The two of them might compete to be the dog in front the entire time, keeping your arm or arms pulled taut, and your feet constantly moving in an attempt to keep your face off the sidewalk. Or perhaps they're like Sam and Elsie, with one walking along, stopping occasionally to sniff briefly, and the other darting to the next place any dog or rabbit has ever been, and trying to spend three minutes sniffing each spot before running to the next spot two and a half feet away.
November 8, 2013. This gentleman in a top hat and turtleneck came out of the pub with some friends. He seemed particularly interested in the L train overhead on Wabash.
November 6, 2013. I suppose you just have to find a comfortable spot for talking on the phone. Even if there were phone booths still around, can you imagine what they'd smell like in a city like Chicago? You probably shouldn't try to imagine that.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
November 4, 2013. We thought we were just going to The Monarch to get dinner, but trivia was beginning right after we were seated. We went ahead and played, at first ready to bow out as soon as we didn't know any answers or couldn't carry on our own conversation. Then came the first bonus question, which required getting the written answer to the host first. We won that and got a prize, and continued to win all the bonus questions, while steadily remaining in second place. At the end, we were still in second, but the kitchen staff was the only team ahead of us, and they of course, were ineligible for a gift certificate to their own restaurant. With them out, we won the first prize as well as several bonus prizes, and got $25 taken off of our bill. It was a good dinner! I had a delicious fried green tomato sandwich, and the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers for the first time in 6 years, which we simultaneously watched on TV.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
November 3, 2013. Longtime friends Five Eight left Athens, Georgia this weekend for shows in the Midwest. I caught up with them in Chicago at the LiveWire Lounge, a venue that my bands also play on occasion. It was fantastic to see them play again, as it's been several years since they were touring frequently enough for me to catch them on a regular basis. The set, and their visit, were too short to feel I've caught up with them, and with Patrick in particular, a friend of mine since high school. They're such a good band. For those that don't know them, please look them up.
092/365 - Vanilla Ice, Wonder Woman, and a Mime Walk Into a Bar, originally uploaded by Mikey Brick.