January 1, 2014. I played a New Year's show with Squared Off at Chicago's Fireside Bowl, and our set began at about 12:02 am. That made waking up in time to get myself over to North Avenue Beach to witness the hardy souls plunging into Lake Michigan a bit difficult. I did wake up to discover that the snow that had been falling since the previous morning hadn't let up. So back to bed I went! At night, I still hadn't left, so I took this photo from my living room window.