Monday, June 22, 2009

CLE to CHI

You know what they say about Chicago. If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes.
– Ralph Kiner

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Okay so PB&J and i had to wait about 30 minutes in the rain to get to my friend, The Faz's apartment. It was only a block from this picture.

This weekend a wave hit Chicago...Maybe Cleveland finally did something right. We brought summer to Chi-Town.

Originally i wanted to tell you all about it. like every single detail, down to packing 2 vitamin waters so i could survive all the alcohol i was going to consume. But this post will just be the highlights and a few lowlights.

But before i begin i want to say thank you to all my f
ormer CLE friends who are now CHI-dwellers. i'm jealous of your new condos, awesome apartments, public transportation, street festivals, 50 million beach volleyball courts at North Ave., the shopping (even though we didn't do any...this time). i am truly jealous. So, as i thank you for all that you did, keep in mind, i know where you live. and i expect a bed, couch, floor or a random guys bed upon my next visit.

Friday

Highlights: Arriving at Midway safe and on time.
I finally got to witness hail in person. I didn't realize how cold it is. Drinking Great Lakes Dortmunder. Walking around Wrigleyville to find a bar and getting offered free tickets to the game. Seeing Socks and day drinking. Meeting some guys who buy us drinks at a few bars. Going out with the Faz and getting booze food at Jimmy Johns.
Lowlights: Waiting 30 min in the rain on the stoop of @Properties to walk a block to Faz's place. We had to get ready drunk, which is never fun. Having an aw
esome meal at Ear Wax only to not be full enough to keep drinking (which led to the late night jimmy johns run)

PB&J and me at Wrigley, the second prettiest field.

Saturday
Highlights: Getting to the Cubs game early enough to get a free Cubs hat. Watching PB&J struggle with her hangover. Getting to see some awesome Aurora Shores peeps! We got invited to a VIP Pool Party for Sunday. Went to the Red Ivy to meet up with some
CLE friends and one MIA friend who followed Vince Vaughn out of Wrigley. Made it back to Bucktown to get ready on time and out to the Taste of Randolph street festival. Went out to some local bars and met some really cool people.
Lowlights: Waking up early for the Cubs game. Watching PB&J struggle with her hangover. Not taking any pictures during the day.

PB&J, Faz's Roomie, Faz and Me at Taste of Randolph.

Sunday

Highlights: Going to North Ave beach and playing volleyball with a bunch of people. i was in heaven. Hanging out with some cool new friends.
Lowlights: Realizing its our last day. Saying goodbye to the Faz and her roomie. Tribe not winning a single game. Almost missing our flight. Getting our luggage with a big LATE sticker on it. Not going to bed till 1:15 EST. (stupid time zones). Having to get up this morning in Cleveland, not Chicago.

All the sweet volleyball players at North Ave Beach. I was able to play for a few hours...loved it!

This was the best mini-vacation i've had. i needed it. I'll be back in October to run the Marathon and do some damage to my liver...after the race. And who knows, i might take the mega bus out for another weekend this summer. Or, book a flight for the Brown/Bears game in November. Better yet, move there.

To all the friends that i didn't get to see. i'll be back. Miss you all. and thanks for an awesome weekend!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Excuse Me Miss.

When one has tasted watermelon he know what the angels eat.
– Mark Twain

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Good Morning Everyone!

So for those of you following me on twitter or facebook know that i've been working on a little project.
Actually it's kinda big for me, as i am not one to usually finish things. A few examples from my first post.

But yesterday was a glorious day!


I finished Miss Watermelon, my hipster, polo bike!

Introducing Miss Watermelon. (Lazarey is in the background)

She is part 1970's bike from my mom, part Mid 90's bike from my 10 speed huffy and part modern day.

It started last week when i was convinced (very easily i might add) to start to participate in bike polo. I usually just would go, watch, drink and laugh when the boys would fall. Mean, i know.

This past Sunday i was at my moms rummaging through her garage and i found the start of Miss Watermelon. So i took off her wheels, tires and tubes (which were totally dry rotted) and brillow padded the heck out of the rims. (i wish i had before and after shots). I also took the handle bars and seat from my 10 speed.

Monday after work was fun. i was a grease monkey. i took off the handle bars, break lines, gear shifters and deraileurs. The best way to learn how something works is to take it apart (good luck putting it back together).

And finally yesterday. But claiming i did all the work isn't fair. My friend Karate Jon came over yesterday and helped me put most of her back together. This included: old seat from my 10 speed, new tire tape, tubes and tires; new front break and cable, sawing off the old 10 speed handle bars and adjusting the chain length for the right gears.

TA-DA! for $40 i have a new/old single speed bike!

i rode her around Tremont last night since we were done around 8. it was a glorious night for Taco Tuesday at Lincoln Park Pub. yum.

So now i'm praying that the rain holds out tomorrow so i can participate in my first bike polo match with the Pedal Republik of Cleveland. Watch out boys.

What project have you started/finished lately?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pretty Long. Pretty Awesome.

I was at a yard sale one day and saw a box marked "Electronic cat and dog caller – guaranteed to work." I looked inside and was amused to see an electric can opener.
– anonymous

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So it seems like its been a million years since i made a post.
it took me that long to get over the Cavs defeat and i'm still not over it.
but i'm pretty optimistic so i'm gonna keep on truckin. maybe next year.

within the past week and a half i've been pretty awesome. no lie.
(hopefully you'll continue reading to see why)

Saturday of Game 6 i was not at home/a bar watching the game. instead i was with PB&J at Nelson Ledges for a Badfish concert. This was our 4th concert, 3rd trip to the ledges. and it gets better every time. My tent pitching skills are awesome (get your mind out of the gutter) and walking the campsites observing the hippies is probably the best things to do on a nice spring evening. I was on a mission to buy a bag/purse but i failed. instead i decided to ask for a sewing machine for my birthday (July 16th, if you want to send me a card) and make my own bags...

Sunday was family time at my moms. we celebrated my grandma's boyfriends 84th birthday. yes my grandma has a boyfriend. they've been together since 1968, give or take. they live together and never got married. so all the grand kids got together and hung out it was nice cause with my one cousin trying to be Mother Theresa it's pretty hard to get us all in the same room.

Ballamechi, G-ma, The Cuz, Me, Mother Theresa & Murphy
(and the famous yellow doors)


The next week went by super fast. Work was good, concepts got approved and the weather was nice.
So nice that i had my eye on this past Friday and took a "mental health day". it was by far the smartest thing i've ever done for myself. and i was productive. Dog park, laundry, laying out, edgewater, Garage bar, Howl at the Moon, Map room....say what? yes i was at howl at the moon. it was fun and depressing at the same time. i used to go there all the time in college and it was packed and awesome. Mainly because of Bill Kraus. he would also perform at Glory Days in Kent...oh how i miss college...

but anyways PB&J ended up going to Howl because our friend The Jerk told us to (we're pretty obedient that way). i got there first and found out there was a $5 cover. and me with no cash. so a little conversation and flirting ensued...
i get up to the Door Man and show him my ID.

Door Man: it's a $5 cover
Me: really? crap, i didn't bring any cash (batting my eyelashes)
DM: are you with a party?
Me: oh yeah, was i suppose to say that?
DM: who's party?
Me: (thinking of the most common name on the planet, sorry PB&J) Jennnniiiiffffeeerrrs????
DM: (moving a book to reveal a list of party names and i see the golden ticket)
Me: I mean Katie, i'm with Katie's Party
DM: (not really falling for my awesome acting skills) fine go in, but don't tell anyone
Me: thank you so much (wink)
(jk on the wink, in all honesty i would've fallen on my face)

So i get inside and immediately text PB&J and tell her to say she's with Katie's Party. she gets in without a hitch. so as we're drinking the last two PBRs we glance around and see how empty the place is. compared to its hay day. we had plenty of seats available to choose from. Where there for a while and think The Jerk and friends are standing us up. Its a pretty good trick actually. but Alas they didn't. we told them about Katie's party (sorry katie) and they all got in too. drank a couple of fish bowls and proceeded to Map Room.
So yeah, Friday was the perfect day for focusing on my mental health!

Saturday, lost to More Cowbell in co-ed, two hand touch playoffs. ARRRRGGGG. Their plan to get us drunk the night before kinda-sorta worked. did some day drinking at Treehouse, played some pick-up volleyball at Whiskey Island, took a nap and had a bon fire at Karate Jon's. This is the most exciting part (minus the smores')...i decide i'm going to attempt* to make a single gear bike to participate in bike polo! Choo Choo!

Sunday, got to see Bike Polo'ers eat scrapple, rode through the Tremont Yard sale, went to my moms to work on my new/old bike. i'll be sure to update you on the progress. it'll be interesting.

This post was a lot longer than i thought and i apologize. hopefully i wasn't too boring.
and admit it. i am pretty awesome.

What are some of your big projects for this summer?

*when i say "i'm going to attempt" i really mean get all my friends who play bike polo to help (thanks in advance guys)