04.30.2009

Kentucky Derby


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Saturday is the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.  The Kentucky Derby is the first race for those with dreams of the Triple Crown (winning the derbyDerby, and subsequent races the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes).  I love the derby for its traditions and longevity into a modern day and age that thrives on racing automobiles.  Horse-racing isn’t a sport that pops into ones head as an immediate favorite but most people enjoy this past-time and find at least some time to catch the Kentucky Derby.

Even though the hype of the Derby lasts for days, the actual race is only about 2 minutes, making it the “most exciting 2 minutes in sports.”  I always thought this was kind of stupid– all this hype and then it’s over like that.  But then I watched an actual Derby and those 2 minutes are pretty awesome. 

I checked online to see the horses who are running this year– I like to choose my favorite name to pick the winner.  This years name’s aren’t that great: “Chocolate Candy,” “I Want Revenge,” “Hold Me Back,” “Mr. Hot Stuff.”  These are not the names of winning horses.  Although they say “I Want Revenge” is the favorite.  Isn’t that a little too obvious and cliche?  So after much deliberation, I have decided that “Desert Party” or “Papa Clem” will win the Kentucky Derby.  I don’t analyze the jockey’s because they scare me and I would sooner pretend that they don’t exist. 

derby-hats2As a viewer not at Churchill Downs for the Derby, how do you celebrate?  Well, I love the Derby because big, glamorous derby hats are a long standing tradition, and you know I enjoy a good hat.  Also, the drink of the day is a mint julep– quite delicious and kind of like a mojito.  It mintjulepis a mixture of fresh mint, sugar syrup, and bourbon.  I will give you a tip:  If you are at a bar that does not have fresh mint, don’t ask them to substitute Rumpleminz for the fresh mint.  It does not have the same effect and you will want to vom immediately.  Lesson learned.

The Kentucky Derby will start at 5:04 PM and will be over by 5:07.  I suggest you find the 2 minutes in your day to catch this exciting race.  And, when the weather gets warm, spending a day at Arlington Racetrack betting on the horses is another awesome way to spend a day. 

Things I Live For: Walking up to the platform and seeing a train coming, Alice Munro short stories

Quote of the Day: “Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing, religious robes no more spiritual than work clothes.” –Lao-Tsu

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04.29.2009

Recent Discoveries


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Some life-changing things I have discovered in the past few months:

1) It’s not “for all intensive purposes,” it’s “for all INTENTS and purposes.”

2) Milton Bradley actually can start a MLB game.

3) There is an arrow on most gas gauges indicating which side of the car the tank is on.

4) You can get a red-light ticket for not pausing at a red light as it changes before turning right on red.  Also, you can watch your red light violations online to confirm your “guiltiness.”  Annoy2K.

5) Champagne is not a good nightcap.

Pet Peeve of the Day: When I hang out with someone and they are constantly on their phone texting, yet when I text them it takes years to get a text back or I never get one back.

Quote of the Day: “I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes – You’d know what a drag it is to see you.”  –Bob Dylan

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04.28.2009

Puppet Bike


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One of my all time favorite things in Chicago is the “Puppet Bike.”  If you puppetbikehave ever been on Michigan Avenue, I’m sure you have seen it.  It used to be at the corner of Michigan and Adams all the time; I would walk by it on my lunch break and it would never cease to make me smile no matter how bad a day I was having!  However, I have not seen it in many months, possibly because I’m not downtown as much anymore. 

But the other day I was up in Andersonville and to my delight, the puppet bike was up there!  I saw on the “stage” that a website was written: http://www.puppetbike.com.  So I came home, investigated this travelling treasure, and discovered the bike even has its own Wikipedia page!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puppet_Bike.  The official site lists all puppetbike2the puppets and their “hobbies” or “interests.”  If you can’t catch a bike show, go to the site to put a smile on your face!  Unfortunately though, there is no schedule of performances/locations.  Perhaps that is the magic– you never know when you are going to see it!  If these little puppets can’t put a smile on your face, I fear that nothing can!

Things I Live For: The Biggest Loser bringing me to tears, thunderstorms when I can stay inside, garlic

Quote of the Day: “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone” –Coco Chanel

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04.27.2009

Felony Franks


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Slow weekend for news apparently… A new hotdog stand called “Felony Franks” is set to open in Chicago sometime next month.  However, the name of the place is causing outrage from the 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti.  He says the name promotes crime and is insensitive to criminals.  That would make some sense except, the owner behind “Felony Franks,” Jim felony-franksAndrews, says that he intends to only hire ex-felons.  He strives to “turn a positive into a negative.”  I see no problem with the name, nor the workers he intends to hire.  It’s hard enough to get a job these days if you have a college degree, I can’t imagine how much harder it is now for convicted felons looking to straighten out their lives.  The name is not offensive to me and I enojy the logo.  It is also Home of the Misdemeanor Weiner (a “lesser” dog than the “Felony Frank”)… that shit is jokes! 

In a day and age where there is a national chain restaurant called “Pink Taco” (highly offensive to a lady such as myself), I think Chicago can handle Felony Franks.  This Alderman must be running for re-election or something, doesn’t he have bigger fish to fry?  I mean hey, this sounds like a perfect job opportunity for G-Rod. 

http://www.wbbm780.com/Hot-dog-stand-s–Felony-Franks–name-riles-some/4265415

Pet Peeve of the Day: “Bags,” “Cornhole,” or whatever other stupid name you want to call that even stupid-er game

Quote of the Day: “A dog is like a liberal, he wants to please everybody.  A cat doesn’t really need to know that everybody loves him.”  –William Kunstler

Question of the Day: Would you rather have bird flu or swine flu?

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In honor of the D-bags sitting in front of God-sista and I at the Cubs game yesterday:

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who complain about the CTA, especially if they moved here from small midwest towns

Quote of the Day: “With the help of God and two friends, I’ve come to realize – I still have two strong legs, and even wings to fly” –Allman Brothers Band

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