08.31.2009

Back to School


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School is finally starting!!  It starts today, but technically for me, tomorrow.  I cannot wait, I have been waiting all summer for this!  It has got me thinking of the things I used to love about going back to school…

In grade school it was getting new school supplies.  New pens, binders, highlighters, a compass, calculator and other “mandatory” shit that really somehow never got used.  In my house it was never really about the back to school wardrobe as it was the items we needed for school. 

College back to school days were the best.  My very favorite day in the whole wide world is syllabus day.  In one day you do nothing, but find out so much: how many classes you can skip without it affecting your grade, if there will be pop quizzes, if tests will be open book, how many papers you’ll have to write, etc…  So that takes up about 15 minutes and then class is dismissed, extending your final days of summer.  And the professors who tried to do something on syllabus day…  well then you knew you needed to drop their class ASAP!!!  When I am a professor, I will never do a lesson on syllabus day.  I may however do an awkward “introduce yourself” thing… it’s like a rite of passage in college right?  You try and act all cool but really it’s awkward and you hate your teacher for requiring it.  Ah… to see college freshmen squirm!

Do you have any back to school memories or tips you’d like to share with me??

Pet Peeve of the Day: The feeling I have that syllabus day does not exist in grad school…

Quote of the Day: “Time passed with amazing grace, back where I come from.” –Kenny Chesney

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08.13.2009

872?! F U!


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Nooooooo.  Just when I was starting to adjust to the 15+ year old 773, Chicago has announced we will be getting a new area code: 872.  That’s right my friends, Marshall Field’s is now Macy’s, the Sears Tower is now Willis Tower, and here comes 872.  RICHIE!  What is our fine city coming to??  Do you really think we are going to get the Olympics at this rate? 

If you think I’m just going to accept this 872 code, you have another thing coming.  I imagine a scene down the road where I meet a really hot, awesome guy.  He gives me his number and it is 872-555-1111.  Guess what amazingly awesome dude who loves the Cubs/Bears/Chesney/the beach/Klinker/Kerouac/Goldschlagger/snow/Chicago, I will NEVER call you. 

I abhor taking calls from 847, 708, and 630 area codes (all suburban), and now I’ll have yet another area code to blacklist.  I do love raging though, so I guess I can thank the telephone Gods for that.  See, there always is a silver lining!

Things I Live For: The Cousin Trifecta, sunless tanners

Quote of the Day: “Being, not doing, is my first joy.” –Theodore Roethke

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Perhaps this is no longer a possession as I’m pretty sure it now wears me.  This toe ring is on my right foot, third toe (see pic).  It used to have a friend on my second toe but that slipped off in Lake Michigan about 6 years ago.  I have no c063lue how long this ring has been on my toe but I am guessing it is upwards of eight years.  It stays on my toe.  All year long.  I do not take it off.  I have not taken it off.  I am now scared to take it off. 

I know that it has not melded to my toe because I can move it around.  But I definitely do not want to see what the skin underneath is like.  Manicurists have tried to take it off to “make me more comfortable” and I quickly have to stop them.  I cannot feel it on my toe; it doesn’t bother me, it’s more like a tattoo now.

If I could recall where I purchased this ring, I would give them knuckles for selling me a durable, presumably affordable product.  This ring has been jammed into runners, dress shoes, and snow boots.  I have walked barefoot through sand, rocks, dirt and grass for more miles than a city girl should.  The ring has not tarnished or rusted so I know I’m dealing with some real .925 shit, which is good because I also don’t recall the last time I had a tetanus shot.

Perhaps everything would be normal and fine if I remove it, who knows.  But I fear that if I take this ring off, my toe will fall off.  Do you remember the scary story you heard as a kid?  The one about the green ribbon around that lady’s neck?  When she took the ribbon off after years of questions about it, her head fell off!!  Lesson learned on that one– the ring stays on. 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Trustafarians

Quote of the Day: “Well the fact that I’m still breathing means that I must have survived and that I lived to go out with my friends again tonight – oh we went out last night.”  –Kenny Chesney

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At one minute you will see my  new favorite hand motion:

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Pet Peeve of the Day: People who assume every stranger on the street is a dog lover and get offended when I get pissed that their dog is hopping all over me.  No, I don’t want to pet your smelly dog, please keep walking. 

Quote of the Day: “This boat has caught its wind and brought me back to life, now I’m alive, and well.” –Kenny Chesney

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06.24.2009

Summerfest


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Summerfest in Milwaukee starts tomorrow!  I went last year for the first time and it was awesome!  I can’t wait to go again this year.  If you have never been, I highly suggest you try and make it out for at least a day.  It runs 6/25 to 7/5.  Here are some highlights:

summerfest08 025Marcus Monroe.  My favorite juggler.  His show is on the main strip area at the main entrance.  They are usually every hour or so.  Do not miss this!!  Unfortunately it looks like I will be missing him this year as his website only lists him as being there until 7/1.  I’m going after that.  Not cool.

Adult tickets range from $8 to $15 depending on when you go.  Perfect price for these recessionary times!

For that admission price, you can see any of the following: The BoDeans, Better than Ezra, Blues Traveler, Lupe Fiasco, Heart, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Wailers, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Roots, Huey Lewis and The News, plus many other bands that may possibly become your new favorite!

For an additional price, you can catch these acts at the Marcus Ampitheater which is located at the very end of the Summerfest grounds: Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Kiss, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, No Doubt, Kenny Chesney (you can guess who I’m going to see!), The Fray, and Kid Rock with Lynyrd Skynyrd.  (Some of these may be sold out).

summerfest08 007Aside from the music, there is plenty else to do: watch a strongmen competition, ride the Sky Glider that goes across the main drag of the festival, take a break from beer and drink a martini at Jo Jo’s, browse the marketplace for an awesome t-shirt or an ankle bracelet, and of course there is also the obligatory people watching (it’s GOOD up there in the Wisconsin heartland let me tell you!)  Also, you will not go hungry here.  There is sooooo much food, from BBQ to Pizza, Burgers to Shish-Kabobs.  It’s a couple cuts above your regular fair food but don’t worry, the standbys such as corn on the cob and funnel cakes are also available.  I don’t know what the prices are this year, but from what I recall last year, the beer and food were not as expensive as you would imagine; it all seemed very reasonably priced.

So really, you have no excuse NOT to go to Summerfest.  Unless you live really far away I guess.  I like to take the Amtrak there from Chicago instead of dealing with all the traffic on the way to Milwaukee.  If you wanted to just go for a day (since hotels are sold out) and plan on drinking, Amtrak is the way to go!  They run trains to and from Milwaukee/Chicago all day.  Plus, who doesn’t love a good old fashioned train ride?!  For more information about Summerfest, go here: http://www.summerfest.com.

Pet Peeve of the Day: Humidity

Quote of the Day: “Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing each year, but I told that story around the campfire and no one got scared.” –Jack Handy

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