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Oh, wait, isn't that a glass-domed El station at Chicago and Franklin?

Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm in Lincolnshire waiting for my room service. not gonna do much on this business trip other than work and lounge in hotel room. too damn cold!

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

What are you doing in Lincolnshire?

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's a general question for anybody in Lincolnshire, really.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

business...here to work in the Lincolnshire office of work for two days, then back home. easy in, easy out for the most part.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 02:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't really know where that is tbh but I'm glad life is easy for you there.

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had to look it up but it's way far northwest.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

well I live in FL, this is a two day excursion. not even gonna visit Chicago cuz there's no time.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Those trips can be frustrating, particularly if its an exciting city that you've never been to before. Flying out to Austin again tomorrow night, but absolutely no time to sight see. Site surveys all day before flying home Wednesday afternoon. Same thing with a two-day trip to D.C. a couple months ago - got to see the Capitol building from afar as we drove to the job site, and that was it for my sight-seeing.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interesting how that glass-domed building in the poster does resemble Ogilvie.

― Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Monday, January 2, 2012 8:12 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Oh, wait, isn't that a glass-domed El station at Chicago and Franklin?

― Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Monday, January 2, 2012 8:12 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

You're right, it does look a lot like the Ogilvie Trans Ctr/Citicorp Building. I don't understand the second post. I don't recall a glass-domed El station at Chicago and Franklin, but I could be wrong.

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, I was mixing up Lincolnshire with Lincolnwood, which is the 1st suburb you hit when taking Lincoln Ave. out of Chicago.

Is the "shire" Lincolnshire pronounced "sheer"?

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

J5, I was trying to figure out the vantage point where that picure is from, and realized that it could be a block north of Franklin & Wells, with the Ogilvie-type structure actually being a domed thing on the Chicago brown line El platform.

Love stream of mic checking (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd like to share the most infectious song about construction equipment that has ever been written. I watched this video approximately 30 times with my 22-month-old nephew last week. Its effect on him is amazing to see, and the tune quickly becomes buried within one's brane.

bomb.gif (dan m), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Will definitely have to share that with our little guy. Right now he's absolutely loving the Good Night Good Night Construction Site book he got for Christmas.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good Night Good Night Construction Site

Love that title.

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oops, its actually Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Hopefully that doesn't dampen your love.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^Neil Michael Haggerty side project

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

My in-laws live a couple of miles from Lincolnshire -- don't know much about it otherwise.

Bon Ivoj (jaymc), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

downstairs neighbor died
RIP

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

(btw she was v old and v sick, i am sure she is in a happier place now)

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

RFI: Trader Joe's

So R and I got a TJ's gift card for Xmas but we're not sure what to spend it on. Being that I've only set foot inside one of their stores like twice, what have they got? We were kind of thinking of using it to stock up on staples. I know they have a lot of prepared/semi-prepared stuff but we cook pretty much all our own food. Can you go there and just buy a shitload of pasta or other similar things?

BTW I still kind of hate the public ethos of the place but who cares? Free food!

bomb.gif (dan m), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

stop sweating it and just get a ton of beer

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

or wine
or cheese to freeze

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hummus and triple ginger snaps

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is the kind of stuff I get at Trader Joe's:

bread
soy milk
cereal
orange juice
frozen pizza
wine
dry pasta
applesauce
peanut butter
Lara Bars
tortilla chips
salsa
hummus
cheese
paper towels/T.P.
laundry detergent
frozen fish
veggie burgers

TJ's is admittedly not great for produce, but I will buy stuff like bananas or mushrooms or tomatoes there if I'm running low and I don't feel like stopping at HarvesTime.

Bon Ivoj (jaymc), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also...

olive oil
canned beans

Bon Ivoj (jaymc), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah they have good oo for decent price

in sum:

olive oil
wine
beer
cheese

La Lechera, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am the poster child for Trader Joe's ethos. I'll buy the gift card from you for 75 cents on the dollar and you can use the cash to join a CSA.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

we got a huge basket of stuff from there in addition to the card, R's aunt is a convert as well

bomb.gif (dan m), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Things I buy most often at TJ

tube o' polenta
frozen fruits and vegetables
OO
frozen chicken breasts
frozen tri-color bell pepper strips
hummus
packets of heat and serve Indian food, and tuna w/ curry (usually unavailable)

CHILI SPICED MANGO STRIPS
CHILI SPICED PINEAPPLE
FUCK YEH

the Smurf who'll snatch your money (Je55e), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I get those flaxseed vegetable chips.

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 23:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

So, right before Christmas they installed this giant, touch-screen, interactive advertisement in the Clark and Lake station. If you go through the turnstiles on the JRTC side and look to your right, it’s there at the bottom of the escalators that go up to the Purple/Green/Orange/Pink platform.

Anyway, the first ad was one for Ford and you could paw at this giant (taller than most people) screen to customize a Mustang. I never saw anybody touching this. Now it’s some kind of a “game” with a “time to beat” of 27 seconds. I’ve never seen anybody using this iteration of it, and the “time to beat” has remained 27 seconds since I first noticed the change.

The thing is, did it occur to anybody that they are sticking this ad in the middle of a major, moving pedestrian traffic area? The vast majority of people passing by that touch screen are either going to or from work, or to or from the airport, and nobody in that situation is going to stop and fart around with an advertisement. It’s like, nobody realized that touch screens are not particularly enticing now that so many people roll with little touch screens in their pockets. At least not enticing enough to get people to pause on their daily commute or in the middle of the stress of traveling to or from the airport and subject themselves to a commercial.

I think this would work in the actual airport, or maybe even in Block 37, somewhere that you have a lot of foot traffic but you also have people who are not passing by on the way somewhere else.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

tl:dr - the giant touch-screen billboard in the Clark & Lake CTA station may have edged out the Miracle Whip Addison stop for first place in my personal list of "tone deaf CTA advertising."

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

sometimes i marvel at how downtown focused some of your working days are -- i never go down there, and when i do i feel like a total tourist. i didn't used to when i worked there, but now i totally do. we went to the planetarium the other day and it felt like i might as well have been in barcelona.

La Lechera, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw jenny i read that and thought it was interesting precisely because you included ott detail

La Lechera, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

also i am reading DROOD right now

La Lechera, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rupert Holmes did the musical adaptation:

Cheap desert locations (Eazy), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i never went downtown when i was working in evanston/at home/in elgin. i like working downtown though.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

not dickens drood, simmons drood

La Lechera, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I never got around to reading that. I checked it out a while ago but aimed too high with my other book selections and it came unrenewably due before I could read it.

Funny you should mention it bc I was thinking of The Terror whilst lying in bed after my alarm went off this morning.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

i read a ton of it right before bed and it gave me the craaaaziest dreams! i'm only about 100 pgs in but so far it's entertaining and surprisingly funny. Hasn't gotten v lurid yet, but i expect it will.

La Lechera, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

you should read it and then we can dish about it over a meal and 2-3 servings of the beverage of our choice!

La Lechera, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

i ran out of stuff to read after reading three fun/trashy books after vacation (a book about the 1908 baseball season, a werewolf book, and a true crime book about "clark rockefeller"), and i feel like i need to read something more high-brow so i downloaded three beckett novels this morning but don't know how far i'll actually get with them (read the first one a few years ago but never the other two).

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I got Our Band Could be Your Life as a gift and have been reading a band-chapter a night the past few days. Consequently I've fallen into a hole with music listening too, been on a strict diet of basically Black Flag/Husker Du/Replacements/Minutemen/Butthole Surfers/Mission of Burma, although not in that order.

bomb.gif (dan m), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 16:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

good book!

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

deliberate noise by the real tough boys, what else have we got?
(ECU on facial sweat, that's what)

La Lechera, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nick what is the werewolf book?

I just checked out my first ebook from the library. The future is now. (btw you can now select 7, 14, or 21 days as the duration of your check out.)

Amanda, once I figured out ebooks via the CPL I put approx 1,000 things on hold but once I get that under control, I will read Drood!

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

the best thing about it is that you don't really realize it's a werewolf book until about halfway through, but i just ruined that for you so ha ha.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh lord, Charlaine Harris blurbed it. Do the werewolves take an inordinate number of showers?

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha i didn't know about the harris blurb when i read it. the tone is kind of hard-boiled, i guess? it was not an amazing book but was fun for vacay, some effectively creepy parts but fell apart in the end.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh! I just remembered I had a dream about n/a last night:

We ate mushrooms (as in psilocybin) and went out to catch butterflies. There was a woman out in a field with a label maker and we wanted her to make us some labels for our butterflies, but neither one of could say "label maker" - we kept saying "label makel" - so instead of asking, we just laughed and laughed and laughed.

There was something also about riding in my old car to Milford, DE and me eating steak but the shrooms, butterfly catching, and label makel is the only part I remember that made any sense.

carl agatha, Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

"label makel" detail sounds pretty OTM

Let's all shroom soon.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

On NYE.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Only if Nick does.

carl agatha, Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Label Maker Records = pretty good name.

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

I visited a ~certain ILXor's~ office at a ~certain~ fancy l~w f~rm today, and what was the first thing I saw upon entering the floor? A bottle of Malort on the breakroom's fancy dark wood bookcase.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 22:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's been like ... 13 years since I took mushrooms but I think I could be convinced to do so again with the right compatriots.

dansplaining (dan m), Friday, 28 December 2012 01:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

jaymc I am listening to your 2012 playlist finally! Yay!

carl agatha, Friday, 28 December 2012 15:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cool! It's now in mostly finalized order, too! Been giving it a final listen in the last couple of days to make some last-minute sequencing changes and also to delete songs I realize I don't actually like that much.

Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Friday, 28 December 2012 16:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

I GOTTA FEELING
THAT TONIGHT'S GONNA bE A GOOD NIGHT
2013

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Friday, 28 December 2012 16:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

John, I'm honoring your chosen order by not listening to it on shuffle.

I like listening to lists compiled by people I know because I like to think about why that particular person put this particular song on the list. Right now, I'm listening to Kinski Assassin by Ariel Pink and I can hear John singing, "Who sank my battleship? I sank my battleship!"

carl agatha, Friday, 28 December 2012 17:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha. Yeah, I like the silliness.

Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Friday, 28 December 2012 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Btw, I don't know that any of my song-to-song transitions were particularly inspired, though I do think the sequencing makes for a more pleasant and manageable listen in general. I like being able to dip into the mix at any point and hear a few songs with a similar vibe.

Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Friday, 28 December 2012 21:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

i will not be shrooming tonight. i think at this point i'm going to wait until i'm 85 before i start doing drugs again. i've got a good streak going.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 31 December 2012 19:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

wait did i miss something?

passion it person (La Lechera), Monday, 31 December 2012 19:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Let's all shroom soon.

― (*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:34 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

On NYE.

― (*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:34 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Only if Nick does.

― carl agatha, Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:41 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

sorry i've been away from the computer and so am responding to earlier this week

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Note: I only said I would do it if n/a did it because I knew he wouldn't do it.

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/hangover-clinic-chicagos-_n_2388820.html

I can think of multiple hangover instances where I would happily spend my last $99 at this clinic.

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

man her forehead is so weird

passion it person (La Lechera), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Whose?

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh - Nancy's?

carl agatha, Monday, 31 December 2012 20:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah
it leads directly into her nose

passion it person (La Lechera), Monday, 31 December 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

hope u have a safe & happy new year, ppl

dansplaining (dan m), Monday, 31 December 2012 23:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

(w/ or w/o shrooms)

dansplaining (dan m), Monday, 31 December 2012 23:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Same to you! Happy new year, everybody!

carl agatha, Tuesday, 1 January 2013 01:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Happy new year! It is almost 2 am here which is quite impressive for me. I also cannot fuckng wait to get back to Chicago.

doctor, doctor, give me the news (askance johnson), Tuesday, 1 January 2013 06:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Chicago MMXIII: Walk Don't Run

carl agatha, Tuesday, 1 January 2013 18:55 (1 year ago) Permalink


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