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Thursday, April 29th, 2004

Itís Thursday afternoon and itís hotter than H-E-double hockey sticks in my office right now. Windows are open all around me but I donít feel much of a breeze. Itís very windy outside but the wind just doesnít feel like coming in here to relieve me of this torture. Itís bad enough that I have to work inside all day when the weather is so nice, and I canít even get a breeze?

I feel I should check in with my blog fanatics (all two of you) to give you some insight into my life as of late. Iíve been busy with my hectic job and freelance assignments as well as my ever-packed social schedule (ha!). Bob and I went out with John and Ron last Friday night. We started out at the Bar Louie on Halsted and Randolph. I became quick friends with our waitress who treated us to a couple of free shots of liquor. We took a cab to an Italian bar hole-in-the-wall, Richards, located on Grand/Milwaukee/Halsted. Bob had been there before and thought Iíd like the Italian-American dťcor, which consisted of pictures of mobsters and an Italian flag. I noticed a ďTouch of ItalyĒ sign on the wall, which was an annual summer event on Taylor Street. The jukebox was full of Louie Prima, my favorite. After too many shots of Sambuca, we stumbled next door to Emmittís where John had a hard time standing still. His drunken sailor imitation was perfect, as he swayed from side to side, bumping into Ron and me, then Ron, then meÖyou get the picture. Bob was the most sober of the bunch and called it a night for us. He and I walked (well, he walked, I barely put one foot in front of the other) the few blocks to my apartment.

The next morning I awoke in my clothes from the previous night. The sunlight poured in through the blinds. I could barely open my swollen eyelids when I noticed Bob wearing his jacket and walking out the door. It was only 8 am, where the heck was he going? ďIím going to get your car,Ē he said. My car, I thought? My carís parked out in front! Then I remembered that I drove to Bar Louie and my car was at a meter at Washington and Halsted. I got out of bed to drive with him so he didnít have to take a cab. I approached my new black Steven heels and was trying to put my left foot in its shoe when Bob asked me what I was doing. ďI think you should put on your flip flops instead.Ē He was right, I can barely walk as it is let alone walk completely hung over in high heels. I was hung over like a dog all day Saturday but managed to last through Irinaís 5-hour bridal shower in the afternoon. I enjoyed lots of tasty Russian food, but steered clear of the wine and gulped down bottle after bottle of water. It was very nice but I was way too tired. Iím not the young chicken I use to be.

My social schedule this week has consisted of my going home to watch the Cubs each night. It was interesting to watch them on Tuesday night in my living room while Bob was laid out on my bed watching the Sox. Have you ever had two TVís on at the same time in a studio apartment? Yeah, it ainít easy concentrating on the Cubs when all I can hear are the hillbilly Sox announcers, ďHe gone!Ē Has anyone ever told Hawk and DJ that thatís not correct English?! It just drives me crazy!

Iím also in the process of planning a work function, Motherís Day dinner, and my fatherís retirement dinner party for next month. Dad is finally retiring on May 14 after many years of promising that he would. If in two weeks he leaves his job, walks to his car, and lights up a joint (as he joked he would), then Iíll know itís really over. My dadís been on the police force for over 30 years. I think itís time to hang up the gun and enjoy a less stressful life.

Keener visit recap

Monday, April 26th, 2004

It was so good to see my old buddie Sean, even if it was for less than 48 hours. He got into town early Sunday morning. I picked him up from O’Hare, came back to the Folinazzo pad to drop off his stuff, and headed over to Wrigley Field soon thereafter for the Cubs game against the Mets. What an awesome game! Cubs won 4-1 to extend their winning streak to six and Matt Clement pitched a gem. He had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning but that’s when he gave up a solo home run. He also notched a career-high thirteen strikeouts. After the game, we stopped at Sean’s friend Brian’s place. He & his wife just bought a new home not too far from Wrigley so Sean wanted to check it out. Then it was back to the Folinazzo pad for an abbreviated Sunday Sopranos dinner. Still plenty of food to go ’round and Sean was in his glory!

Today was an easy-going, relaxed day, but still somehow involved a lot of eating. We had an awesome breakfast at Sweet Maple Cafe on Taylor Street, then went for a nice walk around the ‘hood. We then decided to stop by the J. Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel in downtown Chicago. It’s promoted by BootsnAll so Sean wanted to check it out. I was very impressed. I may have to stay there one night even though I live here, just to see the rest of it. We didn’t get to see any of the rooms, as they were all occupied, but the kitchen and other common areas were clean and spacious. After that, we met up with Felicia for lunch at Yummy Thai on Taylor Street. It was yummy! Then Sean & I drove up to Skokie to visit his sister, Bree, then back to O’Hare to send Keener on his way once again. Of course I was sad he had to go back to Portland but I’m always grateful for the time I do get to spend with Sean. We manage to have loads of fun and do all kinds of catching up, no matter how brief the visits are.

How does your mind work?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004
Take a look at this picture. What do you see? Children see 9 dolphins because they have no prior memory of what you perverts see!

Rained Out

Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
What happens when a Cubs fan enters enemy territory, namely U.S. Cellular Field? It rains Ė a lot. Why would I even want to enter U.S. Cellular Field, you ask? Well, you see, the Yankees are in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sorry, Part II

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
I, too, feel as if Iíve neglected the blog. Hereís an update of whatís been going onÖ It was a wild and warm weekend here in the Windy City. It was our first taste of summer-like weather, and it ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sorry

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
I feel like I've abandoned the blog. I apologize, as I have been extremely busy lately with work, and three freelance assignments. I will be writing for the The Near West/South Gazette. It's a monthly ... [Continue reading this entry]

Peculiar Postings

Friday, April 16th, 2004
I saw this online today and thought it was very strange. What is wrong with some people in this world? Dying man gets parking ticket

Tuna Luna Loo, Where Are You?

Thursday, April 15th, 2004
Lil Tuna, where have you been? Your writing has been sparse and thin. Lil Tuna, we all miss you. A posting from you is overdue! Won't you write something soon?

Yadda, yadda, yadda Part I

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
Iím tired this morning. I woke up late. Iím having a bad hair day. I have hardly any clean work clothes and had the nerve to show up at work today wearing a red hoody sweatshirt. ... [Continue reading this entry]

wHAT tHE hELL iS gOING oN?!?!

Monday, April 12th, 2004
What are the Cubs doing today?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!