Monday, June 29, 2009
Hey I just caught up on my posts. I did two long ones for the weekend. So here's a quick one. This picture was taken on my way out of the parking lot at Comiskey. It is on a building that houses a metal works factory. I think they make iron gates or something like that. I thought it showed a sense of humor that this world could use more of, a lot more of it actually. Anyway this made me laugh, I hope it puts a smile on your face.
Here's Fluff kicking old lady style on the shore. Where are her nuclear testing quality brown wrap around sunglasses?
...and this one just spent the day floating in a human powered kayak. A dog's life indeed.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This isn't as strange to me as it might be to you. I didn't know Chrissy when she was growing up, but I have heard the stories. Shockingly, she was not very outgoing. So she spent her formative years in her parents basement watching and dancing along to Soul Train. She even went to a couple of Jackson 5 concerts. After dancing to Michael songs, she said her knee felt fine. Then I figured out why.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"Chastity, a student at James N. Thorp Elementary School, liked to dance and jumped rope, said her cousin, Erika Johnson."
"Of about 20 cousins gathered at the house on Father’s Day, Chastity was the only one to accompany Johnson to a neighborhood park for a picnic. She showed off her latest dance moves — the Ricky Bobby and the Stanky Leg, Johnson said." These quotes and the picture were taken from the Chicago Sun Times website.
I first saw Chastity on the front page of the newspaper this morning at a gas station. I immediately read the article. I knew I was going to write about her in my blog. She was shot in the neck while washing her dog in her front yard. A gang related drive by shooting. I heard late today the police arrested two men accused of her senseless murder.
I also heard of Micheal Jackson's death tonight. Sad as his death might be to some people, it doesn't even come close to the sadness I feel for this little girl's death. Of course every channel in America is covering his death and Chastity will only be remembered by those that knew of her in her nine short years of life. I may not remember the names, but I do remember the mother that was shot on Halloween while holding her child's hand trick or treating and I remember the child that was shot while his mother walked him to school near Cabrini Green. The gunman was a frustrated citizen actually trying to shoot a gang member who deserved the bullet. There are many things wrong in this world, but not protecting innocent children from being murdered is one we must correct immediately. If we didn't spend so much time covering the passing of a probable child molester and spent the same energy covering deaths like Chastity's, maybe the world would be a better place.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Summer is finally here. The weather has warmed up. But the White Sox bats are still cold. Even though they play in a terrible division, I have officially given up on them. Once again, they were dead at the plate against a pitcher that let up 9 runs in his last 11 innings. Hiroki Kuroda made them look more like the White Skirts than the White Sox. I know the Dodgers are the best team record-wise in baseball. I know Kuroda has been a good pitcher in the past. But he has sucked lately. The limp bat White Skirts have made a lot of pitchers look like Cy Young this year. They have no heart, no passion and very few baseball skills. The Skirts only win if the pound out a bunch of home runs. They rarely get a clutch hit with guys in scoring position and they rank 25th out of 30 teams in team batting average. They are one of the worst fielding teams in the league, again 25th of 30. The pitching has been a bright spot but they seem to blow a lot of games in the late innings. I'll still go to the games I already have tickets for, but I can't waste my time watching a team that has shown me so little after 3 months of the season. As a fan, I reserve the right to jump back on the bandwagon if they somehow turn it around and get back in the race.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
3.97 inches of rain yesterday, a record for Chicago. Today blue skies as far as I could see. I spent the entire day outside. First I took the dogs to Kemil Beach with my niece, Kristian. We went up & down a sand dune to get to the beach, then spent time in the very cold water with the dogs. When I got back home, we gave the dogs a bath on the patio with the garden hose. Then we cleaned out the gutters but I had to leave the back gutter clogged with whirlybirds because the doves made a nest in the gutter and it has two eggs in it. Then I worked on my mountain bike, just some minor maintenance. After lunch, we set up my new backpacking tent in the backyard. Late in the afternoon, I went to Cruise Night in Downtown Lansing to take pictures of the cool old cars. I was on my way to the Taste Of Randolph Street festival to see the Posies and Urge Overkill when I got called into work for an emergency call. We had to repair the unleaded STP at a Speedway. When I got home at 9:30pm, Chrissy & Kristain were camping out for the night in the tent. I let Oslo out to join them. While out there I realized that I had spent 15 hours outside today. Life is good.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I heard Seattle set a record of 19 straight days without rain. If they really miss it, I suggest they visit Chicago because it has rained here about 5 days a week for the past 3 months. The picture on the right is how the day started. Later another storm moved in from the west (picture on left). I watched that storm slowly come toward us while frantically trying to finish a job. It thundered and flashed lightning for over 30 minutes before unleashing the heaviest rainfall I have ever seen. At the peak of it, I was at a Speedway gas station working on a pump that was about 70 feet from the building. I could not see the building through the rain. The drive sloped downward away from the building, there was a river of water about 1.5" high flowing over my feet across the entire lot. After that storm passed, the temperature rose into the 90's with ungodly humidity. By the time I got home, another storm was ripping through with wind so strong I thought the trees which were swirling in a circular motion were going to be pulled from the ground. My female dog, Fluffy, gets so frantic during storms. After three hours of the evening storm I thought she was going to die. She was hyperventilating and just shaking violently. I actually put a paper bag over her head to try to calm her down. Thank God it all stopped by midnight. Fluff kept me up the night before with last night's storm. Tonight I might get some sleep.
Who the hell are these two dopey kids? I vaguely remember them. She looks pretty hot. So why is she with that bow legged dork with the bad perm? Who knows! Anyway, I heard they've been married for 21 years today. I guess that makes them legal now. If you see them, buy her a drink. I'm sure she needs one after 21 years with him.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depressed in the winter but feel much better in spring and summer, you may have SAD.
Anyone can get SAD, but it is more common in:
People who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are big changes in the amount of daylight in different seasons.
People between the ages of 15 and 55. The risk of getting SAD for the first time goes down as you age.
People who have a close relative with SAD.
What causes SAD?
Experts are not sure what causes SAD, but they think it may be caused by a lack of sunlight. Lack of light may upset your sleep-wake cycle and other circadian rhythms. And it may cause problems with a brain chemical called serotonin that affects mood.
What are the symptoms?
If you have SAD, you may:
Feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious.
Lose interest in your usual activities.
Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta.
Sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime.
Symptoms come and go at about the same time each year. For most people with SAD, symptoms start in September or October and end in April or May.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Today we had a play date for my dogs, Oslo & Fluffy. Bill & Vicki met us at Central Beach with Harley & Caesar (this is the correct spelling but it is more commonly spelled Ceasar, I'm sure Bill will let me know). I was told that Harley who is older doesn't play much and he prefers to just lay around. Caesar is younger and very active. That part was true. Caesar chased his rubber Kong on a string for over two hours. Harley also ran around a bit and went into the lake several times. Fluffy, who is the oldest of the four dogs, did wear out after awhile. We were there for almost 3 hours. Everyone climbed up a steep dune and ran back down. Oslo & I went down at full speed then stopped right in front of me. I went flying right over him and tumbled into the sand. Sorry no pictures of that. At one point, I had to pee and Vicki said "we live in the country, just go up into the bushes." Later she did the same thing but for some reason Bill waited until he could use the bathroom by the parking lot. I always thought the comments left on the blog about me needing to 'man up' were left by Bill, now I'm thinking they came from Vicki. The weather started cloudy & cool but ended sunny and warm. A very nice morning walk on the beach. Sorry I never got a group shot of all four dogs. The first shot is Fluffy taking a drink of that e-coli flavored Lake Michigan water. Then a Valentine family shot. I added the picture of Bill & Caesar because I really liked it. Vicki posed Oslo & Harley under the tree, Oslo looks like a statue but that was the best shot. Caesar reminds me of that old boxing statement, "pound for pound he's the strongest man alive". That dog is rock solid and incredibly strong. The last shot just had a cool look with the sun rays breaking through the clouds.