Archive for August, 2003

Ok, 2500 block of Murray. Smile and say “Cheese.”

Friday, August 29th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Cool — it’s a photo of my apartment building from space.

It’s the 4th block over from the left in the bottom row, SW corner of the block, 2nd building up from the bottom. (The little black one next to the big black one.)

Actually, this photo was taken two months before I moved in. At that point, I was really living in another building in the photo. That one is in the second row up from the bottom, second block in the row, building on the very NW corner of the block. If you look really closely, you can probably see my beloved old Chevy Nova parked somewhere nearby.

Mmmm. Burgers.

Friday, August 29th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Oh, yeah. I knew there was some reason my ears perked up when I heard the phrase “Brewers’ winning streak” on the radio this morning. I had almost forgotten about the free burgers promise from George Webb’s. Heh. We made a circuit of several Webb’s back in ‘87 to get our burgers. Yum!

So, despite my relative lack of interest in baseball, I guess I’m cheering for the team this weekend. C’mon guys, the Czelt needs free food!

Oh, my.

Friday, August 29th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Very fluffy bunnies or tribbles with noses? You decide.
(Via Kittenfilter.)

A day later and I still feel creeped out

Wednesday, August 27th, 2003 | General | No Comments

As I was walking out to the parking lot after work last night, some friends pulled up in their car and we chatted for a few minutes at the corner. After a little bit, their light was about to turn green and I noticed there was a car behind them, so I told them I’d talk to them later, waved goodbye and continued toward the lot.

The car behind them was a beat-up old Trans-Am or Firebird or some such thing, being driven by a middle-aged guy. As I walked by his car, through his open window he yelled, “Do you need a ride, sweetheart?”

First: Eww. Eww, eww, eww. And secondly, maybe the car keys in my hand should have been a tip-off that I had my very own “ride” and was not soliciting. (Which, if I was inclined to do such a thing, would be incredibly stupid to do 100 feet from a Starbucks that half the city’s cops frequent. Wait a minute — now I’m also insulted by how dumb he apparently thought I was. Grrr.)

No Christmas this year, kids

Wednesday, August 27th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Santa Claus is dead.

Holy crap!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Jet vs. golf-ball-sized hail. Final score: Jet 0, Hail 1. Ouch.
(Via Boing Boing.)

Like the rumble of distant…
Oh. It’s just them.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Sounds like the first wave of the Harley rides comin’ up for the anniversary party may have gotten into the city today. Sure, there’s been more blap-blap-blap than usual since the weekend, but it really seems to have picked up as of this afternoon. (Great — no sleep ’til Monday, I guess.)

I shouldn’t complain too much about the Harleys, I guess. They are pouring loads of ducats into our local economy and people are actually excited about our fair city. Plus, my uncle and his brother- and sister-in-law are coming up from Orlando on one of the rides. However, I think I’d be much happier if it was 200,000 people with a slightly quieter hobby descending on Milwaukee. (Those of you who have honorably chosen to leave the factory pipes on your bikes, I salute you.)

Hmm. I may have to attend the East Side Block Party on Friday. Aside from it only being 3 blocks from my house (which means I’ll hear it, so I may as well go), I see now that some friends of mine are playing.

I’m still curious to see who’s playing the big bash down at Veterans Park on Sunday. (Not that I’ll go or anything.) The prevailing rumor is the Stones, but we’ll see if that really happens.


Tuesday, August 26th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Great googly moogly, it’s hot out there. C’mon, September! Enough with summer already.

When I was walking over to get my lunch, I passed a guy with a bushy mustache, black-rimmed glasses and a huge nose. For a minute, I thought he was wearing a Groucho Marx disguise, but nope. Just his face.

I think if I had a nose like that, I’d maybe minimize the Groucho effect with different glasses or no facial hair or something, but to each his own.

Helpful hints for job seekers

Friday, August 22nd, 2003 | General | No Comments

A little advice on how to write a stellar résumé, courtesy of Matthew Baldwin (of Defective Yeti fame) over at The Morning News.

New tunes!

Thursday, August 21st, 2003 | General | No Comments

Since it’s pretty much a ghost town around here this afternoon and there’s no one for us to annoy, it’s become Web Production Radio. (We’ve commandeered the boss’ computer ‘coz he’s got the best speakers.) It’s sort of a mish-mash of lo-fi, emo and math rock on right now, but we just got through taking the new Polyphonic Spree CD for a spin. Those are the nice folks featured in the latest VW Bug ads with the iPod. If you like the music in that commercial, you’ll really love the whole album.

We also just checked out a video of a Rammstein song made up of Neon Genesis Evangelion clips. Quite cool. (Oh, and don’t worry — that link won’t just start automatically downloading a gazillion-MB file.)

Car 1, Chris 0

Thursday, August 21st, 2003 | General | No Comments

Sometimes it’s best to let a coworker tell his own tale of synapse misfires.

Oh, sure. It seemed like a good idea at the time…

Did you miss me?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003 | General | No Comments

I’m back. Not much of a voice left, but I’m back.

Once again, Irish Fest was a blast. (As opposed to a “blast furnace” which is what our booth felt like a good chunk of the time. So close to the lake and yet facing the wrong way. *sigh*)

Fun was had by all. Copious amounts of alcohol were consumed. Songs were sung. Stories were told. And, per tradition, pictures were taken when the mood hit us. I didn’t get a ton of them, but if the ones I do have are here.

Afrocelts were absolutely amazing when we saw them Saturday night. Their Friday night show was a bit shorter, as they were seriously delayed by the blackouts and almost didn’t make it onto the grounds in time for their 10pm show (which was actually an 11pm show when all was said and done). They’re a nice bunch and they really put a lot of energy into their live show. Go see them if you haven’t already.

Many, many other great bands played over the weekend. Sadly, most of them played during our shifts. (Weep.) We did manage to catch parts of North Cregg, who were fabulous as usual. (Hi Caoimhín. At least this time you’ll know who’s site it is.) :)

Also caught little bits of Carbon Leaf’s show. It was their first year at the Fest. Probably not their last, judging by the crowds they drew and the fact that they won the award for the best new band. (It’s that lovely Waterford crystal vase they’re holding in the photo I got of them.) Great bunch of guys, too.

And of course, there was my friend Ray’s book release. I am now in possession of a book I’d really like to read, but can’t. Ah, well. Guess I’ll be buying the English version once that comes out. Shouldn’t be too long, as the last of the first edition of the book sold out during the festival.

Oh, and Linus, if you’re reading this, it looks like we’ll be able to buy you that pint this year after all. Christyl & I will be headed back to Ireland at the end of November. Christyl talked me into it. Just couldn’t beat the price ($288 round trip + taxes). Hooray! A vacation!! (Brendan, there’s a pint for you as well, if you’d like it. You’ll just have to come to Dublin to get it, though. It’s only a short trip, so we’re staying pretty much on the East coast.)

So, that’s about it. There’s a ton more, but it’s getting late and I’d really like to get home.

Oh, alright — one last thing that made me laugh. As I was walking to the Scattering on Sunday night, I passed a stage where someone was playing Danny Boy*. The woman who was walking next to me turned to her companion and said, “There’s someone else playing a Tommy Makem song. God, everybody does his stuff.”


(*Reminds me of a little haiku my friend Dan wrote in honor of Irish Fest a few years ago:
Drinking your Miller
Green shirt stretched over your gut
Please No Danny Boy)

See you all next week

Thursday, August 14th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Ok. That’s it. I’m away from computers until Tuesday. Have yerselves a lovely weekend. New Yorkers, good luck with that power thing.


More tales of the neighbor

Wednesday, August 13th, 2003 | General | No Comments

So I’m layin’ there in bed, trying to fall asleep around 12:15 this morning and I hear a vehicle pull up outside the building with the stereo cranked. (No, I mean cranked.) Once the song ended, I hear the sound of a door closing, followed immediately by the drunken sounds of my favorite neighbor, Dumbass, bellowing, “Hey! Steve-o!” (Yes. Yell to the roommate who is inside the building. Good plan. You certainly shouldn’t have to bother with actually entering the building you live in to talk to him.)

A few seconds later I hear some mumbling sounds coming from upstairs (ostensibly a question about the new truck Dumbass pulled up in), followed by more bellowing, “Dude. It’s my dad’s. Don’tcha just wanna get fucked up and roll it?”

I’m sure his folks are proud.

The busiest week of the year

Monday, August 11th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Well, it’s that time again — Irish Fest is this coming weekend. I know it’s not technically a holiday, but as far as I’m concerned, it might as well be. I get more excited about this weekend than any other time of the year, mostly because it’s a chance to catch up with friends I only get to see during this weekend or (if I’m lucky) on trips to Ireland.

Looks like some good band choices again this year. I’m especially excited about the lineup on the Leinie Rock Stage (where I work all weekend). We’ve got Afro Celts on the stage this year. I’ve only heard their CDs, but think they’re very cool and I can’t wait to see them live. Also glad to see North Cregg back again this year. We had a lot of drunken fun with them last year.

And my friend Ray will be back this year in the Gaeltacht area. He’s written a book on Mary MacAleese that looks pretty interesting. (Now let’s hope it’s available translated or dual-language. My Irish is pretty weak.)

Anyhow, due to the Fest and my freakishly large workload this week, blogging will be pretty light. I’ll try to check in when I can, though.

HD Art Group strikes again

Thursday, August 7th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Yay, me! I made a tile. Ok, so I made two tiles, but I really don’t count the little one, as it only involved making a rectangular and sticking some letters into it. The other one took some thought. (Photo’s pretty blurry. Sorry about that. I took 4 of them in an attempt to get at least one good one. Just not happening, I guess. Foo. But you get the idea.)

These were part of a larger project by our in-house Art Group. (A pic of all the projects is here.) Anyone in the studio could make whatever they wanted out of clay for this project.

Oh, and yes, I know roses aren’t purple. We didn’t have any pink glaze at our disposal.

Errrm. Ok.

Monday, August 4th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Some of the search referrals I get worry me. The last two were “how to ask the girl you barley know on a date” (Well, first, less barley. Second, “Hi. My name is ___. Would you like to get a cup of coffee or a drink with me?” is a good start) and “kittens for free in portage with a photo” (Good luck. But do you really need pictures? Aren’t all kittens adorable?).


Monday, August 4th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Mike does not kid around when he says he makes amazing cakes. They’re almost too nice to eat.



Monday, August 4th, 2003 | General | No Comments

Missed it by that much.