Brimborion Brew

A mixture of things without value or use

Monday, June 27, 2005

Yeah! I have pictures back again

Couldn't get pictures loaded on my blog in what seems like ages, but I'm back in business baby!
Stopped off at the Shedd Aquarium last week. They have a relatively new exhibit at the Shedd called the Wild Reef.


Below is an eel, looks slimy. I think my friend Joann would like to make a blouse out of his skin, she's partial to animal prints.



They also have and exhibit called CRABS! Mmmm, wish I had some butter.



This is my favorite part of the aquarium, the Beluga whales.


One of my very favorite things when I was smaller was catching frogs and toads. How can something so cute be poisonous?



A nice walk home from the museum along the Chicago lakefront.




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Went to see Bewitched over the weekend. I have to say I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. Thumbs up! I love that sound that her nose makes. I wish they would replay that series. Here is some Bewitched trivia for you. Oooh! The complete first season is available on dvd starting June 21st! I ordered it.

On the way home from dinner after the movie, we had a celebrity sighting. I noticed there was this rather motley looking group of people walking towards my friend Amy and me. I didn't really focus on any one of them, it just looked like Lynryd Skynrd was walking towards me and they looked kind of out of place on Rush Street. Just after we passed them my friend Amy said "Do you know who that was?", I said, "No, who was it." She said it was Kate Hudson and her husband Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes with who I assume was the rest of his band, although that site said "former lead singer." I gave Amy hell, I told her the next time a star is walking towards us tell me when I can still see the front of her head. There was a blurb in the Redeye this morning, turns out they dined at Gibson's last night.

The Walmart heir died in a plane crash. Ok, I'm officially back on Xanax. And if I hit it big in Vegas, I'm not flying anywhere I'm moving into the hotel room I happen to be in at the time. Aha! Speaking of Vegas, did I ever score! I got an offer for 2 free nights at Wynn Las Vegas plus $100 in free slot play only problem was that it was that the offer is only good from June 26-June 30th. Found out on a message board that the offer was extended to September 1st. Wow! I'm booked at the most expensive hotel in Vegas for free, it doesn't get better than that.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Let the tasting begin

So if a 4 hour cut in the work week creates 350,000 new jobs...why not create 700,000 new jobs instead. Go French.

Tuesday the new season of The Real World started. It just cracks me up what happens when you give 21 year olds alcohol.

My friend Laura and I took a half day off of work and went to the Taste of Chicago today, it was steaming hot. I had some tasty dishes, started with shrimp and vegetable tempura from Guey Lon, a very small portion of lobster cocktail from the Steakhouse Saloon, chicken satay and peanut sauce from Tiparos Thai Cuisine, and some Italian Ice from Mazzone's. The tempura nd the chicken satay were excellent and the portion size was very nice for the price! I did not check out L.L. Cool J, but I swear he hasn't done anything since his hit I Need Love back in the late 80's. Tomorrow I will go see Leann Rimes and Clint Black on Sunday and more food.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Are you an online knucklehead?

Here you go then, Netiquette 101! As it turns out I kind of am an online knucklehead. Oh well, another thing to work on.

Quite possibly, the single most important article I've ever read, who'd a guessed, turbulence is no big deal. Throw that xanax out the window.

These are kinda cool, one more way for the casino to make money.

If you miss Bo Bice he is going to perform on the view on Wednesday. I'm having Bo withdrawals.

There is some cool stuff coming up in Chicago, I sure wish Patti lived here, she likes to do everything I do, and she generally will come along even if she doesn't...

Friday, June 17, 2005

Be careful out there!

You know, people may not always be what they seem. Tips for avoiding internet fraud.

Do you remember what you were doing today back in 1994? More than likely at some point it revolved around this.

This could come in handy someday - how to pass a polygraph test - or you could tell the truth.

Ok...this is funny. A little dumpster diving? Make sure to check out the potential hazards section first.

Ewwwww. That is disgusting.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The saddest thing ever


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My old neighbor sent me this picture. It's of a clematis that I planted when I lived there. I really miss my flowers. It's so pretty. I wish I could have my house back.

Elton extending his stay until 2008 in Vegas is great news. I would love to see that show again, it's very good.

Big Brother 6 starts July 7th. A bunch of shows I want to watch (Real World, Six Feet Under)are starting up, they should start up in the winter when I want to stay in instead of the middle of summer. Tivo rules.


According to this, Einstein's ophthalmologist had removed the scientist's eyeballs and put them in a safe-deposit box and apparently his brain, Galileo's finger, Haydn's head and Napoleon's penis were also preserved. huh. I know that is not really the main topic of the article but its not like I'm taking an SAT test or anything.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Happy Birth Day Madeline

Announcing the cutest baby girl in the world, Madeline Rose - Congrats Kristine and Doug! Only 20 years, 360 days before her first trip to Vegas! I'm sure we will have lots of fun with Madeline. I'm not sure but I think I heard Doug trying to teach Madeline to say, "Auntie Paula will you wipe me?"



I didn't get to see Madeline on the day she was born because I was visiting the Museum of Science and Industry. The building in 1983 was known as the Palace of Fine Arts was built for the 1893 World's fair in Chicago. It is the only building remaining from the White City. I know it looks a little more like Oz here but I'm sure that has more to do with my camera and the fact that we were zooming by in my friend Amy's new Saab convertible. I wonder if she offered to drive because she was embarrassed by my 1995 Probe.

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We went there to see a traveling exhibit called Body Worlds. They didn't let you take pictures inside the exhibit. Check out the website though and see what its all about, it was pretty cool.

There is a permanent exhibit at the museum, it's a little hard to find, it's in the blue stairwell. Its been there since 1946 and it's pretty cool too. It consists of about two dozen 1/2 inch slices of human bodies encased in formaldehyde. Here is a pic below, you can see his brain and spine and other organs, next to each slice there is a diagram so you can tell what you're looking at.





Another exhibit we saw was the U-505, a German sub captured during WWII off the coast of Africa. It has been there for a while but the recently built an indoor hall to move the sub into. The exhibit is huge.


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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Where Rock Meets Bach

Just got back from a Classic Encounter evening. This is a great way to enjoy going to the symphony. They serve appetizers and wine before the show and Terri Hemmert, a DJ from WXRT here in Chicago, gives an informal talk on the background of and relationship between the concert being performed and more popular forms of music. Tonight we heard Brahms 4th symphony and 2 pieces from Benjamin Britten, who I never heard of before tonight.

On the way home from the concert, I walked through Millennium Park. It was still warm out and there were a ton of kids running through the fountain. They also have a very interesting exhibit in the park called Revealing Chicago, and ariel view of various sights in around Chicago and the suburbs. Click on the spots on the map to see the photo.

All that combined with seeing my friend Chris, which was long overdue made for a wonderful evening.

A friend of mine, Kathy, is trying to raise money to battle depression on a walk through the night called Out of the Darkness Overnight sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I wish her the best!

Now he's gonna cry, well at least he has sympathy for himself. If he only gets 6 years for killing his wife and unborn child than that is a crime too.

Look at this cutie monkey. check out the rest of the zoo pics from around the world too, about the first 20 pics are zoo pics.

I wish I had $2.9m to drop on the man in black's house.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Parked outside my apt...


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this morning...puts a smile on your face doesn't it.

This wipes it right off. I wouldn't let him in even if he didn't have that stuff he looks like a psycho and he also looks like he's made of clay.

This isn't exactly making me feel warm and fuzzy either. I'm going to need chocolate soon if people don't start acting normal.

Went to go see Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants the other day. It was pretty good, definately a teen movie but entertaining. The scenes shown in Greece were beautiful.

Monday, June 06, 2005

The Real World

Take a tour of the real world Austin house. The always have the coolest digs. A hidden camera in one of the pool jets, could be interesting. The casting special is today on MTV at 10:30 EDT, the season premier is June 21 10pm EDT. I might be 90 and still watching that show.

Secret Tivo tips and tweaks. I didn't get any video, they just rolled the credits. Rocheeee, you try it.

I'm going to read along with Oprah this summer. They have online lectures about the books by various professors, message boards, and discussion questions. It will be like school. My friend Amy is going to join me. Okay sorry, gotta go read my book, I have to get to page 85 by Monday.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

some people

It was nice to take the dog out for a walk in the park. Here is a view of downtown from Grant Park.


This is what Irving does when he realizes that I've turned around and I'm heading back home. He plops his butt down in the grass and refuses to get up. Dogs!


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So I was wondering if I was going to be included in the ipod settlement. I couldn't remember when I got mine, sure enough in the mail Friday, forms from Apple.

There obviously is no limit to the amount of odd people in the world.
There are some people that feel the need to stick their nose into other people's business. I'm sure he has experience with post partum depression, right?
Some people might feel embarrassed when they finally get their 5 minutes of fame.

One of my favorite places, other than Vegas, is Disneyworld. The mouse epands the small world . I wonder how the other Disney properties are doing. I thought not so good.

This is Kelly Osbourne? I was surprised the first time she went into rehab, but I'm easily fooled.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Habari za Jioni

My old roommate had to go out of town and he's having me babysit while he's gone...Let me introduce Irving.

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I can tell you that someone is not very happy to see him, and that someone is Haley.


There is nothing like a dog to jump start your morning. I won't be coming home to start my blog for the next 4 days, I'll be running around scooping up poop with a grocery store bag. Oh, life is good.

I am absolutely positive that I saw some of these on the side of I-94 the other day and this is beyond disgusting.

Yesterday I snagged a pic from Adam at Bladam. That pic really cracks me up and there is a pretty interesting story about parking in Europe on his blog.

I'm officially trying to learn Kiswahili, my friend Hudson from Tanzania is helping me. Today I learned and I'm going to try my best to remember it...
Good Morning - Habari za Asubuhi
Good Afternoon - Habari za Mchana
Good Evening - Habari za Jioni

I've tried to learn another language before and I wasn't all that successful in the past. All it takes is a little effort, right?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Because it's all about me

This is a damn shame. That would be my luck too.

Not that this would ever happen to me....

Top Ten Signs Your Boss Is Spying On You by David Letterman
10. Wherever you go you're followed by a potted plant in loafers.
9. The bracelet he gave you for Christmas beeps if you leave your cubicle.
8. Office coffee has hint of hazelnut and sodium pentothal.
7. Your name:"Sam." Next to your parking spot: "Reserved for the guy following Sam"
6. Find yourself getting tasered more than with previous bosses.
5. Your new secretary looks a lot like that chick from "Alias"
4. Instead of photos of wife and kids on his desk, he has a photo of you sleeping.
3. When you're alone in the men's room, a voice tells you to quit blocking the lens.
2. Boss critical of typos in your personal e-mails.
1. The fax machine just coughed.

The world is filled with people who could have found a better way. I don't get it.
This is my kind of school.
Can't we all just get along?
Johnny Depp is going to shoot what is left of Hunter S. Thompson from a cannon. What a way to go - I don't need to be shot but can some one scatter my ashes up and down Las Vegas Blvd? Maybe a little in downtown Vegas too, I don't want to miss anything.

In Chicago the FBI exhumed the body of Emmitt Till, who was murdered in 1955. They are looking for clues to solve the 14 year old's murder 50 years after the fact. I'm sure they were just to busy to get around to doing it before the burial.