Brimborion Brew

A mixture of things without value or use

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

It's a doll house

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Visited the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute, is it art , or merely a trip back to the time when you had a really cool doll house that you let your pet toad hop around in. Chicago isn't the only city to have scored some minature rooms. There are some in Phoenix, some in Knoxville, one in Indianapolis and one in Loss Angeles. Here is what they are all about.

We will finally know whether or not Bigfoot really exists or not. Just what we need, who is it that keeps building the tallest building in Chicago. I hope there's a cocktail lounge involved.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Yabba Dabba Do!

Went to go see Abba: The Music at Ravinia last night. It was good but what isn't sitting under a clear sky after a bottle of wine and snacks everywhere to be seen. They sounded great, very much like Abba which I guess is a good trait for an Abba tribute band to have. We had some pre-show entertainment.

The show was sold out so it was pretty crowded, luckily my boss had a friend that went early and saved a huge space. We had lawn seats and I never made it up to walk past the stage to see what the band looked like.

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I wonder what the members of Abba are doing now? I don't even know who the members are. Geez, I finally figured out where the bands name came from. Agnetha, Björn, Benny, Anni-Frid. Huh, and they had to get permission form the swedish fish company. You know when you add marrige to the mix, its bound to get sticky. I didn't realize that Björn and Benny produced Mamma Mia. Tons of other Abba junk.
And now for something completely different, I just knew it there is no reason to buy a gazillion threadcount sheet because threadcounts above 380 are a farce.

Friday, July 22, 2005


I've come to realize that I'm easily mezmerized. I snagged these off Growabrain and I couldn't turn them off.

Girl falling, and One, long incredibly broken sentence.

On this day in history, back in 1934, John Dillinger was shot to death in front of the Biograph Theater when Anna Sage, "the woman in red" betrayed him. According to the guides of various Haunted Chicago tours I've been on, the ghost of Dillinger still haunts the alley behind the Biograph. Darn, I'm going to have to miss this one, I'm off to Ravinia tonight. I'm getting my picnic basket (actually its a cooler) and our wine bottles ready and we are heading out for a night of Abba music and cocktails.

I'm looking for things to do for Halloween, this is a definate maybe. The Black Ball, a party held where Resurrection Mary danced her last dance. This is funny, "guests are invited to dress as their favorite dead Chicagoan." Or maybe this one.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Up in the air

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Inspired by the Lisle Balloon Fest a couple weekends ago and a Ding sale at Southwest, my friend Amy and I are off to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta at the end of September. It sounds like a very cool fest. They are having a wine tasting and a car show. I also made reservations at the restaurant at the top of the Sandia Peak mountains that you take a tram to get to.

Wow, that's fast, add that to the list of things I'm afraid to do. All kinds of Space Shuttle info. I don't know much about space travel but I do remember looking forward to Christa Mcauliffe's flight into space. She was supposed to hold class from space and I thought that would be cool.

Don't want to promote being high, the thought of that flavor doesn't even sound appetizing.
Reader's Digest says you shouldn't buy these things used, no matter how cheap you are.
12 signs he's cheating on you. He may get the death penalty and I hope he does, no not him, him.

Friday, July 08, 2005

I'm having an acid flashback

Someone told me about the blog of Joseph Edward Duncan III, the man accused of murdering 3 and kidnapping 2 children, one of which was recently rescued while dining with him at Denny's. I've always wondered what is going on the mind of such a person. The word is definatley out about this guys blog as he has over 1000 justly deserved comments.

Get your hands free devices ready, as of today, you cannot hold that cell phone while talking in Chicago.

Big Brother 6 is finally in full swing. They have a great twist this season. Everyone in the house has a friend in the house and each pair thinks they are the only ones with a friend in the house, should make for an interesting season. I can't tell much yet, only that I don't want Howie to win. There is a Big Brother Blog written by former house guests, most of them from last season.

There is another show that I watched the other day and I happened to notice that it is on 100 times this week on MTV. It's called the MTV 70's house. It is a total crackup. They took a bunch of kids and put them in what looks like the Brady Bunch house. They have to talk and dress and live like it was the 70's in order to win the prize. The facial expressions of the people when they see what they are in for is reason enough to watch. They have a phone with a dial, everyone once in a while when the intercom plays the Hustle they have to get up and dance. Wierd thing is I remember the 70's like it was yesterday. Not a single Robinson Crusoe its primitive as can be.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

I'd forgotten how much fun it is to blow stuff up

The 4th of July weekend was a great one. There is so much going on in town. I got to the Taste of Chicago 3 times. The last time I took my nieces, Niki and Noel and we rode on the Ferris Wheel where I got this shot of the crowd.

We went to the Lisle Eyes to the Skies fest, where the weather finally cooperated enough for lift off.

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I was very excited to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Lisle fest.
But the best thing about this weekend is when my brother came over with firecrackers and we were blowing a can up in the air from a bucket of water with the firecrackers, just like we did when we were kids. That was great fun until the can flew onto the roof of the house and rolled into the gutter. Then we moved onto apples. I never thought a firecracker could blow up an apple. When we ran out of those we tried marshmallows. It's been a long time since I got to be the annoying neighbor.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

I heart Bush?

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This is the kind of work that gets done on a holiday weekend. This is across the street from my apartment, I kind of think of this as my own personal message. If I had a bunch of post it notes and I didn't want to work on a day that everyone else was off on, would I choose to say to the world, I heart Bush? Not likely.

Another Real World run in with the law is in our future.

It appears that Jaws may be making a comeback. People, please go find a nice clean swimming pool somewhere.

The tall ships return to Chicago August 3-9th, don't get all excited, it's not till 2006!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Welcome to the Holiday Weekend!

Went to see the Lion King the other day, it was absolutely fabulous! I loved, loved, loved it. It was pretty funny too, there was this little girl sitting near me and she was the cutest thing. When Simba tried to roar loud she roared back. When Simba's dad died she was crying. It was not your typical audience. Elton John and Tim Rice have done it again.

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Also went to see A Doll House, which was also good. It was based on the Henrik Ibsen story, but very much adapted to play in Chicago as it takes place at Christmastime 2004 in Lincoln Park.

Happy Canada Day!

How did they sneak this in without me knowing? Today is a sad day in history, back in 1943 they started withholding income tax from our pay.

Damn it!