I was feeling a bit blah after work on Friday - nothing serious, just a series of reminders of why life sucks when you're a contractor. I found that a good workout at the gym helped - yay for endorphins! It didn't hurt that it was a lovely day out so the walk back was quite pleasant. takaza
saw that I was restless and we went out to do a little shopping, with a stop by EBGames
(fruitless, but for some reason the store at Lincoln Village always sucks) and Target
. We grabbed dinner at Hub's on Dempster in Skokie, which was pronounced to be undistinguished.
I got an early start on Saturday and went down to the EBGames on Elston, where I found what I was looking for: Psychonauts
, allegedly the best platform game from 2005, and a very fun and playable game. It happened that that was right near the Edward Don Outlet (a restaurant supply store) that I had heard was closing. I stopped by and was impressed by two things: first, all the cool merchandise marked down by 70%, and second, the HUGE line waiting to check out - like a good 20-30 minute wait. I looked all through the store but I didn't see anything that I HAD to have; I saw some nice stuff at great prices, but the kitchen is crammed full now, and I couldn't see anything that would merit the major project of making space for it. More's the pity. quasiskunk
, I did think of the stuff you might need for Con Suite this year, but I knew you were off in the boonies for the weekend, so...oh well. I passed the afternoon playing Psychonauts (it's one of those games where you sit down to play and suddenly it's three hours later!) then it was time to go.
A friend of our had given us complimentary tickets to the final home game of the season for the Chicago Rush
arena football team. We took the CTA out to the Allstate Arena and got in just before the game started. It was a good game, once I got used to the arena football rules, and Chicago kicked the butt of the Utah Blaze. The highlight of the game was actually halftime, when they had a game of "mascot football" - yes, sixteen mascots from all around the Chicago area turned out, including Staley the Bear
(who gets points for being the most willing to take a hard fall), Benny the Bull
(definitely the most personality), Skates
(the home-arena favorite
), Tommy Hawk
(from the Blackhawks), Sparky
(from the Chicago Fire), plus mascots from Loyola, Northwestern, and several other schools and companies. The highlights were Benny laying out "celebrity quarterback" Mike Adamle
, and a bee mascot putting a shoulder in the gut of the Rush's mascot Grabowski
(yeesh, what a costume). He needed a sec outside the huddle to catch his breath. The "game" was a disorganized wreck, of course, but extremely entertaining from the stands. We took off in the middle of the third quarter with the Rush up something like 76 to 24 and found ourselves with no way back to the CTA. We opted to walk to the ATS
and take that in to the CTA station at the airport, getting home at around 11 PM. datahawk
and Linnaeus were watching Rent when we got home, but we were too tired to watch, so we headed off to bed.
On Sunday I puttered around a bit while Data slept through me grinding coffee, the dishwasher running, and the cat meowing. I only wish I could sleep that soundly. Dan and I drove up to check on my wedding band (more about that in my next post) and sat down at a nearby Potbelly Sandwiches to make use of the free wi-fi and try to hammer out the final details of FRAC. Unfortunately, what we determined was that, while we had a set course, neither of us was happy with it. We kicked around ideas on the way home and I think we have some solid plans on how things are going to go, but we're going to need to do some research this Saturday. We got home and had a quiet evening of video games and laptops.
Not a lot of plans for the week, though we're going to have dinner with partran
tonight. I'm sure stuff will come up, as it always does :-)