Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"Contemporary society preaches this ideal of individualized equality because it needs human atoms, each one the same to make them function in a mass aggregation, smoothly, without friction, all obeying the same commands, yet everybody being convinced he is following his own desires. Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires the standardization of humans, and this standardization is called 'equality...' Equality today means sameness rather than oneness."
- Erich Fromm

"Beneath the surface of my life I think maybe a kind of purposefulness was working itself out in spite of me. So much of who all of us are seems to go on down there- the dreams we have, the impulses, the hunches, the changes of mood. Often the decisions we think we make on the spur of the moment have been years in the making and plans that we suddenly change were plans that we secretly abandoned long before."
-Frederick Buechner

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


When I found out the interstate was going to be shut down over the weekend in my neighborhood, I decided to skip town. Tanya and I headed for Chicago.

We stayed with some hospitable friends of Tanya's (DJ and family), which really cut down on costs. Here's a picture of the two of us, delighted, after our land-locked existence, to see a waterfront!

The seagulls kind of reminded me of "The Birds."

Tanya was thrilled to see the "Dog Beach."

Neil was headed south from his vacation in the Upper Penninsula and met up with us in the Windy City for some Chicago Style pizza and hang-out. We were walking towards the "Air and Boat Show" over lake Michigan, (and caught glimpses) when we got caught in a downpour, which necessitated a shopping trip for a jacket for me. We hit some fun thrift stores and played around.


Neil, in the middle of saying something, I can't remember what:

The famous air show- its a bird, it's a plane, no it's...

A Nalgene bottle?!

Great catch Tanya.We also wandered around the Indian district and got some food.

Sunday we met up with Lana,

former roommate, and ate excellent Thai food at "Thai Classic Restaurant." Yummy.

The weather was abnormally cool and rainy, which was pretty refreshing after the St. Louis heat and humidity.

We had lots of fun and did lots of stuff the whole time which I'm not going to get into because it's too monotonous to make a list. But it did involve two cups of coffee a day and finding free parking everyday. Whoo-hoo!

The Cardinals and Cubs game was rained out. Not that we had tickets or anything.

Thursday, August 09, 2007


how the '96 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme looked prior to damage

The other side... ewww, not pretty.



a 2002 Nissan Altima...

leather interior, moon-roof, AIR CONDITIONING, YAH!
Definitely an upgrade!