Turkey Day

Wow, I haven’t posted here in about, oh forever.  Regardless I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day with friends and/or family.  This year it was at my place.  It was tight, but we made do.  🙂

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Lemont Keepataw Days

Last night Erin and I went to see The Fabulous Janes at the Lemont Keepataw Days.  As usual, a rockin’ time put on by the Janes. 

Anyways, the reason this is blog-worthy, is because of the beer garden.  In order to see the Janes, well at least to be let into the normal viewing area, you had to be 21.  No big deal, so we go in and get a few Mike’s (eww to Miller products).  The tip basket has a sign on it saying who the tips are going to.  Again, no big deal.  However, only in Lemont would the tips, on alcohol sales, be donated to the local DARE chapter. 

Does no one else see the irony in this?

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Labor Day Weekend

Yesterday, Erin and I went to a Cubs game with some people from work.  It was actually quite a bit of fun.  We got up to Murphy’s at 11, waited around for everybody, and then headed into the bleachers.  We all sat by each other, and drank way too much beer.  Talk about an awesome day for a game though: sunny and 75 degrees.  Needless to say, there were a few burned bodies there.  Thankfully mine, not so much, but wow, the girl sitting next to me (not in our group) was quite pink.  She laughed when I was talking to someone else about how I put 45 on before I left.  Ha, who’s laughing last now!

Needless to say, though, the Cubs lost.  We didn’t even elect to stay to the end, instead we headed to another bar.  Erin and I headed home, which wasn’t the same for many of the people in our group.  They were heading to Union Park, which is actually over by my place.  However, we both needed a nap.

And then today, we went out and rode ~30 miles.  So much for taking it easy.  Other things on my plate include, work on the website(s), change the oil in my car, and possibly go climbing tomorrow.  I figure we may as well make the most of it, since it was supposed to rain all weekend, and I doubt we’ll have too many more that are this nice.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Colleen!  Hope you have a good one.

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Summer is Here

Summer is most definitely here, and on the correct weekend no less!  As I type this, it is 81 degrees outside with 55% humidity.  Welcome to the midwest.

To kick off summer right, Erin and I went for a bike ride.  It wasn’t that hard to convince her to go, especially since she just got her new bike.  We started out in Lemont at Waterfall Glen, and then headed down to Lockport and did the I & M Canal trail between Lockport and Joliet.  Grand total, probably ~20 miles.  Not bad, especially since we put in ~20 miles earlier in the week.

So, I had never taken the I & M Canal trail that far South out of Lockport, which means I had never seen the old steel mill ruins (steel mill closed in the 1930’s) that are down near Joliet either.  Talk about awesome.  I definitely need to get my camera down there.  Certain parts looked like a bombed out town, and the old locks that are still in the old part of the canal are awesome too.  It’s interesting to see what it used to look like through various photographs, because it sure doesn’t look that way now.

Oh, and for all you Prison Break fans (Aaron), the trail goes right by the old Joliet state prison, which is the one in the show.  Definitely need to get pictures of that too.

Final Puerto Vallarta Pictures

I’ve finally got all the Puerto Vallarta pictures scanned, cleaned, and uploaded.  You can view them in my gallery.

Wow, talk about a pain.  Since these were taken with an analog camera, I scanned in the negatives and then had to clean up the pictures because of dust and stuff on the scanner.  I’m just glad that they’re finally up, a month and a half after we got back.

My personal favorite is a picture of Erin, but there are other good ones in there too.

The pictures were a little grainy on film, so that is why some of the pictures don’t look the best.  Some of the coastal pictures could have been aided with a better lens filter I think too.  But hopefully I don’t have to worry about scanning in negatives much more, and the gallery may have some new activity.  More to come on that later.

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Birthday Trip

So, for those of you that don’t read the comments, I pointed out that Erin was essentially kidnapping me for the weekend.  She basically wouldn’t tell me where we were going, or what we were doing, just that I was driving because of my far superior gas mileage. 

Turns out we went to Cedarburg, WI, where we ended up going on a winery tour, wine tasting, dinner, and then stayed in a bed and breakfast.  It was actually quite a bit of fun.

Unfortunately, since it was daylight savings time, we forgot to sping ahead Saturday night, and then missed the breakfast.  However, to make up for it, I got these awesome camera phone pictures while waiting for the winery tour.  I honestly can’t believe I didn’t purchase the book.  I mean, George and Laura in their under-roos?  Oh, and make sure you include Reagan too!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Bree!  You’re so old!  ;-P

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