Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Scrap Metal Tony
This truck stopped to let me cross the street on my way to the market then posed while i took its picture. If it weren't for this ocular proof, i might suspect that it was a hallucination since:
a) I haven't seen anything this cool since Key West in the '70s; and
b) I saw it immediately after walking downwind of the exhaust fan at the entrance to a commercial space undergoing renovations in the L station, and i don't know what kind of paint they're using, but the fumes are extremely potent.
I've been wanting to take a picture of the parkway garden for a while, but it always seems to get trumped by something else. The little rainbow picket fence looked especially sweet today in the rain. As luck would have it, less than five minutes after i took this picture i saw something truly amazing; but this time, rather than pre-empting the garden photo, i decided to go ahead and post both. Be sure to check out Part 2 of today's post.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
In anticipation of the rainstorm that hit Chicago this afternoon, the cows headed to higher ground. In retrospect, the roof was probably not the safest place to seek shelter, what with all the lightning and thunder.
PS. Yes, ignoring the fact that it's January, the temperature hit 60℉ and we are having a bona fide spring storm. And yes, the temperature will plummet again by Thursday. Climate change is making my head spin.
Monday, January 28, 2013
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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
I'm double-dipping a bit here, using a picture from the series i took for my other blog ("How to Build a Substation"); but since this is one i ended up not using on that site, and since it is too ungodly cold out to go wandering the streets looking for inspiration, it will have to do. This is the infernal device that could be heard all weekend for about a four-block radius as it pounded huge steel plates into the earth. The steel is in place now, and relative quiet has been restored.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Monday, January 14, 2013
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Life in Wartime
The alien forces invaded today in their battle helmets and day-glo yellow uniforms, making a fearsome noise with their war cry of "Ruh roh!" (English translation: "Railroad!") shouted at approaching trains. Rather than the traditional rectangular flag, they planted their surprisingly dainty pink streamers to mark the territory as their own. It looks like it's going to be a long siege. I think i'll watch "London Can Take It" tonight to bolster my courage.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Because it's mid-January and so unseasonably warm that i could comfortably go out without a hat, the dog and i travelled a little further up the road than usual today to admire Col. James Pritzker's investments in the neighborhood. These three gorgeous buildings are located near the intersection of Fargo and Sheridan.
|Cat's Cradle Bed & Breakfast (1919)|
|Emil Bach House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1915), undergoing renovation|
The remaining pictures are of Farcroft by the Lake, an apartment building built in 1928 and scheduled to reopen in the spring after extensive renovations. I would LOVE to live there!
|If you enlarge this picture and look closely, you'll notice that the sash around the little guy's waist says "the owner." I wonder if this is an original feature or someone's little joke.|
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
There's something so magically strange and incongruous about miniature golf courses, even when only viewed from the window of a moving bus, like this one in Skokie. Wouldn't it be great if they were the only thing to survive long after we are all gone? Imagine how alien explorers might use them to hypothesize about the former inhabitants of Planet Earth.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Ah winter, that wonderful season when Lake Michigan turns into a giant lake-sicle! Yesterday, there was a near-disaster when a young Siberian husky named Zeus ran out onto the ice shelf and fell through into the freezing lake waters. Fortunately, the fire department scuba unit came to the rescue and saved the poor pup. Needless to say, i kept a tight hold on Frisky McBisky's leash when we went there for our afternoon walk today. Click here to read more about Zeus's rescue.