Monday, September 30, 2013

30 September 2013: Save the Little Library!

Alas! the little give-a-book-take-a-book library box
next to the Lifeline Theatre on Glenwood lost its door recently.  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

29 September 2013: More Cowbells!

Oktoberfest at Jarvis Square
There were more people and more dogs than this photograph suggests,
but i wanted to get a good picture of Die Musikmeisters. On the right, Rogers Park's
famous Quaker parakeet, Lunch Monkey, is perched in his usual spot
 on the handlebars of Sharon's bicycle, enjoying a medley of tunes
from The Sound of Music

Saturday, September 28, 2013

28 September 2013: Has Someone Declared War on the Sweet Potato Vines?

When i first saw this pile of dirt and sweet potato vines laying on the ground
at the northeast corner of Glenwood and Farwell a few days ago,
i assumed that the planters were getting their fall make-over
with new plants for the season. But since they've now been sitting
like this for several days, i guess i was mistaken,
and this was the work of vandals. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

26 September 2013: End of a Very Short Era

MorseL, at the corner of Morse and Glenwood,
has closed after one year of business. I'm always sorry to see
a Rogers Park business fail, and i hope someone else will open
in this location soon and have greater success. I personally
would love to see a good diner/breakfast place on Morse.
I'm far too lazy to make my own French toast and bacon.

26 September 2013: Morning Glories

Morning glories reaching out to the passersby on Glenwood Ave.
There seem to be less morning glories than usual this year,
so it's nice to these in full bloom.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

22 September 2013: Snarkitecture

I confess, i find the Burberry building at Michigan & Ontario
kind of ugly, but at least it is an interesting variation on
the company's signature/boring plaid.

Friday, September 20, 2013

20 September 2013: The Lights Are on but Nobody's Home

Inside the former Morseland, which was shut down last December, 
apparently over a big mess of unpaid taxes. There's a large sign in the window 
advertising a foreclosure sale, but it's been there for months. 
I hope it doesn't end up like the creepy former laundromat
on the next block down that sat untouched for years and years 
(I always thought of it as "the laundromat of the dead").
I hate to see an empty pool table in an empty room like this. 
In my mind i can hear that sweet CRACK as the cue ball hits its target, 
and i'm half-tempted to break in and brush up on my game. 
But, of course, being a law-abiding citizen 
and a confirmed coward, i'd never actually do that. 
But a girl can dream....

Thursday, September 19, 2013

19 September 2013: The Return of the Rain

A flagman makes his way back to the station in a downpour,
as all work comes to a halt until the weather clears.

18 September 2013: Bonus Shot

The rain finally stopped on Wednesday night,
and the harvest moon broke through the clouds.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

18 September 2013: Underground Flamenco

He plays guitar so beautifully and with such total absorption
that it feels almost like sacrilege to slip a dollar into his case.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

15 September 2013: Rainy Sunday

It was so pleasant walking in the slow, steady rain this morning,
everything bright and glistening.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

14 September 2013: Tick Tock

My grandmother's clock.
It's a temperamental old thing, but when it's aligned properly and the weather isn't too humid,
it still works. When those conditions are not met, it still manages to be right twice a day.

Friday, September 13, 2013

13 September 2013: A Picture-Perfect Day

This afternoon, i took an unplanned stroll along upper West Wacker (definitely preferable to strolling along lower Wacker). The sudden change to cooler weather turned the skies to a clear, beautiful, intense shade of blue, and eveywhere i looked, the city seemed to be posing for its close-up. 

The Chicago Board of Trade at the foot of LaSalle St.

It's no secret that i love watching construction
 (as well as demolition). The guy in orange 
(about a quarter of the way up) seemed like he was 
perched on the edge of the sky. 
The building is at the corner of Clark and Wacker.
Closer view of construction workers on their precarious perch.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

12 September 2013: Household Objects

Occasionally i get bored with the usual subject matter and have to resort to taking pictures of my tschotskes
in odd locations. Today was one of those days.

Monday, September 9, 2013

9 September 2013: Sweet Cheat

I confess that i took this picture yesterday, but i like it, and i love the ice cream at the Franklin Fountain in Philly...
and i didn't have the time or inspiration to take any noteworthy pictures today.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

4 September 2013: Emerging

This isn't the first time i've posted a picture of the Chase Bank at Madison and Dearborn,
but it always takes my breath away as i emerge from the Blue Line station in the late afternoon,
and see the reflections of the windows of One South Dearborn rippling across its surface.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

3 September 2013: The Latest News from the Checkout Line

My mother adored Liberace; i'm sure she would have found the news
that he had murdered multiple gay lovers very distressing.