Archive for the ‘Casbah Chicago’ Category


Oakland is our New Jersey

March 9, 2011

* I am about to speak on behalf of an entire state

Californians view Oakland as our New Jersey.

The similarities are uncanny.   A) Attached to a larger, more famous and unanimously more favorable city by a series of bridges  B) Smells  C) A general embarrassment to the region D) Plethora of oil/chemical tanks lining the roads

However the reason I dislike Oakland is the San Rafael Bridge, a 5.5 mile gauntlet of doom leading to the other city by the bay

Look at this rickety piece of shit bridge and tell me it won’t be all over CNN if there is even a minor quake.


Dear,(near) Chicago

January 9, 2011

Pull up a chair, watch the decline


Much farther to go

December 15, 2010

I have much farther to go
Everything is new and so unpredictable
I should just kick my heels together and go home
But I’m not sure where that is anymore

– Rosie Thomas –


Love Reign O’er Me

December 4, 2010

On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spend apart alone
I need to get back home to cool cool rain
I can’t sleep and I lay and I think
The night is hot and black as ink
Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain

Love Reign O’er me


Redemption at Panera

December 3, 2010

Interesting times.  Within five minutes I tested my ethics and found redemption.

Tonight I was in line at a CVS, the woman in front of me was questioning the price of her lip balm and asked to put her purchase on hold while she did a price check.  I stepped up, made my transaction, walked away with my bags.

Before driving away I noticed the clerk inadvertently tossed Lip Balm Ladies planned purchase into my sack, nothing too exciting – lip balm and tube of toothpaste.

This presented an interesting three choice quiz that likely defines ones believes system.

1)  Free shit! Keep it and drive off!

2) Make the effort to return the items to the store, thus rewarding a thankless corporation for hiring an apathetic employee.

3) Wait for the woman to exit the store, hand her the items and say “2 for 1 your lucky day”!

I chose to wait for the woman which made me feel simultaneously righteous and naughty. So much so that I made an unplanned walk across the parking lot for a mac and cheese bread bowl at Panera.

The following photos were taken on my phone as I walked in:

A woman sitting on the floor, doing a poor job at feigning injury from a fall.  Furiously rubbing her elbows and knees and searching for a visible sign of injury.

Hey lady, if you are going to pull this stunt maybe try not doing it ON the friggin warning sign.

I spent three minutes in Panera and I heard this woman use the words “negligence” “accident report”  “ohh my back” as well as not so subtly hinted at free food.

Hey lady, if you are going to pull this stunt maybe try not doing it at the friggin’ warning sign.

Redemption found on the dirty floor of Panera.



Very Bad Things

March 8, 2010

Ever seen the movie Very Bad Things?   There are six of us at the Vegas house, a sprawling six bedroom house with pools, waterfall, tennis court, sand volleyball, 80″ plasma TV….

Comfort aside this actually is a work trip.


California Coast

March 8, 2010

Why would anyone choose to live elsewhere?