Category Archives: Everyday Scribbles

Travel Wish List: Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is high on my list of places I want to see.  Iguazu looks spectacular.  It forms the border between Argentina and Brazil, and is larger and twice as wide as Niagra Falls.  I’m not even certain which side of the falls I’d want to visit- Argentina perhaps?  I love Argentine wine.  I’d love hiking in the rainforest of Brazil too though.  Maybe do both?  Either way it is sure to be beautiful there.


iguazu falls

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There was a time when I’d go to the park with friends at 1 in the morning in California and play with sidewalk chalk under streetlamps.  When I say “a time” I mean only 4 years ago.  Very mature.  Confession session: I’d probably still do this if I knew anyone here who’d do it too.)

Here’s a character I nicknamed “Fluffehz” who is supposed to be either a fat chipmunk or a rabbit.  Never figured that out.


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Florida Snake Probs.

There’s thunderstorms going on throughout the Midwest with talks of tornadoes.  No thank you Mother Nature F**ker, I’m quite alright without tornadoes.  Perhaps you could just take it easy until next week when it’s supposed to be a beautiful 70°F? That’d be swell instead.  Maybe you just like the idea of people potentially peeing their pants in fear.  Speaking of that…

At least we don’t have a water moccasin problem here like in Orlando, Florida.  I saw a news story about some children who were playing in their yard and came within a step of one.  Here he is when they caught him, he was overheard hollering, FUCK THE POLICE.  So much sass.

water mocassin snake

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Gym Etiquette – Treadmill Time

My fellow gym patrons–

When there is limited space availability at the gym on the cardio equipment it isn’t polite thing to be that person walking s l o w l y and gabbing loudly to the person next to you.  Unless you are pregnant, a senior citizen, rehabilitating from an injury, or cooling down from a run, there is no reason to lag-arse on the treadmill for 45 minutes when there are people waiting to get their roadrunner on. “Meep meep” and all that.  Try to keep in mind that there are people who want to get on the equipment, haul ass through a couple of miles, and get off that equipment in under 18 minutes.  Then you can have it back.  But then that’d just upset someone else, so, maybe there ought to be a row of treadmills designated for those of us who want to sweat?  Grr.

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Swedish Red Cross Classic Arcade Games

Check out what the Swedish Red Cross is doing at the Stockholm airport in order to raise money for charity.  Clever idea and a great way to collect pocket change for a great cause.

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This month I met up with two people I originally became acquainted with online and in doing such I attended my first show at Lincoln Hall (for Milo Green) and Schuba’s (for Restorations.)  Awesome shows and meeting up with friends is one of my favourite things in the world.  Life is weird and that’s often a good thing.

photo of ben and tiff

Met up with Ben after their show at Schuba’s. They played a great set.

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Sometimes I crack open a beer or uncork a bottle of wine, turn on some music, and pretend that I’m artistic.  The result usually follows something like this.

Painting of a fox and record.

A Californian’s Understanding of Chicago Weather

It is important to note that as a Californian I have zero concept of low temperatures.
According to Google is it is -2°F where I am in Illinois right now.  This doesn’t compute in my head because unless the wind is whipping me in the face, I can’t tell.  It’s nippy, chilly, frosty, cold – but not painfully cold to me yet (because I’m not standing out in it long enough.)  It could be 13°F and I’d think it was a cool 52°F day without the moist San Francisco bay area air that I grew up with.

idk reaction

So if you ever need an idea of what anything below twenty three feels like, don’t ask me.  But for the sake of conversation let’s be dense stick to some common stereotypes, shall we?  Those are sometimes accurate and they’re fun.  Here’s my perception of California versus Midwest Winter attire, speaking from my experience.


(Some truth to the stereotypes.)
Casual, light-to-heavy weight designer or non-designer hoodie depending on comfort and income level, jeans (or leggings), sunglasses (to block the actual sunny rays), an open bag (because hey, there’s no snow falling into it, and hardly enough rain), and the most important piece: the year-round flip flops.  The Californian relationship with flip flops, sandals, shower shoes, whatever you call them is pretty basic. They never go out of season or style and you can always find a pair appropriate for any occasion.

CA Winter Attire

On colder occasions we will be normal and wear sneakers, boots of various styles, or slip-ons.

Ca Cold model

This lady below is obviously chilly, no doubt, but never fear if you’re in this predicament in CA- your body will start trying to keep you warm by shivering and you can always cross your arms across your chest.  Make sure to keep smiling and don’t let anyone tell you to rolls those cuffs down on those jeans.

CA Cold model


Animal pelts, tools to kill your own survival food, boots made for walking across the tundra, a hat that makes you a target for other hunters, and a scarf that you can also use to collect berries in.  Just kidding.  These are photos I snagged from Google of Siberia.  But you get the gist of the difference.



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My Time.

Life on the road is a great many things.  I can tell you that it is fulfilling and keeps me busy.  That being said, I’m finding value in my own time, my alone time, my “me” time.  It’s my time that I’m beginning to enjoy the more I travel with this group of coworkers.  There’s roughly 35-ish of us and without getting into detail, we come from all over the U.S. to work together in one massive collaborative effort which is proving to be successful.  That’s the value of it. That’s where it ends for me.  I’m indifferent to anything outside of working on my goals and what is going to further enrich my life and I get the impression that some people have spun their tires for a long time and that’s not where I want to be.  The only way to stop that is to keep pushing toward where my interests are.  If misery loves company, company is equally as capable of creating misery.  There’s no time for that.

Cheers via Cincinnati, Ohio

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“You don’t choose who you fall in love with, do you? And once you do fall in love—that obsessive sort of love, that all-consuming love, where two people can’t stand to be apart from each other for even a moment—how are you supposed to let a love like that pass you by?”