Thursday, January 12, 2006

Chicago in Spring 2005

May 1st, 2005
Jean and I flew on American Airlines flight 1919 to Chicago Ohare and made a pitstop at Portillos for lunch. Hail bounced in the parking lot while we ate just to remind me how the Chicago winters linger. We then went and saw The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy so Jean could get a nap and I could feel chumped into seeing such a dumb movie. We then went to Aunt Lou and David's house for dinner. Auntie was putting together an excellent dinner while David helped Mary get in a nap before dinner. They had invited Cathy (behind the couch), Tom, Ryan and Aaron, Cindy, Nicolette, Danette, Anthony, Tom, John. We watched some TV and enjoyed the fire in a huge and comfy room downstairs which Aunt and David had made up for us.
May 2nd, 2005
Mary Margaret was getting ready for the day. Jean and I think she is really smart and cute. Auntie made some great coffee while waiting for my cousin Tom. He drove from El Paso, Il to rendezvous with Mary Margaret. We took a trip to check out Aunt Lou's newly acquired house in Bristol. Jean and I went up to the Fox Valley Mall and then saw Sahara at the AMC Cantera 30. We returned to Aunt's and tried to finish what was left from the night before.
May 3rd, 2005
We had a big breakfast in the morning and went for a walk on the path behind the house. We decided to go into the city to see the Shedd Aquarium. On the way back through the suburbs we went for a stroll through Lilacia Park in Lombard. We took some pictures with the tulips, Jean by the daffodils, near the entrance, lilacs up close, more lilacs up close, by the crabapples, Jean by the crabapples, Jean by the lilacs and one of us. We then stopped in Lisle to visit LaFinesse, a spa and salon that my Aunt owns in Lisle. We had a Chicago style pizza at Lou Malnatis then went to Cathy and Tom's house. We spent the evening talking with the Maneys.
May 4th, 2005
We went down to the Naperville Riverwalk and saw the Millennium Carillon. We had brunch with Cathy at Grandma Sally's. Then we embarked on a journey to Tinley Park to see Dad and Betty. They were not at home, so we saw The Interpreter. Then we drove back to the Maney's, watched LOST and ate pork chops.
May 5th, 2005
We drove to Delevan to see my Grandfather, Aunt Jo and Uncle Ralph. Tom and Mary Margaret met us there because Tom was picking up some antique foot lockers and Aunt Jo had a cake and presents for Mary Margaret's birthday. We checked into Lake Lawn Lodge and went to Lake Geneva and had dinner with my cousin Callie at the Cactus Club.
May 6th, 2005
We had breakfast in the Frontier and decided to go swimming. My Mom called and we went to see my Grandmother's grave with my Grandfather. We had lunch with my Mom and Grandpa. We went shopping, back into the pool and then sat by the fireplace next to the pool.
May 7th, 2005
We had breakfast in the Frontier again. Then we checked out and drove to Oakbrook to have lunch with my Dad and Betty at Maggiano's. Then we drove downtown Chicago and checked into the Holiday Inn. Ryan and Aaron, my nephews, came and picked us up at the hotel and drove us to the United Center to see my favorite band, U2. Bono (Paul Hewson 5.10.60), Edge (Dave Evans 8.8.61), Adam Clayton (3.13.60) and Larry Mullen Jr. (10.31.61) were fascinating. Really awesome stage too. Below is the set list from opening night.
Love and Peace • Vertigo • Elevation • An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart • City of Blinding Lights • Beautiful Day
Miracle Drug • Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own • New Year's Day • Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky • Running to Standstill • Bad • Pride In The Name of Love • Where the Streets Have No Name • One
Zoo Station • The Fly • Mysterious Ways
All Because of You • Yahweh • "40"
May 8th, 2005
We flew back to RDU and had lunch at Nantucket Cafe.
June 10th, 2005
We visited Asheville after a business trip.
After checking in at the Baymont Inn we wento the the Biltmore Winery for some wine tasting. Jean enjoyed the natural North Carolina rhododendron we found while at one of the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
June 11th, 2005
We went to the Biltmore and visited the gardens, had lunch at the Stable Cafe,
sat on the porch which overlooks the mountains and then did a self-guided audio tour of the house. Here's a view from the side of the house and one with Jean and I. The greenhouse in the gardens had so many hybrid coleus. Some are deeper purple, green leaves w/purple lines and other varities. Jean in the palm tree room. There were orchids in pink, white, purple and mixed colors. Jean and I walked over to the bass pond where there's a waterfall. Jean walked over the bridge really quickly.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

2009 Dodge Challenger

The 2009 Dodge Challenger

The Challenger was popular in America’s muscle car era of the late 1960s and 1970s. The new, rear-wheel-drive Challenger concept drew its inspiration especially from the original Challenger that debuted in 1970. It is the model most sought after by collectors.
The characteristic wide-mouth grille is there. So are the rectangular tailpipes and pistol-grip shifter. Even the Challenger’s black racing stripes on the hood are on the new concept. But instead of being done with paint, the stripes on the concept car are exposed carbon fiber.
The four-passenger Challenger concept also has six manual speeds, rather than the four speeds of the original car. The single, large rear taillight is illuminated by diffuse neon in the concept, and tires and wheels are 20-inchers.
The front and rear track are 64 and 65 inches, respectively, which is wider than that of the 1970 Challenger. And the side glass is narrower than it was on the original Challenger.
The Challenger concept is powered by Chrysler’s 425-horsepower 6.1-liter HEMI V8 whose deep tones were heard at the press conference. Chrysler officials said the
car should go from 0-to-60 miles an hour in 4.5 seconds, which is on par with many sports cars, and top speed is 174 mph.
If given a final OK for production, the Challenger could be in showrooms by the 2009 model year.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Zig-Zag Our Way Thru the Boredom & Pain

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Playlist 2006.05.22

01. Gorillaz - ReHash
02. Tone Loc - Funky Cold Medina
03. Blue Man Group - I Feel Love
04. Blackalicious - Brain Washers
05. Tom Petty - Don't Come Around Here No More
06. The Soft Cell - Waifs & Strays (Grid Remix)
07. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
08. Electronic - Some Distant Memory
09. Live - The Dolphins Cry
10. Robbie Robertson - Testimony
11. The Who - My Generation
12. After The Fire - Der Kommissar
13. The Fixx - Red Skies
14. AC/DC - Have A Drink On Me
15. Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
16. Moody Blues - The Afternoon (Tuesday?)
17. B52's - Bushfire
18. Arressted Development - Mr. Wendel
19. UNKLE w/Ian Brown - Be There

Playlist 2006.05.04

01. The Cure - Hot Hot Hot
02. Nine Inch Nails - The Wretched
03. David Bowie - Fashion
04. Bush - Chemicals Between Us
05. The Doors - Riders On The Storm
06. Paul Simon - Mother And Child Reunion
07. Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up
08. Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
09. U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
10. Who - I Can't Explain
11. The Smithereens - Only A Memory
12. Fine Young Cannibals - I'm Not The Man I Used To Be
13. Hootie And The Blowfish - Time
14. U2 - In A Little While
15. Alice Cooper - Hello, Hooray
16. U2 - Fast Cars
17. Gary Allan - Man Of Me

Playlist 2006.04.16

01. Beatles - Savoy Truffle
02. Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home
03. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
04. Outkast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
05. Rolling Stones - No Use In Crying
06. U2 - The Fly
07. Moby - Bodyrock
08. Van Halen - Runnin' With The Devil
09. Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self Destruct
10. Deftones - Digital Bath
11. David Bowie - China Girl
12. Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
13. Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe - Order Of The Universe
14. Alice In Chains - I Stay Away
15. INXS - Wishing Well
16. Linkin Park - Crawling
17. Peter Gabriel - Digging In The Dirt
18. Sting - We'll Be Together
19. Tom Petty - Even The Losers
20. Weezer - Island In The Sun
21. Eric Clapton - Tangled In Love

Playlist 2006.03.31

01. Gorillaz - Tomorrow Comes Today
02. INXS - Lately
03. Moby - Porcelin
04. Nine Inch Nails - La Mer
05. U2 - Elevation
06. Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
07. Nik Kershaw - Wouldnt It Be Good
08. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Kiss Them For Me (Kathak Mix)
09. Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene
10. Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line
11. TLC - Waterfalls
12. Reflex - The Politics Of Dancing
13. Oasis - Wonderwall
14. Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay
15. Bad Company - Master Of Ceremonies
16. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love
17. Simply Red - Holding Back The Years
18. Romeovoid - Never Say Never
19. Robbie Robertson - Broken Arrow
20. Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
21. Montrose - Bad Motor Scooter
22. Judy Collins - Amazing Grace
23. Dave Matthews Band - Drive In, Drive Out

Playlist 2006.03.20

01. U2 - Kite
02. MIdnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
03. Van Halen - Little Dreamer
04. The Cure - The Walk (Everything Mix)
05. Peter Gabriel - That Voice Again
06. En Vogue - Whatta Man
07. Smithereens - A Girl Like You
08. Eiffel 65 - Too Much Of Heaven
09. Johnny Clegg and Savuka - Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World
10. Living Colour - Cult Of Personality
11. Nappy Roots - Country Boyz
12. Collective Soul - December
13. Smithereens - House We Used to Live In
14. INXS - Taste It
15. Gorillaz - M1 A1
16. Moby - Run On
17. LEM - Man Of The Year
18. Verbena - Way Out West
19. Blues Traveler - Run Around
20. Sponge - Plowed
21. INXS - Who Pays The Price
22. Aerosmith - Nobody's Fault

Playlist 2006.03.06

01. INXS - Hear That Sound
02. Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary
03. Tom Petty - Mary Janes Last Dance
04. Days Of The New - Enemy
05. Days Of The New - Weapon And The Wound
06. Collective Soul - She Gathers Rain
07. Everclear - Heroin Girl
08. Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl
09. Aerosmith - Medicine Man
10. The Cure - Why Can't I Be You
11. Jimi Hendrix - Stone Free
12. Led Zeppelin - Gallows Pole
13. Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
14. INXS - All Around
15. Cheap Trick - Need Your Love
16. Collective Soul - Gel
17. Offspring - Come Out And Play
18. Tears For Fears - Cold
19. Peter Gabriel - Love To Be Loved
20. Bad Company - Ready For Love
21. Johny Cash - Ring Of Fire
22. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Everybody I Love You
23. Jimi Hendrix - Red House
24. Collective Soul - When The Water Falls
25. INXS - Disappear
26. U2 - When I Look At The World
27. Bad Company - Seagull

Playlist 2006.02.23

01. The Orb - Asylum
02. U2 - Gone (New Mix)
03. The Clash - The Magnificent Seven
04. Aerosmith - Round And Round
05. Hybrid - Beachcoma
06. U2 - Love And Peace Or Else
07. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
08. AC/DC - Touch Too Much
09. The Clash - Stop The World
10. Junior Murvin - Police And Thieves
11. The Ojays - For The Love Of Money
12. Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time
13. Mary Gauthier - Wheel Inside The Wheel
14. U2 - Salome
15. Black Eyed Peas - Gone Going
16. Yes - Rythym Of Love
17. U2 - Big Girls Are The Best

Playlist 2006.02.12

01. Modest Mouse - Satin In A Coffin
02. The Caesars - Since You've Been Gone
03. Beck - Rental Car
04. Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance
05. U2 - Original Of The Species
06. Peter Gabriel - Sky Blue
07. Linkin Park - Cure For The Itch
08. Green Day - Jesus Of Suburbia
09. Green Day - Holiday
10. Gorillaz - Kids With Guns
11. Steve Winwood - Wake Me Up On Judgement Day
12. U2 - Crumbs From Your Table
13. Los Lobos - Good Morning Aztlan
14. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Cold Shot
15. 3 Doors Down - Duck And Run

Playlist 2006.01.10

01. La Bouche – Be My Lover
02. Offspring – Gotta Get Away
03. Electronic – Soviet
03. U2 - Zoo Station
04. Eric Clapton - She's Waiting
05. Robbie Robertson - Hells Half Acre
06. Tears For Fears - Elemental
07. Stone Temple Roses - Crackerman
08. Offspring - Self-Esteem
09. Rob Zombie - Dragula (Tintinnare Mix)
10. Vertical Horizon - We Are
11. Tha Clash - London Calling
12. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
13. AC/DC - T.N.T.
14. Nine Inch Nails - The Way Out Is Through
15. Nine Inch Nails - Into The Void
16. Smashmouth - Then The Morning Comes
17. Monster Magnet - Space Lord
18. Rolling Stones - Worried About You
19. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
20. Edgar Winter - Free Ride
21. David Essex - Rock On
22. Diana Ross and The Supremes - Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
23. Alan Parsons - I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
24. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round
25. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
26. Judas Priest – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
27. Missing Persons – Destination Unknown
28. Queen – Modern Times (Rock ‘n Roll)