Adventure Engagement

January 5, 2010

So my girlfriend and I went to get dinner the eve of Christmas eve 2009 at the restaurant where we met – nice place, Four Farthings here in Chicago.  It was a cold, blustery night and there was a freezing rain/snowstorm going on.  We had a great time at dinner and then went for a planned walk on the beach, entailing  maybe a 3/4 mile walk through the snow in the park and over North Avenue bridge which was coated in a sheet of ice, handrails, stairs and all.  We crunched our way out onto the beach with rain and sleet biting into our faces, Lisa still in a great mood but having no idea what was coming.  I had wrapped some fake boxes back at my place that she saw before dinner – none ring-box-shaped to her disappointment.  We continued on down the freezing beach in the dark with wind and huge waves crashing onto the shore.  Lisa finally said she’d like to turn around, and as she did, back to the wind and the freezing rain, I said “well in that case I have something to ask you” and dropped to one cold wet knee.  She proceeded to lose her mind and eventually composed herself and asked me to do it again and said “yes!”  See the videos below for a sense of it.  The first video is pretty entertaining in my opinion.


More beach

August 17, 2007

Last night I had this Trading Tribe meeting at my place.  I’ve been doing it for a couple of years.  It’s interesting – but I think I’m about done with it and ready to move on.  It’s about setting goals, improving your life, and mainly learning to feel feelings, especially the ones that make you uncomforable.  The theory is there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ feeling, they are all good and are all telling you something.  but don’t bottle them up.  If you do they creep out when you least expect it and cause trouble.  My thought is the group is too focused on ‘problems’ and not enough on positive thiniing and feeling and getting excited about the future.  I think you need to feel good and think about what you want and then you can get it.  If you don’t know what you want – it’s hard to get it.  The clearer you are on goals, the better.  I’ve read bunches of books these last few years and they are starting to sink in.  Karim Hajee, The millionaire Moses, Billionaire book by somebody, Excuse me your life is waiting, Think and Grow Rich, The Power of Now, the Bible, Autobiography of a Yogi, The Secret, and a bunch of others.  Great stuff, all say simlar things in different ways and all were valuable in some ways.

Going to a wedding this weekend, Lisa can’t go.  It’s in Ohio.  My good friend Persephone (is that a great name or what?  She looks probably like you’d expect her to) is flying in from her mountain home in Utah to roadtrip with me, so that’ll be a great time.  Missing out on the Air and Water show her.

After the meeting last night which finished early I cruised down to the beach on foot.  I waded into the surf and then climbed up on a lifeguard stand.  What a night.  I’m addicted to the beach these days.  Feels like summer is winding down so I’m soaking it up.  Good times!  Check out the panorama video I took from the lifeguard chair.

Had lunch at Perry’s today with Dave – when you use a cell phone in there they set off this REALLY loud alarm until you turn it off – pretty hilarious and different.  And the sandwiches are absolutely Enormous.  Enough meat for three.

Chicago Beach Bum

August 14, 2007

View south from my towel on North Avenue Beach

Video view east and south from my towel on North Avenue Beach, Chicago

So I realized how great of a beach we have here in Chicago.  Several actually.  North Avenue Beach has this great party spring break atmosphere.  It so fun.  Music pumping from Castaways, (my first or second favorite bar in the city depending on the day) tons of people playing beach volleyball, tons of people in the water, guys playing frisbee or throwing around footballs, people riding their bikes/running/rollerblading/walking up and down the lakefront path, a gym with all the equipment right there, it’s crazy.  I’ve been here seven years and never really appreciated it.  Lisa and I walk down there from my apartment on the weekends.  We hang out, swim, read books or magazines.  It’s like a regular beach, like being on vacation, and it’s like a ten minute walk from my place.  Crazy.  I’ve also been swimming two beaches south, Oak Street Beach I think it is, on Navy Pier.  They have a triathlon swimming course set up there in the playpen (same place we anchored out the boat last week).  It’s fun to swim, get the heart pumping.   The water is so so warm – or not warm – but perfect.  Refreshing and not freezing.  Which I like.

Over the weeekend also checked out this festival over in Ukrainian Village.  Not really my scene or my type of hood.  It was a dog festival and then like a hard-core punk rock-ish festival.  Was good to see my buddy Dave and some of his friends, and one band was insane.  They were pouring beer all over each other, fans were throwing full beer cups at them onstage.  They had a little kid on either side of the stage squirting waterguns out at the crowd the entire show, and silly string as well.  They rocked however.   They were completely nuts and very entertaining.  I wished I had some rotten veggies to throw at them, they’d have liked it.  They had a skinny drummer chick with huge cans in a bikini and daisy dukes and silver high heels that would emerge from behind the drums once in a while to get a beer.  Some dude came onstage in full sequin jeans and a top and a cape.  They were called The Beer Nuts.  I can’t imagine what their normal crowd is like and what would happen on a regular night for them.

Saturday I also did a bachelorette party on my sailboat – fun girls.  Really fun.  Mostly overweight, but they laughed hysterically at everything I said.  Who’s complaining about that?  All had a great time, and everybody went swimming when we stopped way out in the lake.  They brought a ton of alcohol and worked through a bunch of it.  The trip was free as I auctioned it off at a friend’s Coprodelli benefit for her.  however they did not tip my first mate, which was annoying – I should have said something but didn’t, I had the opportunity to.  He and his fiance and Lisa nad I went out to dinner – I bought for them to make it up to him.  Not that I couldn’t easily find somebody willing to “work” for me, but it’s the principle.   We initially went to Angelo’s on Sedgwick – Lisa had to run the Chicago Half Marathon Distance Classic the next morning at 6:30 so we wanted to make it an early night- Angelo’s people let us sit on the patio for I bet fifteen minutes.  Waitstaff walked right by us without saying a word, and we were one of two tables out there.  We left.

At the beach Saturday they had free skin cancer screenings with real doctors.  It was great – I had it on my list to do from my physical a few weeks ago.  Got the A-OK all clear sign on my skin, which is amazing as I ski, sail, mountaineer, etc and have been outdoors a ton and burned a ton.  Good news.