Archive for April, 2008

The Non-Electric Slide

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Dear Handy Trends,

I understand that you like robots. I do too. Unfortunately, your product, “Sliding Robots,” has no resemblance to or attributes of robots. Please make them more awesome and also make them robots.


Millennium Park

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Cut out of work early and meet up with THE MIX and Bud Select as we present Party in the Park this Thursday from 4PM until 6:30PM outside at The Park Grill Restaurant … on the plaza at Millennium Park.

Sounds fun, no? Yes! It Does! I don’t know who this Bud Select is, but he sounds like fun.

I’ll be playing from 4PM to 5PM followed by… someone else.

A Very Important “I”

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Jimimininny Crickets! It’s Passover again — that time of year when Jews all over the world go on the Atkins diet for a week.

Last night was the second Seder, a long, fun, loud, ridiculous meal during which Jews retell the story of their Exodus from Egypt. The story is told by reading from a book called the Hagaddah. Often, the group goes around the table with each person reading a passage so everyone gets to participate.  Reading aloud can get a little tricky when Hebrew, Aramaic and English words are all sprinkled together… not to mention some difficult-to-pronounce names.  (Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah?)  It’s not uncommon for people to stumble over some of the words.

One passage discussed the peculiar absence of Moses from the Hagaddah:

Some suggest that Moses is intentionally marginalized in order to avoid any deification and to suggest that ultimately it is God who brought us out of Egypt, not Moses or any other human being.

Me: I’m glad I didn’t get that passage.
Aric: Yeah, there’s a very important “i” in “deification.”
Me: I definitely would have read that wrong.

Don’t Tread On Me

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

I saw this water stain guy in the sidewalk on Sheffield today.  He looks like he belongs in Loco Roco.  It’s no Virgin Mary, but I like him.  I hope he’s still there tomorrow.

That’s The Best Jesus You Could Find?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

My mom and I went and saw Jesus Christ Superstar. I always liked that show. It’s got some great, powerful songs that rock out and does a pretty good job with “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (in this Jew’s opinion.) The production we saw was headlined by Ted Neely, the original Jesus from the film version. Unfortunately, at 65, he’s twice as old as Jesus was when he died. Neely should have hung ‘em up at 33. He was… not good. The show also has a terrible ending. (Did you know he dies?!) After the big production number that should end the show, there’s a ten minute scene of Jesus gasping on the cross in agony. And… curtain.  And… applause?

Somehow I ended up talking about Jesus Christ Superstar with Shane at work. He mentioned that the Indigo Girls did a weird production of it with Amy as Jesus and Emily as Mary. I looked it up. Man, it is weird. There were some production decisions that make me wonder if the Indigo Girls have any concept of the actual story — the Jewish Priests are portrayed as nuns wearing giant crosses and Jesus sings Hosanna — egotistically praising himself. That said, Amy Ray in overalls with a mullet is still a better Jesus than Ted Neely.

Meanwhile, in Guatemala we saw a very different side of Jesus. Antigua gets really into Easter every year when thousands of pilgrims descend on the town to participate in the festivities throughout lent. There wasn’t any electric guitar, but there sure were tubas!

It Runs On Steam!

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

I was waiting for the L in the loop when a strange old-timey two-car train clattered by. It didn’t stop. It just rumbled through the station.

The Guy Standing Next To Me: What the hell is that?

I managed to snap a photo before it got away, although I nearly dropped my camera on the tracks in the process. I expected to see Doc Brown, Clara, Jules and Verne waving from a window. (And Einstein. Can’t forget Einstein!) Anyone know what the deal is with those old trains? Here’s a better look:

Now I Feel Like An American Idiot

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I was at my parents’ house over the weekend. We were sitting in the backyard when the neighbors’ 3-year-old son, Leo, wandered over… followed shortly by his mother yelling, “Leo? Where are you??”

It turns out my parents had given them a copy of my CD. Leo’s mom said, “Do you know who this is? It’s Evan Jacover. He sings your favorite song!” Leo stared at me blankly as his mother prodded him. “What’s your favorite song, Leo? Is it about a wagon? Me and My Wagon? What’s your favorite song?” She really wanted him to tell me that he liked my CD.

“Go ahead Leo? What’s your favorite song?”

Finally Leo gave an answer: “American Idiot?”

Get Your Own Comedians, New York

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I work with Nate, one half of Team Submarine. Unfortunately for Chicago, Nate and Steve are moving to New York to make their fortune. I hope they become big and famous because they’re nice guys (at least Nate is) and they’re way-funny. I just wish they didn’t have to move to New York to do so. (So does Jim Croce.) I’m tired of talented Chicago folks packing up for New York and L.A.

Nate actually thinks it’s a good thing. He suggested that keeping the backstabbing fame-seekers on the coasts makes Chicago a more pleasant place to perform — the people here tend to have different priorities. I’m sure there’s truth to that, but I still think there should be more opportunities for Chicago-based performers.

How about this: when Conan O’Brien moves to The Tonight Show next year, whoever takes over Late Night should do the show from Chicago. I think it would be a big hit. Let’s make it happen, folks. I’m writing a letter to NBC.

In the meantime, at least Schadenfreude isn’t going anywhere. I was pleased to see them sticking up for Chicago in the Sun Times over the weekend:

They keep pounding away at the local troublemakers, despite the occasional word of advice from producers in New York or L.A., who insist Schadenfreude will never get anywhere making fun of Chicago.

“But it’s not for them,” Kaufmann says. “It’s for the people who are in Chicago that we live with, who are our neighbors, who are our audience.”

Team Submarine has a couple more shows before they move away. Go see them.

Daisy ~ 1992-2008

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I first met Daisy in 2002 when she was already 10 years old. Since then I dogsat for her often and wrote about her several times on this site. After 112 dog-years, it was finally time for Daisy to head into retirement. She will be missed.

RIP Daisy

100 Years of Crappitude

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I’m listening to the Cubs’ second game on the radio right now. A balk was just called on Ted Lilly. I can’t see what happened, but the crowd is booing ferociously and in the background I hear someone yelling “Shennanigans! Shennanigans!”

So begins the Cubs’ 100th attempt at a world championship.

I mentioned before that my brothers, my dad, and I were all at the Bartman game — talk about shennanigans — but I haven’t mentioned that it inspired my dad to write a book.  Well, he did, and it’s coming out in a couple weeks.  Merkle’s Curse explains the real reason the Cubs haven’t won a championship in 100 years.  It has nothing to do with goats.  It does have something to do with Emperor Constantine, Dracula, Babe Ruth, and Simon Bar Kochba.  It’s a weird book.

More to come when the book is released.  In the meantime, Go Cubs!