Archive for July, 2009

Come See Tupperware With Me On Sunday

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Tupperware: An American Musical Fable opened last week and it’s getting great reviews.  I’m going to see it on Sunday at 7:30.  You should come too.

Get tickets here.  Use the discount code “ITBURPS” to get 2-for-1 tickets.

If you can’t go Sunday, you have until August 9th.  Don’t miss it!

An Awkward Moment In B Flat

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009


Arriving home from work…

Evan: Hey everyone, I’m home!  Hi TV!  Hi Computer!  Hi Guitar! Hi… Clarinet…
Evan: I haven’t seen you for a while.
Clarinet: I know.
Evan: What are you doing out here with the stuff I use all the time?
Clarinet: You moved me out here when you were looking through your closet.
Evan: Oh yeah…  So… What have you been up to the last couple years?
Clarinet: I’ve been working on some personal projects.  I got pretty good at lanyards.
Evan: That’s cool.
Evan: So… You wanna… Play?
Clarinet: I don’t know.  I was gonna watch Castle.
Evan: Come o–
Clarinet: OKAY!

Knocked Up in ’09

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I found out Claire and Dan were having a baby when Claire casually took off her sweater… revealing this T-shirt underneath:


Some news is best spread by T-Shirt, saving the awkward, “We have some news…” moment.  Maybe I’ll print up some “My grandma’s in the hospital” and “I got a good interest rate” shirts.  Place your orders now!

I Couldn’t Help But Notice That Strange and Interesting Plant

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Okay, garden.  We both know I have no idea what I’m doing when I start digging holes and cramming plants in there, but now you’re being ridiculous.

Does anyone know what the hell this thing is?


No one in my building planted it and it keeps getting bigger and, frankly, we’re all getting a little worried.  Is it just a weed?  Do weeds do… that?

Update: It’s been identified!  My neighbor Carrie added this at the bottom of an e-mail: “In other news – our alien life form in the backyard has been identified. Apparently it wards off witches and cures ear aches so it may come in handy.”

It’s called The Great Mullein.

They Don’t Just Eat Brains. They’ll Eat Any Part of You.

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


I wish I were more into comic books so I could be a bigger supporter of my neighborhood comic book store, The Comic Vault.  They really bring a lot to the community, including last month’s first national Zombie-Con.  I made it over for a very helpful seminar on general zombie survival, but, sadly, had to leave before the Zombie Chef and the session on how to escape Chicago during the impending zombie attack.

Shama managed to get some very important questions answered about freezing zombies, though.

Before leaving, comic writer and artist Tim Seeley drew me this zombie professor:


I don’t know if he was drawing all the zombies with bow ties that day, but  Shama and I met Tim at a wedding while I was wearing a bow tie and if he remembered that, he’s a pretty cool guy for giving my zombie a bow tie.  Either way, I think I’m going to get Tim’s book, Hack/Slash because it’s cool that there’s a comic writer in my neighborhood.  And I think I’m gonna get it from The Comic Vault because those guys are cool too.  I think I’m going to go do that right now.

Update: They’re closed.  I’m going to go do that tomorrow.

Morning Walk

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

I was wandering around the neighborhood this morning taking care of some business when I saw a middle-aged man peeking into the old Villa May Pizzaria that’s been empty for almost two years.  My neighbors and I have been wondering what would eventually occupy the incredibly-convenient-for-us space.

Me: Is someone finally doing something with this place?
Man: Yeah… It’s going to be a Middle-Eastern restaurant.
Me: Great!  I live across the street.
Man: I’m Gene Shulter, your alderman.  I’m just checking in on our little projects.
Me: Oh!  Hi.
Gene: Let’s see how the other ones are coming along.

And with that he lumbered off down Montrose — to check in on the construction at Damen, I presume.