Archive for September, 2010

If You Have an Obscure Skill, You Might As Well Be Crazy

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I asked my brother Aric if he’d play some accordion music at our wedding.

He said of course, (of course) but that he’d first need to get a new accordion.  His old one, purchased off of eBay for $50, had finally bit the dust.

Being the good brother that he is, Aric went and got a new accordion right away.  It’s used and needs a little work, so while he was at the store he asked where he could get it fixed up.  He was told there are three people in Chicago who could do it.  Just three.  The conversation isn’t exact, but this is the gist of it.

Accordion Salesman: The first can be a little difficult to work with.  Sometimes he sees an accordion he doesn’t like and decides it’s not worth his time.  I can call first and feel him out if you like.

Aric: What about the others?

Accordion Salesman: Well, this other guy can be a bit flaky, and he’s not as good as the other two.

Aric: So what about the third one?

Accordion Salesman: Oh, he does great work… but… well… he does sometimes steal accordions.  If you get it back it will sound great, though.

Aric: So, you’re referring me to a thief?

Accordion Salesman: Let me talk to the first guy and see what he says.

If you need an accordion repaired in Chicago, those are your choices.

UPDATE: Aric took it to the first guy and he did indeed decide that the accordion wasn’t worth fixing.  The good news is he told the store they had to give him a refund for it.  The better news is he somehow came across another accordion and told Aric that he should buy it.

Piefest 11

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Holy moly!  Piefest 11!

Well, at least I have three Piefests chronicled on this website.  It’s too bad the others are lost to the archives.  What with planning a wedding a month later and all, there was some question whether there would be a Piefest at all this year, but boy am I glad we did it.  We had a perfect day and perfect people and some great pies.

Here’s the rundown with photos courtesy of John Berube, one of the greatest pie photographers this country has ever seen.  Hopefully he doesn’t mind me bogarting his photos

Best Presentation ~ Potato Ricotta & Onion Rustic Pie
Shanna Berube has a history of making amazing food that John photographs and I look at online and want to eat, so I can’t say it’s surprising that they won this award.  Presentation aside, it was also wicked tasty.

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