Thursday, November 11th - Frightened Rabbit @ House of Blues Chicago – 11/4/10

Frightened Rabbit is back in Europe now, but they concluded their US tour last Thursday at the House of Blues, with tour mates Plants & Animals and Phantom Band. These guys always put on an amazing show, and I hope they make it back to the US soon. You can see photos of Plants & Animals here. Enjoy the photos below.

Frightened Rabbit @ House of Blues - 11/4/10

Frightened Rabbit @ House of Blues - 11/4/10

Frightened Rabbit @ House of Blues - 11/4/10

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Wednesday, November 10th - Plants & Animals @ House of Blues Chicago – 11/4/10

Last Thursday, Plants & Animals opened for Frightened Rabbit at the House of Blues Chicago. This was the last stop for their current US tour, and the Plants & Animals guys are now back in Canada. Overall, the stage was pretty dark for their set, but below are a few photos from the show. Photos of Frightened Rabbit to come.

Plants & Animals @ House of Blues - 11/4/10

Plants & Animals @ House of Blues - 11/4/10

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Tuesday, November 9th - The Countryside

Elizabeth, IL - September 2010

Elizabeth, IL - September 2010

Tuesday, November 9th - More to come…

Evanston, IL - September 2010

I’m working on a new video, wholly dedicated to John Rapp’s dance moves. A few months ago, John Rapp showed off some of his swagger at a wedding in St. Louis. Luckily, I captured some of it on film, and as he later said – “Damn it feels good to be a gangster”. Then in September, guests at another wedding were graced with his presence and moves. I’m still trying to put together the footage from this latest display of fancy footwork, but it will be sufficiently embarrassing when it’s complete. In the meantime, since I had previously only posted this on Facebook, enjoy the clips from the Dunlap / Miller wedding in St. Louis – quality is bad outside of Facebook, but oh well.

Friday, November 5th - Fotos From Fargo

I’m not going to knock on Fargo at all. My parents once lived there, and some great family friends were recently married right downtown. It’s a great town with a lot of fun stuff going on – including a massive bar crawl the day of the wedding. How and why we completed the bar crawl and attended the wedding / reception is beyond me… actually, I do know… it was all my dad’s idea. Once he gets an idea in his head, there is not stopping him.

We had a blast though, and there is proof below that we drank our drinks and got our stamps at each and every bar on the Oktoberfest Fargo circuit. The locals were out in full force. North Dakotans are not only absurdly friendly, but also an extremely witty people. Just check out the names of their stadiums and bars. What’s not to like about people who dress up as gorillas and ride around town on bicycles?

Fargo, ND - October 2010

Fargo, ND - October 2010

Fargo, ND - October 2010

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Thursday, November 4th - Carneros Inn

A month ago today, we spent an evening in Napa Valley at Carneros Inn. In a couple of days, I will be at a Nascar race in Texas. Talk about extremes.

277/365: Grapes

Carneros Inn - October 2010

Carneros Inn - October 2010

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Wednesday, November 3rd - Seattle Wedding

A couple great friends got married in Seattle several weeks ago, and it was a wonderful ceremony and reception. I decided to use an old Nikon FE to shoot a couple rolls of film. It was tough, and these photos don’t do the celebration justice. It’s pretty hard to shoot without a flash on an old 1970′s camera using ISO 800 film and a 50mm lens wide open at f/1.2… whew. You realize how lucky you are to go back home and use a 5d Mark II. I decided to scan in the sprockets cause I like it that way, but it can definitely be a bit too much.

Seattle Wedding - 9/18/10

Seattle Wedding - 9/18/10

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Tuesday, November 2nd - Baseball Is Over: Hopes Are High For Cubs Fans

Wrigley Field - 8/12/09

‘Next year’ came and went… again. Another season of baseball is in the books, with the Giants bringing home their first championship to the city of San Francisco. While it isn’t as bad as anything that has happened or would happen in Oakland and LA under the same circumstances, the fans took to the streets last night and really threw one heck of a riot. Up until now, it hasn’t been covered very widely in the media. Here is a great Flickr gallery of some photos from the madness. Let’s hope Prop 19 passes, and the next celebration will surely be a bit more subdued.

All of this, of course, is great news for Cubs fans. We are now tied for first place in the NL Central – and it will stay that way for several more months. It’s officially the off-season, so that means its time to start up the rumor mill and be irrational. And what better news to start this off with than Kerry Wood’s release from the New York Yankees? Desipio gets right to the point on this one.

Pitchers, by rule, are going to get hurt. So it’s rough to sign a guy who you know without a doubt is going to get hurt. Hard to build bullpen continuity when your eighth inning guy is going to spend two months with a blister the size of a silver dollar (if you’re lucky) or in a sling (if you’re not.)

I’d love for the Cubs to bring him back and for it to work.

Unfortunately, I think only half of that is going to happen.

I would love to see Kerry be a healthy contributor to next year’s bullpen, but only at the right price given the risk of another serious injury. Can you imagine the uproar from diehard fans when the Cubs, in one single offseason, choose to pass on two of the all-time favorite / greatest Cubs – Sandberg and Wood?

2003 Cubs Playoffs

Monday, November 1st - Melting

These ice cubes took a lot longer to melt than I expected. In total, it took about 3.5 hours. I ended up shooting approximately 2400 still photos – a photo every 5 seconds. I put the photos in sequence using MPEG Streamclip at 15fps, and then doubled the speed of that video once in iMovie. The music is a cover of Modest Mouse’s Exit Does Not Exist performed by Sun Kil Moon from their album, Tiny Cities.

Monday, November 1st - 304/365: Treats or Treats

304/365: Treats or Treats