Observations 2022-07-01

Observations 2022-07-02

  • Walking miles to the lake.
  • The Cubs fan who almost thought it was OK to put his toddler in a Divvy bike basket and ride to the stadium.

Observations 2022-07-03

  • Watching fireworks from Casey’s office window.

Observations 2022-07-04

  • The near-constant lightning raining down over Chicago.

Observations 2022-07-05

  • Casey avidly monitoring radar as extreme thunderstorms and wind travel from Iowa toward Chicago.

Observations 2022-07-06

  • Piano moving attempt 2 [2022-06-28]. This time, with real pros. They made it look easy.

Observations 2022-07-07

  • The bar at the new Judson & Moore distillery in Chicago, made out of a tree from one of the owner’s childhood home.

Observations 2022-07-08

Observations 2022-07-09

  • Getting back in the studio after a COVID-caused quarantine.

Observations 2022-07-10

  • Appreciating that it’s illegal to turn right in front of a CTA bus because it precludes the stress of trying to turn right in front of a CTA bus.

Observations 2022-07-11

  • The Park District’s rolling metal cart of old school roller skates with bright orange wheels.

Observations 2022-07-12

  • Covering nearly every inch of my skin for sun protection.

Observations 2022-07-13

  • “Long before Frank Oz brought many Muppets to life, his father, an amateur Dutch puppeteer, made a Hitler marionette as an act of defiance. He buried it during the war.” NYTimes.

Observations 2022-07-14

  • The PHILCO street ads right outside of Pitchfork Music Festival.

Observations 2022-07-15

  • Vacuuming puddles again.
  • Trying, using my finger, to clear away the mud from a clogged storm grate.
  • The festivalgoer who asked about the origin of Jason’s rain overalls as if they were a high fashion item.
  • The security guard purposely collecting rain in the lap of her poncho.

Observations 2022-07-16

  • The ULINE catalog in the festival crew’s porta-potty.
  • Dad and Japanese Breakfast singing her song “Kokomo, IN.”

Observations 2022-07-17

  • The security guard’s tattoo of a flaming heart with a Bitcoin logo inside of it.
  • The corn hole boards on which, my coworker alleges, his cousins commissioned him to paint the Monster logo.

Observations 2022-07-18

  • The mounds of ice discarded from coolers, dotting the grass outside the festival park’s playground.

Observations 2022-07-19

  • The veritable festival of earthworms revealed by rolling up a huge, portable metal walkway.

Observations 2022-07-20

  • Rehearsing for our Millennium Park show.

Observations 2022-07-21

  • Playing Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park!

Observations 2022-07-22

Observations 2022-07-23

  • Playing Old Town School of Folk Music with Joan Shelley!

Observations 2022-07-24

Observations 2022-07-25

  • Recording with ████.

Observations 2022-07-26

  • Witnessing the incredible beauty of ████ playing ████.

Observations 2022-07-27

  • Singing background vocals with Liam for the ████ album.

Observations 2022-07-28

  • The Baby Bjorn-esque front-pack Casey bought for carrying Basil.

Observations 2022-07-29

  • Day one of Postock. An impromptu set by Casey and band! Our friend doing sound with one arm while holding his newborn daughter in his other arm.

Observations 2022-07-30

  • Holding my friend’s slinky, skinny ferret.
  • Watching Divino Niño play an awesome show in a sweaty barn.

Observations 2022-07-31

  • The aftermath of Aux Thom at Postock: percussion instruments and sheet music strewn around the barn.