Staycation

Well, summer is just wrapping up with the first day of autumn quick on it’s heels. I just got back from where I’m still at, and man was that an awesome week!

One great thing I’ll say about living in Chicago is that you aren’t left wanting when it comes to entertainment. I went to jazz fests, Greek fests, aquariums, historic museums, movies in the park, and more!

Also, I got a chance to hit all my favorite micro breweries, and some new ones as well. My fridge is was full of growlers! In fact it’s rekindled my interest in home brewing again, and I think I might just take my first plunge. One other thing I’ve come to love about craft beers, other than the amazing taste, is the artwork that goes into the packaging. One brewer of note is the Flying Dog Brewery. They’ve actually partnered with renowned British cartoonist Ralph Steadman who’s widely known for his artwork he did for legendary author, Hunter S. Thompson.

I think I just might have found a new calling.

Get to the gone

Since picking up the itch to read more I’ve gone through three books this past month. Man, I am just ready to get my bugout bag, and just hit it. I finished Dharma Bums, blazed through One Hundred Years Of Solitude, and just finished On The Road. Obviously that’s enough to get someone jazzed to get to the gone.

I have to admit I sure feel like I was born in the wrong generation sometimes. My wife has said before she feels that she would have done well in the early 1900’s. I’ve always kicked around the idea that I’d have done well in the late 50’s through the 60’s or perhaps hitting the high seas in the late 1600’s as an infamous pirate. Who knows. Maybe other versions of myself bleeding through their own position in space.

Either way I’m really ready to just get out there, and experience the world, or in the parlance of the beat generation, dig, all those places I’ve only had meta-exposures to through book, internet, and passing travelers.

I bought a new Penguin!

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Spending the first 20 or so years of my life in strictly play. I’ve started to gain interest in catching up on all the literature I should’ve read. Although, I don’t quite feel regret for not having read more, because I don’t feel I would’ve taken as much from the books I’m reading now when I was younger.

The fact that I’m actually really excited about this makes me feel as though I have finally begun a new chapter in my life. (no pun intended) My first book which I picked up yesterday is, The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac. I can’t resist the designer in me, so I got the Penguin.

Lovely, I think.