Sunday Rambles

I’ve been trying to finish this entry for about a week and a half now. The past two weeks work-wise are/were the busiest and most painful to get through.

Thankfully though, we’re on the downward slope of Fall Rush now, but it will still remain busy through the end of next month.

Chicago Board of Trade

It’s a good thing too, because I have more expenses upcoming, and will need to work as much overtime as I can. More on that shortly.

Since my last entry, the bambino and I took a quick weekend trip out to Chicago.

Stan's Donuts

We met up with my sister and her youngest son, to hang out and see Social Distortion and Flogging Molly. It was exhausting, but fun. I don’t know how Flogging Molly escaped my attention before, but I think I love them now, and need to go and buy all their albums.

I know I’ve mentioned this ad nauseam, but my sister’s vegan, so we had to find places for her to eat. One place was Burger Bar, which happened to be right around the block from our hotel.

Have any of you tried the Impossible Burger yet? That’s what she ended up getting, and let me tell ya…IT TASTES EXACTLY LIKE MEAT.

My sister even checked with the waiter to make sure she hadn’t been given actual meat by accident. He told us she’s not the first person to question that. She didn’t end up getting violently ill or anything, which is good.

I was shocked though. It legitimately tasted like actual meat. The bambino kept insisting she was being fooled. He’s leaning towards vegetarianism as it is, so that would be a nice way for him to still have his cheeseburgers.

Lake Michigan

I was rather glad that I don’t have any more travel until November. It’s not that I don’t love visiting new places, but there were a LOT of weekend trips this summer. I’d like to spend some time at home.

But in another two weeks, I’m heading to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for an overnight. My sister’s flying out here, and we’re going to go see the Dropkick Murphys in concert.

It’s funny, because I went from assuming I was done with concerts for this year after Social D and Flogging Molly, to having two more.

One is the Dropkick Murphys. The other is Wilco!

Wilco Ticket Order

I am so excited for this one. I know I’ve mentioned on here that I wanted to see them again for my birthday (they’re playing in Louisville, Kentucky, ON my birthday), but wasn’t sure it would happen. Then early last week, they announced a three-show stint in St. Paul, not unlike they did the last time I saw them (which was also my first time seeing them).

I managed to get tickets during the band’s presale the day after the announcement, which was awesome.

One of my friends who met up with me the last time is interested in going again, as is a friend here in Brookings. I went ahead and got four tickets, and am sure I will be able to unload the last one. And if not, it won’t be the first time I’ve had to eat a concert ticket.

So that’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m already working on next year’s concerts as well. I’ve informed my sister that we may have to travel to see Rancid if they’re on tour next year (I haven’t seen them since 1995 or 1996, and they are one of my all-time favorite bands).

I also pledged money to this particular Kickstarter campaign:

Supernova Ska Festival

June feels like a long way off, but it will be here before we know it. And I plan to be in Virginia for the weekend, skanking my butt off. I’d been holding off on making a pledge, even though one of the headliners is Hepcat, whom I love and whom I haven’t seen live since 1999, in Cleveland.

But the founders mentioned that if pledges hit a certain goal, they’d announce one of the stretch bands they’re also hoping to feature. And guess who that band is?

Slackers Concert Video

That’s right, The Slackers! My summer music obsession. I found that out as I was leaving work one night last week (the same day that I snagged the Wilco tickets), so I texted my sister to let her know that was my tipping point, and I’d make the pledge for two weekend passes.

I’m so frakking excited for this already. I have The Slackers to thank for rekindling my love of all things Ska. I hadn’t been to a ska show since leaving Ohio, but Omaha was apparently a life-changing experience.

Or it just means that because I’m now in my mid-forties, my mid-life crisis is starting.

Willis Tower View

It’s beginning to feel like Autumn here in SoDak, and I wonder if I’m starting hibernation-mode early or something. #Choctoberfest will be coming up next month so I’m looking forward to spending time in the kitchen.

(And if you’d like more information about #Choctoberfest or would like to join in the fun, leave me a comment)

I’m hoping that for the next four weeks, I don’t get ANOTHER frakking cold. Yes, I got sick AGAIN. I was just getting over being sick the last time I posted. 

Either I never fully healed from the last time, or I caught another bug that is/was going around. Either way, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’ve caught more colds/illnesses since May than I have in a couple years. 

It’s feeling like my first Fall Rush, when I caught strep throat twice within six weeks. I guess I should be glad it’s not like that.