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Shoplifting Seagull!

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Watch! He s-l-o-w-l-y enters the store……and then he Runnnnnnns……..OUT!
A seagull in Scotland has developed the habit of stealing chips from a neighborhood shop.

The seagull waits until the shopkeeper isn’t looking (so a camera was installed), and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos.
Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and becomes a feast, for other birds!

The seagull’s shoplifting started early this month, when he first swooped into the store in Aberdeen, Scotland, and helped himself to a bag of chips. Since then, he’s become a “regular”. He always takes the same type of chips.
Customers have begun paying for the seagull’s stolen bags of chips,… Because they think it’s so funny!

Thanks to Jan for sending me this!


Iran So Far & The Monkeysphere

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And this article explains so much…

What is the Monkeysphere?


When the tides of life turn against you and the current upsets your boat, don’t waste those tears on what might have been, just lie on your back and float.-anonymous


Last night I went to Kathe’s company party on one of the boats down at Navy Pier. I won’t say which one because of the power of google, but I will say if you ever need to charter a boat for an amazing time on the lake AND the river, let me know. How fun is being a guest at someone else’s work event??!! You see, I plan nearly all of the parties at BMG so while I still have a good time, it’s kind of like work. But at someone else’s party you can drink a million margaritas and dance like a wild person and it is encouraged! We watched the moonrise over the lake, danced like crazy, taunted other charter boats, cheered and toasted to people on bridges-basically had an awesome time. On the river we reached that point by the candy factory where it smells like everyone in the city of Chicago is baking brownies. If you closed your eyes you could pretend that you were in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that Gene Wilder was driving the boat.

After we docked I headed back to the theatre to watch one of our performers last shows before he heads to Japan to open our Tokyo production. It was fun to sit in the audience and then we went to Duke of Perth. Got home sometime after 2am and decided I just had to appease the bad tv gods and watch episode two of Gossip Girl. Oh my lord to I love this show.

So now’s it’s a little after noon and it’s time for brunch. We bring a ziploc so we can sneak out bacon and sausage for Lilo. We are so motherfucking classy.

Oh and speaking of classy!! How could I forget this!! After the boat we were heading to the parking garage and there at the pay station was this woman with a giant inflatable penis! Awesome! She crams into our packed elevator and while other’s just giggle I boldy (drunkenly) announce, “I like your penis!” She says in a heavy Polish accent-“No, no, it’s my daughter’s penis.” Whole elevator explodes in laughter. As we get off on our floor we say good bye and I tell her to have fun with her penis and she says, “I always do!”



Further Reading…

Since I am not finding Private Practice all that entertaining I am multi-tasking and reading some articles on the internet. A few are worth sharing…

A History of the Buttocks, In Pictures Of Course

The Mind-Booty Problem
This one is about rethinking the age of sexual consent which I am all for.

These motivational posters are awesome!

The Two Dollar Dance


The Kitten, The Sparrow and 40 Days of Fun

So the kitten has a home! Thanks to everyone who forwarded the story on and to all the people at work who helped care for her. One of the guys I work with has decided to adopt her so on Monday she was a homeless kitty under a house and on Thursday she has a new home and a huge extended family! Yaaaayyyyy Kitty!

And tonight some friends and I went to see The Sparrow from the House Theatre.
Excellent show-highly recommend!

Created by the award-winning team at The House Theatre of Chicago, THE SPARROW – one of the most original and acclaimed new works to emerge from the local theatre scene in decades – returns by popular demand in a new production at the Apollo Theater. The play, intertwined with music and dance, tells the story of Emily Book, a small town girl returning home ten years after a tragic accident claimed the lives of her entire class. As the town struggles to accept the strange girl who reminds them of what they lost, Emily attempts to hide special powers that make her different. Following record-breaking runs at both The Viaduct and Steppenwolf, audiences have a new opportunity to see THE SPARROW, a show that continues to soar beyond all expectations.

It’s been awhile since I have seen a show from a smaller Chicago theatre company. It makes me want to get out more!

Speaking of getting out…this is very promising. The Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating their 40th Anniversary with 40 Free Days at the MCA. I am hoping to attend several events and shows including Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 and on October 28th the HOWLoween Dog Parade, “This special dog day afternoon includes a pet costume contest, free dog snacks, and doggie games.” Now Lilo has her spider costume but I think we may need to come up with something more artistic for the MCA. Suggestions?


Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. ~Samuel Beckett

Whenever there is music on I feel my body start to react to the music. Sometimes it’s a little swaying or toe tapping,. Other times it’s full on body rocking in my chair-hair tossing butt bouncing shoulders popping. I bought a laser light show for the office at work so we can host dance parties with glo sticks and flashing buttons. Sometimes this is all well and good; sometimes it’s a little weird.

All Well and Good example-I helped my niece Tasha with her audition for her pom squad. First there was musical selection. When she first approached me I thought hip hop and Timbaland The Way I Are. Then I thought, “mmm too cliché. Everyone’s going to do that.” And I was right. The routine she had to learn from the squad was to that song. So then it was a debate. I tried a little Missy Elliot, a little Kill Bill theme, some Scissor Sisters. Finally settled on a remix of AC/DC- You Shook Me All Night Long. Awesome. Then came the routine. Tasha had some cool moves from her hip hop class, we raided a routine from So You Think Dance and final touch, a little rock n roll. So her routine starts with a techno beat and a voice says, “Come On” and then the tell tale chords of AC/DC. Tasha starts with some air guitar and then goes into her routine, which ends with her on her knees flashing the classic rock hand signal. All the other girls used hip hop songs. She made it! Moment of Silence while I live vicariously through my niece…

Weird Example-yesterday at work I was rocking out to a mix cd that Kevin brought in. It’s a motivational, pump you up to run the Chicago Marathon CD. I use it to pump myself up to face my to do list. This led to me dancing my way to the copier, the safe etc. That’s cool. Then that Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon song “Yeah, Yeah” came on. I am getting a little saucy in the chair. Then I went to put something in the file cabinet and started to do that stripper move-where you pop your booty and it comes up first and your back and head do this roll thing behind it? You know the one? Little weird for work. Then again we do have poles in the green room…

More fun dance quotes here!


Utopia Found


It was the Harvest Moon so off to the lake for the monthly drum circle/fire spinning celebration. I went alone this time and got a great spot in the the center of the circle, facing the lake and the moon. That’s where I met Utopia-one of the coolest 3 year old girls you will ever meet. Sometimes you find someone who you instantly like-she was one of those people. She came to sit by me, we made eye contact and from then on we were buddies. I showed her my medallion and explained the earth, air, fire and water symbols. She showed me her tie-dyed tights. We cheered the fire spinners, the drummers and the moon. “More fire! Bright moon! More fire!”
I learned things from her too. “If boobies are in the shirt they are having private time.” She found my girls particularly fascinating and her mother was trying to explain that grabbing them was not appropriate. I thought it was kind of funny, but I suppose it is not behavior I should be encouraging.

I would have liked to taker her home. Her parents could come too-they were both beautiful modern/hippyish people. They would be a perfect addition to my fantasy commune. Yes I have a fantasy commune-so what? Some people play fantasy football or fantasy America’s Next Top Model-I play fantasy commune. I think about who would get to come live with me in my perfect world-my Utopia if you will.

So to Utopia-merry meet and merry part and merry meet again, my little friend. Thanks for hanging out with me.

More photos over here under Harvest Moon Fire Drum Circle



Turtle Race or Happy Birthday Sue

Sue is my oldest friend in the world and today is her birthday. We have been friends as long as I can remember. We had matching Hee Haw bibs and would spend afternoons catching frogs in the ditches by her house in South Superior. But the earliest memory I have of Sue is this…

1980. Sue and I are eight years old. That day at the camp ground there was going to be a turtle race and all the kids were asked to pick out their player. What happens next kind of sums up the differences between Sue and me. She chooses a large, practical turtle who can cover a lot of ground quickly. I chose the tiny, cute, totally useless in a race baby turtle. I lose. Sue wins. I cry. And she shares her prize (a Twix bar) with me.

Sue and I went to different schools but the same church. We would always be friends but there would be big blocks of time in our junior high and high school years where we were in different social groups and didn’t really speak to each other. But we were always friends. We got together again the summer before senior year when we went to Colorado for some big Lutheran Youth Gathering. Yes, once upon a time I was Lutheran. And somewhere in Colorado we took this photo.


From Colorado on we were real friends. We cried on each other’s shoulders over the high school boys who we thought were the loves of our lives and that we would never get over. (Guess what. We did. ) We went to wild parties in the middle of the woods in Proctor and sat on the roof of a van drinking cheap beer singing along to Poison’s Once Bitten Twice Shy while crazy redneck boys drove trucks around in the mud. We hung out at Bayfront Park with hot goth boys who looked like Jesus and were something like 16 to our 22. I moved to Chicago but we still stayed in touch. And when Sue had to move her wedding up by a few months because her fiance was called up to Iraq- John and I jumped in the car with 9 week old Lilo and drove all night to Superior Wisconsin so we could be there.
Now Sue is married with a daughter and another baby on the way. We may not talk all the time but we will always be friends. Sue calls my life charmed or blessed I can’t remember which. I think while our lives are very different they are both pretty great. We may have picked different turtles but in the end we both win.

Happy Birthday…Babe.