Sunday, September 25, 2011


My first job in Chicago was at the Limelight when it just opened in 1985. I had just started attending the Art Institute and I wasn't even 21 yet. Peter Gatien was there to hire people and there was this long line down the block. Everyone else in line looked pretty normal and I felt a bit out of place with what I was wearing. I had these blue and green plaid pants rolled up with boots and suspenders and my shirt was an old French paratrooper snow shirt (?) that had an 8" collar. I had the collar tucked down and pinned together with a seahorse. I wish I had a picture of that. Peter Gatien took one look at me and said I was hired.

I worked there a few months and it was rough with school. Breakfasts with crew or after parties that went from 5AM - 1PM. You feel like a zombie after a while. One of my teachers threw an eraser at my head when I fell asleep in her 9AM class. Later, when I knew her better and she knew who I was dating from school (and would later marry), she thought it was perfect. I was fired for walking out with a beer which basically everyone there did. We all took beers and went and smoked somewhere and talked and then took the train home. Somehow I was singled out that night. No great loss there.

you are my alligator

Saturday, September 24, 2011

fire island beach house

This was my favorite house on the stretch of beach we where near. You could look right through it.

Also, this boat was anchored offshore during the stay and I was fascinated by the compact functionality of it. The surf board rack alone kills. It had this perfect metal cabin with removable chairs. I'm not in the market for a clamming boat but if I was...

things I want to build

I really want one of these but $2K is steep.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

felt tk4130 2011

I would need to see these faux wood tires in person but otherwise this is a very nice track bike.