My thoughts on election day.

So I voted today.  Because I want to believe in the idealism of democracy, not because I actually think my vote mattered.  This is the problem.  We live a society where reasonably intelligent members of society feel disenfranchised.  I vote every year, and every year I become more and more disillusioned with the outcome.  So tonight, I will watch as the biased media spins its coverage of millions of voices together for change and I will mock them, for I know change will not be the outcome of tonight’s proceedings.  I happily endorsed the candidate whose views my closely match mine, because that is the person I want to represent me for the next four years.  My wish is that others were so informed rather than enamored by the glitz of catch phrases, facebook pages and Saturday Night Live sketches.

Guns N Roses: 17 years of waiting, finally a Chinese Democracy.

I know this is a little off topic from my usual subjects, but I had to share this link with all of my readers.  Guns N Roses is scheduled to release its first album since I was in high school on November 25th.  We have waited seventeen years, finally Here is the the link to their first track from the long awaited follow-up.  I will wait to hear the entire album before I pass judgment.

The Boys of Summer

If I was not a Real Estate professional, I would be a professional baseball player.  Okay, correction, since I am not a professional baseball player, I became a Realtor.  I remember as a kid we would play ball in my backyard almost everyday.  I taught myself how to switch hit because I wanted to be like Pete Rose.  I didn’t know why then, but I was a better hitter left handed than right handed.  I have since solved that riddle, my dominant right eye was closer to the ball.  I was so certain that I was going tear up big league pitching and get the game winning single in the World Series.  Then of course, I turned 14 and the balls began curving during their trajectory toward home plate, effectively putting an end to my baseball career.  But, I still believe that being a professional baseball player would be a great career.

My Mom asked me the other day why I have not been updating my blog.  Well Mom, I am still a boy of Summer, and although I am not swinging for the fences, I am living vicariously through the Cubbies and their race.  I am taking full advantage of these last few weeks of Summer here in my beautiful city.  In the past month and half, I have been to four Cubs games, including one in Milwaukee on Monday, a White Sox game (Thanks Mark), a Bears game and I even went to the racetrack for Labor Day.  Additionally, I have been canoeing in the river, playing tennis in Hamlin Park and I have been working on my golf swing at DIversey Harbor.  So, in short, I have been a boy of summer and my blog has suffered.  I am certain in the coming months of dreary Chicago winter, I will have much more time to spend updating the blog…that is, unless I decide to take up bob sledding, snow man building, curling or ice fishing.

Here are some photos of my summer of fun.

Ryan Theriot.  8-9-08

Ryan Theriot. 8-9-08

Kosuke Fukudome, 08-09-08

Kosuke Fukudome, 08-09-08

Soto and Zambrano Mound Meeting, 08-09-08

Soto and Zambrano Mound Meeting, 08-09-08

Enjoying the Bears game.

Enjoying the Bears game.

Driving Range

Driving Range

Beautiful Diversey Driving Range

Beautiful Diversey Driving Range

Enjoy the Summer this weekend at the Bucktown Arts fest.

This wonderful community event has been setting up shop since 1985 and although a lot has changed in Bucktown since then, this cool little fest continues to promote the unique harmony of the neighborhood. One thing that really attracts me to this type of an event is that it’s run entirely by volunteers, allowing this to be a true community event. The kickoff party will be hosted Thursday night at Small Bar on Division from 6PM-10PM. The kickoff event is an excellent way to meet the volunteers and artists, enjoy adult beverages and participate in a silent auction. You can purchase tickets to the Kickoff in advance by clicking here.

You can visit the Bucktown Arts fest August 23rd and 24th from 11AM-7PM in Senior Citizen’s Park at Oakley and Lyndale.

Bucktown Arts Fest 2008

West Fest officially is Chicago’s best street festival.

Well, at least in the opinion of one blogger. I spent several hours last night prowling Chicago Ave. between Wood and Damen, soaking in the sights of local retailers, food establishments, taverns and of course talent. That talent was in full force late last night, as on the Eastern Wood street stage Derrick Carter was manning the ones and twos, while on the Western Damen stage, the fabulous Meat Puppets were tearing through a raucous set…I did my very best to be in two places at once. Lets just say I can navigate those two blocks of Chicago Ave. in under four minutes without looking like total dork or spilling any of my delicious adult beverage. What a great night! I am attaching some photos of the festivities.

West Fest '08

West Fest '08

Sound Republic West Fest '08

Sound Republic West Fest '08

Curt Kirkwood Westfest '08

Curt Kirkwood Westfest '08

Derrick Carter West Fest '08

Derrick Carter West Fest '08

Bruno the Enforcer Westfest '08

Bruno the Enforcer Westfest '08

Reina and Boshi enjoying the Meat Puppets

Reina and Boshi enjoying the Meat Puppets

Enjoying the night.

Enjoying the night.

Update to exist or I have really big news.

I really like having a blog. Except when I am not writing. Then I almost feel guilty, like I am tempting my readers with the promise of new content, only to disappoint them when they open my page to see the same latest post for three weeks straight. Ugh. Sorry.

But, as you can tell from the title, I have really big news that will explain the slacking off on the updating. I have a new real estate gig. That’s right, after several years of loving life in a Bucktown Boutique office, I am will be tacking my license up in a new locale.

I have joined the Seattle based Redfin.com. We just launched our Chicago site in late June. What is Redfin.com you may ask yourself. Redfin is the first online real estate brokerage for home-buyers and-sellers. Our mission is to use the Internet to give home buyers and sellers more information with less hassle, better service, and new money-saving choices. Our website combines real estate listings with tax records and analytics on an aerial map of cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, DC. Customers who are ready to buy a home can save money by using our electronic service to make an offer, with local Redfin agents handling negotiations and closing. We offer a similar service for sellers.

This is a great fit for me, philosophically and professionally. I mean how can I go wrong with a real estate company that wants to change the real estate industry for the better? I like changing things for the better. So check out our really cool website, look at properties, and smile with me. I am really excited for this opportunity.

Happy 4th of July

As many of you may know, this is one of my favorite holidays.  I will be celebrating our country’s independence by riding roller coasters at Great America.  While not a traditional celebration, its a an amazing way to spend a beautiful day.

I have been busy the past couple of weeks and have not been posting.  Sorry.  I have written a couple of pieces from open houses and another regarding the changing tide.  I will have more posts soon.

Please have a happy and safe 4th.  Enjoy Summer.



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