Sergeant O’Leary is walkin’ the beat

“Mama, If that’s movin’ up then I’m movin’ out.”

Whoa, big weekend. Big Schroeder’s homies were in town and we decided to have a night out on the town heavily involving White Russian’s and tequila. Ouch. Then, on Sunday, C.Bench roasted a pig and many people came to collectively celebrate our imminent departures to new, fertile grounds for us to sew our very wild oats. The flock is breaking up. Jon is off to a stellar two-floor walk-up in Thalia Hall in Pilsen, while Chris is off to the same hood. Its been a stellar two years with these gentlemen and I know I’ll be spending many a night on their couches/extra beds after shenanigans in the “rapidly gentrifying” streets of Pilsen. Surely, after our experience this year, we’ll spend July 4th taking in the non-professional, slightly scary, but ultimately wonderful sights of small children blowing up firecrackers for hours on end while their proud parents look on mistily.

As for my usual collection of links to cool/interesting stuff, today will be a lite day.

I spend an hour or so last night checking out this cool gallery of photos that the New York Times has put together. It consists of several hundred photographs submitted by readers that have been taken on cell phones. I was consistently amazed at the quality of the many of the pictures. Definitely worth a look. Also, Lens, The Times photo blog, seems to be a nice little destination for your daily dose cool photography.

Mad Men has recently launched into its third season. I’m still playing catch up and have to dash through season 2 before I get anywhere near this season.

A thoroughly inferior show, Entourage, is also well into its sixth season. For twenty five minutes a week one can be at least mildly entertained by the somewhat redundant antics of the show’s static cast. Jeremy Piven still gets the laughs and Adrian Grenier still can’t act but it’s still got my attention, for now.

On the political side of things, Joan Wickersham wrote a nice piece in the Boston Globe on the aging baby boomers and what is going to happen when many of them need constant care and attention:

But it’s something we’re going to need more and more of in the next few decades. The demographic handwriting is on the wall. The baby boomers are aging. Sixty may be the new 40, and 80 may be the new 60 – but there are only so many of these bright pithy sayings we can invent before we hit an age at which we are really, undeniably, old. Big things will go wrong with our bodies. We’ll need places to live. We’ll need more assistance than assisted living places can provide. We’ll need handsome nursing homes built to encourage the greatest possible mobility and independence, and run with imagination and sensitivity.

Given the difficulties my mother has recently had with my ninety-four year old grandfather and how to handle his increasing needs as he grows older, I think this is a question that will need to be answered sooner than later, before we begin hearing more and more about the tragic way in which our society, on a broad and more personal level, fails our elderly citizens.

Also, in more local news, The Green Restaurant Co-op is launching a new initiative called “Guaranteed Green” that will certify local restaurants as being environmentally friendly and give them some kind of sticker/sign that will display their greenness for all consumers to see. The Chicago Reader has more info.

Radley, the resident feline at The Empty Bottle, has passed away after 16 years of life.

Also, for those Chipotle fans/addicts out there, there is now an app for your iPhone. Phew, and here I thought I was going to actually have to sit in line at Chipotle to get my brick-sized burrito.

Supposedly, Heath Ledger directed this video. Don’t know if it is true but enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Sergeant O’Leary is walkin’ the beat

  1. Slightly off topic perhaps, but a plea for people to consider the ethics of purchasing wetsuits. Please try and consider, for example, the materials the product is made from, the conditions of the employees where they’re made and the ethics of retailers. And endeavour to recycle rather than throwing away. Thanks!!!!

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