Thursday, March 31, 2005

my dating personality profile

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal - Politics matters to you, and you aren't afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Practical - You are a down-to-earth individual who is not impressed with material excess. You care about the stuff of like that really matters.
Sensual - You are not particularly shy when it comes to your sexuality. You know what you like and do not feel inhibited.
Your date match profile:

Practical - You are drawn to people who are sensible and smart. Flashy, materialistic people turn you off. You appreciate the simpler side of living.
Liberal - You need a person who has liberal opinions and beliefs. You are engaged by political discussions and would find a liberal viewpoint refreshing in a date.
Intellectual - You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Practical
3. Sensual
4. Big-Hearted
5. Intellectual
6. Shy
7. Adventurous
8. Wealthy/Ambitious
9. Traditional
10. Stylish
Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Practical
2. Liberal
3. Intellectual
4. Outgoing
5. Sensual
6. Adventurous
7. Traditional
8. Romantic
9. Big-Hearted
10. Funny

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20 Pack of Cat Postcards

Different cats with different attitudes. Also cool. I should look into Stella Marrs further, she seems to make cool stuff. STELLA_20ENVIRO Environmentally-minded, retro-style Postcards

These rock! Peg would dig them. readingissexy

"Don't deny it, you know it's true.

Reading Is Sexy.

Don't be afraid to let the world know.

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You too can have the shirt that Rory Gilmore (aka Alexis Bedel) wore in the episode Feb 21. I want one. Really bad. My birthday is April 4th (monday) if you are interested. Please ship it to me in care of Chicago Scenic.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Room for rent in great 3 bedroom apartment

Room for rent in great 3 bedroom apartment This one is in Andersonville/Edgewater... sent an email.

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too cool for school

So, the apartment hunt continues. I'd like to find a place and be set before I turn 23. That gives me one week left. This is what I've seen so far:

$460 - 1br in a 2br, 2000 sq. ft. apt. available May 1st!

This is my favorite apartment so far. Including utilities (electric, tv, internet) and a garage parking space, it would come to less than $600/month. It is about 20 minutes driving to work. The apartment is HUGE and has lots of windows. The laundry is CHEAP. There is already the basic furniture, woohoo! Oh, and the best part? The room that would be mind is actually two rooms. One is a smallish, but big enough for a full/queen bed, dresser, the usual bedroom stuff, and off of it is an office/reading nook/craft room space. It makes for the equivalent of a really big room, with more structure to keep me out of bed. All hardwood floors, a good bathroom, large living room, secure front door, back yard, the landlord's wife gardens and apparently brings vegetables all summer.

I haven't even mentioned the roommate yet. She is young, works 9-5 downtown for a not-for-profit and goes to grad school at DePaul for English Literature in the evenings. She likes the Gilmore Girls (I think?) and Sex in the City. She likes to read. The art on the walls is nice, mostly vintage posters. We chatted for a solid hour when I visited.

So yeah, that one is my first choice, we'll see if I get it.

$500 - Kick Ass Wicker Park Apt

I went to see this one today. Not as huge as the one I prefer, but the roommate is cool. I think that we might hang out even if we don't live together. The main selling point for this place is that I could take the bus or walk to work everyday. Its right on Division, and for only $50/month I could get off-street (but uncovered) parking, so there would be many fewer worries with leaving the car all the time than there are in stupid Wrigleyville.

I suspect that I am not hip enough to live in Wicker Park. This is where the Delia, Sarah, Jeff and Ryan's of the world live... the Cool Kid Club is headquartered in Wicker Park, for sure. The apartment has a less secure front door than I would like, and the bedroom faces onto Division. But, a good thing is, the first floor retail is, of all things, a Tea House that is only open Tues-Sunday, and never past 7pm. Probably a front for an opium ring or something, but for sure not a disruptive neighbor.

There have been others, but its getting late... so I'll post tomorrow again. More appointments, and hopefully the Gilmore Girls will be taped so that I don't miss the "fresh new episode."

Friday, March 25, 2005

I want one of these

MIT Media Laboratoy: Press Images - Clocky

Those folks at MIT sure are clever, especially in their industrial design and art departments. Now if only they had some more instructions about how to make one for myself. Maybe they were at the International Housewares Show this past week and soon it will be on the shelves at retailers everywhere. I should ask Ms. Towner aka Stevie next time I see her. She went with Salton.

Hell, if I knew anything about electronics, I'd figure it out, but alas, I don't know much of anything about such things.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

things you learn

same project, not all learned at the same time...
-always leave extra room for electrics to get access
-make sure that you know everything there is to know about what you're drawing/designing before you work on it
-always fill out the title block if you want them to build it... even for a cnc path
-no one ever reads the notes... not even the call-out leaders
-sometimes people are very nice and take the time to show you where you made mistakes, how they were fixed and what it cost... even if you were on a family vacation when it all happened.

Sunday, March 6, 2005

the cutest neighborhood ever

Today was beautiful, official high of 64 degrees, sunny, light breeze, just perfect really. I went for a long walk up Broadway, over to Sheridan, west on Montrose, with some meandering along Sunnyside, back to Montrose at Damen, south on Lincoln, east (headed home) on Grace, south on Southport, and the rest of the way home on Waveland. Lincoln Square and Ravenswood are super-cute. And affordable too. Phooey on Lakeview/Wrigleyville, these are really nice neighborhoods. I also found an art center called Lillstreet, I think that I might take a class.

Wow, I didn't think that I had anything to write about tonight, but now that I'm starting (and so sleepy too) I can think of lots of things to be excited/happy about and share with others. Really, the reason that I opened the window was to ask some questions of the more experienced folks out there. How do you know how much you can afford for rent? I'd rather that this not be a trial and error activity. Is there a chart somewhere? Does that level include utilities or just what you pay to the landlord?

A friend has just suggested this breakdown... and I'd like some input.
--1 week of raw (pre-tax) pay for rent
--1 week for taxes (assuming the 25% tax bracket, which is pretty much where I am)
--1 week for utilities (including food)
--1 week for me (this is where cable tv and the car go)

Anyone got any other ideas? Beuller? ... Beuller?

Keep Smiling! =)

Saturday, March 5, 2005

There are no bad ideas: Worlds collide

There are no bad ideas: Worlds collide

David seems a bit worried about connecting two otherwise totally separate ends of his life... but he needn't do so.

Hanging out with Stephanie got me thinking though. I wonder what Marisa is going to do post-theater, since it seems like David's theater-world girlfriends have to go on to be something uber-successful in a totally different field. Stephanie is a lawyer. Dr. Debra Gilboa is, well, a doctor. Hedge makes soap (but I don't know if she's uber-successful at it). I'm under the impression that there's another lawyer out there, but I have no idea who it is. Maybe Marisa will join the clergy? become an activist? who knows.

And the very important part of the tire story is that before she left, David told S. "don't wreck the car." He had just gotten his truck, and she was driving the car to work. Then the giant truck tire came bouncing down the bridge towards her, smashed into the passenger side, and obliterated all of the windows and the passenger side of the car. *Poof* And all she could think of was, "oh my god I wrecked the car. David said, 'don't wreck the car.' and then I wrecked the car."

Unfortunately for David, he didn't have to respond to her email with his phone number, since I have it saved in my cell from the days of advisor-on-call, for her to be able to barely-semi-drunk dial. Good times.

Keep Smiling! =)