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Stoked for Muti

About a year ago I won two tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at a benefit for the Chicago Opera Theater (thanks, Angel!).

It was two tickets, and there was a wide berth of dates to choose from. Opening night and other big performances were not available, and after parsing the schedule closely, we chose February 3, 2011- a random Thursday in the dead of winter.

Then Muti took ill in October and the whole season got muffed. Now he's on the mend and his return date is-- Feb 3. Should be a great night.

Apparently the President of the United States Types His Own Documents, and Has to Endure Shoulder-Riders, Like the Rest of Us.

P120410PS-0295, originally uploaded by The White House.


Things I Know For Sure

  1. Rahm Emanuel is the next Mayor of the City of Chicago
  2. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the next Superbowl Champions

If you don't think these two things are true, you're either from Green Bay or the 14th Ward or both.

The Man With A Bow Tie is the Only One Not Smiling Heartily.

P011811PS-0637, originally uploaded by The White House.

Detail: KeyLime Cove Waterpark, Gurnee, IL: Wave Pool Emergency Stop and Lazy River Lights

I love signage.

Nature is Never Broken

Nature is Never Broken, originally uploaded by juggernautco.



I'm dumb. It's a possum. &ugly.

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I took this photo today, January 12, 2010 at Winfield Mounds in the DuPage County Forest Preserve near Wheaton, IL.

It's not a beaver, raccoon, skunk, or porcupine (as far as I can tell). I'm sure it's something really simple-- I just can't figure it out.

It's got the shape of a raccoon and the tail of a rat.

It Was a Really Good Christmas

The Head Returneth!

Near Damen and Belmont.

The Head Returneth!, originally uploaded by juggernautco.


Torso Detail: Daley Golfing in Blue Pants, in an Alley off Damen South of Belmont

The President speaks with the Governor of Arizona while standing in front of a statue of soldiers. Also, there's a smoke alarm outside the situation room.

P010811PS-0173, originally uploaded by The White House.



Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


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