The other night a lady friend called me up to ask me out to dinner and to do something I haven't done in my 17 years of living in Chicago......yep, go to a blues club. Odd isn't it? We're probably the second most well known city in the U.S., possibly in the world, and I have never gone to a blues club. In fact, I've never even gone to one of the outdoor festivals downtown. Now, I don't particularly like blues, but I don't dislike blues either. You would think that I would have gone to Kingston Mines or some place like that at some point. Nope.
The place we went was called B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted and on Tuesday nights, if you live or work in one of two area codes that surround the bar, you get in for free (normally a $7 cover). Nice! It's called good neighbor night. I love the idea!! The bar is tiny and the stage only really fits three band members comfortably, but if someone is willing to lean against a wall, then you can get four. These guys had five people in their band, so they had the keyboard player off stage. Too funny. It was a pretty fun time and I'm glad I went. Turns out they have live blues every night of the week and have since 1979. http://www.chicagobluesbar.com/
Yesterday I pulled the trigger on my television and bought a 50" Pioneer plasma for $2,500. That's about the best price I had seen for that quality. Delivery to my stand is only $60! Nice. Now I have to work with Direct TV to make sure I'm getting all the HD signals and such. Another project! I'm going to go get on the roof to take a look at my dish and see if it's HD or not and actually take a picture of it so I know what I need to upgrade from if I need to upgrade at all.
Christmas at the Sutton's, like Thanksgiving, means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, the works. It's gluttonous, yes. As you might expect, there are usually leftovers and this year was no exception. So yesterday I decided to eat some leftover turkey in a nice turkey and mayo sandwich. Hmmmm, should have been delicious. Where's the mayo.....oh, there it is in the back of the refrigerator......huh, I wonder how old it is because I don't remember buying any recently and I only use it on turkey sandwiches. Smells OK. Oh, here's the date, "best if used by June 2005". Shit. Do I risk it? No, my immune system is already down from my marathon of parties. I ended up just putting gravy on it like an opened faced sandwich you get at a diner. Not a bad option. I bought a new jar of mayo today, so I'm good on the mayo front until mid 2007.
Lastly, I saw a great bumper sticker today: "My Rhodesian Ridgeback is smarter than your honor student. " Ha!! They must really lovely Ridgeback's because their license plate was "RIDGBAX".