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The New Toy!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

MacBook Pro


Friday, April 18th, 2008


OK, so it wasn’t this dramatic, but an earthquake did hit Illinois early this morning around 4:30am with a magnitude of 5.4. Over 300 miles away from Chicago, the effects were still reportedly said to have shaken Chicago’s downtown buildings. There are no reports or injury of damage. Funny, I didn’t feel it all and only learned about it after reading this article on the Commercial Appeal online.

Edit: Apryl (who had fallen asleep on the couch) and Eva both experienced the quake this morning. I’ll let them share their own stories if they feel like it.

Everyone needs a Hero…

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Apryl didn’t find this as funny as I did but feel free to judge for yourself. Let me introduce you to Hero Ha, the Beatles covering baby from South Korea:

Hero Lo-Fi

Hero TV Star

Whatever your opinion, Korean TV sure looks more fun than American television!

And now we go west of the Rockies…

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Coast To Coast logo

Do you enjoy staying up late listening to the radio about tales of extraterrestrials, conspiracy theories, and cryptological anomalies? Well, then you must be a fan of Coast To Coast AM. And if you are, you might be interested to know that you can enjoy “Free Streaming Week” through February 10th, simply by signing away your life. I did.

Plastic Bags Blow (a post for Apryl)

Thursday, February 7th, 2008


Apryl dislikes plastic bags. If you know her, you know this to be true. One of her favorite companies is the Chicago company, Reusable Bags, which provides an alternative to the wasteful plastic bag. Think about it, nearly everywhere you go to spend your money, you’re more than likely coming back with a plastic bag. And there doesn’t seem to be worse offender than the grocery store. Well, Apryl bought us our own reusable bags which we take everywhere, especially the grocery store. Some groceries are starting to get the message on how damaging plastic bags are to our environment. Dominicks, which is where we typically get our groceries, sell their own reusable bags. I’ve even purchased a few so that I could keep them in my car. Strack & Van Til, another grocery store we occasionally shop at, credits you a quarter for each reusable bag that you use at check out. Still, it’s obvious that the general population or most businesses haven’t caught on. A common reaction: “Are you sure you don’t want a bag?”

Well, it looks like Chicago is ready to do something about such wastefulness. Well, at least two aldermen are, as they are proposing an ordinance that would require any store that has five or more stores to provide not only reusable bags for sale, but also a recycle bin for used plastic bags. Hopefully, this will pass without any troubles. Here’s the full story. Also, check out the 45 comments sparked by the story.

My Broken Glasses

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

This morning, I woke up to find that my glasses were missing from the nightstand. Sometimes, I knock them over in the middle of the night, so I wasn’t too worried at first. However, after feeling around for a bit, I came up with nothing. Now, anyone of you who has tried on my glasses knows just how blind I am without them. So if I was going to find them, I was going to have to get out of bed and get down on my hands and knees so that I could search at a closer level. However, when I got out of bed, I found them immediately with the sound of a crunch. When I picked up what was under my foot, I discovered that I had cracked my glasses right down the middle. Ugh, I sure was feeling like Henry Bemis.

Broken Glasses

Well, I was disgusted with myself, but Apryl saw it as an opportunity for me to get new glasses. So I made an appointment with Pearle Vision and started looking forward to a new look. The examination went well. I was even told that my eyesight had gotten a little bit better! That’s a first. Afterwards, I shopped around for about an hour for new frames:

Multiple Frames

It was bit of a whirlwind, trying on frame after frame. So I couldn’t even tell you which one from the above that I actually chose. But it was approved by Apryl and the girl at Pearle. Unfortunately, the non-reflective addition takes 3-5 days, so I wasn’t able to walk out with my new look.

Instead, I was stuck with an old, old pair that had Apryl referring to me as Harry Potter. Evidence below:

Hayden Harry Potter

Yikes, right? Perhaps I should have hidden behind the disposable sunglasses I was given after my exam:

Hayden in disposable sunglasses

Below, Apryl tries her best to super glue my old pair until the new ones are ready. Sadly, it didn’t work.

Apryl tries to mend broken glasses

Fortunately, I was able to find an old pair of glasses that are less scary. So at least now, I don’t have to be embarrassed to go out in public.

Chicago – Street View

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

I know, I know, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve last written a post. Apryl and I have been both real busy with school and work. Hopefully, I will have enough energy to fill you all in on what we’ve be up to (including how I wound up in the local Decatur, IL newspaper) later this week.

Until then, I thought some of you might be interested in this new function on Google Maps. First, from the viewing options, chose “street view” and then click on Chicago. After that, you can just drag the little Google person to any street that is outlined in blue to see a 360 view of the street. Unfortunately, the feature stops just before our apartment, but if you click on the intersection of N Western Ave and N Milwaukee Ave, you can see the area near our train station. Very cool.

Update: We’re alive.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Hayden and Apryl at Pitchfork

Sorry for the lack of updates. But don’t fear, we are alive and well. Hopefully, I will get around to posting about some of the things that we’ve gotten ourselves into lately, including Pitchfork, a free show of The Decemberists with the Grant Orchestra in Millenium Park, and recent out of town video shoots. (Will Apryl post about the last Harry Potter novel?) Until then, I hope all is well with you!

Thank you, come again!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Have you heard about these 7-Eleven stores that have been transformed to look like Kwik-E-Marts? Well, there’s one in Chicago on the South Side. They’ve been showing footage of it on the news, complete with a store owner wearing an Apu name tag and selling Frosted Krusty-O’s cereal. Must check this out!

So… whatcha been up to?

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Well, it’s been awhile since I last made a post, so here are a few things I’ve gotten myself into:

Here I am with probably the best crew I’ve worked with since being in Chicago. The shoot was for the DIY Network show Rock Solid. Not only was everyone great, but the shoot went an extra day which meant an extra day of money. However, the best part was making a nice contact with Jason, the only other local crew member on the team. Super cool guy. We shared a few beers after our last work day, and he has even hired me since for another shoot (more on that later in the post). The photo above shows the crew after a wrap-up meal at Giordano’s.

Below, a photo of me with the hosts Dean and Derek:

A few days before my birthday, I got a surprise package in the mail. It was my very own World of the Weird Monster Show shirt. The photo below doesn’t really show off the shirt too well, but I sure look creepy:

A couple weeks after the DIY shoot, Jason hired me to work on a shoot with him for Dean Guitars at a Megadeth/Black Sabbath (w/o Osbourne) show. Yes, you read me correctly! When I got to the venue, Jason and the rest of his crew were mapping out their plan of attack. They had an interview with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, but it was only for a short amount of time, and they needed to make sure they got him talking about using his Dean guitar before growing tired of the interview and kicking us out. Mustaine is notorious for having a bad temper and legendary bad-blood feuds with fellow musicians. When it was time for us to conduct our interview, we met him in his back stage dressing room, which wasn’t as extravagant as one would imagine for a rock and roll star. So we have the meet and greet, and the first thing Dave says to me is “Did you borrow your mom’s glasses?” Was this supposed to be an insult? If so, I found it to be hilarious as well as confusing. I started to smirk, and he uttered “I’m just kidding”. Yes, I have been insulted by the leader of Megadeth! The interview was short, but still it didn’t seem like Dave wanted to be there. We finished up as soon as possible and interviewed the rest of his band members on the tour bus (who were all very generous and kind). We then recorded the show but wrapped before the Sabbath.

The next show I attended was far more tame than the metal cries of Megadeth. Peter Bjorn and John (which makes me think of Peter, Paul, and Mary everytime I say the name) were playing two sold-out shows this week at the Empty Bottle as well as a free show at the Apple Store downtown on Michigan Avenue. Even though I’m a mere casual listener of PBJ, I do love free shows and thus made the train/bus trip down. Check out the line below:

The wait wasn’t long and even though I was near the back, I didn’t have a problem getting a wristband and making it into the show. The funniest part of the acoustic set was when Peter (or was it John) was killing time during a string change to point out the pigeons on the cover of their album Writer’s Block. He made it a game to see who could tell him how many pigeons there were on the cover. When John (or was it Peter) asked him what the person would win, P or J said “Umm, a free iPod.” The Apple Store did not honor this impromptu contest.

While it was a short concert, it was an enjoyable time. From what I recall, the trio played “Objects of My Affection,” “Amserdam,” “Let’s Call It Off,” “Paris 2004,” and, of couse, “Young Folks”.

As I was leaving the Apple Store, I walked right into the Dance Troupe. I heard someone (certainly an representative) around me say, “They’re going to be on Conan.”

After leaving downtown, I stopped over at Wicker Park to go to the bank. When I came out of the bank I noticed some folks flying a kite from the top of their apartment building. Who needs a park?

That night, I caught my first televised Sox game since April 27th. I will spare you my nine comments this time, but I will mention that last night’s win was a relief. After going on a losing streak as well as choking the night before in extra innings, it felt good to even be back at .500.

And to wrap things up here, we got a DVD copy of the World of the Weird Monster Show from Undead Johnny in the mail, the one with my birthday wishes! So to end the post, here is what completely befuddled and made my day two Fridays ago:

(Thanks Chad!)