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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

I have been too busy with work and travel to even think about keeping up with this blog. Here are a few photos from places that have been occupying my time:


Bears vs Packers








Cubs Welcome Theo

Sparty and I

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Working for the Big Ten Network.

End of the Year (Better late than never?)

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

It is hard to believe that we are almost done with the first month of 2011! And, I never even posted my 2010 end of the year list. For shame. Well, here we go:

Top 10 Concerts of 2010:

10. Rhythm Devils at House of Blues
9. Railroad Earth at House of Blues
8. Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park
7. LCD Soundsystem at Pitchfork Music Festival
6. Panda Bear at Pitchfork Music Festival
5. Caribou at Millennium Park
4. John Prine at Ravinia (from Prairie Home Companion)
3. Pavement at Pitchfork Music Festvial
2. Furthur at UIC (both shows)
1. Bonnie Prince Billy and the Cairo Gang at Lincoln Hall (early show)

– Being a new Deadhead was the direct result of #10, #9, and #2 being on this list.

Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2010

10. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
9. Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me
8. Woods – Suffering Season
7. Deerhunter – Helicopter
6. Phosphorescent – It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)
5. Beach House – Used to Be
4. MGMT – Someone’s Missing
3. Avey Tare – 3 Umbrellas
2. Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
1. Atlas Sound – Untitled

– While I might have listened to a lot of older music (especially the Dead) last year, I still got around to checking out a few new stuff. Most of it didn’t excite me that much, but the these tracks sure did.

Top 10 Favorite Songs I Discovered In 2010 (Not including the Dead)

10. String Cheese Incident – Land’s End (1997)
9. Jorma Kaukonen – Song for the North Star (1974)
8. Van Dyke Parks – John Jones (1972)
7. Railroad Earth – Storms (2004)
6. Harry Nillsson – Jump Into the Fire (1971)
5. Béla Fleck – Somerset (1986)
4. The Staple Singers – I Had a Dream (1959)
3. Elizabeth Cotten – Shake Sugaree (1967)
2. Moondog – Do Your Thing (1978)
1. Crosby & Nash – Southbound Train (1972)

– Admittedly, I was late in the game on these amazing songs. I suppose better late than never. See a theme going on? Anyway, a few notes here: 10) Yes, I did include a String Cheese Incident song here. Feel free to make fun of me. The truth is that I tried to get into other jam bands but to little avail. SCI was one of the few that kept me interested, especially “Land’s End”. 9) Jorma Kaukonen was always my favorite Jefferson Airplane member. 8) How did I go so long without listening to Van Dyke Parks solo albums? 7) Another “jam band” that I got into was Railroad Earth. Best seen live but their albums hold up quite nicely, too. 6) I am new to Harry Nillsson even though “Everybody’s Talkin'” is one of my favorite songs. I had only know “Jump Into the Fire” as that wonderful song in Goodfellas where Henry is driving around paranoid, looking up at the helicopters in the sky. 5) Have you listened to Béla Fleck’s early albums? They are so lovely, especially “Somerset” which comes off the Inroads album. 4) I love the Staple Singers but had not dived into their early recordings until last year. Boy have I been missing out! 3) I have the Dead to thank for introducing me to Elizabeth Cotten. Easily, one of my favorite guitar players. So unique her style is called “Cotten pickin'” 2) I finally sought out more from Moondog, and I am so grateful that I did. “Do Your Thing” just might be the best song ever recorded. 1) I don’t know what it is about this Crosby and Nash song I love so much but I probably played it more than any other song last year (includes Jerry Garcia on pedal steel).

Top 5 Movies Watched On Netflix Instant Watch (That I Hadn’t Seen Before):

5. Phantasm (1979) – I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this! For years, I skipped it thinking that I had. Big mistake!
4. Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart (2008) – If you are a fan of music, I think you will enjoy this musical adventure.
3. You’re Gonna Miss Me (2005) – The sad tale of whatever happened to Roky Erickson. Very reminiscent of The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Both could make for a fascinating yet depressing double feature.

2. The Cove (2009) – Another depressing documentary but extremely well done and meaningful.
1. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) – The biggest surprise of the bunch. I was expected a lighthearted documentary about video game obsession. Instead, I was treated to a morality play between good and evil. Or something like that. Highly recommended.

– We just got Netflix for our Wii a few months ago so expect a few more recommendations in 2011.

Top 5 Places I Visited For Work

5. New Orleans, LA – I didn’t get to spend much time here. Just enough to enjoy an oyster poboy. However, not enough time to get a beignet. How sad.
4. NYC – I worked with Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi at the House of Blues in Times Square. More importantly, I got to hang out with my friend, Brad.
3. State College, PA – I worked here twice last year. Once, we drove there. I never imagined that Pennsylvania was so pretty. The second time we flew, and I had the best crab cakes I have ever had in my life. And I got to meet Joe Peterno.
2. San Diega, CA – It was hard having to leave paradise to return to the harsh, Chicago winter.

1. Dyserville, Iowa – Actually, it was a detour stop on the way home from a shoot with The Weather Channel. Details aside, I got to run the bases at the Field of Dreams baseball field.



Random food photos from 2010:


Tasty french toast from Dixie Quicks in Omaha, NE.


The Super Grouper at Frenchy’s in Tampa, FL


The Peachy Paterno on campus at Penn State.

A half-eaten Rickwood Dog at the Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, AL.


My favorite pie! Baked and decorated by Apryl.

The cinnamon buns at Ann Sather.


Homemade pizza with spinach and goat cheese. Yummy!


Apryl makes amazing home fries!


Unbelievable tasting pork chops! The waiter sold me on this when she told me that if she was only allowed on food for the rest of her life, this would be it. Too bad this is off the menu for me at the moment while I’m still practicing vegetarianism.

One of my favorite meals of 2010 was this crab cake in State College, PA.



Top 5 Favorite Personal Photos of 2010 (in no order)





sledge church

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011!

A few trip photos

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

These were all taken with my Evo phone while I was out of town working:

My hotel in Mission Bay, CA which is right outside of San Diego.

This dock was right outside my hotel in Mission Bay, CA.

Another shot from the dock.

One morning, I was shooting in Times Square…

… and later that same day, I checked into a hotel in Omaha, NE during a blizzard.

We had to drive from Omaha to Lincoln, NE for our shoot. Here is a shot from inside the SUV as we stopped for gas.

Downtown Omaha is actually quite nice.

More photos can be found on the Flickr page.

I’m home.

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I have returned back to Chicago after working the past two weeks on the road for the Big Ten Conference for a special video announcing their new logo and division names after the upcoming addition of Nebraska. During our stretch, we visited New York, San Diego, New Orleans, Tampa, Newport Beach, Oakland, State College, and Omaha. The video we worked on can be found here.


Friday, April 16th, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts, lately. I have been rather busy with work. Here I am working for NBA for an interview with Scottie Pippen who was be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Dream Team. We also interviewed the one and only, Larry Bird. Before I cared a lick about basketball, I cared about the Hick from French Lick.

And here I am working for The Weather Channel doing live feeds all morning long for Tornado Week. We had to get up at 2am!

Finally, another shot from the Field of Dreams Movie Site. No work. Just play. I bought a coffee mug that had this on it.

Snow. Work. Snow.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Snow is wonderful…

… unless you got to get somewhere. With the sun shinning, there should be some good melting today.

Hello, Work Week.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

All in a day’s work…

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Working at the Lakeview Polar Bear Plunge for The Weather Channel.

I can also be seen working here (photo 5).

End of the Year (Decade)

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

It was great seeing everyone during the holidays! Hope everyone has a fun, safe New Year’s Eve celebration. Seeing as it will be 13 degrees outside tonight, I feel like we’ll be hanging out in our cozy apartment. Goodbye, Decade!

Top 10 Concerts of 2009

10. Ingrid Filter at Millennium Park (open rehearsal)
9. Nomo at Millennium Park
8. Josh Ritter at The Metro
7. The Feelies at Millennium Park
6. Junior Boys at Wicker Park Festival
5. The Dirty Projectors at Millennium Park
4. Lou Reed at Lollapalooza
3. Various Artists at Pitchfork Music Festival
2. SHELebration (with Bobby Bare Sr., Bonnie Prince Billy, Bobby Bare Jr.) at Millennium Park
1. Leonard Cohen at Chicago Theatre

As you can see, we really like to take advantage of the free concerts in Millennium Park. And if you remember, I merely caught the Lou Reed set at Lolla from outside the gates, and we won two free tickets for the Ritter one. In fact, the only shows that we actually paid for in 2009 were Pitchfork and Leonard Cohen. Worth every penny!

Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2009

10. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – The Tenure Itch
9. Akron/Family – River
8. Bill Callahan – Too Many Birds
7. The Dirty Projectors – Two Doves
6. Great Lake Swimmers – Pulling On A Line
5. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
4. Cass McCombs – Harmonia
3. Junior Boys – Dull To Pause
2. Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Doomsday
1. Animal Collective – Taste

My Top 5 Favorite Risk Taking Records of 2009

5. Sufjan Stevens – The BQE
4. Oneida – Rated 0
3. Julianna Barwick – Florine
2. Yonlu – A Society In Which No Tear Is Shed is Inconceivably Mediocre
1. Jim O’ Rourke – The Visitor

UPDATE – How could I forget Charles Spearin’s The Happiness Project?

While I was working in Shreveport, I listened almost excusively to jazz records. Below is a list of albums I listened the most (without listing multiple albums from one artist):

Top 10 Jazz Albums

10. Dave Douglas – Keystone
9. Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert
8. Herbie Hancock – Fat Albert Rotunda
7. Phineas Newborn Jr. – Harlem Blues
6. Craig Taborn – Junk Magic
5. Thelonious Monk – Straight, No Chaser
4. Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans
3. Sun Ra – Sound of Joy
2. Charles Mingus – Right Now: Live at the Jazz Workshop
1. Miles Davis – In a Silent Way

Top 5 Places Visited (work and non work related) in 2009

5. Cleveland, OH (Because of work I can now say that I have been… twice.)
4. Arlington, TX (The last baseball game I saw of the `09 season, Ranges vs. Mariners.)
3. Birmingham AL (Rickwood Classic!)
2. Salt Lake City, UT (Breathtaking…)
1. Fountain City, WI/Wabasha, MN (3rd Anniversary!)
Honorable Mention: Shreveport, LA (After spending two months working there, I have a bit of a soft spot for it.)

Top 10 Tourists Stops of 2009 (in no particular order)

Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago History Museum
John Hancock Observatory
The National Eagle Center
Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium
Great River Bluffs State Park in MN
Rock in the House
Garvin Heights in Winona, WI
Rickwood Classic
Harry Potter Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry

Top 5 Favorite Food Photos of 2009

Mushroom Soup

5. Our anniversary main dish was okay. But this mushroom soup starter was amazing!


4. Giordano’s – What would a food list be without Deep Dish pizza?

Sox Dog

3. The Cell – This is what baseball tastes like!


2. Bar B Que Shop – The best BBQ in the world!


1. Toast – When I die, I hope these pumpkin pancakes are waiting for me.

Top 5 Most Memorable Jobs 2009

5. Public Enemies junket at Union Station
4. Food Dude at Lou Malnati’s
3. Oprah interviews Charlie Nash
2. Bulls vs. Celtics Playoffs
1. The movie in Shreveport, LA and Salt Lake City

Grandma Jackson

Most Memorable Moment of 2009
Easy. Grandma Jackson visits Chicago.

Top 5 Favorite Personal Photos of 2009 (in no order)

Ryan Field

Hancock View

Lock and Dam