Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Last week, I had to go down to the Cook County Records office to get an official copy of our marriage license.  I got there and looked at it and Jeannie's name had been misspelled.  They had spelled her last name with one "L".

I pointed this out to them and the unpleasant woman snapped, "We copied down the information directly from the documents given to us, so there must have been a mistake on her original document.  It'll cost you $200 to change it to her correct name."

"What was the document it was copied from," I asked.

She looked over her glasses at her computer screen, "Her passport."

I laughed, "So your saying there's only one "L" on her passport."

"Yep," she snapped.  

"Well, if there was a mistake on her passport, we wouldn't be able to use her passport," I explained.

"That's right.  You need to get that changed or they're not going to let you out of the country," she said condescendingly.  She looked over my head at the next person in line to let me know that she was done with me.

"We use that passport all the time to travel," I said.

She scrunched up her face in disbelief.  "When was the last time you used that passport?"

"To go to London, to go to Paris, to go to Tokyo, to go to Mexico, to go to Costa Rica, to go to Guatemala, to go to Honduras, to go to Columbia..."

She stopped me from continuing, "Well, they shouldn't have let you in if her passport was wrong!"

"Don't you think that the error isn't in the passport and that someone in this office most likely made the mistake?"

She snarled her lip at me and over pronounced every syllable as she leaned closer to my face said, "Ex-TREME-ly unlikely."

To avoid paying $200 and to prove them wrong, I had to get Jeannie to bring her passport to the Cook County Records Department.  We got back in line and explained the situation to another woman who gave us just as much attitude.  She too, disbelieved everything we were saying.  We gave her the passport and she pursed her lips together and squinted her eyes, making a face to show us that she absolutely did not believe that we had handed her a real passport.  She shook her head with an incredulous look as she turned each page in what she was certain was a fake passport.

She called over her supervisor and discussed it with her.  After a few seconds, the supervisor typed on her computer and approved the change and canceled the $200 charge.  The woman who was helping us out gave us the documents to sign and expressed to us that they were going to make the change this time, but we needed to be more careful and make sure that all our documents are correct next time we come to the office.

She was very clear that she thought we were totally getting away with some kind of nefarious activity.

After we got the license, we went out to the German Village in front of the Daley Center.  Jeannie was excited to walk around and see all the Christmas treats.
She was especially excited to see this item.
It looked like German Spam.
She loved it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Movie Club Podcast...

We have several episodes that we've put up.  Have you listened to them?

I'll put up the iTunes link and, if you don't have iTunes, the link to the website where you can listen to the episodes directly.

You should listen!  Even if you haven't seen the movies, they're fun and funny.

Here they are:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  iTunes link.  Website link.

MASH  iTunes Link.  Website Link

Tootsie  iTunes Link.  Website Link.

Dr. Zhivago  iTunes Link.  Website Link.

Have fun.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lyric Opera...

For a wedding gift, the husband of Jeannie's opera teacher from college gave us tickets to the Lyric Opera. Jeannie's teacher was a lovely woman named Louisa who was an inspiration and mentor to Jeannie. I met her a few times and she was very kind and sweet to me.

Sadly, Louisa passed away a few years ago. We invited her husband Mr. Bill to the wedding, but he unfortunately wasn't able to make it. He's also a kind, lovely man and he passed along their love for opera to Jeannie and I.

We went to see Mozart's, The Magic Flute.

It was my first time in the Lyric Opera. It's really spectacular.

It was a wonderful production and a wonderful time. Thank you to Mr. Bill and Jeannie's dear friend Louisa.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011


This past weekend, Brett, Jeannie and I went to Toronto to perform as Aphasia for Kevin Patrick Robbins' theater company, The Impatient Theater.

We did a couple shows and taught some workshops and had a blast. It was a lot of fun.

I took remarkably few photos. Here are the ones I have.

This was my breakfast, Saturday morning.

It's croissant French toast. One of the best breakfast items I've ever tasted.

These are a tiny pair of Canadian mittens that someone left behind.

We did our normal Aphasia show and also a "duo show" where we were paired up with an improvisor from Toronto.

My partner was Ashley Botting. She was fantastic and the two of us had a phenomenal show.

The only other photos I took were of our favorite crazy chip flavors that they have in Canada.

All Dressed are always one of our favorites. Don't know what it means, but they are very popular.

These aren't just pickle chips, they're intense pickle chips!

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Field Museum...

Jeannie and I went to the Field Museum of Natural Arts and History on Tuesday.

Jeannie had never been there and we had a free day, so we decided to go.

As you can see, Jeannie was afraid of getting cold so she was bundled up.

We went on a day that had discounted admission so we saw everything.

Jeannie was leery of the signs they had announcing that exhibits had missing items.

They were handwritten on loose leaf paper.

She was also disappointed to see that a lot of the interactive displays weren't working.

I've been missing Hawaii A LOT lately. We went into the South Pacific exhibit and were startled to see this display in the exhibit.

Look closely and you'll see it's a postcard from Hawaii sent by J. D. Griggs. My initials!

Something's telling me we need to go back to Hawaii to visit our friends.

All the new exhibits at the museum were really nice. The old ones need to be updated.

All in all, it was a really fun time.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


It's been a busy few weeks.

A couple of weekends ago, my sister Melissa and her boyfriend came to visit.

They were excited to ride on the CTA.

We were supposed to meet them downtown to watch the tree lighting parade, but the swarms of people blocked them from getting to us. We stayed and watched it on our own.

You can see the lady in front of me was taking the same photo.

Yesterday we put up our tree.

It's the first tree we've had in 4 years. One of the fun things we've been able to do is to collect ornaments from all the places we've visited.

It's a very international tree!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Jeannie's dream of becoming Katniss, from the Hunger Games, took another step yesterday.

Groupon was offering a deal at a local Archery School, so Brett and I bought sessions and got one for Jeannie as well.

Jeannie was really excited and nervous.

A few months ago, she made a list of things she wanted to do (not a bucket list, mind you, but a Lady's List of Future Accomplishments).   On the list was "Shoot a Bow and Arrow".  She got the idea after we watched an episode of the Australian version of The Amazing Race.  After she read the Hunger Games trilogy, she was even more determined to do it.

We had a really good time.
We even got to shoot balloons off the target.

Jeannie was the first one of us to hit a bulls-eye and she hit it frequently.

Brett was not happy with this older lady.

She always shot more arrows than everyone and took forever to shoot each one.  Brett was not pleased.

It was a lot of fun and after it was over, we each said we want to come back and do it again.

Next time we do it, we'll do it in honor of District 12!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My gift to Jeannie...

Did you know that Brides and Grooms are supposed to buy gifts for each other?  Well, they are.

I'm not sure who decided that for everyone.  In the midst of all the stress of the event, you also have to find a gift for someone that has to be good enough to be remembered for the rest of your life.

Well, I was lucky.  I knew there was something that Jeannie had wanted, but didn't realize that I knew she wanted it.  So, it was something that was a complete surprise to her.

I bought her a bike.

Not just any bike though.

An old timey bike.  A quirky bike that you might see Audrey Hepburn or Zooey Deschannel riding on around a movie set.

The gift totally caught her off guard and she really liked it.

Last night was the first time I had some free time since the wedding to put it together.  So, while Jeannie was at Anne's apartment having dinner, I put it together.

 I even got her one with a basket.
This afternoon, before the Bears game, we went across the street to the lakefront and she took it for a spin.

For my gift, Jeannie got me a really awesome, historic Chicago portrait. It's very, very cool.

Thankfully, the exchange of wedding gifts was a huge success!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


We have a couple new episodes available from our movie podcast.  Have you listened to them yet?

The first one's for the movie Unforgiven.

The second one is for Annie Hall.

Give a listen.  Then, if you can, give us a rating or a review on iTunes.

If you want to send us an e-mail with comments or suggestions of movies, you can e-mail us at

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Jeannie and I have been sick for the past week. She actually got sick on the flight back from London. I was able to fight it off until Friday.

Saturday morning was the Hot Chocolate 15K. Against our better judgement, we went downtown to run the race through our sickness.

Do we look sick?

Jeannie was at least feeling good enough to smile. I was not.

Usually, if I'm sick, a run kind of helps me feel a little better.

This one kind of did. We finished in an hour and thirty minutes. If we were felling better, we would have shaved 5 minutes off of that.

After the race, they had hot chocolate ABD chocolate fondue.

It was pretty good.

Got home and felt worse. Much worse. Didn't leave the couch until I had to go to work Monday morning.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wedding photos...

We're still getting more photos, but this is one of the fun ones that Oscar at S1 photography has done for us.

One of the other fun things we did for the wedding was our wedding program.