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

Toronto...

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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