Shoo Fly

September 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

GET OFF MY PLANE! I mean, GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!

For the past few days, Scott and I have had to come up with a mode of attack

because we have been dealing with something that just will not die,

even when we think we’re clear, this stuff just keeps coming back

I don’t mean zombies or any kind of STD – I’m talking about the dreaded fruit fly.

Where did they come from?  How did they grow?

We didn’t even have any fruit sitting out!

But now it’s our mission to deliver a heavy blow

and kill them all beyond the shadow of a doubt.

The sink has been scoured and the fridge and stove are both spotless

while the trash sits out on the back porch,

we honestly don’t see anything else amiss

but if the flies don’t quit appearing I’m going after them with a blowtorch.

Traps have been set and they do seem to be doing the trick

while we watch with glee as more of the flies end up dead,

although a few have escaped and they probably think they’re slick

I’m confident in the end we humans will come out ahead.

Though truth be told, I’m a little worried about what this is all doing to my mind

as I happily plot the extermination of these little things,

is it normal for me to be having feelings of this kind?

I don’t know but I will accept the happiness that it brings.

Hopefully our unwanted house guests will be gone in the next few days

and things will go back to as normal as they’ll ever be,

but woe be the fruit fly who avoids our traps and tries to stay

they’ve got to be pretty stupid to want to live with me.

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Divvy Up!

September 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Bike-sharing programs are a relatively new idea here in Chicago, but in places like Amsterdam it’s been popular for years.  The basic concept is that the city provides rows of bicycles to residents/tourists and if you want one, you pay to borrow it.  Chicago implemented this concept, called Divvy, a few months ago and has been expanding the bicycle coverage all over the city.  The bikes are easy to spot and you can rent them for an hour at a time.  At the end of the hour, you either have to return the bike to a docking station or just check in there and keep using it.  The fee is $7 for 24 hours or you can pay a $75 annual fee.  It’s pretty handy for people just wanting to do quick jaunts around town to run errands or sight see, and I’ve been seeing these bikes more and more all over the city.  It’s a good way to get exercise and help keep the roads a little less congested, which are both nice incentives.

Riiiide, Chicago, Riiide

As someone who already has a bike, I have not used this city-sharing option.  But that doesn’t mean I won’t.  I could grab a bike by the train when I go to the Field Museum, drop it off outside the museum then take another back to the train at the end of my shift.  That would save me probably 20 minutes of walking overall so don’t think it’s not something I haven’t already considered.  Besides, I stand behind the idea of the program and would like to see it really catch on.  Like I said, I’ve been seeing people on these bikes all over (especially downtown) and I think that’s great.  However, I have heard of some cases where tourists are causing accidents because they don’t know how to follow the rules of the road in the city.  To be honest, I’d be scared of riding around downtown myself unless it’s on the lakefront, so I can see how that would happen.  Chicago has been adding bike only lanes and traffic lights though so hopefully that’ll help with the confusion.  I’ve heard mostly good reviews and that’s a good sign.

It’ll be interesting to see how much they’re used in the winter, or maybe the city will just store them for those long and dreary months?  I think other places could get in on this too, like Bloomington, where I spent the weekend.  Anything that is good for the environment and good for public health sounds good to me so I’ll continue to watch and see how this program rolls along!

And yes, pun intended.

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With a Little Help from My Friends

September 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I had a super fantastic, wonderful and jam-packed weekend.  HUGE thanks to all of the lovely men and women who took the time out of their busy schedules to come visit with Scott and me.  I didn’t get to spend as much time in some places as I would’ve liked but overall I saw everyone I wanted to see, toured the parts of the city I wanted to visit and ate at most of the restaurants I’d been missing.  We topped off the weekend with a visit to see my family Sunday night and I couldn’t have been any happier.

Well, that’s not true.  I seem to have brought a sinus infection back to Chicago with me and that’s not exactly been fun to deal with.  I’ve been really lucky this year with sinus and allergy issues but it’s all catching up with me now.  But if this is the price I have to pay for the fun I had all weekend, I guess I’ll take it!

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