@mrsshoo and I went away to St. Louis for a weekend. Kid free — we had forgotten what is was like to have an uninterrupted conversation at dinner.
First – we took in a ball game. A really good one. The Cardinals took out the Reds 10-4. We were lucky because the next day the Cardinals didn’t fare as well.
Then the next morning we did a half marathon. We did the same half marathon almost 4 years ago. The course was different from the previous time, but we really enjoyed it. It crossed over the Martin Luther King Bridge and back over the Eades and around St. Louis.
Below was post ice cream sandwich. That run really sucked the life out of us.
This is what it looks like when you wear your Fitbit on a half marathon day.
And to top the weekend off, we saw Alton Brown at the Fox Theatre.
It was a jammed pack weekend.
Coblie told us she wants to get married but not have kids. Grayson asks, ‘who do you want to marry’ as he points to himself.
I was listening to a tech podcast in the car with Grayson this morning on our morning commute. On the podcast they were discussing automation taking over jobs.
He asked me, “Dad, are robots taking over?”
“Well”, I said, “they sort of are with jobs like truck drivers and cashiers.”
“What about your job, Dad?”
“Gray, my job will be okay”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, trust me.”
“What happens when the robots malfunction? Are they going to come after us?”
“You’ll be okay Gray. You just won’t be able to check out.”
“Are you sure?”
It feels like Grayson has leaped into being a big kid. He loves a good ‘bathroom’ joke, loves to play Legos, go to the park, ride on the ‘tag-a-long’ bike with dad play with his neighbor friends.
I snapped a few photos after dinner tonight. Told him he owed me for the sucker I left him have after clearing his plate. To be fair, he did eat a bunch of blue berries after school today.
Back in November Mrs Shoo and I went up to Starved Rock State Park for a hike-away weekend. We had never been and spent most of the day exploring on the trails.
I am not an artist. I wish I could draw. I wish I could paint. But I can’t.
Luckily I can take photos.
On a whim we headed north to the Lincoln Balloon Festival. We met up with Mike, Sarah, and Colbie. It was good times. And there was a special shaped balloon.
Grayson and I have been having some bonding time since I was gone last weekend. After nap, he asked if he could take pictures with a (un-audible) camera. Having no idea what he was asking to take pictures with. We have lots of cameras. He takes me downstairs where I have some old film cameras.
He points to an old film camera that my grandpa had passed down. We grabbed it and I said let’s go take pictures.
He could have care less that there wasn’t film.
I wanted to get some good portraits of him so I grabbed my 50mm prime lens. A prime lens has only one focal length so you’re limited on the type of photos you can take, but it takes great portraits.
little big boy personality shines through. I am always corrected when I call him my little boy.
A love of music? A love of cheese burgers? A love of hanging out with friends? All of the above.
Lollapalooza has become a pilgrimage for me for the last couple of years. I’ve been going on a somewhat regular basis since 2007 (yes, the year of Daft Punk).
For the last two years though I have been on a mission to find the best cheese burger. An overindulgence weekend of music, why not make it a constant diet of ground beef?
This year I went to the following:
1. The Bad Apple. A delicious burger with short rib on top. Good. To the point 2.75/5
2. Kuma’s Too. Menu pictured above. A rock themed atmosphere with heavy metal playing in the background. Of course I had to get the Led Zeppelin. 3/5
3. Au Cheval. This was my favorite burger from last year and again this takes the cake. Perfectly grilled burger, bacon comes in 1/4″ thick slabs, and an egg to top everything off! There’s usually a wait and we arrived 30 minutes early to guarantee the first spot in line. 4.5/5 (Only because I want to dream there exists another place that has a burger just as good or better.)
4. Dry Hop. A micro brewery that has a close spot in my heart. Excellent brews and excellent burgers. 4/5
I stopped a four burgers, but my colon thanked me.
Music. The whole reason for the weekend.
1. Act that I didn’t think I would be so happy to see: Paul McCartney. Everyone has listened to the Beatles. Everyone knows the music. But seeing it live. Seeing a person that you’ve heard so many times and have burned into your pop-culture subconscious. I won’t say there wasn’t some tears during some of the songs. Sir Paul was terrific.
2. Group that I saw by myself and wished my friends would have seen with me: Sylvan Esso. I’ve been listening to SE for the last year and Amelia Meath’s voice has been a siren pulling me in to point that I skipped the first part of McCartney to see them. Totally worth it.
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3. Country music that I was actually looking forward to: Sturgill Simpson. It’s usually not my thing. I enjoyed it.
4. Best closer with the skyline lit up with lightening: Florence and The Machine. (Not my video)
And of course friends:
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