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.
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.
Sylvan Esso #Lollapalooza A video posted by Chris Scheufele (@gotshoo) on
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:
A photo posted by Chris Scheufele (@gotshoo) on
Geebus is one of Grayson’s many nicknames. For a while when we would ask him his full name, he would respond “Grayson Geebus Scheufele.”
This weekend our little Geebus turned 3. We can’t imagine life without him. He’s so full of personality, love, and overall just a great kid. That’s not to say he can’t be a little tuckus.
Believe it or not, Grayson took the photo. He turned his hat backwards and everything. A new up and coming photographer. Watch out Instagram!
His buddies came over for a play date.
Last weekend Mrs Shoo ran the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon. Grayson and I caught up with friends at the end of the race to cheer on Mrs. Shoo and her friend Sarah.
The woman holding the sign is Sarah’s mother. She throws a mean surprise birthday and will run the last tenth of a mile with you.
Last weekend I went up for my annual pilgrimage to Chicago for Lollapalooza 2013, a 3 day music festival with over 300,000 people attending. This was my 5th.
As a tradition, and a great way to find people, we stick Danny the inflatable Dino on a pool float. We carry him around as a badge of honor. It’s also a great way to meet people and find old friends. The dino in the picture above is not actually Danny. Danny #1 died in Lolla ’12 from a meteor or too much wine on wine day. Stego, aka Dustin, was the stand in. We brought Danny back to life for days 2 and 3. We used real Jurassic Park technology to bring Danny back to life. We Amazon Primed / cloned him.
Epic lunch. Best burger! Danny even made their Instagram! Fact: I ate almost 8 hamburgers in two days. By the third day, I had given up on eating.
The MC at the Toyota tent, Chris Gethard, was fascinated by the dino. Well actually more that Ed wore a dinosaur t-shirt, had a watch with Danny on it, and his wedding vows were a story about two dinosaurs. Totally normal.
I blame wine day, but I didn’t get pictures of everyone we hung out with so: Squirt Boy, Lady M and her friend I spilled a lot drink on during The National, Aaron the “Festival Queen”, Josh/Rocio, Carlos/Melissa, Joman…. totally had a great time. Hope to see you in 2014.
This summer we’ve discovered that kids love sprinklers. Over the weekend Grayson went over to the R’s for some fun with Colbie and Archer.
You’ll want to watch this one all the way through. @mrsshoo does a trick.
We met up with the R’s tonight. After dinner we took the kids to Centennial Park after dinner. I tried to snap a couple of photos. Worse than trying to herd cats. Somehow, I got this shot. Would have been a great photo if it was the DSLR.