I extended my stay in Montana so I could have a little more time with my family and friends before really diving into life in Chicago. I was glad I did.
Chris hard boiled some Easter eggs and dyed them Martha Stuart style in red cabbage and turmeric. He and I took Bannack a little way up Mount Helena to collect some grass for his basket and I made a little Easter nest.
This was the first year Bannack was able to attempt an Easter egg hunt and he did very well! We took him to the one hosted by the Hibernians at Memorial Park. Bannack was raring to go at the starting gate and held his own against the six year olds towering above him.
This photo was taken during the King of the Bubble contest in Brussles.
‘The divers compete to form the best bubbles – it is judged on things like the size, the shape, how perfect the ring is, and how many bubbles they can do in one breathe.
‘You have to blow to expel the air and it will form a bubble in a ring.
‘There’s no perfect technique for it though, you just have to find your own tricks and see what works.’ -The Guardian
Peter showed me how to do this while skin diving at the Grotto. (Pretty much look up and say, “too.”) You don’t even have to be very deep for it to work. You certainly don’t need to be submerged in the deepest indoor pool in the world, but it wouldn’t hurt.
Most people have probably seen footage like this by now, but I can’t post this unless I acknowledge the superiority of dolphins in this field.
The Atlas Obscura is the “compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica.” It’s a great directory chock-full of the weirdest and most wonderful places in the world. And this Friday there will be Obscura Day events hosted all over the world to celebrate this particular flavor of oddness. Chicago has a panoply of quirky destinations, but only a couple of destinations hosting Obscura Day events Friday.
Museum of Surgical Science
In honor of Obscura Day, the Museum’s curator will present 3D stereoscopic photos, chromolithographs, and a magic lantern show depicting skin diseases in gorgeous, gruesome detail.
Busy Beaver Button Museum
The tour will highlight important buttons throughout history and offer a behind the scenes look of our button archives.
It comes down to either and evening of awesome, gross-out, 100 year old science or, you know, buttons. Even if I don’t make it to either of these I’m glad to have the list I’m happy to credit my web-savvy mom with this tip.
Jeff is one of the founding members of the Montana Embassy here in Chicago. For the past few weeks he’s been working in the busy kitchen at the new GT Fish and Oyster, which opens it’s doors tonight.
After a week or more of previews they gave Jeff a day off. Being the swell guy that he is he took me on a little tour of Vietnam Town. There were some truly excellent, and familiar feeling grocery stores and a few great looking restaurants offering wide, sloshing bowls of Phở. (We ate our massive lunch/dinner meal at Tank Noodle, a popular corner restaurant just off the Argyle Metro line.)
Getting a little more familiar with the extended neighborhood feels great, for one, I know where I’ll be buying my sriracha hot sauce from now on. But I think the best discovery of the night came after dinner. Jeff lives just east of me, but we got off on the same stop and looked for a place to get a drop to drink. As it turns out I live right next door to a humble little bar, The Village Tap.
After a few hoppy beers and a game of Yatzee! with a nurse we met it was time to go. Poor Jeff had to leg it back over to his place while I got to exploit the privilege of proximity. A terrific afternoon Uptown.