Things I see, do, and think in Chicago and beyond.

Notes from a guy in Chicago.
tech enthusiast - drummer - minimalist - adventurer.

Rolling into Michigan, it’s been a while. Feels good. (at Amtrak: New Buffalo)

Great use of a hammock if you ask me.  
Last night @sorchasayers and I cruised along the skyline on a sailboat.  And now I want a sailboat.

Charlie goes to Burning Man

A short doc about an 81 year old man who attends Burning Man and has a transformative experience.  Beautiful story.  Some day I will go.

For those unfamiliar, from Wikipedia:

Burning Man is a week-long annual event that began in San Francisco's Baker Beach and migrated to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the AmericanLabor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.

Trotify: Now you can make your bike sound like a horse.

I can’t help posting this photo every year.  I met this guy in New York City a few years ago.  His wedding anniversary is 9/11 and he was in the North Tower buying his wife a card when the first plane hit.  We talked for several hours at a pub near the site of the World Trade Center before I visited the memorial.  The stories and emotions pouring out of this man to me, a complete stranger, I will never forget. #september11 #tbt  (at O’Hara’s Restaurant & Pub)
Closed out an excellent weekend with a movie in the yard with friends last night.  Thanks @dancecheetah & @thewhiteflame for hosting!
Marina Towers, Chicago, IL.  1960’s
Throwing it back to one of my favorite spots in Tennessee, The Natchez Trace Parkway.  444 miles… no billboards, no businesses, just nature. (at Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge)
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since this gem came into our lives.  I loved this movie as a kid!
Here’s the cast then and now.

Twenty Eight Feet - Life On A Little Wooden Boat

"For me what’s more important than having a big house is having a space that makes me feel good."

This mini documentary (8 minutes) focuses on a guy who doesn’t pay rent or have a full-time job.  Instead, he lives on his small sail boat.  Here, he discusses the pros and cons of living on a boat.

One of my first hammock hangs.  My grandpa and I, like 25 years ago.  Love this guy, and that lake. #tbt #upnorth

A guy strapped a camera to his boat in Chicago.  This is what he captured.

Porch view after grilling some dinner.  No filters were used in the production of this photograph.  I mean, #nofilter

A practical guide to riding a bike in the city.