Saturday, October 21, 2006


Greetings from the City of Big Shoulders as the wife and I wrap up the fun part of our anniversary trip (as opposed to the ass-numbing 15 hour drive back) with a visit to the incredibly friendly and informative Polish Museum of America, the incredibly lovely Chicago lakefront and the incredibly drunk and raucous Wiener's Circle hot dog stand, where all the drunkest people in Chi-Town apparently gather late on Friday and Saturday nights for red-hots and verbal abuse from the staff. Amy and I (and our gracious host Heidi) wound up amongst the Weiners last night after some dive-bar karaoke (as opposed to the LIVE-band karaoke we've been promised tonight) and an hour of most excellent comedy, drama and performance art at the Big Windy theatrical institution TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND. All this and WAIT, WAIT DON'T TELL ME with Mo Rocca, Dave Barry, some British chick and the delightful Roy Blount, Jr.

We like Chicago. It's deep dish, baby!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Paper Anniversary: Day 5

Woke up in lovely Akron, Ohio today, en route to Chicago, home of the Polish Museum of America, which the wife and I are naturally keen to experience. We're probably going to skip the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, since we wanna get to the Big Windy in time for LOST...but we DID make time yesterday for a rainy afternoon at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. I'll let their brochure speak for itself:

Our one-of-a-kind treasures include --

  • the plaster cast of the torso of world-famous Siamese Twins, Chang & Eng, and their cojoined livers
  • Joseph Hyrthl's collection of skulls
  • preserved body of the "Soap Lady"
  • collection of 2,000 objects extracted from people's throats [Ed: Including a "Perfect Attendance" pin!]
  • cancerous growth removed from John Wilkes Booth's thorax
  • tallest skeleton on display in North America
Okay...onward to the Polish Museum and live band karaoke!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Paper Anniversary

Greetings from New Jersey! The wife and I are currently in the midst of a road trip to Chicago in celebration of our one year wedding anniversary, by way of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash (a.k.a. Kevin Smith's most excellent geekatarium in Red Bank, NJ). Tomorrow we're anticipating a day of medical oddities at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, followed by a long drive to Chicago (with a possible pit stop at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland).

So more on that later, but in the meantime, let me just state for the record: Aaron Sorkin is now officially America's embarrassing hippie uncle.

Yes, that's right, Aaron...what America really needs is more Gilbert & Sullivan jokes and Commedia dell'Arte references on our late night comedy programs. And better dressed comedy writers.