August 27, 2004

In Chicago

Sean and I are in Chicago. We will be at the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building (875 N. Michigan Avenue) at 10:00 tonight. If you live in Chicagoland, come on down - er, up - if you're in the mood for some conversation and the consumption of adult beverages.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at August 27, 2004 01:59 AM

Let us know when you get to the East coast.

Posted by: Eric Blair at August 27, 2004 05:32 AM


I finally head west when my favorite PDX bloggers head east. I'll be passing over your heads sometime today.

The pictures have gotten me all excited to be home enjoying the scenery and taking a break from the wider world.

Posted by: Nathan Hamm at August 27, 2004 05:59 AM


Sorry, Chicago is as far as we go. I do wish we could make it to New York...

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at August 27, 2004 08:45 AM

Oh well. Nice pictures so far anyway.

Posted by: Eric Blair at August 27, 2004 10:02 AM

I so wish I could be there, Michael. Just reeeeally bad timing.

Posted by: Grant McEntire at August 27, 2004 09:00 PM

So, when did you and Sean start a lounge act? Does Sean wear a slinky cocktail dress? Now that is something I'd pay money to have my eyes burned out rather than see!

Posted by: Patrick Lasswell at August 28, 2004 12:51 AM

Damn this 70-hour workweek! This is my reward for not slacking off and reading blogs at the office.

Sorry I missed you - I'll have to try and catch you on your next trip. At least this spares me the embarassment of wandering table to table asking everyone, "Have you seen two shady-looking bloggers with sinister moustaches around here?"

Posted by: Independent George at August 28, 2004 09:29 AM

Sorry we missed you guys; my husband and I dropped by kind of late (11:30ish) and couldn't find you. Surprisingly dark and crowded, that Signature Lounge . Ah well, maybe next time.

Posted by: mollpeartree at August 28, 2004 10:34 AM

My sister works there. Behave yourself, leave a good tip, or I'll knock yer fuckin head right off yer shoulders, slim. Welcome to Chi.

Posted by: Spike at August 28, 2004 05:16 PM

Hope you enjoyed the dreary, drizzly weather your Chicago fans arranged for you. Thought you'd feel right at home.

Posted by: Rick at August 28, 2004 11:38 PM forgot "windy", as well. Dreary, drizzly, and windy. Oh, and gray. Dreary, drizzly, windy, and gray. That's Chi-town weather.

And in Winter: Dreary, Drizzly, Windy, Gray, Really Effing Cold, With Tons of Lake-Effect Snow.

Posted by: Grant McEntire at August 29, 2004 01:04 AM

What route are you taking on your way back west?

If you make it to Kansas City, frop me an e-mail...I'd love to buy you a drink or four.

Posted by: Mike Silverman at August 30, 2004 12:36 PM
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