Showing posts from July, 2010

Foiled Cupcakes - 7/28/10

Foiled Cupcakes - 7/28/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 208 of Project 365. I was lucky enough to attend the 1 year anniversary party for Foiled Cupcakes. The party was at the Phoenix Lounge located in The Wit Hotel. First of all, the place was absolutely packed with Foiled Cupcakes supporters and cupcake lovers. It was fabulous to see such a wonderful turnout! I wouldn't be surprised if there were 300 people in attendance. I've been Twitter-friends with Mari ( the owner, on the right - @foiledcupcakes on Twitter ) and I finally got to meet Mari in person. She's just as sweet as her cupcakes! Mari is such a wonderful, dynamic woman.

One of the extra special things about Mari is that she really knows how to use Twitter to help grow her business. I bet one could really learn a lot from Mari - especially business owners.

The party featured a tin foil costume creation contest. As you can see, the contest was not to be taken lightly! I saw nothing but happy, smiling face…

Where did I hide my sun? - 7/27/10

Where did I hide my sun? - 7/27/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 207 of Project 365. I was getting ready to go out and drop off a few laptops I had been working on. When I finished putting everything in my trunk, I looked up and noticed the Sun had gone behind the clouds. The cool thing about that was that you could actually see the outline of the Sun! I pulled out my phone and snapped a picture. The odd thing about the picture is that it shows the glow of the Sun, but you can't actually make out the Sun like I could with the naked eye.

Oh science, you're so silly!

Meet me on the corner... - 7/26/10

Meet me on the corner... - 7/26/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 206 of Project 365. I was walking back from Millennium Park at lunch time and I just missed the green light at the corner of Wabash & Madison. I looked to my right and saw the Trump Tower in the distance. I thought it was a rather startling contrast to see the old buildings, in many cases from the early 1930's*, looking dark and dreary...while in the background the new Trump Tower stood tall and proud, it's glass panels glistening in the early afternoon sun. I suppose one might say that is the nature of a vital city - constant renewal & the mixing of the old and the new.

* The 1930's is just a fairly uneducated guess...

Go SOX!! - 7/25/10

Go SOX!! - 7/25/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 205 of Project 365. My friend Kelly Marie forwarded an email invite to an event called "Press Pass - All Access White Sox Experience". When I saw what was included in the event, I was sold:

Special guests:
* Ron Kittle, White Sox 1983 Rookie of the Year
* Moose Skowron, 8x All-Star selection and 5x World Series champion
* Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Tribune Baseball Reporter
* Dave Kaplan, WGN-AM Radio

Event also included:
* Tour of U.S. Cellular Field
* Buffet Dinner
* On-field photo opportunity
* “Name in Lights” scoreboard photo
* And some very cool raffles

I had my photo taken with Ron Kittle on the field - WIN! I got to sit in the dugout - WIN! I got to see and walk on the running track that Bo Jackson requested in 1991 - WIN! I had my picture taken with the 2005 World Series Trophy and World Series Ring - WIN! After dinner, I got to listen to stories from the 4 special guests and they also took questions from the audie…

Storm clouds raging...7/24/10

Storm clouds raging...7/24/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 204 of Project 365. Is it just me or has the Chicago area been getting more rough summer weather than usual this year? It seems like every two weeks we are getting hit with storm systems of biblical proportions.

Friday night we got hit hard and that carried over into Saturday. I stepped outside on Saturday morning to snap this picture. It was not raining while I took this, but it soon down poured after.

Luck - 7/23/10

Luck - 7/23/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 203 of Project 365. There was nary a cloud in the sky this morning until I got to the Oak Forest train station. On my way to grab a cup of coffee I noticed that the one major cloud in the sky had partially obscured the sun. Next thing I know, I'm pulling out my phone and snapping a picture.

One of my favorite things about clouds is seeing the sun shine through them. When I see that, I'm taking a picture! Considering that this was the only cloud of substance that I could see, I'm calling it luck.

Who wants to go ice skating? - 7/22/10

Who wants to go ice skating? - 7/22/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 202 of Project 365. Chicago is a versatile city. It has been this way for years and the good people from Chicago know this. However, for the benefit of my non-Chicago readers, I present to you Exhibit A - the ice skating rink at Millennium Park. During the winter, the ice skating rink is filled with people wearing jackets with logo's like "The North Face" while their gloved or mittened hands are gripping hot beverages. Runny noses and snowflakes pretty much define Chicago in the winter time.

In the summer though, the ice skating rink is transformed into an outdoor beer garden! Delicious food and cold beer rule the day and much of the evening. There is even an area for people to play a game or three of Cornhole, otherwise known as "Bean Bags" or better yet...simply "Bags".

This picture was taken at lunch time. It almost makes me want to start drinking again. Almost.

Dog days of summer... 7/21/10

Dog days of summer... 7/21/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 201 of Project 365. I got home from work and my neighbors were sitting in the backyard. I sat down to talk with them like I usually do when I get home. A few moments later, my neighbor from across the street joined us.

She had her dog with her. She always has her dog with her. Everyone, meet Simba.

I'm guessing she's a Disney fan...

Snickers! - 7/20/10

Snickers! - 7/20/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 200 of Project 365. My landlords dog is named Snickers. He's a good, well behaved dog. I called his name. He looked up. Photo snapped.

No muss, no fuss.

Too bad all photos are not this easy.

Obligitory Transformers 3 picture - 7/19/10

Obligitory Transformers 3 picture - 7/19/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 199 of Project 365. The City of Chicago has been abuzz with all of the news & photos from the various locations where Transformers 3 is being filmed. So, having said that - here is my contribution to the buzz.

What's that you say? You don't see anything even remotely related to a movie set? Fair enough. I mean, I think I've made my laziness well known to the 5 or 6 people that view my photos everyday. Due to this documented laziness, I give you a photo of the backed up traffic from the detour that resulted from Transformers 3 being filmed further north on Michigan Avenue.

If you squint real hard, in the distance you can make out a military style truck that may or may not have been used or involved in the filming.

Backyard View - 7/18/10

Backyard View - 7/18/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 198 of Project 365. I walked out of my apartment to say hello to the neighbors and I was greeted by these clouds. I'm sure it's because of the sunshine, but I love the way the clouds are multicolored. Nature routinely does a better job with effects than man. Or at least a better job than THIS man.

Balcony Trees - 7/17/10

Balcony Trees - 7/17/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 197 of Project 365. I love my balcony and one of the main reasons why is the fact that it's hidden from the street by numerous trees. I love sitting out on my balcony in the early morning and late evening with a cup of coffee. On windy days, listening to the wind blow through the trees has a calming effect on me. It's one of the few things that really keeps me centered.

Most of us rarely ever stay in the same place for too long and I'm afraid that will be the same with me. Long after I've moved on, I have a feeling that my balcony will be one of those things that I remember for the rest of my life.

Cinderella in the park - 7/16/10

Cinderella in the park - 7/16/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 196 of Project 365. My daughter Megan was in another performance. She has been playing the part of the evil stepmother in the Oak Forest Park District's Cinderella production. Megan, with the purple dress really nailed the facial expressions that one would expect from an evil stepmother.

Perhaps I have a future star on my hands...

Lazy Clouds - 7/15/10

Lazy Clouds - 7/15/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 195 of Project 365. I ate my lunch at Millennium Park again and I liked this view from my park bench. It might be because of the Chicago weather, but I've noticed that we get an abundance of fantastic cloud formations.

I'm not saying this one is fantastic, but it did capture my mood.

The Heavens opened up... - 7/14/10

The Heavens opened up... - 7/14/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 194 of Project 365. I took my brown bag lunch to Millennium Park today. Chicago was sizzling hot and often in Chicago that means rain. We'll call this another stormy tease though, since a few drops of rain were all that we got. Good thing too, since I didn't have a Ziplock bag for the phone.

I sat down on a park bench and I looked up towards the sky. As soon as I saw the cloud, I knew I would be posting it. I loved how the light filtered through the clouds and I'm very happy that I captured that in the photo. It's great when things actually work out!

Wild Flower - 7/13/10

Wild Flower - 7/13/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 193 of Project 365. While standing at the Oak Forest train station, I kept looking skyward...but sadly there was not a single cloud to be seen. I looked down and noticed the abundance of wild flowers that grow on the other side of the fence. At that point I remembered what my friend Christa mentioned one day on Twitter - "Sometimes you have take the shots you're given" or something a long those lines.

It was a rather windy morning and I feel pretty lucky to have taken a picture like this due to the wind.

False Alarm - 7/12/10

False Alarm - 7/12/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 192 of Project 365. When I got home from work I looked at the sky and I thought "Hmm, this can't be good!". But that crazy Mother Nature, she had me fooled! While menacing in appearance, these clouds offered up zero precipitation.

Reach out & grab my hand - 7/11/10

Reach out & grab my hand - 7/11/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 191 of Project 365. Does this sound odd to you? I liked the Saturday picture so much that I went back to the same parking lot on Sunday in an attempt to grab another picture. I think it's certainly bordering on odd...

Anyway, I'm happy I went back to that parking lot! I was greeted by this view as I pulled up to the place where I parked. I was facing south and with it being around 5 pm, the sun was reflecting nicely off the clouds.

Thunderhead - 7/10/10

Thunderhead - 7/10/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 190 of Project 365. I spent Most of Friday evening and a good portion of Saturday in bed with a pretty intense sinus headache. I finally felt better around 4 in the afternoon at which point I ventured out to run a couple of errands. When I got out of my car at the strip mall, I noticed the cloud formation in the sky.

I'm not sure if it technically is a Thunderhead since it was not raining nor did it that day.

Like a hole in my heart - 7/09/10

Like a hole in my heart - 7/09/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 189 of Project 365. I woke up today to the sounds of a chirpy DJ letting me know that it was beautiful and sunny outside. I sat up and looked out the window.


I thought maybe I was still sleeping. Perhaps the DJ was doing a show from a remote location in another state? Nope and nope. For whatever reason, this alleged sunshine was noticeably absent from my morning.

I drove to the parking lot at the Lutheran Church (SINNER!!) and walked to the train station. I looked up and saw the clouds and thought "Mmmm, this might make a good picture".

About 10 minutes after I took this picture, the clouds disappeared and the sun has been out ever since. This photo is dedicated to my fellow cloud lover and awesome friend, Sarah.

Erie and Dearborn - 7/08/10

Erie and Dearborn - 7/08/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 188 of Project 365. I've noticed something odd about the pictures I've been posting. I've been invited to some very cool events and yet the pictures I post are never really from the events I've attended. Examples would include Theresa Carter's 40th Birthday Party, Jen Knoedl's Cinco de Mayo Party and now The Superior House first year Anniversary Party.

All three events were prime picture taking opportunities, squandered by some mental block that keeps me from pulling out my phone. Maybe I need a stalker to follow me around to remind me to pull out my phone? Someone to say "Hey, idiot, take a damn picture!". Ok, well maybe not something that extreme, but you get the point.

Anyway, last night I left work and walked up Dearborn street until I got to the intersection of Erie and Dearborn. I won't attribute this to luck since there are 17,596 Starbucks in Chicago, but on the corner of Erie …

Rained out - 7/07/10

Rained out - 7/07/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 187 of Project 365. I had been looking forward to this day for almost a full week. I was able to score a ticket to see Rush perform at Northerly Island. Now some of you might be saying "Huh? Northerly WUT?"...but that's ok. There are a few people in Chicago that have never heard of Northerly Island. It used to be the home of Meigs Field until Mayor Daley decided to close the airport one evening in the name of domestic security. The space was reclaimed by the Chicago Park District and The Charter One Pavilion was opened in June of 2005. The Charter One Pavilion has been hosting prominent musical acts every summer since then.

It had been a few years since I've seen Rush and to say I was excited about the show was an understatement. After enjoying a wonderful PB&J with a side of celery sticks for dinner at Millennium Park, I headed over towards Northerly Island. I couldn't help but notice how dark the clo…

Millenium Park Plaza - 7/06/10

Millenium Park Plaza - 7/06/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 186 of Project 365. During a moment of cloud cover I figured I'd snap a picture from my bench at Millennium Park Plaza. Regular readers will recall the fact that I can bend the space/time continuum at will. I typically use this power for good. In this instance, I was eating my lunch with Jen from on 7/07/10. However, I knew I still needed a picture for 7/06/10. No problem when you can have your way with space and time like I can.

Stormy Skies - 7/05/10

Stormy Skies - 7/05/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 185 of Project 365. I don't know about you, but I'm always sad to see holiday weekends come to an end. While the weather on Monday was sunny, inside I felt like the picture. Cloudy, overcast and generally blah. The first day of a long weekend is so open, so fresh, so full of promise. I guess it's only fitting that the last day is the exact opposite.


Fireworks - 7/04/10

Fireworks - 7/04/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 184 of Project 365. Oak Forest typically has one of the best fireworks displays in the South Suburbs. This year was no exception.

Call me lazy, but after snapping one picture, I decided to just watch...

Sorry! Maybe next year ;)

Cinderella - 7/03/10

Cinderella - 7/03/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 183 of Project 365. My daughter Megan, in the purple dress, was performing in an Oak Forest Park District play over the weekend. The group put on their version of Cinderella. Megan played the evil stepmother...which is ironic because as a young girl she always pretended she was Cinderella.

Cloud Gate - 7/02/10

Cloud Gate - 7/02/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 182 of Project 365. I ate my lunch at Millennium Park on Friday. The weather was perfect - it was such a beautiful day that I had to get up and walk around when I was done. It had been a while since I had seen "The Bean" as we affectionately call the Cloud Gate I made my way over to it.

Here it is in all it's glory. You can read all about "The Bean" here.

Meet me at the station - 7/01/10

Meet me at the station - 7/01/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 181 of Project 365. Ever have a day be so bright and vibrant that you feel like nothing could go wrong? That's how I felt this morning as I walked up to the train station in Oak Forest. I'm normally one of the first people out there waiting for the 7:53 train and I like that.

I like not having to rush or worry about being late. I also like pizza (just to see if you are paying attention).

It's like...magic! - 6/30/10

It's like...magic! - 6/30/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 180 of Project 365. How could I not take a picture of this cloud? That's right...I pretty much HAD to. This was taken with no effects.

More clouds?! - 6/29/10

More clouds?! - 6/29/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 179 of Project 365. Sorry for yet another cloud picture. I really liked the way the sky looked! This was taken at home after work from my apartment parking lot.

All I can say fans, rejoice!

False Alarm - 6/28/10

False Alarm - 6/28/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin. Day 178 of Project 365. The Chicagoland area has been getting hammered with some pretty nasty weather lately. I figured we might be in for another round of tropical storm-styled goodness when I glanced up at the sky on my way to my car. The sky really did look as nasty as this picture shows. The funny thing about Chicago weather? Things are often not as bad as they seem.

Case in point, the clouds blew away without leaving a single drop of rain. It's kind of like Mother Nature's way of saying "Noting to see here. Move along!". If you are a storm fan, the entire situation might best be described as a weather tease.