Monthly Archives: April 2012

Howling soccer balls


The country of Ukraine (along with Poland) will be hosting the European soccer championship games in June, and naturally, government officials want to make sure the public sees only the best the country has to offer. Their solution? Order a campaign to rid the streets of stray cats and dogs by killing them, usually through poison or lethal injection. So one person decided to do something about it. Christian Baur, a graduate of the Miami Ad School in Hamburg, began a new campaign. He placed a soccer ball on the street in Hamburg. As people passed by and kicked it, the ball made a howling dog noise. As people picked the ball up to see what it was all about, they were greeted with this message: “Stop killing dogs for Euro 2012. Thousands of dogs and cats get killed, burned or poisoned because of the Euro 2012. Please help us to stop this massacre.” The soccer ball also carries a phone number for monetary donations. Ukraine, you have a lot of work to do.

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Rahm, where were you hiding?

On Saturday night, we attended a concert by Good Old War at Lincoln Hall in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. I was hesitant at first since I had never heard their music before (and who am I kidding, I’m kind of a terrible concert-goer), but the ticket was only $10 and the venue was classy and welcoming. I ended up being pleasantly surprised and loved their sound; I think they may be a new favorite. This song–Loud Love–was by far my favorite. The worst part, though? Finding out on Sunday that Rahm Emanuel was sitting in the VIP section the entire night and I missed him! I was probably mere feet away from him and I never even knew it. For shame.

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Wrigley Field

Josh and I went to Wrigley Field earlier this week to watch the Cubs play the Brewers. It was an evening game so the weather was chilly and we had to cave to purchase the $3.50 hot chocolate they were selling (I had to forsake my coveted nachos for this!). Even though I tend to think baseball games last far too long and the environment surrounding Wrigley Field can be a bit too “drunken debauchery” the history behind the stadium is hard to resist. Of course, the Brewers won, and I realized I do not know one single player on the Cubs team. Woops.

[bottom photos via here and here; top photo via Josh at the game]

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Trip to the zoo

It was so nice to have the day off on Monday so Kelly and I took advantage of it and took Addison to the Brookfield Zoo. After getting over the shock of how expensive it now is to get in, the three of us had a blast seeing the dolphin show, watching the giraffes and penguins, and even lions, tigers and bears. Although honestly, Addison’s favorite part may have been the two playground areas. I don’t know if that park was worth the $70 it cost to get in, but she sure loved it!

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Missing Paige

Like I mentioned on Sunday, we unfortunately had to stop fostering Paige last Friday; it was devastating to comes to terms with, especially since we had both already become so attached to her. We were counting on adopting her, buying her a new bed with matching food and water bowls, and lots of new treats. And I was already planning summer outings with her and Frasier, hosting doggie birthday parties and including her in Christmas cards.

She is such a sweet pup that she quickly became a fixed part of Apartment 310: sounding off her alert bark in the mornings that meant it was time to wake up, nosing you in the face when you tried to hit the snooze button, waiting for you at the top of the steps on your way back in from outside, giving you real doggie hugs (seriously, her paws latched on to your waist!), snuggling next to you on the couch and watching her ears fly back as she looked so happy darting across the park. I hope you find a happy home, Paige! We miss you.

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