Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Staycation II

We have altered our Downtown tradition of going to Andy's Jazz club by going to Blue Chicago Bar.

God! The Blues was awesome! There was this old geezer byt name of Linsey Alexander who played a mean blues guitar. He was later joined by a lady whose name I didn't memorize, shamefully, but she had a set of pipes on her that would put to shame a lot of stars.

Unfortunately I was feeling very tired after a day of shopping and a lousy night of sleep, so we had to leave just after about an hour. Still great evening of music. This actually shows that while I am very selective about blues music, I prefer it live and raw.

Monday, December 28, 2009


We've decided to take a break from it all, and removed ourselves from the suburbs to the city of Chicago for two nights.

Thank God for grandparents willing to sacrifice themselves to the noble cause of child sitting.

Tonight we are hitting Chicago Theater for a Banana Schpiel performance. We wanted to get to Andy's for a special Jazz performance, but the tickets were sold out.

Anywho, sometimes you have to rest before the New Year hits you full force in the face.

Sunday, December 27, 2009



Friday, December 25, 2009

A weekend at the movies

What is a jewish boy to do on a Christmas day? Of course take his child and go to the movies.

Me and the 5 Year Old went to see A Princess and the Frog. Surprisingly it's a good movie, well drawn and colorful. Very little gimmiks, a lot of jazz and dixie music. Vey funny characters and very little "Disneyee" things. I think killing off one of the characters was too much for a little kid to take in, but they have spun it nicely.

Anyway, it was a very enjoyable affair, espcially to go with your kid. Tomorrow I am going to see Avatar with my wife.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jason's Child of TV meme.

Thank you Mr. Bennion for this meme. Now I have been a victim of American televison for only a short period of time, less than 20 years actully. But I do watch a lot of television, always have and always will (unless they invent a technology where I can beam programming directly into my brain).

Without further delay, with some notes if a show is worthy of such:

Bold if I've seen the at least 3 episodes. Italics if I am pretty sure I watched every single one.

•24 - Never got around to watch it.
•7th Heaven
Alias - Jack Bristow is the best super-spy there is, and an excellent father figure. Plus, Jenny Garner.
•American Gothic
•America’s Next Top Model - I know it might be shovinistic to the extreme, but whats not to like about a show with pretty girls, often enough in bikinis.
•Arrested Development
Babylon 5 - Yes, I have seen all the episodes. I still occasionaly do on Hulu.
Batman: The Animated Series
Battlestar Galactica (the old one) - I did watch the reruns somwhere couple of times, but never caught on.
•Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Baywatch - oh gees. One of the first "dramas" I have seen coming to the state. Pamela Anderson running...
Beverly Hills 90210 (original) - yes I did.
Bonanza - watched seevral reruns. The theme song has been stuck in my head for 20 years now.
•Bones - a lot of people like this show, but I think it came at the time where I Tivoed too many shows already.
•Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal - I think the is the first lawyer drama that I watched religiously. The Shat was awesome.
•Boy Meets World
Brothers And Sisters - it's a husband and wife viewing thing.
•Buffy the Vampire Slayer
•Chappelle’s Show
•Charlie’s Angels
Cheers - I did watch a lot of episodes, but in syndication.
Chuck - I think it's funny.
•Clarissa Explains it All
•Commander in Chief
•Crossing Jordan
•CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
•CSI: Miami
•Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dark Angel - I did watch the first season. Ask me what was it about.
•Dark Skies
•DaVinci’s Inquest
•Dawson’s Creek
•Dead Like Me
•Degrassi: The Next Generation
•Designing Women
•Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
•Different Strokes
Doctor Who - I've only watched the new revival shows with David Tennant and the dude before him.
Dragnet - I watched the updated version maybe 5-6 years ago. It had Ed O'Neil as Friday I think.
•Due South
Everybody Loves Raymond
•Facts of Life
•Family Guy
•Fawlty Towers
Firefly - yes, still one of my favorite Sci-Fi shows.
•Freaks & Geeks
Friends - I think i saw every episode. Never bothered with the living logistics.
Fringe - so far all of them. Something of a cross between X-Files and Alias.
•Get Smart
•Gilligan’s Island
•Gilmore Girls
•Gossip Girl
Grey’s Anatomy - another husband/wife thing.
•Grange Hill
Growing Pains - parallel to Full House one of the first sitcoms I saw coming to America.
Happy Days - Heeeeeeey!
Hercules: the Legendary Journeys - Loved it. Silly and fun. Never took itself too seriously that why I stuck with it. It even had Bruce Campbell guest starring a lot.
Heroes - I still watch it. Following Noah Bennet's story arc for the most part. One of the more conflicting and interesting characters.
•Home Improvement
•Homicide: Life on the Street
•I Dream of Jeannie
•I Love Lucy
•Invader Zim
Hell’s Kitchen - first season only
Joey - I did, the whole single season it lasted.
•Kim Possible
Knight Rider - Are you kidding me. I don't think I watched every single episode but I watched quite a few of then. Loved The Hoff in that one. I think I started to watch it because I watched Baywatch.
Knight Rider: 2008 - I gave it a shot, and stopped right after the third episode. It just was not good.
Kung Fu
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
•La Femme Nikita
•LA Law
•Laverne and Shirley
•Law and Order
•Law and Order: SVU
•Law and Order: CI
Leverage - I actually like it. It's smart and funny.
•Little House on the Prairie
•Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - I watched it a lot.
•Lost - I've never seen the first episodes, and then I thought the storyline was lost for me.
•Lost in Space
MacGyver - not as many shows as I wished I did.
•Malcolm in the Middle
Married… With Children - Again one of the first American sitcoms I've seen. I still love to watch re-runs once in a while
•McLeod's Daughters -
•Melrose Place
•Miami Vice
•Mission: Impossible
•Mod Squad
Monk - for the last 4 or 5 seasons I followed it religiously. Too bad it's over. One of the few smart and funny detective shows out there.
•Mork & Mindy
Murphy Brown
•My Life As A Dog
•My Three Sons
•My Two Dads
•Ned Bigby’s Declassified School Survival Guide
Nip/Tuck - wife watches it. I can't take the crazyness.
•One Tree Hill
Perry Mason - I remember the blond dude getting whacked over the head every single episode.
Power Rangers - Don't ask. I did not have social life in high school.
•Press Gang
•Prison Break
Private Practice - another husband/wife thing.
•Project Runway
Psych - Because it was following Monk, I watched it. I like the sillyness of the show. Although I do not get a lot of 80's 70's cultural references and homages.
•Pushing Daisies
Quantum Leap - one of the first true Sci-Fi shows I've followed in America
•Queer As Folk (US)
•Queer as Folk (UK)
•Remington Steele
•Rescue Me
•Road Rules
Sanctuary - I've tried because they have Amanda Tapping of the SG-1
•Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Scrubs - I think once it was sold of from NBC, they should have stopped it. Although I can't give up yet.
Seaquest DSV - I watched a lot of it. Later season became a dissapointment.
•Sex and the City
•Six Feet Under
•Slings and Arrows
Smallville - I watched first couple of seasons. Can't pass by a superman story.
•So Weird
•South of Nowhere
•South Park - I never understood the funnyness.
Spongebob Squarepants - The 5 Year Old went through a Spongebob phase. Because it's a cartoon, I followed along.
•St. Elsewhere
Star Trek - Because I was spoiled by TNG, TOS never became a most favorite of ST.
Star Trek: The Next Generation - absolute favorite of all the Startreks.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - I liked it a lot as well, although the staticness(is this a word) of being on a single station was a drawback.
Star Trek: Voyager - Gave up after two season, just was not interesting at all.
Star Trek: Enterprise - It lasted onyl two seasons. Scott Bacula made an excellent captain.
•Stargate Atlantis - SG1 was enough. Introducing a new all powerful enemy species was a bust in my opinion.
Stargate SG-1 - Maybe even all of them.
•Starsky & Hutch
Taxi - watched some re-runs.
•Teen Titans
•That 70’s Show
•That’s So Raven
•The 4400
•The Addams Family
•The Amazing Race
•The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team - Oh, yeah! Not all of them, but certainly tried to catch an episode weekly.
•The Avengers
•The Beverly Hillbillies
The Big Bang Theory - Every monday. From a geek's standpoint, this show appeals to me on so many levels it hurts.
•The Brady Bunch
The Cosby Show
The Daily Show - Here's the interesting part. I watched it with Craig Kilborne and stopped watching after John Steward took over. Everybody is saying that Steward's show is better. Go figure.
•The Dead Zone
•The Dick Van Dyke Show
•The Flintstones
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
•The Golden Girls
•The Honeymooners
•The Jeffersons
The Jetsons
•The L Word
•The Love Boat
•The Magnificent Seven
•The Mary Tyler Moore Show
•The Monkees
•The Munsters
•The Office (US)
•The Powerpuff Girls
•The Pretender
•The Real World
•The Shield
The Simpsons - I watch reruns of old seasons and Halloween specials. I also woen four first season on DVD.
•The Six Million Dollar Man
•The Sopranos
•The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
•The Twilight Zone
•The Waltons
•The West Wing
The Wonder Years
The X-Files - God, I loved that show. Wacthed it every week, even hooked my wife on it. Why did they have to kill the Lone Rangers.
Third Watch - I remember the name. After looking it up on the internets, I remembered. Good premise of combining cops, fireghters, and emergency. Never went anywhere.
Three’s Company•Twin Peaks
•Twitch City
•Ugly Betty
•Veronica Mars
Whose Line is it Anyway? (US) - it's too bad it wasn't widely shown. Brilliant show.
Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)•Will and Grace
Xena: Warrior Princess

And there you have it folks.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cold and sloppy weekends

Luckily Chicago has a lot of things to do in the Holiday season. I always wondered what Holiday season would be like if there was no Christmas and only lets say Chanukha.

We usually compile a list of things we'd love to do with our kids, or at least with those who can appreciate them. This weekend we did two things. We went to the Botanic Gardens to see their annual Winter Express train exhibition. It's always a lot of fun to watch the trains whiz by. In the evening we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo (something we've tried to do couple couple of times) to watch the lights. It's actually a really good time, I don't know if it's annual or not, but they had Ice Sculptures there. You could actually see a dude with a chain saw cutting up large chunks of ice into works of art. What can be more fun?

Anyways, we are going to try to get to the Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest this weekend.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Because it is Chanukah

A yearly tradition on this blog. This time it is presented by Neil Diamond (or a person who sings like Neil Diamond)

Friday, December 11, 2009

StarTrek fun

Something I witnessed on the annual munchkin holiday recital this Wednesday has reminded me of this little gem.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Not snowing III

Well it should be expected that right after a blizzard like weather we get hit a single digit temperatures. I feel like a bear that has been denied due hibernation.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snowing II

Well, the temperatures stayed aboved freezing overnight, so all of that snow turned into a slush. There are no 6 to 8 inches, and only one more inch has been promised so far.

I am at the office, and working.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


The first snow storm is upon us. While it hasn't been that bad, tomorrow is prtomised to be much much worse, up to 8 inches (of snow) worse.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Back from the weekend trip

Went to New York to visit family. I haven't seen certain members of it for almost 3 years.

I took the 5 Year Old With Me, on my first father-daughter only trip. I think she had a lot of fun playing with her cousins.

We did get to visit New York on sunday. Introduced the 5 Year Old to the Rockefeller center tree, and showed her the Times Square. I think she was more impressed with the pretzel we got from the street vendor, and the entrance to the Subway.

On the way back it was my first time flying the very small jet. I don't remember the manufacturer (not Boeing or MD) but it seated two on one side and one on another. BTW considering price/service Continental is taking a place above United or AA for me.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

First step to fixing a problem is admitting it..

Hi, my name is Konstantin and I have a problem.

I think I am an information junkie.

I Love to fly, but everytime I have to do it I go overboard with planning on how to entertain myself. I have this unreasonable fear that I will be bored while flying. Can't explain it.

I usually take my trusty PSP with me. It's full of games, and a couple of movies, a book, often enough an iPod. Sometimes when I need internet access I take my laptop with me, which is always full of movies or shows I want to see .

The reality of the matter is I never run out. I don't read as much as I thought I would be, or finishing the game takes longer when I imagined. Still I have this mind numbing fear that I might get bored.

Ridiculous isn't it?