This Week…

I Read

  • Two hundred pages in T.C. Boyle’s World’s End, the 450-page book for my club book which meets this Sunday.

I Watched

  • The Cubs lose three out of four.
  • The latest episode of Damages. I can’t decide if I like this show or not. I think it will depend on next week’s episode, when supposedly “all the pieces begin to fall into place.”
  • The final episode of Entourage. I was glad Vince and company got the shaft at Cannes and really hope Medellin is a huge box office flop.
  • Four episodes of Maude. I’m on a mission.

I Ate

  • At Pomegranate, the new Mediterranean restaurant in Evanston. Had a fresh, tasty falafel sandwich for lunch.

I Cooked

  • A carrot cake, thick with cream cheese frosting, for a Labor Day barbecue with friends.
  • A delicious broccoli-onion-red pepper-goat cheese frittata, using up the remaining items from this week’s organic farm box.

I Learned

  • There was an amusement park on Chicago’s south side called White City. It was open from 1905-1934 and for a while was more popular than Riverside Park. It had a boardwalk, a Shoot-the-Chutes (the longest in the world when it opened in ’05) and a walk-through Johnstown Flood diorama. Why had I never heard of this before?
  • There was a something called the Theosophical Institute on Point Loma (near where I grew up, in San Diego.) At the time the area was called Lomaland and the institute (which looked like a Turkish palace) was part of the Theosophical movement, a religious philosophy begun in the 1870s.
  • About both of these things while perusing this cool Penny Postcards site.

I Cribbed This Idea

I Think

  • Every sixth person I know has recently had, is about to have, or has recently learned they’re going to have a baby. Seriously. It’s weird.

Have a good weekend all!

2 thoughts on “This Week…

  1. I wasn’t around when the White City existed, but I went to Riverview, not Riverside, Park many times. It was on Western Avenue where the shopping center is now, just south of Lane Tech. In addition to the amusement park, there was a real park alongside the river where you could go and picnic.

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