Swedish pancakes at Clarke's on Belmont in Chicago after seeing Blue Man Group.

I thought it was a support group for sad men…

Seeing Blue Man Group in Chicago.

Sometimes a complimentary poncho doesn’t actually protect you from the spewing banana puke that then gets all over your jacket and hair and sweater and chair… 🙁

Hot chocolate at Clarke's on Belmont in Chicago after seeing Blue Man Group.

So I saw Blue Man Group twice in high school, but haven’t seen it since. So I grabbed Joew and Meredith and Andy and Josh to see Blue Man Group in Chicago once again. First thing you have to do when you go to BMG is go to the bathroom, not because you have to but because you want to hear the bathroom song. The second thing you do is get a mimosa…just because mimosas make any show a million times better.

The show was kick-ass awesome (aren’t you sick of the fact that the only adjective I seem to know is awesome? Be grateful that I at least several modifiers to it). If you have never seen it, go…and take me with you damnit. I mean, any show that gives you a free poncho to wear (and seriously, you need that poncho) and toilet paper to wear on your head has to be good.

My only complaint is that the show definitely has the Rent-effect where some of the magic of the show is lost when half of the audience has already seen it and knows what to expect.

Some highlights (or maybe lowlights): I wish I could catch marshmallows like that, getting covered in blue man chest puke, trying to read all the signs, half-expecting to have to lead everyone in the national anthem, Me to Josh: There’s a blue man on your head!, painting the town in tp, ummm everything!

After the show we headed to Clarke’s on Belmont for pancakes. Mmmpancakes. I got Swedish pancakes. Obviously.

Swedish pancakes at Clarke's on Belmont in Chicago after seeing Blue Man Group.

Hare Krishna on the street: Would you like some homemade vegetarian food?
Meredith: I only eat meat.


We also saw a giant penis and were fascinated. It did not belong to the Hare Krishna.

Everyone agreed that they can’t take me anywhere. They determined this as I tried to wipe the Blue Man puke out of my hair at the table and licked the hot chocolate off the side of my glass so I wouldn’t lose any of it.


1. I am apparently not going to officially have my masters in November because I am an idiot who does not pay attention to deadlines.

2. I came home and watched Next Great American Band…exactly what I thought would happen did. The commercials for auditions called out to any band any type…but then when they showed polka bands and such they criticized them and didn’t take them seriously. Lame. The Australian dude who’s supposed to be Simon Cowell also made way too many Simpsons references.

3. Hood’s reaction to me buying new software:
Fish8581: for $700 you can buy a damn pretty box and have $683 left over
Fish8581: OR
Fish8581: you could fold a $100 bill into a box
Fish8581: it’s called origami
Fish8581: they have books at the library

4. Did I mention that I have all this new awesome (there it is again) software and my damn CD drive is still broken?

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Sid
    October 20, 2007at4:29 am

    wait…you spent how much on software?

  • val
    October 20, 2007at10:36 am

    I bought the Adobe CS3 Web Premium package. It is $1,600 but since I am a student I got it through the education store for $500. But it comes with 7+ programs, all of which I use regularly or am dying to learn. And I’ve been designing my site on Photoshop 6.0 for Gods sake. Time for an upgrade! I know all you people look down on me for purchasing my software and not stealing it all. 🙁

  • Lindsay
    October 20, 2007at1:58 pm

    Damn Gina, I could have given it to you for free. Seriously I got it from a mobster who rents at my store. It may be stolen and someday I may go to jail, and I may only use this shit for fun, but seriously I wished I knew you were going to buy it. Return policy?

  • Walter
    October 20, 2007at7:20 pm

    I cannot describe how much I smiled at the title of this post.
    I’ve seen Blue Man Group once before and it was amazing. It’s weird how the only thing that makes me as giddy as a little kid are grown men in blue paint.
    I’m the same way with the word “awesome”. Somehow that word is my highest complement.
    I went and saw Henry Rollin’s spoken word show last night, which was awesome :). During it he describes how star-struck he still gets at meeting his punk rock heroes. He had four or five examples where he completely screwed up the meeting and walked away in shame. It’s amazing how he’s somebody but he can still be held tongue tied by fame and respect for another.
    It got me thinking of what I would ever say to him if I saw him walking down the street. I imagine it going, “HENRY! I know I’m a no-name nobody but I just want to let you know that I think you’re totally awesome. Oh god that was lame I’m going to go now.”
    He’s probably the only famous role-model I have and the most I can complement him is to call him “awesome”.

  • Rich Riley
    October 20, 2007at8:15 pm

    Does CS3 include Adobe Acrobat Professional? I keep seeing free downloads for CS3 and I wasn’t sure, and it’s like 7 Gig. Quite a bit to download if it’s not what I use…

  • heather
    October 21, 2007at8:37 pm

    i miss arrested development like a short girl misses ladders.

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