worth getting up for in september

riotfest chicago friday

Worth getting up for in September: Hopscotch; the Breeders; San Fermin; RiotFest; seeing Pam, Adam, N., and Sid; Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Exene Cervenka, the lady tuba player in DeVotchKa, and Laura Jane Grace; hanging out with Erica, whom I previously only knew as J’s DC photographer friend; Fall Out Boy in front off 20,000 people in a field; Fall Out Boy with the Stanley Cup; “Grand Theft Autumn”; the CTA even when RF overwhelmed it; walking all over nice flat Chicago; ramen at the Slurping Turtle; writing reviews on Yelp, which is weirdly satisfying; Lucinda Williams; the new Two Cow Garage record and the new Ha Ha Tonka record; Rob Sheffield’s Turn Around Bright Eyes; the goofily predictable new JD Robb novel; Hayes Carll & Corb Lund; Blitzen Trapper; Langhorne Slim; getting myself back to shooting form; Sarah McCarry’s All Our Pretty Songs; feeling clear-headed and sharp; making big decisions and feeling good about them; a second consecutive winning season for the Orioles; fall weather; football; good therapy; fall weather (twice); naps in fall weather; sunshine.

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