The beach at Loyola Park in Chicago.  It's thawing out, and starting to look really nice.

The beach at Loyola Park in Chicago. It’s thawing out, and starting to look really nice.

Today’s another pretty nice day.  It’s not as beautiful as yesterday, but still pretty nice.

I went and walked around a little bit in Loyola Park, which is actually my backyard.

It’s starting to thaw out, finally, and the park is really great now that it’s a civilized temperature outside.

I wish I had taken my camera out yesterday, when I walked essentially the same route.  There was an excellently creepy old snowman that someone built on the beach, probably a month ago.  It was dirty and melting, and standing in the sand with weather-worn gloves serving as his snowman hands.  The image of a melting, filthy snowman on the beach was kind of horrifying, in a nice way.

Alas, today, the snowman had melted away completely.

Birds use the melting icebergs near the shore as landing pads.

Birds use the melting icebergs near the shore as landing pads.

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timetoopenthewindowsIt’s beautiful today.

The temperature is something like 50 degrees, and all the snow that’s been covering the ground for the last month is melting.

It’s not spring time yet, but you can tell it’s getting closer.  It’s certainly a good day to air out the house.

I’m pretty much posing this so that I’ll remember to check it out again when it’s time to figure out what to have for dinner.

The Chicago Reader’s list of dining options in Rogers Park.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/rogers_park/restaurants/

So I’m trying to find lists of events relevant to my beat, and I find that just YESTERDAY Google decided to discontinue the public calendar gallery.

So much for that research advantage.

2/5/2009
We’ve removed public calendar search and the public calendar gallery. For details, please see: http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=139970

I guess today it’s going to be back to the Land of Bridgeport. I’ve only got three story ideas so far, and that just ain’t going to fly when I need to be turning in three stories a week. I’m going to go down to to the South Side again today, and see if I can drum up some more interesting business stories.

The Bridgeport RestaurantI’ve just finished up the first half of the first quarter of my year at grad school.

That means that next week, I begin beat reporting in on the South Side of Chicago, specifically in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

My beat is business, so if you happen to have any tips about business happenings in Bridgeport (or Pilsen, or Chinatown) help a brother out and drop me an email — ian@ianmonroe.com.

Thanks.  I’ll post my better articles on the blog here, so you can critique my work publicly.

Ok, I admit it.  I broke down.

For some time now, I’ve been deluding myself into thinking that it was a good idea to host a website from a server at my house.

My house, which has a dynamic IP address.

My house, which is now in a different state.

On a computer that was totally not supposed to be a webserver.

Running half-finished, homebrewed blogging software.

Well, I’ve got better things to do with my time, and nobody was looking at those pages anyhow, so I broke down and paid for server space.

After a few hiccups, it seems to be up and running alright now.

I’ll get it configurized in a few days, and put some theme or another on it.