Wednesday, April 01, 2015

3 Months In the Book - Blogging 2015


Three months in the book and I've stuck to it here on the blog.  A chicken in every pot and a post on every day and all that stuff.

With crossing the 90 post mark, this makes 2015 the 6th most prolific year on JakeParrillo/RhodesSchool since inception back in 2004.  But it also reminds me that we've already been through a quarter of the calendar year.  For me, that means we're *that* much closer to the holiday season (which as we all know kicks off right/after Halloween...).  So, I got that going for myself.

Which is nice.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Six Pack Of Vintage Schlitz Beer Koozies


At the Antiques Mall out in Naperville, I came across this sealed six pack of vintage Schlitz koozies.  They wanted like $20 for the set, so I passed as it was too rich for me.  There's got to be somebody out there that would die to have these and I'm hoping they'll find their right place at some point.  They're Styrofoam, so I don't know how sturdy/long-lasting these will be?

But, it seems like they deserve to be used and not just sit on a shelf.  Nothing better than camouflaging that ratty Bud Light can you're drinking than behind this 70's era beauty.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tow Mater Topiary At Epcot's Flower And Garden Show - 2015


This beautifully-crafted Mater was one a few topiaries that we had not checked out/viewed before on our other trips to the Flower and Garden Show.  He is over by Test Track and tucked into a little pocket that includes a nice playground for little ones.  The Bird played and played there and we had to drag her out screaming so we could go on Soarin'.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hyacinth Popping Up - 2015


That snowstorm from earlier this week can't hold Spring back in our yard.  The hyacinth bulbs are springing up and bursting through the mulch.  I chronicled these same bulbs back in 2011 exactly 4 years ago to the day.

The ferns and tulips and allium can't be far behind.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ted's Montana Grill: Coaster Collection


I posted this Illini Coors Light coaster earlier this week, and it looks like that might start a trend here on the blog.  We went to Ted's over the weekend and I had a pretty amazing burger.  The coasters?  They seem to give some pretty solid advice.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sushi Time Elmhurst: Now Open


Sandwiched right between Fitz's Spare Keys and the York Furrier on York Street in Downtown Elmhurst is a 'new' place called Sushi Time.  3 Years ago, I posted about how this same restaurant changed over from Elmhurst Chop Suey to the Pagoda Bistro.

Now, they're (I think?) trying to give the Sushi Nest a run for it's money by focusing on Sushi.  The reviews - thus far - on Yelp seem pretty positive.  With all the vacant storefronts in the City Centre, it is good to see another entrepreneur try to make it.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sticker Shield - For Your Vehicle Stickers


Out in Elmhurst, we're required to put vehicle stickers on our car every year.  That could be a pain if you had to scrap and scratch to get them off each year.  But, since I found this Sticker Shield product at the check-out line of Menards, I've kinda secretly enjoyed pulling off and putting on the stickers in the cars each year.

Sticker Shield just feels like something I would have posted about here on the blog, but a quick look through the archives doesn't turn anything up.

This stuff is pretty great - if you use it right.  You take your vehicle sticker and 'stick' it to one side of the Sticker Shield.  Then you cut the Sticker Shield to just a bit 'bigger' than your vehicle sticker.  Then...apply *that* to the inside of your car window.  Basically it makes your vehicle sticker into a super-strong 'window cling' that can be peeled off with your fingers pretty easily.

Wouldn't think about putting a vehicle sticker on my cars without this stuff any longer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Soupman Soup: (No) Soup For You, Menards!


The Soup Nazi has shown up at - of all places - Menards.   And it is on sale.

But, either the package designers are lazy or they're super savvy.  Why?  Because...check out the photo below:  they mention the show, but call it "Sinefeld", not "Seinfeld".  Typo or purposeful typo so they wouldn't have to deal with royalties/copyrights, etc?  Guessing....just plain 'ole dumb mistake.

You can see from the photo below that the Soup Nazi's real name is Al Yeganeh - and it seems he's growing!  There's the ability to franchise his stores and he's signed up Shaq as his spokesman.

Will admit, we passed up these cartons of soup from Menards mostly because I don't normally *think* of Menards as the place to get my soup.  But...maybe we missed an opportunity?


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Illini logos On Coors Light Coasters


We were out at Fitz's on St. Patrick's Day and I spotted these coasters on our table.

Good to see the 'new' Block I out there being used (notice the inside curves on the top/bottom of the I).  Too bad that the squad not only missed the Big Dance, but also got run out of the gym in the NIT.

Winning the Chicago market for the team means being in/around sports bars.  This small touch - these coasters - is a nice move for the team and the brand.

Guessing this is coming out of the relationship that was established when the Illini named Coors Light the 'official beer' of the Fighting Illini back last fall.  Nat got me a shirt for Christmas with the new branding on it, but I still have LOADS of the old stuff in my drawers/closets.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Senator Mark Kirk At Elmhurst College - April 9th


Elmhurst College - here in Elmhurst - have posted their latest posters around town inviting the public to a session as part of their "Government Forum" series featuring Senator Mark Kirk entitled:  America's Challenges: At Home and Abroad.  It is going to be moderated by the Chicago Tribune's Bruce Dold.   I took this photo of the poster in one of the storefronts in the City Centre.

I posted another of these back in 2013 that featured (now Governor) Bruce Rauner coming to Elmhurst College here.

The series is the creation of former Illinois House Speaker/Minority Leader Lee Daniels.  Daniels started the "Government Forum" at the College.

Senator Kirk's session, however isn't taking place at the college.  Instead, they've moved it to Drury Lane.  Guessing they're expecting a much bigger crowd?  Also...the Rauner event was 'free' where-as this Kirk event costs $40 and includes lunch.  From the Elmhurst College site:
The Elmhurst College Governmental Forum brings together the state’s foremost governmental and civic leaders, business experts and policy analysts to discuss the most important economic and governance issues facing our state and our nation. In previous years, the Governmental Forum has welcomed former Illinois governors James Thompson and Jim Edgar, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Michael J. Madigan and Business Roundtable President John Engler, among many others. 
The 2015 Forum, titled America’s Challenges: At Home and Abroad, will take place at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace on Thursday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include lunch. 
This year’s featured speaker is U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, who has been the Republican senator from Illinois since 2010 and who serves on the committees for appropriations, banking, HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) and Aging. Senator Kirk also is the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. 
This year's moderator is Bruce Dold, editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune. Dold has been reporting and writing about city, state and national politics for the Tribune since 1978 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Since he became editorial page editor in 2000, the Tribune's editorial board has received more than a dozen awards and a Pulitzer Prize.
You can buy tickets by visiting the Elmhurst College site here.  

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