Welcome back to another edition of The Weekend Chronicles, a weekly series that details all the crazy and exciting things that happened over the weekend. This weekend was a blast and Saturday in particular was full of adventure which is what the last couple of months have shaped out to look like as well. Last time you heard from me I challenged you all to think about the person that you wanted to be a few months from now and I really hope you took the time to do so. This week I want you to think about a few things that align with my last challenge. What are you doing to create opportunities for success? What are you doing to create an environment that attracts greatness? And finally what are you doing to create the person that you want to be?
I’ve done quite a bit since you last heard from me but that’s no excuse for my absence. I had the opportunity to attend a conference on social entrepreneurship, celebrate turning another year older, attend my first Cubs game of the year and first rooftop ever, participate in a volleyball tournament at North Avenue Beach and of course eat more delicious food than you could imagine. I have also been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to serve another year with City Year which continues to provide me with opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. It also allowed me to travel to Boston earlier this month where I was able to network with individuals from all around the world. I know it’s been awhile but let’s get after it!
After work on Friday my teammates from last year and I decided to grab some drinks in the city to catch up. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been tough trying to get us all together as all but two of us are off doing our own thing and one leaves for the Peace Corps in little under a month. We met at Public House, a high energy gastropub and bar, in River North and it is an awesome spot to say the least. They have an extensive beer and drink menu as well as food that’ll make your mouth water. Unfortunately, I didn’t get anything but that just means I have to go back, right? Before we wrapped things up we planned one last hurrah and went our separate ways. The rest of the evening was spent watching Game of Thrones, a series that chronicles the violent dynastic struggle of several noble families fighting for the Iron Throne or independence from it for that matter for those of you who live under a rock. I’m only kidding!
Saturday began bright and early but that was more than okay with me because it was a day that I had long been waiting for, the annual Mustache Crawl in Wrigleyville. We boarded the train at 9:30 AM but not before downing some adult beverages and bringing some along for the ride. We arrived a little over an hour later and our first order of business was to hail an Uber. The ride was interesting nonetheless as the driver spoke about things that I might have otherwise found inappropriate but at the time seemed funny. Stretch Bar and Grill was where we started our day but not by choice. I had to use the washroom since leaving the train station and it was the only place in sight with a line that didn’t extend around the block. The rest of the day was spent bouncing around from bar to bar. From Old Crow to Moe’s Cantina to HVAC and finally to Nola Café and Bar for some much needed grub. A friend and I decided to split the Jamaican Jerk Steak Burger which consisted of a half-pound beef-steak burger dry-rubbed in jerk spice, aged to fused in the heats served with a side of fries. If you are looking for amazing Latin American and Asian fusion cuisine this is definitely the place to go. When it comes to Nola Café and Bar, I give it a 4.5 out of 5 sporks. The rest of the evening was spent traveling home and dodging the rain all before passing out far earlier than I care to admit.
On Sunday I came home to a house that was hotter than hot and within a minute of walking through the door was informed by my mom that the air conditioning had went out earlier that morning. Not long after she asked me if I wanted to tag along to do some grocery shopping which I quickly agreed to. I would have done just about anything to get out of the heat, well, maybe not anything but you get my point. It probably wasn’t even that hot in retrospect and now that the air is back on we can all laugh about it. Believe it or not, this also marked my first time going to a Mariano’s which may come as a bit of a surprise to some of you. Although we mostly just stuck to the meat counter, I was blown away by not only the selection but by the quality of just about everything inside the store as well. By the time we got home and put everything away it was just about time for dinner which consisted of steak, corn on the cob, a baked potato as well as a mixture of zucchini and squash. I don’t know if it’s my old age or what but I’ve been finding myself eating foods that I never would have eaten before and I’m not even mad. The night was capped off by finishing up the first and only season of Limitless, a show about an average middle aged guy that gains the ability to use the full extent of his brain’s capabilities and is hired by the FBI as a consultant. If you were wondering, yes it is a television follow-up to the movie Limitless. It’s one of the better shows that I’ve watched in a while combining humor and wit while always keeping you on your toes but unfortunately it was canceled so my only hope now is that Netflix will pick it up for another season.
Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you all have an amazing week! This upcoming weekend for me will consist mostly of spending some quality time with friends and family as well as working the Chicago Fire game, so get ready to hear all about that. Are you looking for something fun to do? I would suggest checking out Fiesta Del Sol in Pilsen which will be going on all weekend. If you haven’t already be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. If you have questions or recommendations for things for me to do please don’t hesitate to reach out. Adios!
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan