Is Not Chicago

shenanigans and tomfoolery throughout the world

Si duda, siga los tambores

March 11, 2012
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday 4 March First tango in Buenos Aires, cars being blocked by dancers in the streets, following one drum parade and finding a samba party in the street, closing it out with some lomo. Pretty awesome first day in Argentina. – Facebook post. While the rest of my company ended up stranded in Costa Rica for an extra night (there are worse places to be stuck)… Read more

All Work and All Play Makes Jason a Happy Boy

March 7, 2012
Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
When I first began planning this immense adventure, I thought January and February would be the best time to escape the Chicago winter. As I worked out my plans with my new employer Table XI it became quite obvious that the proper time would be to depart after the company retreat to Costa Rica. So, while many might dread spending an entire week with their coworkers… Read more

Destination: South America

February 6, 2012
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Step 1: ORD-LIR 25 Feb (Chicago, USA to Liberia, Costa Rica) Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit Step 4: UIO-ORD 4 May (Quito, Ecuador to Chicago, USA) The time is swiftly approaching before my next adventure commences. Most of you know that I began a new job in October. As part of my negotiation… Read more

One Year Gone

June 14, 2011
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve left the country. While that would normally make me more than a little sad, I think I’ve been making up for it by travelling quite a bit within the borders of this fine country. It’s wedding season, and over the past four months I’ve been to three weddings, three bachelor parties… Read more

My New Band Makes an Album

April 20, 2011
Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted because, yes, it’s been a while since I’ve left the country. But that doesn’t mean I’m not hauling ass around my own nation. Between by the end of May I will have gone to Las Vegas twice, New Orleans, Oklahoma, and Ft. Lauderdale over the course of three months. Including the ones happening in Chicago… Read more

The Dusts of Kilimanjaro Part III

November 3, 2010
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Read Part I Read Part II Part III of III While it felt like we, having achieved our apotheosis as lords of Africa, were standing on Mount Olympus, the frigid air and the fatigue spurred us to begin our descent poste haste. The way back to Barafu camp was long, but not nearly as arduous as the ascent. Instead of sucking you down and impeding your upward progress… Read more

The Dusts of Kilimanjaro Part II

October 29, 2010
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Read Part I Part II of III Unlike Dante’s ascent up Mount Purgatory, this didn’t get easier as we climbed closer to the peak. As we climbed higher and higher, the terra firma beneath our feet became less and less solid. Hemingway and others always remarked on the snows of Kilimanjaro, but they had obviously never climbed it… Read more

The Dusts of Kilimanjaro

October 27, 2010
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Part I of III “I just want to take off these pants and take a nap,” I was thinking. Oh, it’s 10am. Yes, 10am is in media res of the longest day of my life (well, technically two days, but since there was never more than an hour of sleep, for the sake of the story I’m counting it as one). The camp to which we returned, even more so now than the previous day… Read more

Kilimanjaro Photos

September 25, 2010
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
I am almost done with my final blog post about my Kilimanjaro expedition. It’s an epic one that I’ll probably split up into two or three parts. In the meantime, here is the full set of photos:

Africa’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint

August 18, 2010
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
This one’s mainly for the family. Both of my parents and several of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, went to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK. The few times I’ve been to Stillwater we would always go and stop by Eskimo Joe’s, a hip little restaurant (formerly bar) that’s been there since the 70’s… Read more