Back in Seat 1A

12 07 2007

I’m packed and ready to go! Okay, let’s be honest, I never actually unpacked, I just pulled my dirty clothes out and washed them but regardless, I will be getting on a Chicago bound plane in the morning.

On the agenda: Irazu Oatmeal Shake (in case I haven’t mentioned this 1000 times, nothing compares), Millenium Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival and Flosstradamus / Chromeo afterparty, the Beach (aka Lake Michigan) and whatever other adventure I can find!
This will be my first time (I think ever) flying United. I will try my best to keep you posted!


My Memorial Day Trip…

8 06 2007

The first bit of criticism I will take is for my tardiness in posting this. I have, after all, been home for over a week. The second criticism I’ll take is for telling you where I was… in Kalamazoo, Michigan at a Moped Rally. Yes, I said moped rally. Laugh all you want, we even call it the “comic book convention” from time to time.

My trip began with a flight into O’Hare Airport to one of my favorite cities in the US, Chicago. I didn’t spend much time in Chicago this trip but I did get the opportunity to go to Irazu for one of their delicious Oatmeal shakes. Ok, twice. If you haven’t been to Irazu, they have some of the best Costa Rican food on earth (possibly better than in Costa Rica?) but the real draw is their oatmeal shake. In fact, I Googled oatmeal shake the other day to see if I could find a recipe and about all I found was articles on Irazu. So if you’re in Chicago, check it out, its on Milwaukee in Bucktown.

The rest of my time in Chicago was spent at Warbux Mopeds which is new to Chicago and recently opened by a friend of mine. It was a very busy day there even though the shop was technically closed in preparation of Kalamazoo. The Chicago “moped gangs” named Peddy Cash, The Flooze and Murder Club were pretty much all there making last minute modifications and repairs to their mopeds.

The next day, we made the three hour trip to Kalamazoo. There’s nothing fascinating about the trip from Chicago to Kalamazoo. The only real landmark I recall is a truckstop somewhere in southwestern Michigan but I did get to smell the delicious smell of chocolate while leaving the city. For those of you who don’t know, Chicago smells like chocolate in certain parts thanks to the Blommer Chocolate Factory . Other parts smell like urine and vomit.

Every Memorial Day, Kalamazoo hosts the biggest moped rally in the nation and this year was no exception. In its tenth year, with record attendance numbers, moped enthusiasts and Moped Army members from around the country swarmed upon the tiny little town with the funny name. The weekend includes moped riding, lots of insane parties, music and so much more.

Its taken me over a week to begin writing this post and I still believe I am at a loss for words. It was an amazing trip. I had the opportunity to see my friends from all over the country (Tempe, AZ, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, Louisville, and Cincinnati to name a few) as well as make some new ones. The premiere of the Moped to South America movie took place during the rally weekend and everywhere you turned there was another moped. There was an article written in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. You can read it HERE.

I’m going to let the pictures speak their 1000 words. Here’s the link to my Flickr Set. Enjoy!

After the weekend, I returned to Chicago for a day. Completely exhausted, I managed to pull myself together enough to get to the airport in time for my flight home. I can’t wait to do it again.

Next trip, the Pacific Northwest.

The Ides of Mario – Richmond

14 03 2007

The Ides of March race in Richmond, Va. is the oldest annually consecutive alleycat on the east coast. This year’s race promises to be unlike any race previous. It’s being thrown by a tight-knit group of bros who go by the moniker Get Fun Squad (GFS).This year GFS would like to present to you Ides of March Alleycat 2007 – (insert ominous music) The Ides of Mario. Yes, that’s right, this year’s Ides is going to be MarioKart themed. It sounds ludicrous. It sounds like it has a lot of potential for mayhem. It may be embarrassing for some of you to associate with. They promise it will be fun.

March 17th
Richmond, Va.
$5 and your bag
1pm Holly St. Park
Maps provided
(GRCD bike polo tournament on Sunday the 18th)

SXSW – 5 Shows Not To Miss

12 03 2007

With the music portion of SXSW just about to kick into full gear, I thought I would highlight some of the artists I would see if I had actually made it there… [There are so many amazing bands this was way harder to compile than I thought it would be…]

Matt & Kim

1 – Matt & KimThursday, March 15 – 11:30pm at Beauty Bar, 617 E 7th Street
Ok, its clearly no secret that I am a huge Matt & Kim fan. You just have to love them and their high energy performances. They are the epitome of what house shows and making music because it makes you happy is all about. Check out their website


2 – Flosstradamus Friday, March 16 – 9:45pm at Beauty Bar, 617 E 7th Street
I won’t even try to pretend here…. Curt from Flosstradamus is a friend and Markus’ roommate but regardless, I wouldn’t miss this show even if he was a complete stranger. This will be another high-energy, 100% fun show. Check out their myspace page.


3 – CruiserweightThursday, March 15th – 11pm at Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Street
A modern day Partridge family where sibling rivalry doesn’t seem to exist. Stella’s voice proves the powerful, upbeat ringer. Check out their website.

Architecture in Helsinki

4 – Architecture in Helsinki Thursday, March 15th – 11pm at LaZona Rosa, 612 W 4th Street

Drawing upon a variety of sounds, straddling indie, pop and electronic to create a distinctive, exciting, energetic show. Check out their website.

The Gaskets

5 – The GasketsSaturday, March 17th – 8pm at Blender Bar at the Ritz, 320 E 6th Street
A Richmond favorite that promises to “rock you like a hurricane.” – Visit their website at

Tell me your top 5… the line up can be seen on the SXSW website.

Should Have Been There

2 03 2007

The perfect remedy for those who always seem to be a day late and a dollar short when it comes to live shows, BeeThere is the newest way to make sure you never miss your favorite bands. BeeThere allows you to enter your favorite bands or even load the artist names from your iPod. They then scour the web searching for tour dates for you an will notify you in time to get tickets. And best of all, its free. Another great website that makes you ask, “why didn’t someone think of this before?”

A Must, Must, Must See: Body Worlds 2

25 01 2007

Did you know?
Beards are the fastest growing hair. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it could grow to 30 feet over the course of his lifetime.


Body Worlds 2, The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, is currently at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The Body Worlds exhibitions are first-of-their-kind exhibitions through which visitors learn about anatomy, physiology, and health by viewing real human bodies, using an extraordinary process called Plastination a groundbreaking method for specimen preservation invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977. BODY WORLDS 2 features more than 200 real human specimens, including whole-body plastinates, individual organs, organ configurations and transparent body slices. The exhibition also allow visitors to see and better understand the long-term impact of diseases, the effects of tobacco consumption and the mechanics of artificial supports such as knees and hips. To date, more than 20 million people around the world have viewed the BODY WORLDS exhibits.
Not only do you learn all kinds of stuff about the body you live in everyday, its pretty cool.-amy

Desert Sounds

22 01 2007

There are those times where every blog you read is blogging about the same thing. Take that iphone for example. I hate to be one of those bloggers especially on my introductory post but here it is any way. This year’s Coachella.
Coachella is the music fest that kicks off all other music fest. It pretty much has all the acts that were the big buzz last year and all the acts people will be talking about this year. It also has mostly something for everyone. If you can afford the tickets, the airfare, the hotel, the food then do it. If not just write down the names of the flyer search myspace music or amazon or itunes and keep your eyes open in your local venues. These are the bands worth mentioning this year. Also check it out, Rage against the machine, jesus and mary chain, ghostface….
-markus g