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consummate musicians

Bono and The Edge of U2 appeared on Letterman a couple weeks back. These guys deserve every accolade they’ve received–absolute consummate musicians. Hell, they don’t even need to get off the couch to move an audience musically and lyrically. I love this song and this performance. Check it out.

putting the fun in 5k

Yesterday morning, we all rolled out of bed far earlier than we ever do during the summer to head over to Lincoln Park for the WTTW 8th Annual Fun and Run to support quality kids programming. While it was hard to get the blood moving that early (look, 8 is early for us–hell 10 is early for us in the summer), we all got into the spirit of things once we arrived at beautiful Lincoln Park on Chicago’s lake shore.

Admittedly, Chris and I were a little worried about how things would go with Aidan, as he hadn’t trained for the run and was bent–not just on finishing–but on winning. (Yes, I said winning.) Fortunately, he adjusted his expectations a bit, given the circumstances, and in the end, completed every inch of that 5K; he was quite proud of himself.

The weather was perfect at about 70 degrees, cool with cloud cover, and a nice breeze. The event itself was a lot of fun. Everyone was jazzed about participating in the event to support WTTW Kids. After the race, we hung out in the park, enjoyed the sponsor booths, met some of the characters from Aidan’s favorite shows, and frolicked widely to the sounds of Ralph’s World performing live on the main stage. From there we escaped the excitement to take a walk along the North Avenue Beach to marvel at the amazing whitecaps crashing along the shore.

The plan was to stay a bit longer–to check out the zoo, the conservatory, and just enjoy the park setting for the day–but Aidan was feeling the fatigue from the race, so we headed back home with the promise to return again soon. Maybe next year, we’ll beat our personal best in the race. But even if we don’t, we’ll be sure to have just as much fun as we did this time around.

have a nugget of something

I’m a vegetarian and have been for many years now. Even so, I can respect cuisine of all varieties (even if I don’t eat it)–of the carnivorous persuasion and otherwise. It’s shocking, however, to consider the variety of disgusting processed byproducts our fast-food nation passes off as food–especially to our children. Jamie Oliver demonstrates this nicely in the following clip from his new show Food Revolution.

I swear I threw up a little in my mouth when Oliver revealed the contents of his food processor. What’s worse is the kids, having seen the true nastiness of the so-called “chicken nugget,” all said that they wanted to eat it once it assumed its “friendly” shape. My god, eat a carrot already–preferably organic. Too many children and adults live a life of processed junk, preservatives, McDonalds, and the like. Oliver is clear in his mission that we are killing ourselves and our children by cultivating a culture that offers and accepts these substances as food.

We’d all be better off if we knew where our food came from, got closer to it, and made simpler and even slower choices.

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