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Yet another thing I discovered years after everyone else

So with the sudden advent of 95-degree weather in Chicago, I'm suddenly thinking I need a couple more T-shirts, preferably of the not-too-geeky-for-public-consumption variety. So I followed a Friend's link to Threadless, which I've been hearing about for a while now from some of you who submit artwork to their running limited-edition-T-shirt-contest thing.

What a neat site. The art generally makes me happy, just because there are so many wicked-clever people out there. The only disappointment for me is that there aren't color options — they decide what color a shirt should be based on the artwork, and that's the only color a shirt comes in. Meaning some designs I'd totally buy on a black shirt only come on, say, a gold or baby-blue shirt. Meaning some of my favorite designs — like these, for instance:



…are right out, because I'm just not a green-T-shirt kinda person. But still. Perusing the site has been fun, and voting for prospective designs has been fun. Maybe I'm just boring for wanting more black T-shirts, but I prefer to think of myself as someone who knows her color limits. And they pretty much stop at baby-blue and/or gold.




Also with the advent of 95-degree weather has come the Season Of Open Windows, with all its attendant joys. We know winter's on the way out when we see the First Robin Of Spring; we know spring is fading when we get the First Screaming Fight Right Under Our Windows At Some Indecently Late Hour Of Summer. (In this case, it was over some double-parked guy shrieking that some other guy trying to get around his car had scraped it. The phrase "You fuckin' hit my CAR, man!" was repeated approximately 27 times.) Then there's the First Post-Midnight Staggering Shrieking Crowd Of Drunken People Stumbling Home Of Summer, and the First Ridiculously Loud Construction Project Of Summer.

The latter seems to be going on now. There's a giant tanker truck parked in front of the building. It's inserted a humongous rubbery tube through the front door of the building next to us. As near as I can tell, it's a Noise Truck, and it's here to pump a large amount of incredibly horrific noise into that building's noise tanks to last them through the summer. I'm not sure what the going rate on noise is, but clearly the neighbors buy in bulk.
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