Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Louis Vuitton Don

The Kanye West shoes hit Louis Vuitton stores tomorrow! Please chill the hell out though, cuz if you didn't go put yourself on the waiting list 3 months ago, you're shit outta luck! You just saved yourself $1000. Trust me, I know.

- baroke V (not looking forward to work cuz of these)

Monday, June 29, 2009


My weekly love it, hate it, cringe it, smile it post.

(Thanks to FFFFOUND)


Thursday, June 25, 2009

US > Spain

I worked yesterday and that sucks. Not because of the beautiful summer (finally, enjoy the three weeks we'll get!) weather that we have at the moment, but because I didn't get to watch the US Men's National Team beat Spain 2-0 in the Confederations Cup out in South Africa. Work also put the cabash on attending the US MNT's win over Honduras a few weekends ago at Soldier Field. Paying rent is good though. Alas, today I am watching Brazil play South Africa to determine who will play the US for the cup. I for one hope it will be a rematch against Brazil (who beat us 3-0 in this same tournament). Go US! *Scratch that, South Africa has been playing beautifully (currently in the 26th minute) and another David over Goliath seems to be in order*

In more local news, the Sears Tower is getting a $350 million dollar greening. Wind turbines and solar panels and such. This comes just a month or so after they announced the glass walkways that are being installed on the Skydeck. Those will be available for use early July. Click on that link to see all of the pictures of the Sears and the 50 story zero energy hotel that will be built next door.

BTW, this is all being headed by architect Adrian Smith, a graduate of UIC who also has built the world's tallest building, Burj Dubai.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Woohoo...1st Official Day of Summer!

(you can really buy this)

Something else to want

I love this bike! I'm going to need everyone and their mother to clear Baroke out of its inventory so I can buy this American made (Oregon based Brammo) electric motorcycle. The bike is a plug-in that charges in about 3 hours, goes up to 55mph and has a 40+ mile range. Perfect for running around the streets of Chicago (especially if you pick up one of those solar powered chargers). I'll take 2 please.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Music I Listened to 10 years ago...

So, it is early on a Thursday. I work nights so this doesn't matter to me. I am allowed this time to think and do whatever I want, which always results in me going through music in my iTunes.

I have been high as a kite on Mos Def. The new album: The Ecstatic, is flipping amazing! Ever since Black On Both Sides, I have been awaiting an album worthy of the attention and acclaim I had initially given the Might Mos. I remember a few years ago midway through a 1200 mile trip from Chicago to Tampa I popped in BOBS and followed it up with Black Star. It made the rolling hills of Alabama all the more interesting.... or interesting in the first place. That got me thinking about what kind of music motivated me in my earlier years.

Mos Def - "Casa Bey" - The Ecstatic - 6.9.09

I think Mos stole the idea from these guys:

I wasn't fortunate enough to have grown up within the city limits of Chicago. I grew up in the Western Suburbs. One year, my parents brought me and my sisters down to the city to enjoy the usual tourist bubble offerings. I was 13 or 14 years old and I was fascinated with architecture. I decided during that trip that I would move to the city when I was 18. I ended up doing just that.

My soundtrack then was an album I would happily apply to any present lazy summer's day walk around the land of corruption that is Chicago: Saturday Teenage Kick by Junkie XL. The album is amazing and I happened upon it through unusual circumstances: I had watched the movie Blade and loved a song during the opening dance club scene. I bought three albums looking for that song. The second album was Saturday Teenage Kick. Junkie XL was just like me: a happy mistake. Do yourself a favor, sit back, close your eyes. Imagine that the year is 1998. The stock market is a raging bull and making your parents' pensions fat as a Kentucky homemaker. You are resting in a pre Millennium Park, pre Trump Tower, pre Green Movement Grant Park in Chicago. It is the Pax Americana at its best. Great beats to put you in a great mood.

here is a somewhat hilarious video:

-Baroke David

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009


Alright, let's be honest. Who has done this before?


Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Laid Back Sunday

It is a delicious day here at Chicago. What a perfect day for a laid back sunday meeting.

And a little visitor came by.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Random Post of the Week.

Here goes my random post of the week. Things that make me laugh, smile, question, etc.

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I have.


Monday, June 8, 2009


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Our Permanent Autumn

The Baroke team had a meeting tonight. On the walk into the meeting I saw my breath. It's flipping June 7th, so that's emotionally unacceptable. What can I do though, right?

Well it's not all bad. The ideas are brewing here at Baroke and good things will follow in the form of some of the most original design ideas I've ever heard. We shall keep you posted.

I for one started the day with a bacon infused Scotch Manhattan from Bristol and am ending it with Bob Dylan and Don Julio. They make a good team, I find. This is Dylan drunk and annoying with Lennon:

While perusing Gaper's Block, I found a story about a guy from Valparaiso that repossesses planes, helicopters and yachts. He's got some pretty crazy stories and nets between $600,000 and $900,000 per job.

Today will be the first day I get to sleep before 4am in a little under a week. Looking towards tomorrow, St. Vincent performs at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, with local Mexican-American 3 piece Alla opening. That shindig starts at 6:30. I'll be at work, so if you go, take pictures or video and we'll post them here at Baroke.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Hello Friends.

It has been quite a great while since we all talked. I hope you are doing well and enjoying this "summer" weather here at the Go'. I just got back from a great vacay not too long ago. I had the privilege to visit Key West, Cozumel, and Belize. I got to do many things and one of them was ATV'n in Cozumel. This video will explain more:

Wow. Do I really sound like that? Forgive me for sounding like an idiot, it was really difficult maneuvering a ATV and recording myself. It was definitely a much needed break.

Now that I have done my 2 minute update on myself, I want to share a band with you guys. I heard about them from El Oso. They are called We Were Promised Jetpacks. There is more information if you follow the link to El Oso's blog.

Anyway, check them out! They have been on repeat on my playlist for awhile now. Ya dig?

Thats all for now. It's time to brace some more work.

Keep it windy.
baroke randy