As I started the car to go to work this morning, I noticed the low tire pressure light was on. Not wanting to risk a fully flat tire in the office parking lot, Maisie and I went to our (dog-friendly) neighborhood tire store.
While they investigated the problem, we took a short walk.
Maisie even made a little friend along the way.
We headed back to Just Tires and sat in the waiting room. At first, Maisie was calm and quiet.
But she started getting agitated by all the machinery noises and every time a mechanic walked past the room, Maisie went crazy, lunging and barking (and scaring a little girl in the process). So I decided we should spend the wait time taking a mini-tour of our Uptown 'hood instead. We walked by a lot of landmarks, some new and some old. Here are some of the highlights...
First, the Aragon Ballroom...a concert venue only a couple blocks from my house. Built in 1926, it was just announced yesterday that the Aragon will be the location of President Obama's 50th Birthday celebration. How exciting!!!
Around the corner, we strolled past one of my favorite bars in the neighborhood (Maisie is not a fan of the name though).
As well as a comedy theater that may or may not have been named after Maisie herself!
On the same block, we passed the old Uptown Theater. It was once an ornately beautiful movie theater (my parents reminisce about dates they had there) but has fallen into disrepair since it closed 30 years ago.
There have been talks throughout the years about restoring it to its previously grand state, but so far nothing has been done. A poster in a broken glass case out front features details of the theater's inaugural week, way back in 1925.
A few doors down is a popular gay sports bar (not as much of an oxymoron as you might think). They have pretty good food too, and my friends go there quite a bit.
Next to Crew is the Green Mill. It first opened under a different name in 1907 but became famous (or rather, infamous) in the 1920's when one of Al Capone's cronies was part owner and the club became a mobster hangout. They still have live jazz playing every night and it's a really cool place to take out of town visitors.
Across the street is yet another music venue, the Riviera (known to locals as "the Riv"), which was built in 1917. On a 100 degree summer night nearly a decade ago, it was here that I saw Wilco perform the best show I've ever seen...even though there's no air conditioning in this old building!
By that point, I figured it was time to go back and check on the car. Unfortunately, in addition to a leaky rim (whatever that means) on one tire, they also discovered a nail in a second tire so the car wasn't yet ready. Maisie and I waited outside this time so she wouldn't be as confined and potentially freak out again!
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