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Lighthouse Point Sunset

Lighthouse Point Sunset

Visited for the first time in October 2018 and was blown away. Lighthouse Point Park was an unbelievable Connecticut shoreline sunset spot. There are large rock formations that make the ideal perch to watch the sun dip down into the Sound. I would love to return for the full experience: the carousel was closed for the season and the beach was almost barren in the hauntingly beautiful autumnal glow, with only a local fisherman as our neighbor.

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Me Voy Enamorando

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Now that I am all set up above the dojo and officially a South Sider, when I reflect back on the hard week behind me, I’m just gonna remember the good stuff like taking in this last rooftop sunset… falling in love, etc.

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Superdawg Equinox

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On the equinox, Raven and I drove up to the drive-in and she had her first Superdawg. It was a beautiful Sunday evening, the start of spring.

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Afterwards we stopped at the last large newstand in the city, and browsed magazines. We worked up enough appetite to share fresh cut French fries and a milkshake at Susie’s on the way home.

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AMOR HIVERNADO

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Mi amor habla en silencio…
Al tiempo no le corta espacio…
Surge de dentro, y no se extingue
Como las llamas del zarzal…

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Con promesas hacia el cielo
Me traspasa tras de un velo
Que me lleva a un nuevo mar.

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En el mundo que tú reinas
Hay opiniones bien opuestas
Casi un enjambre de protestas
Que se mueven con dolor

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Visiones de un futuro
Percepciones de un ocaso
No hay triunfo ni fracaso
Cuando haces callar la voz

Sensaciones de hace años
Guardadas en los armarios
Momento que ya no son nada
Porque el tiempo los venció

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Mi amor obra en silencio
Como en sueños congelado
Eternamente acariciado
Por la mano de algún Dios

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La noche impregna el Alma
El viento aúlla en la ventana
De lejos oigo las campanas
Que resuenan con mi voz

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Y espero tus llamadas!
Yo siempre supe que ahí estabas
Mi amor es pleno de esperanzas
Que al hielo fundirán.

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Mano Derecha

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As Chef Alfonso’s right hand man, I started working the weekends as a dishwasher, and pushed harder for 5 Rabanitos social media content. We started listening to my mix of cumbia covers called, “Me Juegas,” every Saturday. Chef decided I would be more valuable as a server, and I integrated with the team on the floor.

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Raven and I started spending lots of days in each other’s company. I wanted to show her some of my favorites before I had to move. Together we hit up all the best spots in the old neighborhood for bites: Filipino style breakfast at Uncle Mike’s Place, Cuban medianoche sandwiches at Nini’s, Italian pan pizza at D’Amato’s Bakery, New Mexican chile sauced sopapillas at Flo.

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Piérdete En El Baile

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I found myself most at peace on the roof of my old Chicago apartment. It was from there, in the warm light of the sun, that I was able to relax and contemplate my future.

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I had no regret about leaving my job: my first management position wore me out and I needed to take a break. I was thinking more about my heart.

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One of the biggest motivating pushes for California was to change my energy… with the stress of my old job, apartment, and relationship already in my wake, I felt that motivation slipping away like a setting sun.

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Get Lucky

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Tom Skilling Forecast: Wet Wednesday, flurries mixed with light drizzle.

Door: The all-day rain (knock on wood – at least wasn’t snow!) meant that web orders more than doubled in-house to-go. Looking out of the front pastry windows, it was like Xoco was going through a car wash for much of today. Our hosts, Nayeli and Miguel, were warm and extra welcoming for our dine-in guests who braved those conditions.

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Service: Great day for service. Maria and I had an hour in the AM to go over training on ADP adjustments. We will have another pay period to review together before she is ready to take over. Tomorrow we will make a schedule together (which we will also get to do a second time) and put in the orders for to-go supplies (we will do this 4 times together!) Maria and I will be at the vision meeting (we have worked on the Xoco 2016 vision together with the chefs) tomorrow as well. With the slower pace, we went with a 6 person team (including hostess) in the AM, and again in the PM. One of those 6 was Guadalupe, on her first day on the floor she did a great job, not just with our customers and the sidework, but also I got about an hour of menu knowledge and testing with her and Giovanni tonight. They are both building on a great foundation of Xoco knowledge.

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Guests: 3 Chicago police officers, including Officer Dan (check out our Facebook photo together!) Linda Berg. Older guest, friend of Linda (they ate at separate times.) Regular commuter from NYC. Kyle Patterson.

Mood Scale: This afternoon, while I was training with Maria on ADP, a guest called the HC about his web order. He was ordering for pick-up, planning on reheating the dish (ahogada) for dinner. We showed him how to order the meat and onions on the side, so that they did not sit on the bread until dinner time, and gave directions for reheating all the items separately. The guest really appreciated the extra care and instructions!

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Catastrophic Soup Container Failure

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Tom Skilling Forecast: Gusty Northwesterly wind continues to pull cold air into our area.

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Service: We got the green light to go to Blood Orange for the margarita in sync with FG/Topolo: I am going to use this small menu change to start training with Lupita, and then next month we will go through a full menu change together. We are also looking to structure the making of the cold brew café de olla into the PM coffee person sidework. Great job by both AM and PM teams finding small projects, for example the re-organizing of the to-go supplies, putting away this week’s order, for the more mellow stretches, and giving great service to our guests for both lunch and dinner. The staff is doing a great job of selling RW menus: today I think was the highest sold so far, 18 RW menus, mostly for dine-in.

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Mood Scale “Another Amazing Email” Edition: This guest had a catastrophic soup container failure, losing their Pozole to-go. We apologized profusely, refunded them and offered to buy their next caldo. They wrote back a really nice email…

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“I really can’t say enough about how wonderful everyone involved in my experience was, before and after the soup spill. Every single person I came into contact with was not only polite and courteous, they seemed genuinely…happy to be there. Two cops hugged the hostess after their meal. The cashier wrapped the soup. The expo lady explained the metal spoon in my to go bag(very nice touch- I love the thought behind it) and now all the generosity thrown my way-it makes me proud to live in Chicago, and impressed that a restaurant still goes the extra mile, for guests and, very likely, for employees. And this, coming from a 20+year industry person, says a lot! You’re on my list of favorites. Thanks!”

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I Set my Face to the Hillside

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The Arrábida Bridge is the most downstream bridge across the Douro River, only a couple kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. Over fifty years after its 1963 completion, the Arrábida Bridge remains one of the largest concrete arch bridges in the world. At Porto’s most seaward bridge, the high flying birds are all gulls and sea birds, never pigeons.

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As it started to get dark, I went for a long walk along the riverfront bike path. The Douro must keep rolling, flowing into the night. I passed old men fishing out of the back of their trucks. The clouds broke open and the sky glowed purple. I was like a young Ray Davies, putting all my troubles aside as I gazed at the beautiful sunset by the Arrábida Bridge.

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Further along the path is a golden sculpture of an angel. “Anjo Gabriel ou Anjo Mensageiro” is a piece by Portuguese sculptor Irene Vilar, who passed away in 2008 at age 77. The angel is sculpted as if walking along the Douro River towards the ocean, blessing commuters on the drive home from work, cyclists on the bike path, and all the mariners headed out to sea.

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Ray Davies has said that when writing Waterloo Sunset, “I was feeling vulnerable. The river is depicted as a protective force… The song is about how innocence will prevail over adversity. It starts out delicate, but by the end has become awesome in its power. Those triumphant chords come in – and the angels tell you everything is going to be OK.”

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Siberian Taiga

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We are moving deeper and deeper into the fall season. This bright weather and light frost comes as a relief after the rains. 

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There is nothing like warming yourself and having a cup of tea to make you happy. It’s not like anything else. 

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When came here, had a feeling that my dream had come true. You enjoy the beauty of nature, and you do your job at the same time.  

-Happy People: A Year in the Taiga by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov

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