Winterfestivus: Time for the Airing of the Grievances!!!!

                                                                            WinterfestivusLost Weekend

December 14 – 17 (Hoyne and Roscoe)

Celebration that works for everyone in terms of schedule..
Will be the Christmas reunion to end all reunions!!!
Friday.. Dinner then party at the apartment

Saturday.. recover from Friday… party until late afternoon and meet Mike at the Village tap.. Sue will then get together with her 5th grade friends and we will party at the apartments..

Sunday.. recover from Friday and Saturday… Roscoe Pub crawl hosted by Patti at noon.. party at the apartment…

Monday… get up and leave before the management shows up..

The whole point is that we have a three bedroom apartment on Roscoe and Hoyne that we can all party and crash and burn at (don’t have to drive home)… We have it from Friday afternnon through Monday morning… no one to tell us our 3 hours in the party room is over… no having the group evicted from the pizza place for rowdy behaviour (like that really happened)… bring your own drinks.. lots of places to visit on Roscoe (it is really a new world there nowadays)…

We will add to this as Sue and Patti sober up from this weekend which is their practice for the Lost Weekend…

Special thanks for Jim’s photo of his Season’s decorations…

The Party Apartment Photos

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102 Responses to Winterfestivus: Time for the Airing of the Grievances!!!!

  1. avatar Janis says:

    I will let Richard, Patti, Bill, and/or Sue describe the Sunday apartment visit/pub crawl and the Friday night outing! I was lucky enough to see Richard on Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Monday morning : )

    • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

      Well, we didn’t get very far. We had libations at 4 different locations (including Richard’s place) and didn’t travel more than 500 feet.
      I think a good time was had by all.

      • avatar Janis says:

        It was a great idea by Richard/Sue/Patti to have a place to hang in the old neighborhood! Richard, every day was fun!!!

        • avatar Richard says:

          My question is.. what grievances did you have since you were wanted to air them out…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            I was kind of wondering the same thing. MY only grievance is that we didn’t have more people joining us. C’est dommage. Well, those of us who were there sure had some fun.

          • avatar Janis says:

            Festivus, feats of strength, airing of grievances ring a bell?

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

          • avatar Richard says:

            well my grievance is that Patti wouldn’t take us to the Four Moon tavern on Roscoe Sunday since she claimed it was too dangerous.. but we had Sue with us so we had protection from evil…

            But Friday night when I went in there myself, it seemed okay to me.. but on the other hand, I’m from Texas…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Four Moons. When I was a kid in another time and place, it was ‘Jake’s’ tavern, across the street from the Eversharp factory/condos….and Belmont and Ravenswood, I played their one Sunday afternoon with Carlo, Rick Sullivan, and Jimmy Nichols. It was a Hillbilly Bar(oops! not PC, Jimmy!). It was a Country & Western establishment. We played ‘High-Heeled Sneakers’ a dozen times.

        • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

          Next time we need to hit The Four Treys!
          I haven’t been in there since Carlo escorted me in there 40 years ago. It’s owned by a Yuppie couple and it’s a brass & fern bar but I’d still like to go in there, especially now that someone dosen’t have to watch my 6.

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Where’s Four Moon Tavern? I can’t believe Four Treys is a brass and fern place. I remember Jack Rokosz used to go there. Just sayin…..

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Brass & fern bar? It used to be a leather and weed bar! It was my brother Johnnie’s watering hole. I believe Carlo and Lloyd Taylor still make appearances. It was the Four Treys that hosted Carlo’s book signing years ago.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Roscoe and Wolcott. http://fourmoontavern.com/

            the other was Miller’s Tap at 2200 Roscoe..

            Next time, we make a one drink maximum and troll every bar in an eight block radius.. we circle inward…

          • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

            Paul and Colleen would probably bar you forever for calling them Yuppies, and the Treys was a fern and brass bar in the early 80s, after Paul sent all the bikers to the place by the bindery on Belmont and Ravenswood. Now it’s a dog-friendly bar. Judy and I still go there on Wednesdays (when she’s in town) to stay informed about the neighborhood. By the way, my best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year to everybody!!!

    • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

      This is a reply to Jimmy’s remembering what I said about the Five Step (?). I remember playing in that honky tonk–I think I was 17 or 18; I know I was not 21–and we did play the same song for about two hours, 15 or 20 years before the Blues Brothers sang Stand by Your Man, in the cage, forever. We didn’t have a cage.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Hey, I was willing to go to a few more bars…it was Bartz who started walking home! Four Treys was on the itinerary…Four Moons I was saving for Monday morning at 7 AM…that’s when all the real drinkers are there!!!
        Had a great time hoisting a few with everyone and sharing stories at the apartment…which was fantastic. I checked out the backyard and would make a great summer venue for a get together!! Thanks Richard for keeping it real on Roscoe!!!
        Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year…with much love and fondness-Patti

        • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

          Sorry I was such a short hitter. I figured 6 beers was enough, I’ll work on it.

          Merry Christmas to all.

          Twas the night before Christmas and all through the garage,
          Not a creature was stirring not even my Dodge,
          The tires were all hung on the chimney with care,
          With the hope that St. Nick would fill them with air…….

          • avatar Richard says:

            Six beers? Gotta teach you “more is better”…

            If I knew that there were more bars on the tour schedule, I would have made sure you paced yourself… you could have split beers with Sue.. you’d be good for the entire weekend…

            Patti just messed up and didn’t give the full tour schedule… and we know she was good for another 6 pack…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Roses are reddish,
            Violets are bluish,
            If it wasn’t for Christmas
            We’d all be Jewish…

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Ok you doubters, ye of little faith, those of you who called me a stalker: I got a call this morning from Michael Raleigh, the author of In the Castle of the Flynns, which several of us have read. (I’m currently reading his book Death in Uptown). I zaba-searched him and called him during Winterfestivus and invited him to join us on Roscoe. He just heard my message and ret’d my call, he was very pleasant and happy to hear that we’re enjoying his book. He frequently rides his bike down Roscoe. Also has a new book, The Conjuror’s Boy.

          • avatar Richard says:

            I was an innocent bystander.. if anyone asks, I tried to restrain you.. but you did one of those nursing moves and snatched the phone back and did the deed…

            So this next restraining order is on you…

          • avatar Janis says:

            Sue, I finished the book sometime last week. What a read, all those neighborhood places we went in, and the stories from the time when we were kids. Mike, Carlo, Mary, Ralph, TZ (to name but a few, since many have already read this!)….I highly recommend this book to you. It includes the Roscoe Sweet Shoppe, and Heck’s, and Hamlin Park Pool, and the candy store across the street, and Lincoln and Belmont shopping, and on and on.

            Patti, Sue: where does this book go next? And Jim G…WOW, what have you started? What a great book that brings our group together!

            P.S. Kudos Sue on talking to the author! We’ll get him to a party, yet!!!!

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        Ellen’s sending her copy of the book to Ludy. I wonder if Carlo would like it……

        • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

          Sue,
          Thanks for thinking of me but I would really impede the progress of passing the book around: I have currently a stack of 15 books I have not read, all of them still in the cellophane wrappers. I wrote some 14 pages a while back for the Roscoe Village Neighbors describing the neighborhood when we, the Lombardos, moved here in 1961. It was pretty cool, of course: I named as many bars as I could, explained the marketing brilliance of the Roscoe-Ashland bus, and relived for a moment the dragstrip that was Roscoe between Damen and Western on Sunday nights, like I said, cool. Conversely, I have not written anything but my signature for two years and am almost ashamed. Electronically, I have DVDs of all the Rumpole of the Bailey, all the Thin Man movies, and the first two years, I think, of Rocky and Bullwinkle I have not viewed. There may also be some Marx Brothers in there I have not viewed. For that I am ashamed. I am not ashamed, however, to wish everyone a Happy New Year, better than all the previous ones conjoined!

          • avatar Janis says:

            Happy New Year, Carlo! I will bring the book back to Patti on Friday and leave it to our Principal to decide who has to do the next book report!!! 😉

  2. avatar Janis says:

    First thing to learn after spending a lost weekend with Richard is what happens on Roscoe does not stay on Roscoe!!!! We learned this hours into the night, after Richard pointed out the video camera he’d set up on the window sill and was recording our activities? (oh dear!) I am still a little sleepy this morning, but had a delicious time seeing everyone, and they are, in no particular order: Ellen (what a hoot! I love talking to her!!!), her husband Tom, Richard, Sue B, Ludy, Bill B & Annette, Rich Gorski (that was a nice surprise!!!), Mary B & Mark (all too briefly!), Bill M (niiice surprise!), and some wonderful Audubon kids!!!! (Chris Romano, Bill, Erika W, her fun husband Bob, Colleen, Larry P…I loved seeing those guys again!!!) Okay there are people I am forgetting: Tom Z showed up Friday night, but I missed him on Saturday! We started at the Village Tap, went to an Italian Restaurant down the street for dinner, and then to the party apartment! I had so much energy last night and just had a blaaaaast! Unlike my humble beginnings, I had 3 Coors Light and was ready to do some neighborhood mischief? More later!!!!

  3. avatar Janis says:

    Ready, Steady, Goooooooo! Meet you on the corner of Hoyne and Roscoe sometime today!!!!! Frivolity begins at 4 at the Village Tap and ends sometime Monday morning????! Revelers, stumbling down Roscoe, were drunk dialing streeters last night. Clearly these were the advance scouts checking out the environs, not to be confused with the advanced advanced scouts who began at the Brahaus on Wednesday night! Paul and I have 3 coolers (large, larger, and extra large ready to wind their way to the party apartment!

  4. avatar Janis says:

    I just don’t know what to say about the Santa and his “stream” of lights! 🙂 This last Halloween, I saw updated versions of Jack-o-lanterns who appeared to be retching, and the pumpkin innards, all orange filling and seeds, were streaming from the mouth! What, or what is happening to our holidays????

  5. avatar Janis says:

    Wake up, you lazy gits! (love pejorative Brit slang) Like Poltergeist, they’re heeeeeeeeere! The Winterfestivus lost reunion days are upon us, starting with some German beer on Wednesday in the burbs, some something-something on Thursday in the burbs, Friday, dinner on Roscoe and then drinking at the party apartment, Saturday, a swinging party in The Seeley Christmas Pad, etcetera, etcetera! Sooooo, tell someone you’re coming, or tell no one and just show up?! Streeters are flying in for this one, people : ) Ho! Ho! Ho! See you in the neighborhood for Christmas!!!!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      There definitely should be an announcement in “The Booster”.

      • avatar Janis says:

        You are right, Jim! Aaaah! The Booster…brings back memories! Mary, remember when Mike Reynolds would deliver it to my door? Every girl had their crushes on the Booster boy!

        Jim, Patti and Sue gave your book high props! I can’t wait to read it!

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        Yeah, Skunkeater can deliver it.

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          ???

          • avatar Richard says:

            Sue’s first true love…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            you don’t remember Skunkeater? and his mother and his brother? They are probably still delivering the Booster

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            I delivered the Booster with Eugene Schulter the Chicago Alderman.

          • avatar Richard says:

            I might be able to recite the electron configuration of Am from memory, but Booster boys were not on the top of my list nor Am for that matter…

            Remember that you lived in a neighborhood in a galaxy far far away in those days… do you remember when Tom and I delivered the Booster for a year?

        • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

          Met Schulter a couple of times, he seemed like a nice guy (for a politician). I wonder what he’s been doing since he lost his seat? He’s probably making $100K a month reducing taxes for all his friends, or is he back to the Booster?

  6. avatar Richard says:

    Time for the females to start gossiping about the plans Christmas …

    • avatar Janis says:

      Well, first thing I’d talk about is Patti’s Family Christmas letter!!!!! This was the best one ever and Patti, I don’t know if it is too personal, but I really wish we could post it. It is HILARIOUS!!!!!!! You win funniest girl writer in our group!!!!!

  7. avatar Janis says:

    Hi Richard et al! I have been busy helping Mom who had a bit of a health crisis. Thanks to Mike & Chris, help is in place, so that’s awesome.

    Friday Dec 14th, Mom has a full physical at 10 am, so I will be available to give Richard a ride in to begin his Chicago leg of his visit if he so desires. Haven’t fully figured out Thursday night yet…Mom is supposed to fast for her Friday blood test, and I don’t know if I need to bring her home that night to accomplish that?

    Looking forward to Christmas with Seeley and all the out of towners, Richard, Jim, Ellen & hopefully Bonnie joining us to celebrate!!!!

  8. avatar Janis says:

    P.S. Richard…love how you sparked the topic with the new pics and the edited prose! Much better!!!! Love, Janis

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Hi Everyone…
      I spoke to Ellen’s husband, Tom and I think they are ready to take the plunge and brave the cold Chicago weather to attend Winterfestivus! Just working out details! Also, working on getting Cheryl to the festivities since she will be having rotator cuff surgery sometime around Thanksgiving and won’t be able to drive if Chester doesn’t bring her. Sue and I are tag-teaming the days that we will attend, so the flexibility of the weekend works out well for both of us. Any news on the other Streeters? I posted on the pub so maybe people responded there.No excuse for Beth that she is throwing a party on that day since we have extra days to party…and if she is having a party, why aren’t we invited? Ralphie where are you?

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Braving the cold?! I coming South for the warmth! I’ll be sunbathing at the Montrose Rocks!

        • avatar Richard says:

          I’m coming north for the free air conditioning… but I heard that if one covers themselves from head to toe in bear grease… it’s a chick magnet for those northern grannies…

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Da Bears!
          Richard, if no one else is staying there, may I sleep in a different bedroom each night? If Ralph is coming, do you have enough rolls of plastic?

        • avatar Richard says:

          I purchased two spray cans of liquid rubber.. that should take care of Lil Ralphie… and a plastic bucket…

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      HOORAY, I’M OFF THAT WEEKEND! I hesitated to tell you but I miscalculated, and that weekend is my weekend to work–which means it’s Ludy’s weekend off. I requested vacation days and just got the OK so you’re stuck with me!

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Yeah…just got the call from Tom and Ellen and they are coming in! What about Bon? Glad you got the weekend off…now you can actually have a beer…no driving! I’ve got that taser if you need to keep Richard and Jim in line!!!

      • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

        Hey Sue, I would be happy to be stuck with you and Ludi anytime, Pat’s ahh OK too, Jan—- well……
        Enough! It should be a great time.

        • avatar Richard says:

          So.. are the four of them too much or not enough?

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          Bill-Just OK…I’ll have to try harder!

        • avatar Richard says:

          No try..

          Do….

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          What’s the criteria for rating a happy to be stuck with you as opposed to just an OK? If it is drinking I have that down “Pat”! And, I would be happy to “Do” that!

        • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

          Well, I was looking for a reaction and I guess I got one. I’m kinda surprised. My dissertation on Jan’s pending handgun purchase didn’t go anywhere.
          I should do this more often. Anyway, I would be happy to be stuck with you also.

        • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

          BTW, “choir practice” Friday at 5PM, come one, come all to LeChet’s. No dress code, sidearms optional.

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          FYI: Seeley Streeters. My neice owns five (5) taverns in Chicago, one of which is at Clark @ Addison. just a possibility.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Is that the same niece who banned you from all six of her taverns? Make that five since the sixth caused you to be permanently banned from the now remaining five…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Yep! Same one. Thinking if I show up with a good looking respectable lady like Patti, she’ll let me in.

      • avatar Janis says:

        I am so happy you got the weekend off, Sue!!!!

        Bartz, you KNOW the handgun discussion upset me…my head was spinning like Linda Blair’s! As far as not picking me as a party person, naaaah, I can’t be offended by that one. Richard has already wore me down on that issue. Even the sweetest guy, Ralph, doesn’t invite me to Octoberfest as lite beer drinkers aren’t allowed! However, you guys are stuck with me, and like the classic little sister, I will continue to show up as my presence serves to magnify your excesses! 🙂 😉

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Janis, you are making it sound like you are driving all us guys to drink. Sorry, but yours truly started hitchhiking up that road a long time ago, thumb out-and up. And as time will bear witness, you will find I am much sweeter than the rest of them.

        • avatar Richard says:

          Did the gun discussion upset you because Paul wouldn’t buy you that Glock that all the other wives are getting, or you’re just upset that no one invites you over to blow things away?

          BTW… yesterday it was 80 degrees and today it is a chilly 65 degrees…

          Happy Turkey Day and may all the Streeter Girls be let out of the kitchen at least by Saturday… ’cause there’s laundry to be done!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            It was my well intended plan to lose 11 pounds in 6 weeks before my Chicago Trip. Instead, I’ve gained 2 pounds. Oi Vey! Guess “Lite” & “Diet” are not synonyms.

  9. avatar Richard says:

    That will be great.. we will be covering everything with plastic sheets anyway since Ralph will be there…
    [img]http://seeleystreet.org/coppermine/albums/userpics/10005/thumb_Ralph21YearsOld.jpg[/img]

  10. avatar Janis says:

    Richard said: Time to start gearing up for the big Christmas event in December… instead of having reserving a room in a restaurant for a few hours (and, in the case of last year, being evicted), this year we have a 3 day / 24 hour party place located right on Hoyne and Roscoe… lots of pass out spots to use…

    I agree! Let’s start talking!

    Richard also said, Sue and Patti are also planning to reenact the Sue Nikka incident… I believe that Janis will play the part of Sue Nikka… Sue and Patti think it would be more cost effective that way and Janis would be perfect for the part since it will only take about two regular or one stout beer…

    I am guessing you are referring to the spew on the Benker bed incident! I will do my best to top Sue Nikka, the reigning queen, by offering to drink 3 lite beers (with food, of course!) for the occasion!

    • avatar Richard says:

      That will be great.. we will be covering everything with plastic sheets anyway since Ralph will be there…

      • avatar Janis says:

        The picture of a newly 21 year old Ralph on the plastic covered couch has raised the bar (no pun intended) pretty high! 🙂

  11. avatar Janis says:

    Here I go again…posting on the Holiday reunion thread!!!! Ellen and Tom are toying with coming in, so that would be wonderful!!! Any other updates guys? I also got an email from Mike F, and though he is not planning to visit our fair city in the cold and snowy winter winds of December, he didn’t tell me to stop sending him reunion invites, so I will continue to be a pest. 🙂 😉 A large number of us have expressed a desire to see Mike again, so I am crossing my fingers that he and Mary Ann will make it to a summer reunion!

  12. avatar Janis says:

    Bringing this ACTIVE!!!! Hey, what about Benihana out near Mike and Chris, at least for a smaller group thing that would be convenient for Mike? I have never been to a place like that, and it sounds like fun!

    And fyi streeters…just because you are dragging your heels, THIS WILL HAPPEN THIS CHRISTMAS. I want 100 percent participation!!!! Richard will be in the city, 4 days and 3 nights! That’s a lot of fun potential (syntax) and I expect us to take full advantage of it!

  13. avatar Janis says:

    I can’t waaaaaaaait! This will be soooooo fun!!!!! Hey, Richard has rented an apartment for that weekend (see pic on the Seeley Street pub topic!)

  14. avatar Janis says:

    We can eat at RJ Grunts (early 70s vibe, decor and music, that fits our reunion!) and then stroll through the romantic and Christmas-y Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo! Zoolights is Free! We can have a snowball fight or build snow people! I feel 12 again….

    • avatar Richard says:

      Are we talking about walking around in subarctic temperatures and lots of ice and snow all over?

      I choose Ralph for my team…

      • avatar Janis says:

        Richard, Zoolights has beer. That’s all I have to say, right?

        Also, all the animal houses are open that night, so getting warm is very easy! The event is free (pay if you want food and drinks from a vendor or restaurant of course!) There is music, fantastic Christmas decorations everywhere, and you can even tell Santa what you want for Christmas, and we can capture it with our cameras! There’s a guy with a saw doing ice sculpture. I truly love this event and I think it would be a fun outing…even for a warm blooded Texan! 🙂

      • Jim Gilbert jim gilbert says:

        Snowball fights. I’m on Ralph’s team also…

    • Jim Gilbert jim gilbert says:

      Snowball fight?! I’m on Ralph’s team.

      • avatar Janis says:

        Ralph is a popular guy if everyone wants to be on his team! Jim, wasn’t there an earlier snowball blog about “loaded” snowballs on Seeley Street fights????

        What were the teams in those days? I seem to remember my brother Mike leading one, and I know he could throw a mean snowball!

        • avatar ralphie says:

          Ask Mike about the story behind……”You put down your snowball, I’ll put down mine”. I’m too embarrassed to talk about it.

        • avatar Richard says:

          He threw puff balls.. now Ralph actually stored his over the summer in the freezer waiting for the winter…

  15. avatar Janis says:

    Richard…hypothetically…if you were to come in at Christmastime, which Saturday would you be likely to be here? 😉

    • avatar Richard says:

      Since I have the 2nd week in December to the second week in January off…

      December 8 or 15 would work… the 15th being the easiest…

  16. avatar Janis says:

    Ohmygosh, I just heard that there is a chance, a flicker of a potent whisper, that the powers that be have come up with the idea to end (begin?) all ideas!!! A Christmas reunion in the ‘hood?????!!!! Richard, Richard, Richard….what are your dates??? Can you come?? This (as Sue points out and I heartily agree!) has to be planned around your availability! “Yes” is such a nice word.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      The more I think about this, the more I like it. It works even for those of us who might have to work, or have another social obligation…..I’ll buy the Heck’s Special for breakfast!

      • Jim Gilbert jim gilbert says:

        I’m in on that one! Was my daily morning stop on my way to classes at Kendall College Evanston, which shut down after I attended….Hhmmm…?

      • avatar Richard says:

        Is Heck’s an amber beer or a dark beer?

      • avatar Janis says:

        Sue (and Patti)! So this will be a recreation of the infamous Benker party, and will be held in the old neighborhood? Does that mean I have to have Tom borrow a car and he and Patti drive me home between 10 and 10:30 and I miss all the good stuff, again????

  17. avatar Janis says:

    Okay, no posts??? Nada? Not-a-one? I am like rat terrier and will not give up on this topic!!! It’s nearly Christmas and we must have plans! Wheet, what-oh-what gives???? You teased me with the fact that Seeley might get together but I don’t know where, when or how??? Inspired by my trip to NY, I will just say: we need a miracle on Seeley Street!

    • avatar ralphie says:

      Janis, did you get my pictures from Bauer’s Brauhaus?

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Janis. It’s 90 degrees outside. I was swimming today. It is NOT nearly Christmas.

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        BUT…..you might want to talk to Richard. He has an interesting idea.

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          I love Richard’s idea…and the added idea of recreating the infamous Benker party! Must get some of the original participants to re-enact memorable moments and see if we can create some new ones!

        • avatar Richard says:

          At this point, we have Janis TOTALLY befuddled…. but she can handle it.. she’s used to it

  18. avatar Janis says:

    Wheet, just because I am missing you this trip doesn’t mean I will get your presence at Christmas, but on the chance you are coming, I have put two dates out there!!!