Around Town(s) http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/ Around Town(s) 2010 - Bridge People Over the river we go. Adams Street, July 21, 2010, 4:30pm. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91656784 91656784 Plants & Ramps Wells south of Washington, July 23, 2010, 4:25pm. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91952308 91952308 Commuter Darkness Mechanical difficulties, and the train waits, Union Station, July 23, 2010, 4:50pm. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91965278 91965278 On Our Way July 23, 2010, 5:13pm http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91965277 91965277 Miro's Chicago (top half) After working for years right next to it, and watching countless cameras take it in, I finally snapped, July 15, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=90918226 90918226 On the river Jake and his buddies are on board, heading for his 17th year. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91245716 91245716 Lyric Lighting Alongside the Opera House, Washington Street side, July 15, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=90918272 90918272 No Problem I've noticed, with curiosity, this scene in an empty lot near my office for the past week or so. I now know I don't have to worry about the vehicle occupants -- it truly is a "scene," or at least a prop for Transformers 3, currently filming in Chicago. Whew. (July 13, 2010) http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=90569421 90569421 Self Portrait Behind a (shiny!) truck, on 94 northbound just over the Wisconsin border, July 10, 2010, 10am. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=90197665 90197665 Train and rain arriving At the Deerfield Metra station, lucky that the train is seconds ahead of the storm, 6:42am (an hour and a half after sunrise), June 23, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=87876876 87876876 Same time, same place, same train, a day apart June 23rd and 24th, 6:42am, Deerfield Metra station. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=88002794 88002794 http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198852204 198852204 Washing Windows Lunchtime, 22 W. Washington (Ch 2 News), kitty-corner from my office. The Daley Center's windows are reflected in these windows. August 12, 2009 http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=78428742 78428742 Tea anyone? The Chicago area Tea Partiers were across the street from my office today, and they had plenty to say, especially if you're a reader (of signs). April 15, 2010, the Daley Plaza. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=78389944 78389944 Brooklyn Bridge, August, 2009 http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=78500745 78500745 Hawks Red It's for the Chicago Blackhawks! As Stanley and his Cup beckon, the Daley Plaza fountain in the Chicago loop has become a cauldron of hockey voodoo, May 20, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=83357789 83357789 O'Hare doors American Eagle gate, lower level at O'Hare, May 27, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=84319813 84319813 View from the balcony Wisconsin, summer 2009 http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=55127806 55127806 Karen on the balcony Wisconsin, '09 http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=55127742 55127742 Steel Octopus Actually, a steel quintopus I guess. This statuesque agricultural entity has caught my eye every weekend for the last few years as we head up and back to visit Ben. For a change, my camera was literally handy (strapped to my wrist) and it amazes me how well these new-fangled thangs can snap a pic from a car window at 74 miles per hour. This is on the east side of 94 about nine miles north of the Illinois/Wisconsin line. June 19, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=87387637 87387637 And I hope they finally agreed to disagree Tea Partying in the Daley Plaza, April 15, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=78403086 78403086 Departing Nashville, May 29, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=90014022 90014022 Headin' South Foot loose and fancy free as Jake, with friends in tow, strolls toward his 17th year. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91249273 91249273 Bend and stretch, reach for the sky Chase and neighbor at Clark and Madison, August 3, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93516318 93516318 Grand Cave Lyric's front door, July 19, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91330031 91330031 Goin' Up Elevator on the ground floor at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington, F.K.A. The Brunswick Building, A.K.A. where I spend my weekdays, July 27, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=92496082 92496082 Urban Flora Along Adams, east of Wacker, July 20, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=91425080 91425080 Abortion porn ProLifers or AntiChoicers--depending on your position--on the Daley Plaza, with their full color (but not yet 3D) graphic-as-Hustler post-D&C posters, July 12, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=90450458 90450458 Blinding Walking into the sun on Washington, August 13, 2010, 7:50am. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=94831482 94831482 Blue Dumpsters The alley looking east from Wells south of Washington, August 2, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93316619 93316619 Bridge Over the West Fork The creek's name--West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River--is longer than the bridge. Deerfield, August 6, 2010, 6:30am. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93867294 93867294 Goin' Home Sweating in Union Station with temps in the 90s and humidity way up, August 9, 2010, 4:30pm. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=94484214 94484214 Blue Tooth Wells and Madison, August 3, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=93591914 93591914 Flowers and Fruit At the Daley Plaza Farmers Market, August 12, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=94706570 94706570 Tunnel Below Dearborn, August 12, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=94706573 94706573 Enter The CTA entrance from the Daley Plaza, August 12, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=94706574 94706574 The Tourist Trifecta Tower, Sign & Clock, August 16, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=95251665 95251665 Echoes Until 2004, the home of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, these days, 175 W. Washington looks empty and is up for sale, August 17, 2010, 7:38am. I remember "auditioning" (rat-a-tat-tatting on a rubber drum pad) in the building to join the union so my band could play the 1982 ChicagoFest. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=95357106 95357106 Fruit At the Daley Plaza Farmers Market, August 12, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=94706572 94706572 Not my problem Outside the County Building, August 17, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=95490390 95490390 3-4-5 above 7-11 The first two floors are a convenience store in this 5 story landmark building--Washington Block, at Wells and Washington--which, in 1874, was Chicago's tallest skyscraper. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=96594798 96594798 Ommmm... Facing East at the Deerfield Metra station, September 30, 2010, 7:03am. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=100824466 100824466 Westbound on the border Lake-Cook Road, October 2, 2010. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101123891 101123891 Cloud Over Winwood Windwood Fly-in Resort, Davis, West Virginia, where we stayed but got to by car, August 4, 2011. A plane is parked, lower right. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=133759064 133759064 Jake and Karen Heading back to the parking garage after visiting the College Fair at McCormick Place, October 10, 2011. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=139924245 139924245 Self Sorta Portrait Does this pole make me look fat? Actually, it's pretty slenderizing. Me via shadow on the utility pole across the street, waiting for the train downtown soon after sunrise on a Monday morning, August 26, 2011. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=137026660 137026660 Misty Morning As I walk to the train, someone is already arriving at work on a chilly morning, October 5, 2010, 6:49am. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=101450057 101450057 Stuck We've been lucky overall with our Cleveland commutes, but tonight we sat for 90 minutes outside Toledo thanks to an overturned semi, May 25, 2012. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=156540798 156540798 Autumn in Ohio Driving around with Ben is especially nice this time of year, even on rainy days, thanks to the fall foliage. This is his street (Fairmount) a few miles east of Monarch, October 7, 2012. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=167167119 167167119 Orange Diamond A rainy view from our office of Halloween-infested waters in the Daley Plaza Fountain, October 23, 2012. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=168215428 168215428 AMABO ON (if seen in a rearview mirror) The depth and lucidity of his argument made me stop (only figuratively since I was going 75 mph) and wonder, "Have I been wrong all this time?" It is so hard to argue against a truck with huge dirt-graffiti. October 27, 2012. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=168522821 168522821 Ready, Set... I walked out of the building at the end of the day into a throng of TV cameras pointed at a red-attired singing group and everyone waiting for the big tree lighting moment across the street in the Daley Plaza two days before Thanksgiving, November 20, 2012. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=170204874 170204874 Woo Wooing Long-time Cubs superfan Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers moonlights at the Billy Goat Tavern, whooping it up for the Blackhawks after their victory parade, June 28, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=181436192 181436192 Lawrence and Western From the formerly Ravenswood, now Brown Line elevated platform around 6:00pm Friday, July 12, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=182045778 182045778 Flexible Wallmates at a store in Madison, Wisconsin, July 14, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=182149510 182149510 Energy Kids running in the gym at a birthday party in Deerfield, Illinois, December, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187756824 187756824 Dells At the Kalahari in Wisconsin (in case you thought it looked like Africa), August 4, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183308491 183308491 Old Fort Sheridan Beach In Highwood along Lake Michigan, August 11, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183308490 183308490 Sun Tower From the Metra commuter train at 7:25, as the sun rises on a frigid, below-zero morning, it seems to throw a tower heavenward as we approach downtown Chicago's Union Station on Christmas Eve, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187893506 187893506 Watch Gull A winged Chicago River resident as viewed from the Washington Street Bridge at evening rush hour, September 9, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184406185 184406185 Viney Tree Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, September 8, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=184409651 184409651 Color at Sunrise Waiting for the train in Deerfield, October 15, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186568999 186568999 Odometer Two years and eight months after buying the Hyundai and taking it to and from Cleveland every other weekend, this return trip made it an even 100K on 80/90 somewhere in Ohio, November 11, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186586126 186586126 Shoe Party A snowy New Years Eve and our house was Jake's friends' home base for the night, with one of the few rules being, "Shoes come off at the door." This was the shoe rug the next morning at around 9:00 New Years Day, 2014, as the snow kept falling. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188070142 188070142 Shoes 'n' Pants on New Years A snowy New Years Eve 2013 and our house ended up being Jake's friends' home base for the night, with one of the few rules being, "Shoes off at the door." This was the shoe rug at around 9:00 New Years morning, as the snow kept falling, alongside a pair of pants getting a needed snow-wash outside the backdoor. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188096989 188096989 Not Bad Waiting Gorgeous waiting rooms are all over the place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, November 21, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187020308 187020308 Tracks a'Fire It's 10 below zero at 7:20am and the switching points on the commuter train tracks are ablaze as the sun comes up, January 7, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188265046 188265046 Tracks a'Freezing Inside Union Station at around 4:30pm as the thermometer remains below zero during our record-shattering week, and between the rails, the ice builds, January 7, 2013. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188286542 188286542 Frigid Curls The Chicago River was frozen solid when Chicago's temperature set all kinds of frigid, nasty records this week, and with the thermometer creeping back up to zero, the water (looking west, just south of the Madison Street bridge) looks confused as to its liquid-vs-solid state, January 8, 2014, 7:30am. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188286541 188286541 Snow Ruts Thursday of the week of Chicago's record-setting nasty winter weather, and the southeast corner of Madison and Franklin offers an obstacle course for anyone wishing to cross the street, January 9, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188319743 188319743 Fixer Upper Taken at an intersection waiting for the light to change in the wilds of rural Ohio southeast of Cleveland, and I'm guessing the price is reduced, January 12, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=188444871 188444871 Fish Housing Huts enclosing ice fisherpeople across from Erie, Pennsylvania on the Presque Isle bay, one of the ultimate examples of (winter weather) lemons made into lemonade, if sitting in a frigid hut looking at a string going into a hole in ice counts as lemonade, February 2, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189185394 189185394 Icy Window View Summing up the winter of 2013/14, so far anyway, February 9, 2014 http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189318749 189318749 Winter Winter. Winter. 'Nuff said. January 25, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197251193 197251193 Sky and Sound Heading across Puget Sound via ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island through blustery wind and steady rain, February 16, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189575438 189575438 Chihuly Mille Flori, Gallery No 5 at Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle, one of the few times I have seen colors in art or anywhere else that rival those found in nature (like the undersea world, for example), February 16, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189575435 189575435 Rainbow Considering its climate, I have to think Seattle residents see more rainbows than anyone else, like this one that popped out as we ferried to Bainbridge Island, February 16, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189575436 189575436 Cranes and Gull Along Seattle's waterfront from the Bainbridge Island ferry, February 16, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189575437 189575437 Marketing Along Seattle's Pike Place Market at dusk, February 16, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189576502 189576502 White Flying back from Seattle February 18, 2014 somewhere over the Dakotas, a highway cuts through the snow, and as soon as the eastbound plane had cleared Washington's Cascade Mountain range, it was white white white and more white (see the next picture)... http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189658197 189658197 And More White ...and back in the Midwest, over northern Illinois, the whiteness continues during our record-smashing winter, February 18, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189658198 189658198 Birds On Ice A sort-of warm day between deep freezes brings thick fog to evening rush hour as a pair of lake-gulls surf in slow motion down the Chicago River approaching the Madison Street bridge, November 20, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=189731119 189731119 Made It Light/medium rain/snow/mix all the way to Cleveland, and I'll take it any day over driving with that big, glaring fireball in the sky, March 8, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=190205302 190205302 Gulls on Frozen Erie The last I heard, this particular Great Lake was ninety six percent iced over, and the birds don't seem to mind, March 9, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=190242861 190242861 Aftermath A casualty of our super-sized winter outside of Jake's Beloit residence, as the snow slowly (glacially?) recedes, and we return him after a week-long "Spring" (ha ha ha!) break, March 16, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=190536137 190536137 Acrobatic Lunchtime strollers seem oblivious to the acrobat practicing on the Daley Plaza, April 1, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=191035257 191035257 Feeling the Spirit Rua, a Christian band from Cicero, inspires the faithful in the Daley Plaza, April 30, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=191954238 191954238 PotFest Walking around Cleveland's hip Warehouse district with Ben, we asked a trio of young ladies, who were having the hardest time getting the parking meter figured out and giggling like crazy what the gathering in the park was. They hesitated, seeing that two of the three of us were, um, not too hip-looking, before saying, "A marijuana march." Our reaction seemed to put them at ease as we walked over to check out the non-marching marchers, like this band (the name of which I didn't catch, but they ARE on the CD collection, "Cardinal Herb"). Oh, and Ben was by far the least 'chill' of everybody. May 3, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192041752 192041752 Soggy on the Plaza The Daley Plaza serving as a chilly and rainy rallying spot for a community service group unfazed by the elements, Friday, May 2, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192091982 192091982 Queens and Creeks Fans of Queens of the Stone Age head west from the Aragon as fans of Nickel Creek head east from the Riviera toward the Lawrence El stop after the two very different shows adjourned simultaneously on Friday night, May 9, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192255329 192255329 Colorful Commerce Target in Cleveland, May 24, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192795459 192795459 Oh, Snap Guessing it was a pretty loud one, Ryerson Woods, June 1, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=193200258 193200258 Storm Approach A Good Thing The weather for the Grant Park Orchestra concert did us a paradoxical assist. We were in the free seats behind the (paying) members' up-front section 15 minutes before "curtain" when the storm clouds burst. They took down the ropes and let us into the members' section, under the Gehry bandshell's awning, and then let everyone stay put for the ten-minute-rain-delayed concert. So, thank you, weather, for the 8th row center seat. June 28, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=193726117 193726117 Grappled Glider Para-glider and handler, along the Fort Sheridan bluffs, August 10, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194655457 194655457 Highway Hookah At a rest stop along 80/90 in Ohio, the scent of cherry tobacco wafts across the parking lot as a young Middle Eastern couple take a smoke break, August 17, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194831111 194831111 Buckets Buckets Buckets Exelon Plaza in the Chicago loop prepares for what looks like an epic ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, August 20, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194850005 194850005 Bear Necessities on the Plaza Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day display on the Daley Plaza, September 12, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195288614 195288614 Sometimes A Water Tower Is Just A Water Tower At a rest-stop along 80/90 on the Ohio Turnpike, October 5, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195737545 195737545 Lot-View In Autumn Walking back to the car in the Glenview Costco parking lot as sunset approached, the light on the autumnal trees backed by landfill hill and sky provided just about the best natural beauty Chicago's suburbs can muster, October 20, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196002249 196002249 CBS At Night At 4:45 today, this was the CBS/Channel 2 building kitty corner from my office windows. As I said in another caption, one gen-u-wine perk of my Court job is having the type of office view usually afforded only by financial guys, megalawyers or similarly tax-bracketed -- 10th floor northeast corner in the middle of the Loop overlooking Daley Plaza with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. I mean, come on. (And all the mediators have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Dearborn or Washington -- not bad.) It's especially nice when it gets dark earlier. November 6, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196270525 196270525 Three Flags on Dearborn One gen-u-wine perk of my Court job is having the type of office view usually afforded only by financial guys, megalawyers or similarly tax-bracketed -- 10th floor northeast corner in the middle of the Loop overlooking Daley Plaza with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. I mean, come on. (And all the mediators have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Dearborn or Washington -- not bad.) It's especially nice when it gets dark earlier. At 4:45 today, these were the Daley Plaza's United States, Cook County, and Chicago flags all flying above Dearborn looking north at twilight, November 6, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196272962 196272962 Presque Ice Ice-encrusted trees on Lake Erie's Presque Isle, November 23, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196537809 196537809 Benches of Color Along the Lake Erie bluffs of Geneva by the Lake in the northeast corner of Ohio on an early winter afternoon, November 26, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196566349 196566349 Tiny Dancers Little ballerinas take their bows in the Daley Center, December 5, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196783370 196783370 Work The building where I work, taken from across the street on the 19th floor of the Daley Center, where our department was originally located when I first joined the mediation service in 1988. From there, we moved to 32 W. Randolph for a few years, then to 28 N. Clark for a few more, before landing at our current home base, 69 W. Washington, 10th Floor, Suite 1000. All four locations are visible from the Daley Plaza, straight down from this view. My own office? The left corner, seven floors up from where the windows begin. It's the one-and-a-half picture-window pains with the blinds drawn. Sunlight is overrated. December, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196917602 196917602 On Reflection The CBS windows offer an alternative view of my 69 W. Washington office building and the darker one across the street on New Years Eve, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196945657 196945657 Snow Platters A balmy and snowy warm up to the upper twenties makes these layer cake tops, or white vinyl record platters, or pancakes, or whatever term that might distract you from, Dang! It's cold outside! January 11, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197087178 197087178 Stoic A frigid dusk bothers the Picasso far less than it does the rest of us, January 8, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197087177 197087177 Andrew Patner 1959-2015 Snow dusted the Daley Plaza's Picasso February 3, 2015 as a deep chill fell on Chicago. Andrew Patner, writer, critic, broadcaster, producer, author, and true Renaissance man, beginning with the arts and extending to virtually any area worth discussing, died unexpectedly at age 55. A devastating loss. Many classical music fans, especially in Chicago, knew Andrew Patner's work, via his writing and his radio show on WFMT, among his countless other cultural and critical endeavors. All I can say is that, upon hearing the news that Andrew died unexpectedly today, I'm in shock. Besides becoming a friend, Andrew was as kind and gentle an editor as I've had for the handful of things I did for the Sun Times. This is just unbelievable to me. Reading his obit, even if you already knew much of what he did, it's hard not to be bowled over by his accomplishments -- a book published while still in his 20s, etc. etc. etc. and etc. Deepest condolences to everyone he loved and to all who loved him. Andrew Patner's biography at the Hyde Park History website: http://www.hydeparkhistory.org/patner.html The first obituary (there will certainly be additional appreciations): http://www.robertfeder.com/2015/02/03/andrew-patner-1959-2015/ Andrew's blog: http://viewfromhere.typepad.com/ http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197351220 197351220 Raining on the Run The Daley Plaza on a hot and wet June day, 2012. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197422412 197422412 White on White Car in hibernation beneath a cold, white blanket, February 11, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197439471 197439471 Shadowy Shadows using my pics as props, February 17, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197514887 197514887 Ohio Icicles Cleveland's winter has been no better than Chicago's winter, February 21, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197553128 197553128 Chilly Dawn at the Station The sun is rising but you'd never know it with the post-snow clouds at the Deerfield Metra station, 6:43am, February 26, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197604586 197604586 Chillier Dawn at the Station Twenty four hours later, same time, same place, same Metra train approaching, a new day dawns, and even if the rising sun is poking through the trees this time, it's below zero at 6:43am, February 27, 2014. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197616829 197616829 Snow Pane Office door window>office window>snow at 7:45am, February 26, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197604587 197604587 Fat 'n' Bald Ohio rest-stop eagles for sale, the one in the middle appearing to be the true American bald eagle, March 13, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197795300 197795300 Totin' Gnome Same rest-stop where the Bald Eagles reside, this time on the other side of the street (the westbound side of 80/90), where Karen and her diminutive buddy non-verbally expressed the official NGA (National Gnome Association) motto: My husband, Yes; My dog, Maybe; My Garden Gnome, NEVER! March 15, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197809005 197809005 Beds Hospital beds at Cleveland Clinic, March 31, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198009167 198009167 Tails Cattails in a Cleveland Metropark, April 11, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198133996 198133996 Gale By The Lake Geneva-By-The-Lake in the northeast corner of Ohio on a 60 mph wind-day, May 31, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755357 198755357 Whoosh Mud-speckled car doors on a drizzly day, June 21, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198888289 198888289 Constructing Loop Linking Looking west up Washington from Dearborn on the southwest corner, the Loop Link transportation project has reached my front door (directly on the left), which I knew without even walking outside, June 10, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198774492 198774492 Still Constructing Loop Linking Two months later and Chicago's Loop Link Project continues outside of my office, this time looking east along Washington from Clark, August 7, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199342521 199342521 Mohican Pledges Eternal declarations of love via engraved stone overlook Ohio's Mohican State Park, August 15, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199441934 199441934 City Year City Year gathers to celebrate their education-oriented mission at Daley Plaza, August 28, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199551370 199551370 Dare Ya Right this way, in the inviting Cleveland City Hall underground garage, September 3, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199644236 199644236 Rest Stop Sea gulls, or more accurately, Lake Erie gulls, sun themselves on Cleveland's City Hall lawn, September 3, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199644237 199644237 Weld Baby Weld A welder outside my office's front door, extending the biggest construction summer in Chicago history since the summer after the Chicago Fire (I have hereby declared), September 17, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199728462 199728462 Marina City From across the river, September 19, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=199765449 199765449 Demonstrating The lobby of my office building was the site of a Black Lives Matter protest and 16-hour sit-in against our mayor and state's attorney. "Please be aware a protest is scheduled for this building today starting at 9:00 am. A group of ministers, union members and people from the community are planning to stage a 16-hour sit-in. The Department of Homeland Security, the Chicago Police Department and Building Management will be monitoring the situation. Thank you, The Management Team" http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200430061 200430061 Bridgework More from Cleveland's back yard, the town has LOTS of bridges and it seems there's always at least one being rebuilt, December 12, 2015. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200502546 200502546 LaDue Reservoir Along Highway 422 a half hour east of Cleveland is the LaDue Reservoir, part of our regular drives with Ben, on a grey December day, 12-27-15. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200609270 200609270 Erie Freeze Cleveland across a cold and chunky Lake Erie, January 24, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200851523 200851523 Through a Glass, Brightly Even through the scratched and dirty Daley Center windows, the sun shines through, January 27, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200880085 200880085 Strange Creatures Some kind of bovine and the Picasso-bird at the Daley Center/Plaza, January 27, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200880086 200880086 Winter Morning Moon Getting ready to trade places with the sun, 6:30am, December 3, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200928551 200928551 Rest Stop Chihuahua He (or she) looks pissed, maybe sensing that a good friend of mine refers to this particular breed as "rats with good PR." I guess that would piss me off too. February 7, 2016 in the wilds of Ohio. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=200981381 200981381 Cleveland Sunset. Ben was unimpressed. February 20, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201093594 201093594 Geese On Erie Ice February 21, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201102683 201102683 Snowy Skylight Looking up from the floor of the Cleveland Museum of Art to the ceiling's windows decorated with the remnants of the night before's Spring blizzard, April 9, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201484494 201484494 Deerfield and Court The suburb's well-named, and the doe I passed walking to the train at 6:00 this morning seemed ready for a serve, May 6, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201718234 201718234 Fork Night Lake Fork, Texas, at night, May 21, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201849444 201849444 Peaceful Plaza Demo Ecuadorians making their case on the Daley Plaza, June 1, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201916704 201916704 Welcome delegates! On the eve of destruction, er, the 2016 Republican National Convention, July 17, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202237157 202237157 Write-In Candidate But what about those traffic signs? I thought this dude was the only way. Cleveland, RNC, July 17, 2016. http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202237156 202237156 Sorry [snicker] Hey Donald, your overcompensation still fails -- Sears/Willis is still bigger than Trump. (And I have no doubt Richard Warren Sears's hands were a whole lot bigger than yours too.) (And probably Willis's too, whoever he is.) http://www.davidroyko.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203990387 203990387