Lupus Walk Committee

French Word of the Day: violet (vee-oh-lay)- purple

My chemo session is officially February 13th, but I have been reassured that this will in no way affect my Lady Gaga concert experience that night.  This is really more relevant for the people who are going to be sitting directly in front of me, because you know I’d still be going to that concert even if I was getting sick.  So people in front of me, you’re safe.

I’m still doing my part to search for a cure.  Yesterday, Rocio and I had our first Lupus Walk Committee meeting.  (I found out I wasn’t the only one who was really excited about the tumbler.  We were all about raising money for our cause, but the tumbler is purple.)

Rocio and I (shown here on the left) pretend not to notice there's a camera being focused on us.
Rocio and I (shown here on the left) pretend not to notice there’s a camera being focused on us.

The official date for the Chicago Lupus Walk has yet to be determined.  It’s probably going to be September 22nd, but the city has to approve our date.  As it’s the city of Chicago and this is a walk for a non profit that doesn’t have any money to bribe them, I’m assuming the wait’s going to be awhile.

This year we’re adding a run.  To shake things up, it’ll be some kind of fun run.  (I don’t run unless I’m late.  I will be briskly strolling.)  Rocio and I are gunning for the “purple people eater” theme where everyone just wears insane amounts of purple.  I’d like to throw purple glitter at people too, but I’ve been told they might not appreciate that while they’re running. (Question for the future: where would one buy a purple tutu that is not child-sized?)

If anyone wants to join us, I’ve already started our team page.  Rocio hasn’t joined yet, so I’m already being a better committee member than she is.  Not that it’s a competition, because it’s not.  But if it was, I’d be winning.

I won’t make you wear purple, but I can’t promise not to look disappointed if you don’t.  I’m giving you 8 months notice.  This is far more than the 5 days I gave you last year.  If you’re not in the Chicagoland area or if you’re unwilling to commit to an undetermined September date but still want to donate, here’s a link to my personal page.

If you’re have a business that might be interested in getting a tax break and wants to sponsor, feel free to email me at  I don’t know what businesses read this, but I did promise to shamelessly beg for money.  Such is the life of a committee member.



French Word of the Day: Métro (met-row)- metro

I love public transportation.  It lets me walk and think.  I don’t have to worry about hitting anyone while reading, because someone else is driving.

Paris has an amazing system.  You pretty much can’t beat it.  The métro alone goes all over the place.  You have to search pretty hard NOT to find a stop somewhere nearby.

Pigalle was in Amélie, for all the fans out there.  If you want to see more places, here’s a lovely little list.

You should also know that the inside of the trains aren’t generally as nice as the one I took a picture of.  That’s a new train.

Chicago’s El system isn’t quite as widespread as the metro.  It’s not bad, the stop are just much further apart.

I’ll give this to Chicago, though- it has some lovely stations on its El system.

My favorite is Quincy, which was built in 1897.

I’m assuming the blue plastic edgings are from the original 1897 materials.

In this case, Paris wins in efficiency and Chicago wins in old-timey aesthetic.