My kind of town…

Chicago, is…

American Cities That Best Fit You:

60% Chicago
55% Austin
55% Philadelphia
50% Atlanta
50% Honolulu

This doesn’t really surprise me. I’d put Chicago at the top of this list. Interestingly enough, I like all of these cities (I’ve been to them all– but Austin– and liked them all). The poll itself is kind of problematic though, as you’ll see if you take it….

Just in case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas…

I collect snow globes and have done so for a few years now. I probably have about 25-30 of them. The main reason I collect them is because it gives me something to look for when I go on a trip and I inevitably wander into some sort of touristy store: “Hey, I wonder if they have snow globes?” Almost all of my snow globes are pretty cheap, $5 or less. I think the most money I ever spent on one was a snow globe from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I spent about $20 for it, though it wasn’t as fancy as the one in this picture.

Anyway, there was a very cool picture in Harper’s Magazine this week by the artists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz of some very interesting and spooky-looking photographs of snow globes. As far as I can tell, the “art” of all this is actually the photographs, like the ones featured here. But what I want is one of the snow globes.

Actually, I visited the web site for PPOW, a gallery that represents Martin and Muñoz and saw this one, called “Travelers LXXIX” that I thought looked pretty cool:

At the gallery web site page for this, it says “send an email about this piece.” So I did, said I liked it a great deal, and I asked how much it was. They emailed me back a very nice note and said $4000.

So, if anybody out there wants to get me a really REALLY special gift….