3750 News July 2022

3750   NEWS

ANOTHER PARTY, PARTY, PARTY

SAVE THE DATE!!  If you haven’t already put it on your calendar, Thursday, September 15th, will be 3750’s next Garden Court event.  Theme and menu will be announced.  Speaking of the Garden Court it’s looking sunny and beautiful.  Bring your laptop down if you’re working from home or meet a few friends for snacks and drinks like some of us are doing on Thursday afternoons.  😉

OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES AND REMINDERS FROM THE BOARD

Apartment 1H (Guest Suite)

Reminder:  Guest Suite Reservations is the web address for sign up.  After you’ve signed up Drago will confirm.  August has many availabilities so now is a great time to reserve.  September, on the other hand, has already had a lot of reservations.

Swimming Pool Sign Up

Reminder:  Please don’t forget to use the sign up link before going down to the pool.  Sign up is simple as is cancellation when plans change.   You can sign up as early as 24 hours ahead of time at the following link:  3750 Lake Shore Drive | Scheduling and Booking Website (simplybook.it)

Community Update

We must continue to be careful.  For when you’re out and about, there are personal alarms available for sale on Amazon that can easily be attached to a purse, to car keys or to a belt loop.  When the pin is pulled an alarm up to 135 decibels goes off and a mini strobe light starts flashing. Worth considering.

Our 46th ward Alderman, James Cappleman, is retiring at the end of his term.  Running again in the election in February is Marianne Lalonde, an environmental research scientist who lost to Cappleman last time by 25 votes in a runoff election.  There will be other candidates too, of course, and we will try to have them come to 3750 again to introduce themselves and answer questions.

Food Drive

Our food Drive on behalf of LAKEVIEW PANTRY was a huge success.  We collected 350 pounds of food, etc. according to the Pantry rep that picked up our collection. Thanks to all who participated and especially to Anne Heekin in 6F who brought the idea to the Communications Committee and organized every detail. Yea, Anne!!!  There was one glitch; that being Lakeview Pantry’s promise to pick up half way through the drive and not showing up.  We would like to another drive down the road but won’t consider unless they agree to pick up when we call.

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New Budget

The 3750 budget for the next fiscal has been approved.  Adam Gehr, our Treasurer, will be sending out a detailed report to all shareholders within the next week.

 ENTERTAINMENT and OTHER STUFF!

The weather is beautiful.  Mostly warm and sunny and a great time to find your way to the Clocktower near the golf course across the street.  Grab a burger, brat or salad with a cool drink to enjoy on their deck.  Also, consider The Dock at Montrose Beach for lunch or dinner and live music in the evening.  It’s a beautiful spot that makes you feel like you’re “out of town”.  Weekends are crowded due to the beachgoers but lunch during the week is delightful.   

LIVE PERFORMANCE

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO – The new season has been announced.  Currently “The Devil Wears Prada” is playing at the Nederlander Theatre through August 21.  Coming in September and beyond are “Anastasia”, a new musical,  “Wicked”, “The Lion King”, “Dear Evan Hanson”, A Magical Cirque Christmas”, “1776”, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”, “A Soldier’s Play”, “Alanis Morissette’s jagged little pill” and “MJ” (Michael Jackson, Of course).

GRANT PARK CONCERTS – http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/music/2022-season.  For dates and times and beautiful music in a beautiful setting.

MUSEUMS – The Art Institute has its lions back, now cleaned and handsome.   If you haven’t seen it the Cezanne Exhibit is still on display through September 5, 2022.

Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place, 7th floor.  This is a playground for Chicago sports fans of all ages.  It combines skill challenges and hi-tech simulated experiences with unique sports memorabilia and a collection of game used treasures and other artifacts.  

STREAMING

ON SHOWTIME

“CITY ON A HILL – is coming back for the third season on Sunday, July 31.  It’s a fictionalized account of  the “Boston Miracle” that cleaned up city corruption in the 1990’s.  Kevin Bacon stars as a corrupt but redeemable FBI agent who takes down a family of crooks.

If you missed it, “YOUR HONOR” – one season starring Brian Cranston as a Judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.

ON FREEVEE

It’s free but there are commercials.  Fair warning…. For those of you who liked “BOSCH’ on Amazon Prime there is the continuation of the characters on FREEVEE.  The new show is ‘BOSCH – LEGACY”.  Harry Bosch has become a private detective and his daughter Madi is a rookie police officer with the LAPD.

For those of you who liked or missed “LEVERAGE”.   The cast is missing Tim Hutton but the other regulars are there. Hutton is replaced by Noah Wyle as the brain behind the former miscreants who help people no one else can help.

ON NETFLIX

Recommendation for “THE STAIRCASE”, described as the first great true-crime docuseries following American novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife in 2001 and making it look like an accident.

ON HBO MAX

“THE LAST MOVIE STARS” – The six-part documentary from CNN Films and HBO Max that chronicles Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s iconic careers and decades-long partnership.

“THE WEST WING” is still available – all 7 seasons from 1999-2006.  Very popular show about the US  government reminding us that we’re still dealing with the same issues today.  But Martin Sheen handled things better than most Presidents thanks to the imagination of Aaron Sorkin.

“THE SOPRANOS” is still around too.  6 seasons of the show that “invented the modern TV antihero.  James Gandolfini made Tony Soprano one of the most memorable characters ever on TV.”  Check it out if you haven’t seen it and if you have, maybe time for another look?

AT THE LANDMARK

“Nope”  Getting great reviews.  “Residents in a lonely gulch of inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery in Jordan Peele’s expansive horror epic.”

Where the Crawdads Sing” didn’t get such great reviews but the book has been a best seller list for 150 weeks.  Some of us have to see it bad reviews or not.

Mrs. Harris Goes to PARIS”  The enchanting tale of a seemingly ordinary British housekeeper whose dream to own a couture Christian Dior gown takes her on an adventure to Paris.

3750 Book Club Meet for September 2022

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The Dictionary of Lost Words

by

Pip Williams

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (goodreads.com)

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid’ was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the ‘Scriptorium’, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word ‘bondmaid’ flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.

New meet time! Join us for a lively discussion of this book on Thursday September 8th from 7pm t0 9pm in the Hospitality Room. Please RSVP Todd Cannon 4B at toddcannon@comcast.net or 312-841-9795 if you wish to attend.

FOOD and DRINK

A Summer Cocktail Recipe from David Narwich (4B)

”MOJITO”  (Featured and recommended in “Bon Appétit” magazine

On a sweltering summer evening, nothing hits quite like a mojito with a blast of forest mint and fizzy finish.  Like many classic cocktails, it has a storied (if murky, in this case) history.  Some say it descends from a similar drink called “El Draque”.  Others argue that this rum cocktail started among Cuba’s rural farm workers, and from there traveled to Havana’s bars where American tourists first tried it.  Among those tipplers was famously (or allegedly, depending on who you ask) Ernest Hemingway.

There’s no official word on whether Hemingway actually drank mojitos and if he did, which recipe he liked, but this one keeps things classic.  Muddling, or gently bruising two mint sprigs in the simple syrup before shaking helps release the herb’s oils, which gives the drink its refreshing factor.  Crush the leaves gently (press down, twist, repeat 4x) just until the smell of mint wafts up from the shaker.  Too much muddling can turn a drink bitter.  Don’t worry if the mint leaves tear apart in this process; they will be strained out.  Serving the drink with large ice cubes helps keep it cold and strong on the hottest of days.  For the garnish, smack a fresh sprig of mint between your palms to help release its aroma before adding it to a tall Collins glass.

Ingredients – 1 serving

3/4 ounce simple syrup

2 sprigs mint, plus more for serving

2 ounces white rum

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Club Soda for serving

Preparation

Muddle simple syrup and 2 mint sprigs in a cocktail shaker.  Add rum and lime juice.  Fill shaker with ice, cover and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.

Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a tall Collins glass filled with ice.  Top off with club soda; garnish with more mint.

A Corn Chowder Recipe from Ann Harrison (16D)

Ingredients:

10 ears corn, stripped

1/4 lb.  Salt pork, in lardons

1 large yellow onion

1 Fresno Chile, minced

1 jalapeño Chile, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced I

3 Tbsps. Flour

2-3 medium potatoes, diced

1 pint heavy cream

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Make corn stock.  After the corn cobs have been stripped, cut them in half and place them in a deep kettle with enough water to cover.  Cook for 20 or so minutes until all the flavor has been extracted form the cobs.  Remove the cobs and set the stock aside for the moment.  (This should yield about two quarts.)

Melt a small amount of butter in the original kettle, and place the salt port lardons over moderate heat until nicely browned and crisped.  Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Pour off all but about a tablespoon of the rendered fat.

Add sliced onions, cook briefly, then add the diced chiles and salt.  Cook for a few minutes more, then add garlic and potatoes.  Add the flour and cook briefly.

Add the corn stock and the kernels and cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Add the pint of heavy cream.  Cook an additional 5 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, partially purée the soup, for some added richness.

Taste for seasoning, adding additional salt and pepper if necessary.

Serve topped with some of the crispy lardons.  Add the rest to the soup before freezing.

Makes LOTS.  Freezes well.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

MEET  – Doug Dinnella and Pam Benson – Apt 11A

How long have you lived at 3750?

2 Months

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Both of us, in Chicago.  Raised suburbs – Couldn’t wait to get back to the city.

What was your favorite vacation?

Norway.  We went to Norway and visited the home towns of Pam’s grandparents.  All 4 of them immigrated from Norway to the US.  (Wisconsin and Illinois)

Where would you like to go that you have never been?

Egypt

What is your most treasured possession?

Paintings from my Mom – Pam

What city would you like to live in if you didn’t live in Chicago?

Paris

Who is the most famous person, either living or dead, that you’d most like to meet?

Thomas Jefferson

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Richard M. Daley – Doug

Muhammad Ali – Pam

What was your favorite concert?

Elvis – Pam

What is your favorite Chicago Theater, If any?  (Goodman, Steppenwolf, Steep, etc.)

Nederlander (Oriental Theater)

What is your most memorable meal – any time, any place?

One in Oslo, Norway.  The other on a Greek Island

What is your guilty TV pleasure:

Dr. Who, The Prisoner – Doug

Monk, Grace & Frankie – Pam

What is your classic film favorite?

Wizard of Oz – Pam

If you could have a “superpower” what would you choose?

To See the Future – Doug

To fly – Pam

What character or attribute in others do you most admire?

Confidence, Humility, Empathy, Generosity – Pam

What profession other than your own would you like to try?

Public Speaking.  Story telling – Pam

Thick or thin?

Thin