Listening Bars

As someone who grew up outside of Chicago, lived in the city for a bit then moved out here, I haven't looked back.

While I do miss the top tier food/music/arts/etc of Chicago, there's a lot more to love about the overall lifestyle out here given that the winters are actually managable.

Plus, we have Red Rocks.
Mountains > corn.
 
As someone who grew up outside of Chicago, lived in the city for a bit then moved out here, I haven't looked back.

While I do miss the top tier food/music/arts/etc of Chicago, there's a lot more to love about the overall lifestyle out here given that the winters are actually managable.

Plus, we have Red Rocks.
Red Rocks looks amazing. Bucket list.
 
I don't mind "vinyls" . . . irregardless of what others think. :p

But seriously, I've never heard of this before. I'll have to look into this more. I'd love to have this incorporated into my next house. (If I win the lottery.)
 

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I happened to walk by "Mojo's Vinyl Bar" in Highwood, a suburb along the lake about 30-40 minutes north of Chicago. While I didn't have a chance to go in (was headed somewhere else to meet a friend), it looked like a chill relaxed place, no pretense. Looking them up they have La Scales and Cornwalls powered by an NAD integrated and a Rega P6 playing the records. Which you pick out of their collection and put in line to be played. They also have board games... a big plus for me.

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That looks like a cool place to hang out. I haven't played any board games in about 40 years. Hard to find people who want to play.
 
That looks like a cool place to hang out. I haven't played any board games in about 40 years. Hard to find people who want to play.
I have a group of friends that get together and we drink and play Trivial Pursuit from 1983. Which is ….very tough in 2024.
 
I always used to love Parcheesi. And Monopoly is a classic too.

Scrabble is cool too. Especially if you actually follow the rules written in the box. Few people do. But if you follow the rules, there's opportunity for bluffing. Kinda like poker.
 
I have a group of friends that get together and we drink and play Trivial Pursuit from 1983. Which is ….very tough in 2024.
I was pretty good at the original Trivial Pursuit. It seems that’s the kind of information my brain holds the best; trivial.
 
I was pretty good at the original Trivial Pursuit. It seems that’s the kind of information my brain holds the best; trivial.
You might be surprised how many really obscure questions about 1960s cinema and sports are in a 1983 game. It’s an interesting experiment in how culture works with a kind of 20 year nostalgia delay.
 
You might be surprised how many really obscure questions about 1960s cinema and sports are in a 1983 game. It’s an interesting experiment in how culture works with a kind of 20 year nostalgia delay.
My dad absolutely whipped my ass at late-80s trivial pursuit. The stuff that doesn’t survive in the public consciousness beyond the folks who directly experienced it has got to be 95% or more.
 
My dad absolutely whipped my ass at late-80s trivial pursuit. The stuff that doesn’t survive in the public consciousness beyond the folks who directly experienced it has got to be 95% or more.
My wife was 4 in 1983 and grew up in another country so she's REALLY BAD at 1983 Trivial Pursuit. Which is great because we always play girls vs boys. It's amazing how much of what was once known is now totally forgotten. "You're alive until the last person who remembers you dies".
 
I have a group of friends that get together and we drink and play Trivial Pursuit from 1983. Which is ….very tough in 2024.
I'll never forget the day, a friend, my boss at the time, invited us over to play Trivial Pursuit. My question was: How long is the 45 of The Beatles "Hey Jude." My boss said, how can anyone get this? I said . . . 7/11. Everyone about fell out of their seat. When I was young, you'd study the record cover while the song played. I recalled 7/11 because our local convenient mart was called that. It was a funny moment.
 
As someone who grew up outside of Chicago, lived in the city for a bit then moved out here, I haven't looked back.

While I do miss the top tier food/music/arts/etc of Chicago, there's a lot more to love about the overall lifestyle out here given that the winters are actually managable.

Plus, we have Red Rocks.
I totally get it. I was first in the Rockies when I was five-ish years old, and even at that young age I caught the bug. After a couple of trips as a young adult, I vowed I would live out there and even started preparing to do so...but no, life happened, and my entire adult life has been regret for not having moved when I had the opportunities.

That said, last year was a high point in that I was in Colorado six times...although a few of those overnights were en route to/from other destinations where I'd stay an extra night or two. (Santa Fe in early March, Wyoming/Idaho/Montana for a rally in early May.) I may only get there twice this year, but that beats not going at all. 😊

I do have a feeler out for a job in Boulder but the issue is that I'd have to live north of Boulder in Longmont or Ft. Collins to have a sane commute. Nothing wrong with those cities but I really prefer to live near Colorado Springs (especially the Garden of the Gods area), and the commute up I-25...well, you know how that is. (A lot of the guys work 6am to 3pm to avoid the worst of it.)

It's at the point where we're now weighing the job, future retirement, and current/future family situations (my better half may be a grandma by August) before we can move, but, we know we have to do it. We're at a breaking point and are thoroughly disgusted with living here. And as we say to each other...returning here for a family situation or event is just an airline flight away.

To be honest, I'd rather work three jobs until I'm 90 years old than retire here and be freakin' miserable each and every day I wake up in this miserable state.
 
Plus you have The Music Room...I would need intervention if I lived that close by. 😁
I actually got a behind closed doors tour with a friend who used to work there. Quite the operation, and I got to hang in their listening room with some $200k speakers (can't remember the name off the top of my head).
 
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