The Chicken Chronicles

A Historical Perspective

We have a rubber Chicken. The details of how the original Chicken came into our possession are sketchy, but it started several years ago and originated with Linda’s co-workers in Evanston, IL USA. The real story must go back farther than that, since the Chicken’s soft rubber belly notes China as the place of origin. I believe all this began in the late 1990s.


I also do not clearly recall how the craziness started. At some point, the Chicken began joining us on our trips and vacations, and a photo collection began to emerge documenting the Chicken’s travels and adventures. It is all rather stupid when you think about it and write it down.

chicken_vietcongHowever, everyone loves the Chicken. On countless occasions, we have been photographed in the process of photographing our Chicken. People want to touch the Chicken. To hold the Chicken. To caress the Chicken in hopes of figuring out what in the world is inside the Chicken that makes it feel so weird. People want to understand why two Americans are taking a picture of a rubber Chicken.

Certainly the main reason this adolescent behavior continues is that the pictures are funny.

Seriously, when is the last time you saw a Communist Viet Cong soldier getting his picture taken with a rubber Chicken?

When we say everyone loves the Chicken, we mean everyone.

To be completely honest, we actually have two rubber Chickens. In 2004, Linda felt that the original Chicken was ‘getting too dirty’ and acquired a second Chicken. Though also Made in China at presumably the same time we were living there, Chicken #2 was ironically purchased in the United States . I prefer the admittedly nappy but svelte Original Chicken, while Linda prefers Extra Crispy.


The Chicken Photo Contest

slide_pool is introducing a new, regular feature to our blog. Chicken, Where are You? On a regular basis, we will post a photo of the Chicken. You should guess where the photo was taken (try to be precise). We will provide the location and circumstances surrounding the photograph prior to posting a new picture. Please play along.

Click here to play Chicken, Where are You?

What We Are Drinking

margaux One joy of living in Chicago again is having access to excellent wine. Certainly we have access to poor wine as well, but the quality and variety of wine available in the USA exceeds that available in China by such a wide margin that the two are incomparable. We did not drink much wine in China since the selection was so disappointing in relation to the price. Also, beer is 50 cents a quart.

Linda and I visited the wine cellar over the weekend, rearranged the contents, added some new bottles, and brought some old bottles home. New to our stash is the 2002 Chateau Lascombes Margaux, a very good wine from what I understand was a difficult grape growing season in France. Good with cheese and red meat – we have tested it with both filet mignon and hamburger and quite enjoyed both combinations.

fincaOne of the better bottles I’ve had in a while made its way to our cellar from Spain. The 2003 Finca Sandoval from the Manchuela region is a great tasting wine – 80% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 7% Bobal, and 4% Tempranillo. This and a 2002 Box Stallion Pinot Noir I had during a trip to Melbourne, Australia earlier in the year are the two most enjoyable wines I’ve had in many months. I have not figured out how to acquire the Box Stallion in the USA.