Mortgage savings for you or a way for the bank to make money?

Mortgage savings for you or a way for the bank to make money?
Three and one-half years ago I purchased my first home. I bought a modest condo in Lake County and took out a mortgage that was 48% of what I’d pre-qualified for. I put down 20% of the purchase price, which was 70% of the asking price. Ya, I’m a kick-ass negotiator, when backed by the... Read more »

What's your story? I want to know and share it

What's your story? I want to know and share it
Everyone has a story to tell and everyone’s story is unique and intriguing. It’s about what makes us who we are and what makes us tick. By reading Little Merry Sunshine, you get peeks into my story, who I am, and what I value. Actually, you learn quite a bit about me (sometimes maybe a... Read more »

Welcome back, Spring!

Welcome back, Spring!
Dear Spring, I have missed you more than you’ll ever know. It’s not that Winter was so awful, well, not in Chicago, anyway; East coasters have a different perspective. It’s just that Winter just seemed to drag on. Winter brought cold, snow, endless grey days, frozen Lake Michigan, and too few hours of light each... Read more »
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When is rape not rape? When it includes BDSM apparently

When is rape not rape? When it includes BDSM apparently
Unless you’ve been living in a cave over the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the movie 50 Shades of Grey based on the series of books of the same name. In case you haven’t, it’s a story of a young woman who is seduced by an older, grotesquely wealthy man who is very... Read more »

RIP Feline Companion Fred Gardner, Unknown - March 11, 2015

RIP Feline Companion Fred Gardner, Unknown - March 11, 2015
It is with a heavy heart that I share that my dad, John, just said good-bye to his faithful feline companion, Fred. Fred was a very loving kitty who my dad rescued in the early 2000s. He was all black and loved his belly rubs. He also enjoyed long walks through the neighborhood on his... Read more »

Ask Little Merry Sunshine: Are you always happy or are you too stupid to realize life sucks?

Ask Little Merry Sunshine: Are you always happy or are you too stupid to realize life sucks?
Dear Little Merry Sunshine, I am a regular reader and big fan of your blog. In fact, I’ve been reading since the early days when you were writing on Blogspot. As I’ve read and re-read your posts over the past 7 1/2 years, I’ve noticed one overarching theme: far more often than not, you are... Read more »
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I hate Valentine's Day, but not for the reason you think

I hate Valentine's Day, but not for the reason you think
I hate Valentine’s Day. There, I said it. I’ve hated it for as long as I can remember. In my opinion, it’s the worst holiday we have and I would prefer to crawl into bed later tonight only to wake up on Sunday. Now before you stomp all over me as a bitter, never married,... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West: Adults and society are to blame, so leave the kids alone

Jackie Robinson West: Adults and society are to blame, so leave the kids alone
Earlier today, Little League® International released its decision in the alleged Jackie Robinson West cheating scandal in the 2014 season. The decision in part reads: The Charter/Tournament Committee has decided to vacate the league’s wins from the 2014 Little League® International Tournament, including its Great Lakes Regional and United States Championships, and suspend team manager... Read more »

Text spam: The cray-cray is strong

Text spam: The cray-cray is strong
Starting tonight at 5:22 p.m. and ending at 7:32 p.m., when I blocked the phone number, I received 86 text spam messages from 312-507-1045. After the first 15 messages, I googled the number and came across this tweet: That number again is 1-312-507-1045 it is the babble of an insane illiterate nut job! — tom... Read more »
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Professional headshot: the picture that speaks 1,000 words

April 2011 professional headshot. It's not bad, but it's not great. Originally, it had a white background that washed me out.
Late in 2014, I decided to make an investment in myself and obtain a truly professional headshot for my LinkedIn profile, my blog, and other uses. Keep in mind that this was a big decision because quality isn’t cheap and I don’t currently have a job. A few things you should know about me: I hate... Read more »
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