Archive for October 2011

On Halloween: Five things that scared me as a kid and the adult fears they morphed into.

On Halloween: Five things that scared me as a kid and the adult fears they morphed into.
In honor of Halloween, I’ve gone back and opened up those scary childhood closets, looked under the bed to remind myself of all the things that used to make me afraid. And, as an added benefit (no charge) we’ll see how those childhood fears have morphed into the things that now scare me as a... Read more »

Please Make a Note of it

Please Make a Note of it
When I was getting ready to leave town on my flight earlier this week, I suddenly remembered I’d forgotten to sign my daughter up for basketball. It seems there’s always at least one “mouse that gets away,” which is how I refer to a detail or errand or to-do item that needed to be accomplished... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: All Things Must Pass

By Rick Kaempfer I made a comment on my Facebook status update yesterday about Theo Epstein’s arrival in Chicago, and it somehow degenerated into a discussion of passing gas with my Facebook friends. I have to admit, this sort of thing happens to me a lot. The subject matter isn’t my favorite, but it sort... Read more »
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This is why we hate the 1%

The Golden Opulence Sundae. A New York Restaurant, Serendipity 3, sells this $1000 dessert, cited in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world’s most expensive dessert.  $1000 Sundae at Serendipity 3, New York Sure it contains only the finest ingredients: the highest grade of vanilla and chocolate, edible gold leaf, a crystal goblet... Read more »

Transcendent Mom(?): We don't need technology to achieve Enlightenment, but maybe it couldn't hurt.

Transcendent Mom(?): We don't need technology to achieve Enlightenment, but maybe it couldn't hurt.
My sons forced us to watch the documentary, “Transcendent Man,” [transcendentman.com] about Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist, which made we wonder; How can I get a job as a futurist? Do you have to be any good at it? I mean, just look at all those neon ESP signs in our storefronts. Somehow those... Read more »

Topeka honors National Domestic Violence Awareness month with irony

As regular readers of A City Mom know, she feels it’s her civic duty to point out irony wherever and whenever she finds it, and today, during National Domestic Violence Awareness month, she came across this: Cash Strapped Topeka Stops Prosecuting Domestic Violence Purple is the color to display to call attention to National Domestic... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: 16 Years Ago Today

By Rick Kaempfer Sixteen years ago I was working in radio; part of the John Records Landecker show on WJMK in Chicago. We constantly discussed our personal lives on the air, so when my wife Bridget became pregnant with our first child, her pregnancy was closely followed on the air. We played the audio of... Read more »

Bad blog going around

A friend of mine, we’ll call him “Jim,” recently sent me the following direct message on Twitter: “Bad blog going around about you, heard or seen it yet?  airtar(dot)ru.”  Jim’s a pretty media savvy kind of guy and I’m a totally paranoid kind of gal, so naturally I clicked on the link. The site was... Read more »

Comment Phishing: why bloggers should feel better about Internet trolls

There’s a group of us Chicago Now bloggers who participate in an online forum where we talk to each other about all things blogging. A lot of the time it’s technical issues, or sometimes how our softball team did (really well until NPR trounced them in the finals) or our latest get-together. (A City Mom... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Woodpecker Warrior

By Rick Kaempfer For the past five years I’ve had an on again-off again battle with a neighborhood woodpecker. I’ll never forget the day I discovered who my nemesis was. He (or she) sounded just like a jackhammer. I lived in Chicago for many years, and the sound of a jackhammer in the morning wasn’t... Read more »