Archive for March 2012

You’re not playing Mega Millions? What’s the matter with you?

You’re not playing Mega Millions? What’s the matter with you?
Yeah, yeah. I know. We’ve all heard the odds. Your chances of winning the $550 million dollar jackpot (or whatever it’s up to right now) is the same as getting a seat on the westbound number 80 Irving Park bus at 3pm on a school day. But someone’s got to win. Is there anyone out... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: The Hidden Meaning of Flowers

By Rick Kaempfer Remember when flowers were considered the perfect gift for women? You could get them for your wife, your mother, your female friends, or your female co-workers—and nobody thought a thing of it—other than “Awwww. That’s so thoughtful.” Those days are over. If you haven’t bought flowers for a woman lately, you’ve missed... Read more »

Gotcha Day: celebrating three years with my daughter

Three-years ago today, my daughter and I landed in Chicago and as soon as the gear was on the ground, she was a citizen of the United States. During the adoption process, we hit a lot of milestones, but the day I like to celebrate most is the day we got her home for good.... Read more »
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FTC finally catches up with A City Mom

And it’s about time. According to an article in today’s Tribune, FTC targets bogus online ‘news’ sites, a website I wrote about over a year ago as being fake and fraudulent [A City Mom: If life is a bowl of acai berries, why am I doing crunches on the floor?] has not only finally been... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Meeting Catholic Celebrities

By Rick Kaempfer This past week I was very excited to attend a dinner hosted by the Archdiocese. It was held to honor teens in the Chicago area, including my son Tommy who was given an award for “outstanding service, dedication, and faithfulness to the Church in the area of Community Service and Social Justice”.... Read more »

Ever sit next to a horse on an airplane? You could.

Ever sit next to a horse on an airplane? You could.
We’ve all had the inflight experience of sitting next to a horse’s ass. But what if on your next flight, you sat next to an actual horse? As long as he didn’t start shouting into his cellphone as soon as the nose gear hit the ground, I say, this would be okay. This sitting next... Read more »
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When you let your silence say "No," I say you're a wimp

When you let your silence say "No," I say you're a wimp
Hear that? That’s right, it’s nothing. The sound of silence. Normally, I like silence. In my life, it’s hard to come by. But I’ve noticed a new, silent (sorry) trend: Silence as rejection. Years ago, when I first started pitching agents for my first novel, rejection came in the form of Xeroxed form letters. I... Read more »

5 Reasons Daylight Savings Time Totally Sucks

I saw this article on The Stir, 5 Reasons Daylight Savings Time Totally Rules, and I was like, you’re kidding me, right? “Daylight savings time brings us so much joy”? Are you nuts? Did you maybe spend too many late nights staying up and counting unicorns? I HATE daylight savings time. Here are my five... Read more »

Break out the tissue: I'm baa-ack!

Perhaps you may have noticed, A City Mom has not been posting. I went AWOL. Just stopped without warning. I can tell by the mountains of concerned emails that everyone was worried. (Thanks Mom. I appreciate your concern, but I’m fine.) Well, get out your box of tissue now because you’re really going to need... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Your Language is Your Age

By Rick Kaempfer They say that age is only a number, but when that number starts with a 4, you enter a sort of “coolness” no-man’s land. You’re kids are probably too young to let you know if you’re woefully out of touch or not, and you have this nagging feeling that everything you thought... Read more »