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Open Letter to Jim Moyer of Fields Jeep (Chrysler, Dodge and Ram)

Open Letter to Jim Moyer of Fields Jeep (Chrysler, Dodge and Ram)
How do you thank someone when they do something selfless on an epic scale?  Very publicly. In early January, I cold-called my favorite Jeep dealership, Fields Jeep (Chrysler, Dodge and Ram, too) to ask for a HUGE favor.  Having just launched my Jeep Raffle to benefit my sister-in-law Vicki who suffers from ALS, it occurred... Read more »

So Melvin Williams, President of NICOR, Proved He's Not Just Another Pretty Face

As many of you read in my Monday post, I was frosted — quite literally — because NICOR inadvertently shut off the gas to my home in frigid temperatures, leaving my renters (a family of five) without heat. After multiple calls to NICOR spanning approximately five hours, my renter, Martha, and I were able to... Read more »

Thank You, Melvin Williams President of NICOR For Giving Me A New Meter In January, But Shutting Off The Gas To My Home In Subzero Temperatures!!!

Thank You, Melvin Williams President of NICOR For Giving Me A New Meter In January, But Shutting Off The Gas To My Home In Subzero Temperatures!!!
Can NICOR Really Turn Off Your Gas In Subzero Temperatures When There’s NO Billing Issue? Yes, they can. This morning I received a distressing call at 8:00 a.m. from the family that rents my home in Oak Park, Illinois.  No heat.  No hot water.  So my first call was to the plumber for the hot... Read more »
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Unauthorized Sharing of Deposition and Court Transcripts, Theft of Services?

This morning’s coffee just wasn’t doing the trick.  My body wasn’t awake yet.  Until I opened my email.  An email from a reporter who works with our firm was more impactful than three cups of coffee when she alerted me to a conversation at her deposition yesterday that went something like this: OPPOSING COUNSEL:  I... Read more »

Why Court Reporters Cannot Be Replaced...According to a Neurosurgeon

There’s always one harasser in the crowd.  We bloggers are used to it.  You know, like the guy in college who used to interrupt the professor just to hear the sound of his own voice, but he wasn’t really saying anything?  Yeah, that guy.  He shows up on my blog to shamelessly plug his electronic... Read more »

The Dine-And-Dash In Court Reporting: The Unpaid Invoices Epidemic

Every court reporting agency owner has experienced it, those clients who don’t like paying their bills.  Who among us could blame them?  If we could all get away with selectively not paying for goods and services thereby reserving more in our bank accounts for our own personal entertainment and/or living expenses that we want to... Read more »
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ALS Diagnosis Is Like Having A Bucket Of Ice Dumped On You

Last summer when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was in full swing, I witnessed friends, and friends of friends, participating in the challenge and posting their hilarious and inventive ice bucket videos on Facebook.  But for my family there was no laughter involved in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, because, at that same time, my sister-in-law of twenty-five... Read more »

Why Court Reporters Need Fast Passes For Obstacle Court (aka The Daley Center)

Why Court Reporters Need Fast Passes For Obstacle Court (aka The Daley Center)
As anyone who finds themselves on the legal playground of Cook County, Illinois, knows, The Daley Center is a thrill ride like no other.  Beyond the weathered Van Der Rohe facade lies a dated and crumbling interior that time forgot, what I like to think of as Cook County’s version of Jurassic Park.  It’s a... Read more »

The Relationship Breakup List

I live in Chicago.  Anyone who lives in Chicago and loves morning talk radio while they’re getting ready for work and/or commuting to their jobs listens to Eric and Kathy on WTMX 101.9.  I know I’m carbon dating myself when I say that back in the day, it was Steve Dahl and Gary Meyers.  After... Read more »
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Exhibit A Why I Cross Party Lines When I Vote: Susanne Atanus

As a result of recent posts, I’ve been experiencing daily deja vu. The conversation goes like this: COMPOSITE PERSON:  What are you? ME:  Clarification? COMPOSITE PERSON:  You know, which party? ME:  I love parties. COMPOSITE PERSON:  No, I mean political party.  Are you one of those? ME:  One of what? COMPOSITE PERSON:  (Sotto voce.)  Ah, ya... Read more »