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Motorcycle helmets suck and so do people who insist on telling me I should wear one

Motorcycle helmet laws suck for two reasons.  The first reason is that it’s nobody’s business if I want to hop on my motorcycle and feel the wind in my hair.  The government shouldn’t be involved in decisions I make about my own safety. The second reason that helmet laws suck is that helmets suck. OK,... Read more »

Pumpkinfest 2013: Highwood goes for the record

October 17-19, 2013 was Highwood’s annual Pumpkinfest, drawing an estimated 125,000 visitors to the northern suburb.  Nestled between Highland Park and Lake Forest, Highwood is the civilian sibling of Ft. Sheridan and the bucolic setting for some the North Shore’s best festivals. Highwood’s attractions include the Evening Gourmet Farmers Market, Garlic Fest and Bloody Mary... Read more »

What do Ryan, Rubio, Cruz, Paul, Lincoln and Syria have in common?

What do Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Abraham Lincoln and Syria all have in common? The easy answer is “nothing, really”. If you take Abraham Lincoln off the list, you get a different answer and it’s a little scary. While Ryan, Cruz, Rubio, Paul and Lincoln all share the GOP as their... Read more »

Motorcycling in Chicago: Winter doesn't have to mean the end of the riding season for the stout of heart

Motorcycling in the northern climes can make for very short riding seasons, especially for girly-men.  With the annual Toys For Tots parade coming up on Dec 2 (it’s always the first Sunday of December), I’m down to one riding buddy, my giant Norwegian friend. A lot of it seems to have to do with attitude.... Read more »
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