We Just Finished Our First Year of Pre-kindergarten

We Just Finished Our First Year of Pre-kindergarten
My daughter just finished up her first year of Pre-kindergarten. It was a milestone for her; and for me. She was scared of the unknown, and I was as well. She walked into school with butterflies in her stomach, and I went home with a lump in my throat. With each day it got better.... Read more »

Is The Music Enough of A Reason To Watch "13 Reasons Why?"

Is The Music Enough of A Reason To Watch "13 Reasons Why?"
The music played during 13 Reasons Why is the main reason I started watching the show. After reading several times that it had a great soundtrack, I became very intrigued. Though, maybe you’re still thinking, “Why would I watch a kid’s show?” Well, that was my thought process at first too. But now I would... Read more »

June 2nd! It's Free Donut Day!

June 2nd! It's Free Donut Day!
“Hey Chicago, what do you say? It’s Free Donut Day!” Me: “Abby and Paige, are we going to get our free donut?” Abby: “Ummm…dad, we already WENT!” Want more from the Cut Out Kid? Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you... Read more »
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Zillow Is Getting 'Zued over Zestimates

Zillow Is Getting 'Zued over Zestimates
A Glenview real estate lawyer is suing Zillow over their unlicensed “appraisals.” You can go to their website, type in your address and see how much your home is worth. Sounds like a great tool, right? Here’s the problem: The “Zestimate,” or appraisal, is off by 10-20%, at least one-fourth of the time. This has... Read more »

Still Smoky After All These Years: Surly "Smoke" Vintage 2012

Still Smoky After All These Years: Surly "Smoke" Vintage 2012
I waited five years to drink this vintage Surly “Smoke,” from 2012, and, DAMN, if it wasn’t still a smoke bomb!? After 5 years of sitting upright, on a shelf, in a basement, behind a curtain of certain darkness, it has still retained every bit of soot. Like a burnt bacon aroma, that just won’t... Read more »

Top Five Things I've Learned On Craigslist

Top Five Things I've Learned On Craigslist
If you are interested in selling an item on Craigslist, here are five important things I’ve learned: 1.) Make sure the buyer brings CASH; the exact amount you’re asking for, BEFORE they come. Why waste time if they are only bringing $10, hoping to haggle, when you have an item selling for $20? 2.) Make... Read more »
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I Lost My 2 Year Old At An Easter Egg Hunt

I Lost My 2 Year Old At An Easter Egg Hunt
For a few minutes, I lost my 2 year old daughter at the school Easter Egg Hunt. We were waiting in line, when an aide asked, “Are there any kids under 3 in line?” “Yes,” I said. “My littlest daughter is.” To which she replied, “She can come to the front of the line, with... Read more »

An Unattended Seizure Outside Of The Not-So-Friendly Confines

An Unattended Seizure Outside Of The Not-So-Friendly Confines
Twenty-four hours later my wife and I can’t stop thinking about a man who had a serious seizure outside of Wrigley Field. He fell into the street right in front of us and started shaking. Jen yelled, “He’s having a seizure!” Another girl yelled, “Do something, help him!” The cries went unheard. Military police informed us... Read more »

Spring Is In The Air

Spring is in the air! There’s a humidity in the air today, screaming, “Spring is here!” Squirrel’s are racing about, birds are singing, and the city has come back to life. Last year the Trashcan Sinatras released an album that, in many ways, felt like a rebirth. So, as a person who looks to music... Read more »
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I Miss Bobby Ray's Smile

I Miss Bobby Ray's Smile
God I miss Bobby Ray’s smile. Especially when introducing me to a song he loved. I can picture him holding the round volume knob, between his thumb and forefinger, before he twisted it to the right for that part of the song he loved. “Check this out Adam, right here!” That shit eating grin. Those... Read more »