Why You Should Be Reading This Blog


You can check out any time you like...

...but you can never leave.

The Eagles--1976

Another Newbie Blog on ChicagoNow. What is this one all about? Call it a personal adventure if you like. My wife Barb and I are young (in our own minds) empty nesters, rattling around in a big suburban home with Max and Phoebe, our resident dog/cat combo.The kids are long gone. So after months of flip-flopping, U-Turns and a 360 or two, we decided to defy reason and build a new, too large, suburban home. We are losing a bedroom here and powder room there, but it will still be a home dedicated to our lifestyle. We began documenting our progress with the blog downsizemaybe at Wordpress. We have developed many dedicated followers there, and look forward to migrating with them to this new, more grammatically correct, version in ChicagoNow.

One thing we discovered when building a home from scratch is that for long periods of time, particularly in the early phases, NOTHING HAPPENS! There is only so much that I could write about the horrors of financing this project or the fun of picking out windows. The blog has therefore evolved into a more open forum for my inner ramblings. Sometimes my mind is on music, from classic rock to Broadway show tunes. Other days you may read about my car, my pets or my family, though not necessarily in that order. Current events?  Sure, sometimes.

I try to keep my professional life (I have a full-time career as a pathologist) out of the picture, though one day you may see a sidebar on what pathology is all about. It's not much like "Quincy" or one of those "CSI" shows, Miami, Chicago or otherwise. And I certainly don't know any docs like Cathy Martin, the pathology resident on "St. Elsewhere" who liked to lure her lovers underground for energetic morgue sex.

Despite my best efforts, not everyone will love this blog. To make it easy for you to decide, here are four reasons NOT to follow Downsize, Maybe:

  1. If you don't like having a particular tune stuck in your head all day. One of my partners gave up reading the blog after she complained the opening lyrics  in a particular post were driving her crazy and wouldn't stop. As for me,  I can't stop singing "Hey, Jealousy", the tune that introduced the  last post on the old site.
  2. If you are waiting for Barb to write a post.  Forget about it.  Unless all of you ask very, very, nicely.
  3. If you need a new post seven days a week. Sorry, but I just don't have the juice for that. Three or four posts a week should serve all of us just fine.
  4. If you are looking for a ranter. I am a laid back guy, though non-vaccinators drive me up a wall, and some presidential candidates do too.

But if you want a tune filled, mellow and entertaining blog, Chicago but a bit suburban, with an occasional twist or two, this will be the place for you. Any comments, suggestions, criticisms or complaints are encouraged. We even have a Facebook Page Downsize, maybe that you can contribute to.

So welcome aboard. Please keep your arms and hands inside the car while you enjoy the ride.
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