How I (Don't) Write

My blog posts are like sausage: they come from a pig, they’re all linked together, some people won’t like them, they’re frequently not as good as you expected, and you really don’t want to know how they’re made. However, each week the ChicagoNow bloggers are given a theme to write about, and this week’s theme... Read more »

Mad Men: Notes From a Binge Watcher

I realize that I’m a little bit late to the game, and in all likelihood you probably already know this, but Mad Men is a great show. It’s the sort of show that can make you envious of the characters, while at the same time feeling superior to them, sorry for them, and thankful that... Read more »

The Time I Saw a UFO

Drive-in movie theaters are almost obsolete. If you believe this article, then maybe they’re making a bit of a comeback, but there still aren’t very many of them around. I’m lucky that I grew up near a drive-in theater and now live about forty minutes away. At least once or twice a summer we load... Read more »
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Go Daddy's Puppy Commercial is Fine

If I spent $4 million to show a 30-second commercial, which is what a bunch of companies will do this Sunday (there’s a game that day, in case you hadn’t heard), I’d want to make sure that my commercial made an impact. I’d want people at home to go silent as they watched my message... Read more »

Meeting the Future Me

I distinctly remember wondering what it must be like to be an adult when I was a kid. As an eleven-year-old I couldn’t imagine not going to school everyday. Or being able to drive a car. Or getting married. Or having kids. Yet somehow all of those things have happened over the past twenty-five years.... Read more »

SkyMall is Bankrupt, But How do These Places Stay Open?

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been on an airplane. And it’s been even longer than that since I’ve purchased some completely useless, idiotic item for no reason at all. However, I still felt a tinge of sadness upon hearing the news that SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy and plans to sell its... Read more »
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How Did I Get to 100 Posts? One at a Time

(I wrote this yesterday and was ready to post it, but before I could, this happened. Therefore, this is actually my 101st post, not my one hundredth. I’ve decided to just play pretend though. So play along, okay?) This is my one hundredth post since I started writing at ChicagoNow about six months ago. Since... Read more »

We Are Calling to Inform You That All of Our Schools are On Lockdown

This is my hundredth post on ChicagoNow. I was just about to post an entirely different entry until my wife called me at 12:26 to say that the high school my daughter attends was on lockdown due to a threat made against the school. As parents, how do you respond to that? I mean other... Read more »

How to Make the State of the Union Address More Exciting

I hope you don’t have plans to watch anything on network television tonight. It’s Tuesday and late January, which can mean only one thing…the State of the Union address. The State of the Union has always been interesting to me. I watched it as a kid even though I didn’t know what the heck Presidents... Read more »
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The Lego Movie Sucks

Academy Award nominations came out this morning. That means for the next six weeks or so we’ll compare films and roles that are completely different and try to decide which is the best. It’s sort of like asking which tastes better: raspberry cheesecake with chocolate ganache or a really good pizza. They’re completely different and... Read more »