Archive for November 2011

Chicago as the 51st state? Six other areas that should apply for statehood

Chicago as the 51st state? Six other areas that should apply for statehood
According to a story from the Associated Press, an Illinois state representative is proposing that Illinois and Chicago (specifically Cook County) split up and go their separate ways, thus making Chicago the 51st state. While this is an idea that has about zero chance of ever coming to fruition, it did cause me to think... Read more »

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: My love affair with Mickey Mouse continues

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: My love affair with Mickey Mouse continues
As a 30-year-old man with no children, I am inordinately excited to go with my wife to see the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade tonight. Mostly because I get to see Mickey Mouse. I simply love that rodent. The parade will last from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on North Michigan Avenue, from Oak Street to... Read more »

Five movies based on YA books that wish they made it to their 'Breaking Dawn'

Five movies based on YA books that wish they made it to their 'Breaking Dawn'
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ is released today and is expected to bring in the dough. The first movie made $191.4 million, the second movie pulled in $296.6 million and the third movie topped them all at $300.5 million. Twilight already has joined Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter in the... Read more »
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With Houston leaving NL Central, how MLB divisions should be realigned

With Houston leaving NL Central, how MLB divisions should be realigned
With reports that the Houston Astros are on their way out of the National League Central and headed toward the American League West, now is as good of a time as any to re-imagine how baseball’s divisions should be set up in an ideal situation. With 15 teams in each league, this means we’ll have... Read more »

Farewell 'Community'?: Five TV shows that ended much too soon

Farewell 'Community'?: Five TV shows that ended much too soon
While NBC hasn’t officially canceled “Community,” one of my favorite TV shows, its benching isn’t a great sign for its future. If the witty Thursday night comedy does go away for good with 58 episodes under its belt, it will be much too soon. It won’t be alone, though. Many TV series have ended much... Read more »

How baby-making fun will save America (and maybe Illinois)

How baby-making fun will save America (and maybe Illinois)
Nobody can be predict the future, but, boy, is it fun to try. Sometimes it’s easy, such as “Herman Cain will not be the next president of the United States.” Sometimes it’s hard, such as “The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series at least once in the next century.” But what about the future... Read more »
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Indiana festival offerings the suburbs are missing out on

My biggest regret at the Fall Festival is that I never figured out what deep-fried Kool-Aid is. Luckily, Good Morning America was there to help me out. Oh my! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7D4RCSpo3w
Well, with November here, that about spells the end of all the fall festivals in the suburbs. Rather than reflect on their food offerings, though, which are mostly the same, I thought I’d show the food offerings from the Fall Festival in my hometown of Evansville, Ind., which I visited this fall. Perhaps some of... Read more »

An NBA fan reflects on what should have, could have been

An NBA fan reflects on what should have, could have been
I visited the Yahoo! Sports page this morning – a morning routine of sorts – and was greeted by something I had never seen before in the schedule part in the top right corner. “Your Magic should have been playing today …” Thank you, Yahoo! Sports. Thank you for making my morning a little less... Read more »

The best of the North Halsted Halloween Parade

It's Bert. It's Ernie. It's a medieval knight in the background. It's Halloween!
The 15th annual North Halsted Street Halloween Parade took place last night and I was there to scout out the best costumes. Let me know which ones you like the best in the comments.
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