Category: Columns

Pregnant pondering: The day our lives did surely change

Pregnant pondering: The day our lives did surely change
I’m not much of a “Squeee!” person. But I’m glad my going-for-gusto husband, Joe, is. We complement each other like that. I’m the Claire to his Phil, in Modern Family terms. (Really more Mitchell, but you get the point – in our relationship, I’m the straight man. Wait …) When Joe found out I was pregnant,... Read more »

Joy, poop and other thoughts on finding out you're going to be a dad for the first time

Joy, poop and other thoughts on finding out you're going to be a dad for the first time
Sometime late this summer, my life is going to change in the most spectacular, delightful, crazy and poop-filled way possible. I am going to become a dad. It’s hard to describe quite how this makes me feel. Perhaps the great Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant said it best: Squeee! (Or whatever the German equivalent of that... Read more »

Joy and why it's the best word in the English language

Joy and why it's the best word in the English language
My favorite word in the English language might be joy. (With iguana coming a close second because I pronounce it e-guana, as if it were some sort of internet guana, which sounds both awesome and non-existent.) A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. The feeling of the warmth of the sun after a string of... Read more »
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Penny's Noodle Shop, pad Thai and the wonderfulness of food whims

Penny's Noodle Shop, pad Thai and the wonderfulness of food whims
I remember the first time I ever had pad Thai. It was about eight years ago at Penny’s Noodle Shop in the Wrigleyville neighborhood in Chicago, the very Penny’s Noodle Shop that recently announced it was set to close after 23 years. Eggy, peanuty, noodley, cilantroey (OK, I should never do that again), it had... Read more »

How a 16-inch softball rule can help make baseball watchable

How a 16-inch softball rule can help make baseball watchable
I was listening to The Boers & Bernstein Show on my way home from work on Thursday and the hosts were discussing how tedious many people find watching baseball to be, especially with a team like the Boston Red Sox that intentionally tries to gum up the works and slow the game down. I’m with... Read more »

From Maruchan to Slurping Turtle: One man's ramen evolution

From Maruchan to Slurping Turtle: One man's ramen evolution
During my teenage years, my afternoon snack after getting home from school was fairly consistent – ramen, grilled cheese and a tall glass of chocolate milk. (It being my teenage years, I immediately would lose two pounds upon consuming all of this.) But I didn’t eat just any ramen. OK, maybe I did. I ate... Read more »
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The last place you look and the joy of unpacking after a move

The last place you look and the joy of unpacking after a move
We moved from Chicago to the suburbs in early September. It’s now well into October and my wife is looking for a certain book, Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything.” First problem: It’s still in an unopened box. Second problem: The second bedroom is filled to the ceiling with my unopened boxes from the move... Read more »

The seven days of moving (and a few more just because)

The seven days of moving (and a few more just because)
All of last week was devoted to MOVING. I use all caps in this instance because (1. I like to) and (2. It seems like MOVING deserves it.). On Monday, my wife and I got ready for our move from Chicago to the suburbs. On Tuesday, we moved. This took most of the day and... Read more »

I saw a huge rainbow on my way home and it was awesome

I saw a huge rainbow on my way home and it was awesome
Driving home from work today, I saw a huge rainbow – maybe the biggest rainbow I’ve ever seen. It stretched across the sky, basking in its Roy G. Bivness. I smiled. I like rainbows. (Yes, I also like unicorns.) There is something inherently wonderful about them. The colors. The grandeur. The stark difference from how... Read more »
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Three ways a computer game taught me how to potentially conquer the world

Three ways a computer game taught me how to potentially conquer the world
I went on a Sid Meier’s Civilization V bender over the weekend. In case you’ve never heard of it, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is a turn-based 4X strategy computer game in which you try to guide a national leader from the past to world domination. In case you’ve never heard of what a turn-based 4X... Read more »