Posts in category "Tales of Gusto"

Tales of Gusto: The clown wedding from your worst nightmare actually happened

Clowns are creepy. That’s like the Fourth Law of Robotics or something. I’m not afraid of clowns, per se, but I wouldn’t want to be alone in a room with one either. What would be far worse, however, would be to be alone in a room with a lot of them. Like hundreds. While they... Read more »

Tales of Gusto: The 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame

Tales of Gusto: The 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame
The playoffs begin tonight in the Chicago media 16-inch softball league I’m in. This has been my first season playing for the ChicagoNow team. It’s also been my first time playing any sport with a bat and ball in any sort of organized way and the first time I’ve ever even seen a 16-inch softball.... Read more »

Tales of Gusto: Psycho battles a rattlesnake and Bavarian finger wrestling

It’s time – once again – for Tales of Gusto, when I celebrate those who do awesome things in life. I have three different stories to share this time: 1. Psycho the Chihuahua poodle mix Yes, animals can for go the gusto, too, and be included on this list. Especially when a little bugger steps in front... Read more »
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Tales of Gusto: Ten historical geeks who helped to change the world for the better

It’s time for some more tales of gusto. And since it’s Geek Week, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the geeks throughout history who have changed the world through gusto. Let’s get right to it: Herodotus – A “historian” in much the same way the creators of most HBO shows that... Read more »

Tales of Gusto: Weddings, kittens and zombie squids

Tales of Gusto: Weddings, kittens and zombie squids
Here at Going for Gusto, we celebrate those who go for the gusto with our Tales of Gusto. This week, I’ve ran across a number of stories about people who recently have done awesome things and couldn’t settle on just one. So, instead, we’ll be linking to five stories about the following who have tales... Read more »

Tales of Gusto: This 92-year-old man is both Santa Claus AND his elves

Tales of Gusto: This 92-year-old man is both Santa Claus AND his elves
This week’s tale of gusto comes from the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Ill.  The article by Jeff Engelhardt  is about James Keehan, a 92-year-old Crystal Lake resident who makes wooden toys that he gives to children at local supermarkets. Yes, Keehan essentially has turned the North Pole into a one-man operation. According to the... Read more »
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Navy Pier Ferris wheel site of new record: Clinton Shepherd, take a bow

Navy Pier Ferris wheel site of new record: Clinton Shepherd, take a bow
Clinton Shepherd, the operations manager at Navy Pier, set a new world record this weekend by hanging out on the Navy Pier Ferris wheel for more than 48 hours without sleeping. That, in my book, is a tale of gusto. According to the CBS2 Chicago story on the Shepherd, he said he wanted the birthplace... Read more »

Fish sticks: Remembering E. Robert Kinney, the man responsible for them

Fish sticks: Remembering E. Robert Kinney, the man responsible for them
Fish sticks, for me, are synonymous with childhood. I have many fond memories of sitting at the kitchen table enjoying the breaded fish morsels paired with macaroni and cheese, green beans and the most essential component of all – ketchup. I must have eaten enough fish sticks as a kid to enable a community version... Read more »

Tales of Gusto: Eoin Sinclair and an awesome piano version of a classic Daft Punk song

Tales of Gusto: Eoin Sinclair and an awesome piano version of a classic Daft Punk song
There are many ways to demonstrate gusto in one’s daily life. Creating a piano version of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” while on vacation because you have nothing better to do certainly is among the ways. Which is exactly what Eoin Sinclair did. You can check out his version at Noteflight, where you can... Read more »
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Stephen Harding and tales of gusto in The Last Battle

Stephen Harding and tales of gusto in The Last Battle
I love history books – especially military history books. Which, admittedly, is a bit strange since I consider myself something of a staunch pacifist. I’m like a vegetarian enamored with Guy Fieri. But military history is filled with strategy, lore, camaraderie and lessons – all topics I love to read about. And Stephen Harding, a... Read more »