Posts tagged "Musings"

Oscar Day Rules

I love the Oscars.  In my home it is a sacred day long celebration. Such a momentous occasion has rules.  Very basic rules, but rules nonetheless.  Because I love you all, I feel that I need to publicize their existence.  After all I can’t get mad at you if you don’t know how it works.... Read more »

Standard Body Of Knowledge: What I Don't Know

Earlier, I asked a question about what should be in a person’s general body of knowledge.  In short, what should be the treasured information that you keep inside your head? While that answer is getting sorted out, I can divulge what I don’t know.  The broad gaps in my own personal body of knowledge. Sure... Read more »

Luck Be A Lady

Accepting the challenge of Chicago Now’s Blogapalooz-Hour of  “Writing about a time you experienced a remarkable coincidence or witnessed something unexplainable,” I had to flip through the mental Rolodex. What in my life is so remarkable or unexplainable that rises to the challenge of this exercise? Then it occurred to me—pretty much all of my... Read more »

Becoming The Help

For the life of me I don’t know why the average person doesn’t know how to properly set a table. Or make a bed with hospital corners. Or clean silver. Or cook a basic meal. In short, I’ve run into a fair number of people who honestly don’t know how to keep house.  Honestly, it... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Things Fall Apart, Part 2

I tried.  I really, really tried. But I couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t save my mother’s house. Prior to my her death, my sister and her children lived there and presently continue to do so. Circumstances—some known to me and some not—prevented the mortgage from being paid in a timely fashion.  Obviously in my state... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Things Fall Apart

At the end of the summer in 1979 my mother, my sister and I came home to a big SOLD sign in the front yard of our home. Unbeknownst to us, our landlord had sold the only home my sister and I knew to the hospital across the street.  I have no idea how my... Read more »

Voting Today? The Question Every South and West Side Resident Needs To Ask

Of course you’re going to the polls to make your voice heard.  This is a big election. Today and in February various established and aspiring politicians will ask you for your vote. I suggest that any resident of the south or west sides respectfully ask these politicians if they publicly commented on the French government’s... Read more »

The Holidays Are Here!

I know you may not want to face this, but as far as I’m concerned Christmas is here. As soon as the last piece of candy is given out  tonight, you might as well star decking the halls.  If it can snow in the Loop on Halloween, we can all start thinking about Christmas. In... Read more »

Another Condo Unit Is About To Go Rental

Here we go again. Yesterday  I found out that my downstairs neighbors have received an offer for their condo unit and will be moving out this Saturday. I very much understand their reasons for moving—ease of commute, being closer to their children’s daycare and the wife’s job—I get it.  My cause for concern is when... Read more »

The Five Types Of People Who Turned Me Into A 20% Tipper

I have had the pleasure of being served by some of the best professionals the hospitality industry in our city has to offer. When I was enjoying their prompt, courteous and brilliant service, I thought I was a good tipper.  Let me assure you—I was not. Did they ever say a word?  Nope. Did I... Read more »