Archive for October 2012

Daenerys Targaryen, Babywearing Mother of Dragons: A Game of Thrones Variant Costume

Daenerys Targaryen, Babywearing Mother of Dragons: A Game of Thrones Variant Costume
Since I shared a list of easy costume recommendations it only seems fair that I share my costume this year. I was Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, but I wasn’t a regular GoT khaleesi. (I haven’t had the body to pull that off for a while.) Instead, I was Daenerys Targaryen if she were a... Read more »

List 16: Guilty Pleasure Movies

List 16: Guilty Pleasure Movies
My posts about great documentaries and how to enjoy theatre may have given people the idea that I have highfalutin tastes in entertainment. That’s far from the truth. My taste in entertainment is as eclectic as my blog topics. That is, I like some trashy, fluffy and silly stuff too. Here are some of my... Read more »

3 Rules for "Sexy" Halloween Costumes

3 Rules for "Sexy" Halloween Costumes
I once hand-sewed thigh-high fur boots for a sexy cave woman outfit, so I can’t get too preachy about sexy costumes. There will always be women and men (Hello, Boystown!) who want to dress slutty for Halloween. If you are one of them that’s your choice, but please follow these rules to avoid disturbing the... Read more »
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Ghost Stories and More at "Haunted: A Speakeasy Seance Salon"

Ghost Stories and More at "Haunted: A Speakeasy Seance Salon"
“Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald For some creepy pre-Halloween fun in Chicago go to 2601 W Leland on Monday, October 29. (It’s near the Rockwell stop on the Brown Line or the Lawrence bus.) Knock on the door on the... Read more »

Advice for Undecided Voters

I previously posted an election year to do list  targeted toward people who may not be inclined to vote due to cynicism, laziness or apathy. I have a far shorter list for undecided voters: Make a decision. Vote. Choosing who to vote for can be a difficult decision, but guess who else has to make... Read more »

List 15: Vote (An Election Year to Do List)

List 15: Vote (An Election Year to Do List)
Early voting in Chicago has begun. (Click here for times and locations.) If you have already voted here or elsewhere, thank you. If, however, you are a U.S. citizen and have not yet voted, here is a to do list: Vote. Vote because you can. Vote because so many others cannot. Vote because so many... Read more »
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Sexism in So Many Words: Mitt Romney, Violentacrez and Julia Gillard

Yesterday a blog post of mine was linked to by another website. I was appreciative for the link as it continues to drive a lot of traffic to my site; however, the person who put up the link summarized the post by saying that in it the author (me) described “his” experience. It was a... Read more »

The Government Does Make Jobs and I Wish Everyone Could Take One

One of the recurrent issues in the presidential race is the question of who does and should make jobs. Mitt Romney has repeatedly said, “Government does not create jobs.” I’m sorry, Mr. Romney. The government does create jobs. They are good ones, and our democracy would be stronger if everyone took a government job for... Read more »

Uncomfortable Halloween Costumes to Avoid

Uncomfortable Halloween Costumes to Avoid
If you are entering a contest or are really into Halloween you may be willing to sacrifice comfort for the sake of a costume, but most people don’t have that resolve. Uncomfortable costumes are quickly abandoned thus defeating the purpose of having a costume. If you want a costume that you’ll be able to wear... Read more »
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List 14: Quick, Easy and Cheap Halloween Costumes

List 14: Quick, Easy and Cheap Halloween Costumes
Around this time of year I see a lot of suggestions for “easy” Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, many of those suggestions are not as easy as one might like. The two main offenders: The “no sew” option – Sure, there is no sewing, but it will still take you hours to assemble. These ideas are great... Read more »