Posts in category "Voices"

Skinny and Half-Lesbian: In Defense of Being Bullied

Skinny and Half-Lesbian: In Defense of Being Bullied
“My mother is a lesbian. And that makes me ethnically half-lesbian.” I’ve always loved that line and figure if I ever get a side job as a stand-up comedian that it will become one of my signature jokes. Thing is, it’s completely true. Like a lot of kids growing up in the 1970s, I watched... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "What Labia Means To Me"

Summer / Camp Stories: "What Labia Means To Me"
Growing up in Massachusetts, I attended lots of camps. During my summers as a kid from about 5 to 14, I went to day camps like Summerfun and the Hitchcock Center Nature Camp and Eaglebrook Soccer Camp and Look Park Drama program, and sleepover camps like Camp Anderson, Camp Howe and Northeast Music Camp. Basically,... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"
Picture this: 100 girls ranging from ages 14-18 from all over the United States, all Girl Scouts (GS), one adult supervisor per ten girls, staying in the dorms at the State University of New York Utica. Fourteen years old, and I was the only Minnesotan. By the end of those two weeks in July of... Read more »
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Summer / Camp Stories: "How Not to Have Fun at Summer Camp"

Summer / Camp Stories: "How Not to Have Fun at Summer Camp"
The summer camp on Kelly’s Island that I went to when I was 11 wasn’t about “roughing it.” We had electricity in our cabins, running water and hot showers, and a fully equipped, cafeteria style kitchen that served us soggy chicken nuggets and watered-down spaghetti and meatballs. All the amenities one could expect in the... Read more »

Competitive Eating: Chicago Now vs Kobayashi

Competitive Eating: Chicago Now vs Kobayashi
World Champion competitive eater, Kobayashi, swung through Chicago today as a part of a world tour. The former Nathan’s world hot dog eating champion, who won his title consecutively from 2001 to 2006, stopped by the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue to take on five people at once. The challenge: Kobayashi took on five bloggers... Read more »

Chicago Marathon Offers "Runnerds" and Beginners a Life Transformation

Chicago Marathon Offers "Runnerds" and Beginners a Life Transformation
Adults can pick up sports pretty easily. Some jump into the office softball team. For others, flag football offers an opportunity to play outside and break a sweat. But deciding to run a marathon usually entails more of a life transformation. Molly Conway Alvarez, 39, was always reasonably athletic throughout her life. But that was... Read more »
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Nicks & Dings in Notre Dame's Dome

Nicks & Dings in Notre Dame's Dome
Two football seasons ago I got to see a Chicago football favorite, Tom Thayer speak. Currently, Thayer is a local radio analyst covering the Chicago Bears, and was a member of the ’85 Bears who won Super Bowl XX under Mike Ditka. Thayer spent that season blocking for quarterback Jim McMahon and the great Walter... Read more »

Nudity & Sports: Is It What the Fans Want?

Nudity & Sports: Is It What the Fans Want?
Last month this blog got over 15,000 hits. The strange thing is that the vast majority of the hits, coming via various internet sites, went straight for two articles I wrote in June. Those pieces were both about the same basic topic. The topic was naked sports and this topic went up as post-event coverage... Read more »

The Real World, BCS: College Football’s Late Summer Break & National TV Fling

The Real World, BCS: College Football’s Late Summer Break & National TV Fling
The nation rejoiced this past weekend as college football began again. There were a lot of touchdowns as is to be expected. Ohio State ramrodded their cross-state neighbors from Akron 42-0; while Florida beat up on Florida Atlantic 41-3 and Arkansas pounded Missouri State 51-7. Elsewhere, #2 Alabama took no mercy on Kent State, a... Read more »
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America: Dump Reality TV, Get a Life

America: Dump Reality TV, Get a Life
The few times that I paid attention in History class I actually learned a few things about America. I’m not talking about facts about wars or who was the 21st President of The United States. What I remember most is the few things I picked up about Americans and what grabs our attention. I remember... Read more »