Posts in category "Chicago"

Hi! I'm the a**hole in the car in front of you who can't drive in a little snow

Hi! I'm the a**hole in the car in front of you who can't drive in a little snow
Yep, it’s me. I was the woman driving the black Toyota Corolla in front of you last night: the asshole. That was me driving 15 MPH in a 45 MPH zone, my tires straddling the line between the two southbound lanes, as if I couldn’t see the lane markings (I couldn’t). Our eyes met briefly... Read more »

5 alternatives to closing Chicagoland schools on super-cold days

5 alternatives to closing Chicagoland schools on super-cold days
It’s a hard call: to close, or not to close Chicagoland schools on unspeakably frigid days. There are voices crying foul on both sides of the argument: It’s Chicago, it gets cold. Deal! I can’t afford to take the day off work, much less find daycare at a moments’ notice. Think of the children. A negative 30... Read more »

Politics-Shmolitics, Chicago is awesome.

Politics-Shmolitics, Chicago is awesome.
Last night I had one of those magical nights in Chicago. I’m sure magic exists everywhere: when that certain je ne sais qua transforms a place into its own brand of Oz. But if you are from Chicago, you’re down with magic I witnessed last night. As cold and corrupt and segregated as this place... Read more »
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Rocktober Day 3: Fleetwood Mac at the United Center - a concert for the (middle) ages

Rocktober Day 3: Fleetwood Mac at the United Center - a concert for the (middle) ages
I can’t hold the the rope much longer in my epic tug-of-war with Denial, and the concerts I’ve attended recently are doing nothing to firm up my grip: Alanis Morissette at Caesar’s. A Go-Go’s romp at Ravinia. And last night: Fleetwood Mac. One look at my fellow concert-goers, and it is clear that it won’t... Read more »

How do I deal with all of my White Guilt?

How do I deal with all of my White Guilt?
I have a raging case of white guilt. I don’t know how NOT to feel bad about being a privileged white girl. And by privileged, I don’t mean that my family comes from money. No ma’am, no sir. At best, I’m upper lower-middle class, and I have an Ugly Condo in a modest Chicago neighborhood... Read more »

When a liberal blogger is summoned to the Fox News roundtable...

When a liberal blogger is summoned to the Fox News roundtable...
So, yeah. John Stossel at Fox News asked me, a rather liberal blogger, to be the lefty slant on the topic of trophy culture –  By giving trophies to everyone, are we “wussifying” our kids? Point/counterpoint. ‘Wow. You’re a talker,” his producer said on the phone, then invited me to fly to NYC for an... Read more »
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A eulogy for a(nother) dead houseplant

A eulogy for a(nother) dead houseplant
Sorry, Dead Houseplant. I had the highest hopes when I brought you home from the Home Depot plant shelter.  I remember carefully placing you on the car floor, then bracing your sides to avoid a spillover. I was so sure this was the year: that you were going to be my first beautiful summertime flower... Read more »

Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend

Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend
Here are the bare facts: Over the 4th of July weekend, 82 people were shot, 14 of whom were killed. Not surprisingly, these shootings occurred on the south and west sides of Chicago, areas notorious for poverty, gangs, and gun violence: From the Chicago Tribune article: The victims ranged from the 14-year-boy shot by police in the... Read more »

A crabby middle aged city girl reviews a suburban 4th of July parade

A crabby middle aged city girl reviews a suburban 4th of July parade
I’m a city girl. I am not so much a “hater of suburbs” as I am a “lover of big cities.” But I’m well out of my 20’s and have a kid now, so I can no longer live by Chicago bread alone.  These days, I often head north for better parking. Also: I’ve been crabby... Read more »
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A question for gun advocates: The floor is yours: What am I missing?

A question for gun advocates: The floor is yours: What am I missing?
Alright, gun advocates, what am I missing? Where is the anecdotal evidence that guns, and more specifically, that military-style assault weapons are a benefit to society? Because here’s all I’m reading about on the subject: a) Guns are slaughtering innocent children in drive-by shootings everywhere, many of them in my own back yard:  Chicago. b)... Read more »