Posts in category "Chicago"

THE BIG FINISH - "I took my 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago"

THE BIG FINISH - "I took my 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago"
“I took my 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago” – a quick review: PART 1: The questionable ambience of the riff-raff seats PART 2: An empowering message from the stage to the women of tomorrow PART 3: “Crap” + “Rap” = “Crapper” PART 4: Oh Brit-Brit and now, the Big... Read more »

"I took my son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 4 of 5)

"I took my son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 4 of 5)
So I took my kiddo to the B96 Jingle Bash last Saturday: PART 1: The charming ambience of the riff raff seats PART 2: A message for the good men of tomorrow PART 3: Crap + Rap = Crapper PART 4: Can we just talk about Britney Spears for a second? First: pop icon – NO... Read more »

Week One of the long national nightmare: a retrospective

NOV 7, 2016: “Drag Your Kid to Work Night.”<br><br>In Illinois, a job in social services can feel like an abusive relationship - every day you give your all to ensure that people in marginalized populations live happy, healthy lives, yet you are constantly being told that you are not doing quite enough. (Oh, and you have to beg the state to pay you for doing that work...)<br><br>As I drove home tonight - my kid sacked out in my back seat after hanging out with me while I worked late - I thought about how I’m responsible for only a small part of the lives of about 180 people - and I sincerely want to throw in the towel at least once a week.<br><br>Can you even imagine how crazy awful it is to be the President of the United States? To be blamed for everything that’s wrong with the entire country?<br><br>So...to still want that shitty job after a bunch of people wearing shitty t-shirts said such shitty things about you when you were running against a shitty, shitty man? That's not a power grab - that's a deep, deep commitment to that office.<br><br>Rest up, HRC. History awaits…..God willing.
Here is week 10 of a year long project: a photo a day with a teeny-tiny photo essay to boot. (Photos by J-A-G) We begin this long installment full of hope…..on election eve…..
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We will "come together" and "unite" when you admit we have a huge racism problem in this country

We will "come together" and "unite" when you admit we have a huge racism problem in this country
First things first: if you are a Republican Trump voter, you are not the one to be schooling me on unity. Take a snapshot of the Republican national convention, then take a snapshot of the Democratic national convention, then tell me which party truly practices unity. In fact, people like me have been screaming for... Read more »

World Series images: Wrigley Field, Cubs Fans, and an EPIC victory

World Series images: Wrigley Field, Cubs Fans, and an EPIC victory
Hell YAH, “Holy Cow.” Cubs won game 5: 3-2! After the drama of games 3 and 4 and the nut-gripping suspense of Game 5 – we won our first World Series game in Wrigley Field since October 8, 1945.  It felt like a dream… so I took 27 pictures of that dream:

World Series Game 5: Images from Wrigley Field - Part 1

World Series Game 5: Images from Wrigley Field - Part 1
Game 4 sucked. But it’s a 7 game series and no one’s won 4 so on Sunday evening, fans put on their big Cubs panties and made their way back to the Friendly Confines for Game 5. I bought a monopod, charged two batteries to full, cleared a 32 GB ScanDisk, parked in my same... Read more »
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Hey, Mom! Why don't you take a picture...it'll last longer.

Hey, Mom! Why don't you take a picture...it'll last longer.
I have a pretty big announcement about this blog. Today I’m beginning a project that’s kind of a BFD to me. I’ve waited for five weeks for this day, and now I’m charged up. I’m excited. I’m feeling inspired. I’m….at a bit of a loss about how to present what’s about to happen here at OSM. Hmmmm…... Read more »

How a $3 sewing kit restored my faith in humanity

How a $3 sewing kit restored my faith in humanity
I don’t know if it’s because of the heat …or the political ascent of the Orange Shithead …or a wonky side effect of my new meds …or a mid-life crisis… or some combination of all of the above BUT: lately life has been a bit of a slog. Even so, the only thing more annoying... Read more »

Hey, Sarah Palin! Participation in a passionate political protest in Chicago is also "free speech"

Hey, Sarah Palin! Participation in a passionate political protest in Chicago is also "free speech"
Let’s say I have a blustery, old school racist aunt: let’s call her Aunt Sarah. Sarah is just an awful old woman who uses the N word, makes gay jokes while watching the Ellen show, and is pretty sure your neighbors wearing those “Muslim headbands” are planning the next 9/11 in their apartment. Aunt Sarah... Read more »
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Ten totally awesome things that happened during the (non) Trump rally in Chicago

Ten totally awesome things that happened during the (non) Trump rally in Chicago
What a night, what a city – my kind of town! I had suspected that Chicago might not be so welcoming to a man whose political platform threatens just about every principle this city is built upon. And boy, howdy… I don’t think I’ve ever felt more in awe of this city – one set... Read more »