Tag: chicago

I didn't see any adults declining their Shamrock Shuffle participation trophies

I didn't see any adults declining their Shamrock Shuffle participation trophies
On March 24, 2019, I ran the 2019 Shamrock Shuffle…and have never been more proud of such a mediocre performance. When I showed up to run the 8K that Sunday, I felt like a flabby speck in a giant green throng of Shufflers. Honestly, the masses rendered me unremarkable: my personal fitness challenge was dwarfed by how... Read more »

Would you agree with me that Chicago neighborhoods get all "Harry Potter" after dark?

Would you agree with me that Chicago neighborhoods get all "Harry Potter" after dark?
I much prefer night time over day time, for darkness lends itself to isolation much better than the visibility of that whole annoying sunshine racket. Creativity can be quite harrowing. Creating fictional worlds can be a nightmare. Revisions?  Ohmigod they’re the worst. Unless it’s dark outside. Then it’s all delicious. *** I am still waiting... Read more »

I was a Republican for a month - a cautionary tale (Part 3: The Road of Trials)

I was a Republican for a month - a cautionary tale (Part 3: The Road of Trials)
Recap: I finally pulled myself out of a drunken stupor and bought my condo on the north side of Chicago. It was ugly, but it was mine. Crossing the Threshold/The Road of Trials I  didn’t notice the rust when I bought my place. I guess it never occurred to me to look up BEFORE I walked... Read more »
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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 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 3 of 5)

"I took my 8 year old son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 3 of 5)
Saturday, Dec 10: Surprise, kiddo! You’re going to your first concert – the B96 Jingle Bash! And then I’m going to write about it for five days in my blahhhg. Part 1: The charming ambience of the riff-raff seats. Part 2: A message to the good men of tomorrow. Part 3. As the night went on,... Read more »

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 »
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The day after the Paris attacks - "What We Were Doing in Our Part of Chicago"

The day after the Paris attacks - "What We Were Doing in Our Part of Chicago"
Yesterday, a friend from high school forwarded to me a Facebook post by Anne Lamott in which she wrote about hope and bewilderment after the massacre in Paris. As beautiful as Anne’s words were, I was most struck by a response written by a women named Melanie Sims Maxham. In a small piece she called “What... 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 »

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 »
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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 »