Category: Another Day in The Trenches

Staring Down The Barrel of Mega Millions

It’s currently 9:15pm. In 45 minutes, someone’s life will change. Forever. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I wish to be that person. Yes, I bought a Mega Millions ticket. I bought 10 actually, but only 8 of them are mine. 2 belong to my friend Tricia. Ah Tricia…how do I describe her. Friend. Platonic.... Read more »

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!
I needed some time to process before posting this one.  What do you say about a monumental shift that rocks an entire city? The entire city held it’s collective breath as we waited for the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial. So many fears were resting on the history of the city. In Chicago,... Read more »

Throwback Monday: Riot Fest Day 3 of 3

Throwback Monday: Riot Fest Day 3 of 3
OK…So, I’m not sure if this counts as a throwback since I never published it.  So yes,  this one is delayed. I have no excuses, other than I have a job, and a very active lifestyle.  It’s 11:15pm and I got home a little while ago. Started my work day at 7:30am, proceeded to jiu... Read more »
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Riot Fest: Day 2 Of 3!

Riot Fest: Day 2 Of 3!
Good morning friends! People say I’m a good writer, but half the time, I have no idea how to start a post.  So, let’s just cut through the bullshit: Day 2 of Riot Fest Was amazing!!! Holy crap!  I felt like I was 20-years-old again, and let me assure you, I’m closer to 40 than... Read more »

Riot Fest: Day 1 of 3

Riot Fest: Day 1 of 3
Good morning everyone! So yesterday was the first day of Riot Fest 2018, and of course, I was there.  Riot Fest is the only big money festival that I attend every year…as a spectator.  If you’ve been a reader of this blog before, you probably have seen me make mention of the fact that I... Read more »

Life Is About Connecting With People

Life Is About Connecting With People
Have you ever been to The Ogden? The Ogden Chicago, The Official Blackhawks Bar and Restaurant, is an amazing bar and grill actually located on Ogden, 2 blocks away from the United Center.  If you venture over to their website, and check out their About Us page, you’ll see that they’ve featured in a cornucopia... Read more »
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Have you checked out Warm Belly Bakery?

Have you checked out Warm Belly Bakery?
As I type this, on my increasingly problematic iPhone 6s, I am sitting in Warm Belly Bakery in West Loop. Now, anyone who knows me on a personal level knows I am not a fan of the West Loop. I’ve worked here for 3 years. The parking is horrendous. I call it the #PoopLoop because... Read more »

Discovering Claire Wineland

Discovering Claire Wineland
This morning, I came across the most fascinating video.  I’m one of those people who’s pretty plugged in, most of the time.  I do take time away from my phone, and away from social media, but generally day to day, I’m very engaged in consuming information, spreading information, blogging, writing, etc.  So, one of the... Read more »

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan
I’ve always told my students, “Don’t just read about history someone else is making.  Make some yourself.” Yesterday felt like history being made.  It felt momentous.  In the wake of the March For Our Lives movement, and the new explosion of youth engagement, it felt like so many pages coming together. Now, I’m no stranger... Read more »
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Who Went to Puerto Rican Fest???

Who Went to Puerto Rican Fest???
Full disclosure:  This was my first time attending Puerto Rican Fest in any capacity.  Also, I was not at the festival in a purely enjoyment role…I was there for professional purposes.  However, I found adequate time to take in all that the festival was. I will readily admit that I’m ashamed that this was my... Read more »