Archive for October 2011

October 31, 2011 : Rob Saker

October 31, 2011 : Rob Saker
The alarm began its crescendo at 5:00 today. Fifth Monday of October. October 31, 2001. Halloween. Shower. Dog. Coffee. CTA trains 7 minutes apart. People flowing from exits through Chicago streets to their buildings. Arrive at office. Meetings beginning on the half hour. Our lives are a series of patterns. Patterns are structures of convenience,... Read more »

October 30, 2011 : Sam Ujvary

October 30, 2011 : Sam Ujvary
This weekend marks month 4 since I had a quarter-life crisis, which consisted of me quitting my job, overpacking a large suitcase, and driving to Chicago, leaving my comfortable Cincinnati life in my rearview mirror. When my aunt and uncle opened their home to me, they offered me my own personal alarm clock in the... Read more »

October 29, 2011 : Caroline Druker

October 29, 2011 : Caroline Druker
Today I took my daughter, Rebecca, and 3 ½ week old granddaughter, Frankie, to the Zodiac Room in Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue, the quintessential place for ladies who like to “lunch”. When I first suggested this to my daughter, it was really just out of convenience. Neiman’s was having a denim sale and I... Read more »
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October 28, 2011 : Caitlin Rosberg

October 28, 2011 : Caitlin Rosberg
Two weeks ago, I quit my job. The reasons were personal, but it lead to indecisive days of feeling I’d made the worst choice of my life but also like I hadn’t gone far enough. I wanted a fresh start, something completely different and new.  I felt like I’d played my time out in Chicago... Read more »

October 27, 2011 : Cindy Fey

October 27, 2011 : Cindy Fey
It’s four days until Halloween and two nights since we watched the live feed of Oakland police cowing Occupy protesters with smoke bombs and sound grenades. The end of October – a way place between horror for fun and horror for real. Fantasy Costumes on Milwaukee Avenue was crowded with customers today. Hand-drawn signs on... Read more »

October 26, 2011 : Amy Spizzo

October 26, 2011 : Amy Spizzo
6 a.m. Phone rings. Computery Speak-and-Spell voice. “Wake up, Farty McFarts-A-Lot. You’ve got stuff to do. Like farts and stuff.” The culprits behind this unconventional electronic wake-up call? My two sons: Benjamin and Elliott Katz, eight and six respectively. 7:30 a.m. Drive the kids to school. Normally, I don’t do this; my husband does. But... Read more »
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October 25, 2011 : Tereasa Surratt

October 25, 2011 : Tereasa Surratt
It’s an October Tuesday, 7:57 am, and the 2 ton claw is hovering uncomfortably close to my windshield (even 20 yards is precariously close when the claw is  clamped down on a tangle of steel bigger than my truck). I drive by here everyday on my daily commute. The scrap metal yard on Kingsbury, hidden in... Read more »

October 24, 2011 : Jeff Willinger

October 24, 2011 : Jeff Willinger
This morning when I went for my Monday morning run out near Brookfield Zoo on the Salt Creek Trail, something was different. Yes, Fall was officially here in the Chicagoland area, but I did something that many of my friends had bragged and talked about(for years) but I had only imagined…I went running with my... Read more »

October 23, 2011 : Stephanie Skinner

October 23, 2011 : Stephanie Skinner
Today I decided to tape the Bears game and watch it later (well maybe, depending on how the first half goes).  Today could be the last of those fleeting, sun-shining, cool in the morning, warm in the middle, heat on at night kind of days.  In late October, the chance that it lands on a... Read more »
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October 22, 2011 : Andrew Lai

October 22, 2011 : Andrew Lai
I love crisp sunny fall mornings almost as much as snowfall, so it’s unsurprising that I wake up today in a spectacular mood. I proceed to ponder on what I consider the prime philosophical problem of weekend mornings: where to eat? Don’t laugh. Unlike almost everyone else I know, I eat breakfast every single weekday,... Read more »