January 11, 2002

You know, I was going to try some nice narrative about that night. But here’s the long and short of it. In May of 2001, I was diagnosed manic-depressive and they hinted I had a substance abuse problem — they planted the seeds that there was a program that could help me, but I wasn’t... Read more »

When You're Jealous Of A TV Family

I was gonna cut myself a break and not write tonight, because I’m a little overwhelmed with President Obama’s farewell speech and the impending disgust of a potential inauguration of a man I can hardly bear to look at or think of and I’m unemployed and getting paralyzed by that again and there’s a bunch... Read more »

And Your Favorite Sandwich Is ...

It’s lunch time. You’re hungry. Boss or friend says the meal is on you — pick out your favorite sandwich. Don’t think about it long, just blurt it out. What’s your favorite sandwich? I’ll give you a second. It’s the ____________________________. What did you say? BLT? Reuben? Egg salad? Tuna? Ham with Swiss? Roast beef?... Read more »

Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself
I took this picture in a bathroom in Logan Square in April of 2016 the weekend the Avett Brothers came to town for a three-night run at the Chicago Theater. I normally see this message around the city on the sidewalks in some sort of white paint-y sort of substance, always in a similar sort... Read more »

Things I Want From The Store/Life But Will Not Get Tonight

1. The homemade tortilla chips Jewel makes and puts out in the deli section for $2.50. 2. Another space heater. 3. Hershey’s kisses, or more importantly, someone to make me those peanut butter cookies with the kisses in them. 4. Someone to cuddle with/make out with. 5. A cohort to play board games with. 6.... Read more »

Getting In Under The Wire

Gonna be another short one tonight. Started a bunch of posts, but couldn’t pull the trigger. Was out in the cold a bunch today and just got home and got under the covers. Ate some gluten-free pizza (I don’t always eat gluten-free, but if it’s convenient and tastes good enough, I will), watched an episode... Read more »

A Cheater's Post: Gratitude List

I wanted to write every day in 2017. I’ll probably mess that up at some point, but today, I’ll do a quickie, a cheater’s post — something I normally loathe thinking about, but it’s late and I’m desperate. Something people recovering from the drink get taught to lean on as a go-to when miserable or... Read more »

Freaks and Geeks Revisited

Like many of the things I do, re-watching Freaks and Geeks doesn’t really make a lot of sense. It’s only one season long, and there’s lots of other things I’ve never even seen. Parenthood. House of Cards. The West Wing. Stranger Things. The OA. But, I found myself firing it up in spite of all... Read more »

The Five Rules For Ketchup: My Weird Ways With Food

The Five Rules For Ketchup: My Weird Ways With Food
Over the years, the ChicagoNow network of bloggers has done a monthly exercise called “Blogapalooza,” where we are given a prompt at a certain time on a certain day and given an hour to write on that topic. The idea is to get the creative juices flowing and to get a variety of people writing... Read more »

20 Years in Chicago: A Look Back

2017 marks the 20th year I’ve lived in Chicago. 8/1/2017 will be my 20th anniversary. So, I’m in the midst of 20 as we speak. I thought it would be interesting (because I’m a nostalgic motherfucker) to look back at the various and sundry (and there are various AND sundry) apartments and neighborhoods I’ve lived... Read more »