Category: Blogapalooza

Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers

Full title: Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers: my two years of blogging for Chicago Now   I’m celebrating my second anniversary as a Chicago Now blogger and I mean “celebrating” in the truest sense of the word.  Someone should have told me years ago... Read more »

My sense of humor in 600 words or less

My sense of humor in 600 words or less
Dear Reader, This is the email that was just sent out to Chicago Now bloggers who expressed an interest in this monthly exercise: “Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour!  Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge:  Write about and describe your sense of humor.... Read more »

I wear a size 12 womens shoe...and by the way I'm 255 lbs

Message sent to me: “Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour!  Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge:  “Write about something in your life you once obsessed about but now rarely, if ever, think about” (Can be a good or bad obsession, about a person,... Read more »
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Blogapalooza: Choose just one you say? I laugh in the face of your expectations

August Blogapalooza Topic: (Ohhh, you won’t believe this one.  Just keep reading.) Many readers might be familiar with the Chicago Now exercise called “Blogapalooza.”  This monthly challenge is open to any Chicago Now blogger who chooses to participate.  The only stipulation is that once you step up and say you’ll do it, you’re supposed to... Read more »

Moving out of my sister's basement: a life-changing choice

Moving out of my sister's basement: a life-changing choice
ChicagoNow’s June Blogapalooza blogging challenge: “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse.”   Oh sure, that’s some light cocktail party banter. No, really, that’s a huge question… In 2001 I was four years out of college but still living in my sister’s basement.  I did... Read more »

Procrastination: outsmarting the nirvana fallacy

“Welcome to Chicago Now’s Blogapalooza Hour!  Your challenge is to write a post in one hour about: ‘what, why and how you procrastinate,’” she reads as she looks up to the corners of her apartment for the hidden cameras.  “Did someone pick this topic specifically for ME?  Am I being filmed for something–like the Truman... Read more »
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Blogapalooza: What is the REAL root of all evil?

Blogapalooza: What is the REAL root of all evil?
Instructions to ChicagoNow bloggers: Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Morning Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is this morning’s challenge: “Write about how you view money and/or the role it has played in your life.” ***************************************** I don’t believe that money is the root of... Read more »

A second chance to live somewhere else...and not for the reason you think

  August Blogapalooza assignment: “Write about something in your life you’d like a second chance at.”   I would like a second chance to live in another city…..But only for a little while.  And not for the reason you think. I absolutely love living in Chicago.  That’s an odd thing to hear someone say during... Read more »

On summer road trips and missing a parent

  July Morning Blogapalooza: “Pick an age and write about what summer – one memory, one day or the summer in general – was like from when you were that age”   I remember summer road trips.  Some of my best and most touching memories of my dad were during these times when we got... Read more »
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Blogapalooza: "The Golden Rule" comes in many shades of gold

Blogapalooza: "The Golden Rule" comes in many shades of gold
This month’s Chicago Now Blogapalooza assignment is: “Write about something you know now that you wish you knew then.”   At first I was going to write what I know now that I wish I knew then is not everyone plays by the Golden Rule.  Treating people the way you want to be treated does not always bring... Read more »