Category: Sh*ts & Giggles

Let that holiday lethargy grab hold of you and RELAX!

Let that holiday lethargy grab hold of you and RELAX!
Regular readers might know I’m winding down a hella-challenging year.  I’m not out of the woods yet but I’m sooo close that I actually feel comfortable to start decompressing.  I spent most of this year (and a lot of the last one) in full out crisis mode.  Now that I’ve gotten to a point where... Read more »

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 »

Raw egg yolks are NOT gravy!

Raw egg yolks are NOT gravy!
  Gravy comes in a jar.  Or a packet.  Or if you’re old school, you can stir it up in a pan.  GRAVY DOES NOT COME IN A SHELL!!! Egads, are we barbarians?  I thought this was a civilized society. I tend to write about serious issues, but just like everyone else, I have my... Read more »
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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 »

Quit the hobby, don't quit the business

I loved this article I found from Bigger Pockets, “Hobby vs. Business: Do You Have the Right Mindset as a Landlord?“  Bigger Pockets bills itself as a type of social network for real estate investing.  The article paints a picture of what many people assume landlording looks like.  An expensive, stressful, time-consuming, soul-crushing hobby.  Trust... Read more »

A police chase through your yard beats a can of Red Bull ANY day

A police chase through your yard beats a can of Red Bull ANY day
It’s been a long, crazy day, umm week, umm, month, umm couple of years.  Not necessarily all bad, but sometimes challenging.  Or, as I like to say, “character-building.”  When I finally get past this particular patch then I’ll have enough character for me AND for you.  To be honest, a lot of what I’m experiencing... Read more »
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Check out our block party pics to see the coolest firemen in Chicago

Even the trees got festive for the occasion.  Rainbow of colors.  Dollar store plastic tablecloths cut in half.
Here’s the photo gallery from our block party a couple of weeks ago.  Check out how much fun the guys from the Chicago Fire Department had with us (I gave their supervisor a heads up that I was blogging about their visit and he was fine with it).  The last seven pictures will crack you... Read more »

The Chicago Fire Department: hats off to our unsung heroes

(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) About five hours later, a resident from our other block ran up to me and said, “Hey, you know the fire truck is here, right?”  I was so touched and excited that I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time.  I honestly felt... Read more »

Have you hugged a firefighter today?

Have you hugged a firefighter today?
(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) So I woke up the day after the block party with a huge grin and deep sense of contentment.  The weather had been beautiful and by all indications, residents of all ages had THE. BEST. TIME.  Including me.  (Details in a related post with pictures.) ... Read more »
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I shouldn’t be telling you this but…registration closes TODAY at 5pm

I shouldn’t be telling you this but…registration closes TODAY at 5pm
  I was tossing around the idea of blogging about this today.  See, there’s this “lottery” that anyone who meets certain guidelines and owns a residential property in Chicago can enter to get assistance with repairing or replacing a roof or porch.  You can only put in your name once a year and they hold... Read more »