Category: Sh*ts & Giggles

12 years of safe family fun at the 79th Street Renaissance Festival

Wait just one minute–summer is not quite over yet! I mentioned it in a previous post and the time has finally arrived. This Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Council (GAGDC) will host this year’s 12th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival. This year will mark my fourth visit to... Read more »

Did we get our fire truck at the block party?

Private note to U.L. subscribers: Happy Labor Day Weekend!  If yours was even half as fun as mine then I’m sure you had a blast.  I’ve been off the grid all weekend and I’m gearing up to get back into the work routine tomorrow. I just wanted to take a minute to let you know... Read more »

‘The Chicago Way’ to get a visit from a fire truck

‘The Chicago Way’ to get a visit from a fire truck
. Read: Dancing on the pole to boost my block club? Starting from a foundation of mutual affection and respect, club members laugh a lot and razz each other constantly.  One member we’ll call “Roger” poked fun with a respectable and highly respected retiree in her 70s.  A fancy sports car drove down our street... Read more »
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Dancing on the pole to boost my block club?

Dancing on the pole to boost my block club?
. Subtitle: How an unfortunate rumor got started (Caution to more sensitive readers.  And to anyone with good taste.) . So, our block club was having a planning meeting to get ready for our annual block party when someone asked the perennial question: how can we increase our chances of a visit by a Chicago... Read more »

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 »

Top five phrases to get a landlady out of her knickers

Top five phrases to get a landlady out of her knickers
I was having a text conversation with my sweetheart and he asked me about one of my rental properties. I told him I was in the process of making some improvements to a recently vacated unit to attract higher quality residents. I was doing some significant work like replacing the kitchen cabinets and getting the... Read more »
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Give that squatter a prize!

Give that squatter a prize!
Working title: Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?, Pt. 2 So, like I was saying in my last post, I thought I would just tell my hangout buddies about another friend who decided to become a squatter, we would laugh about it, then we would go on to talk about something else.  What actually... Read more »

Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?

Once I was hanging out with a group of friends and I told what I considered to be a “would-you-believe?”–type story about a guy I know closely and personally.  He saw a vacant/foreclosed house in a nearby suburb, committed an unauthorized entry, and started to fix it with the intention of moving his family in. ... Read more »

Wishing you financial freedom this Independence Day

Wishing you financial freedom this Independence Day
By now your holiday is in full swing.  Deliciously seasoned meat smoke is wafting up to the barbecue heavens.  Tables everywhere are spread with fresh fruit, pasta salad, spaghetti, corn and baked beans.  The kids are running around like insane trained assassins using water as a lethal weapon.  Cans and bottles are being cracked open... Read more »
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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 »