Posts in category "Observations"

6 Splendiferous Things to do on a Snowy Saturday

It’s January. It’s bitter cold. It’s snowing. It’s Chicago. Before you know it, the trees will be budding and your salt-stained boots will be stored away until December. Instead of fighting a snowy day, relish the thought of never leaving your home. Not even to get the mail. Here are 6 things to do to pass the... Read more »

The extraordinary life of Teddy Tucker: Barkeep at the Jamaica Inn for almost 60 years

The extraordinary life of Teddy Tucker: Barkeep at the Jamaica Inn for almost 60 years
I believe everyone in the town of Ocho Rios knows Teddy Tucker. Probably everyone in St. Ann’s Parish. Let’s not stop there. Everyone in Jamaica knows of this man. Let’s go a bit further. Everyone in the Caribbean must have heard of this legendary barkeep. Teddy began working in the bar at the Jamaica Inn... Read more »

Would you come clean over 99 cents at Jewel?

I did. I had to. Julie was just too darn nice. I hurried into the Fox River Grove Jewel on my way home. It’s not my “normal” Jewel, but I was driving right by and needed a few items. While putting away my groceries in the kitchen, I noticed the head of garlic was missing. I needed it for a beef and... Read more »

Sorry Brian Urlacher, but I liked you better bald

When did a bald head become offensive? Recently, while driving into Chicago on I-90, the tollway was littered with billboards for Restore by Katona, a hair transplant facility based in Oak Brook. I never pay attention to billboards. I’d rather see trees and wildflowers. But no one asked me to run the Illinois Tollway and God knows they’re... Read more »

Solitude, Packer jerseys and drinking a shot of bitters on Washington Island

Ah, Washington Island. Just a thirty minute ferry ride from Gills Rock at the northern tip of Door County in Wisconsin. We needed to get away and unplug. And that we did. Sporadic cell service, no agenda. After the summer swimmers and boaters departed but before the fall color crowds. We pretty much had the place all to ourselves. To... Read more »

Looting after Hurricane Irma is just rubbing salt into an already deep wound

Looting arrived, along with the catastrophic flooding, after the unforgiving hit of Hurricane Harvey. Right on schedule, with Hurricane Irma’s dire 130 MPH winds knocking out Florida, looters were out in surges that didn’t involve a single drop of water. After every natural disaster the unthinkable occurs. In the midst of first responders, the National Guard, Salvation Army, Red Cross, FEMA and just your ordinary neighbors helping one another sift through... Read more »

Every neighborhood or town needs a welcoming place to gather. In Cary, J. C.'s Café is where you will find me.

You know, just like in “Cheers,” where everyone knows your name and you feel so comfortable you make yourself right at home. I’ve been known to move furniture, clear dishes, make myself useful and consider the owner, Juan Carlos, the younger brother I never had. Patronizing small businesses is the only way to keep them in business. Our retail... Read more »

A Letter to my Husband on our 40th Wedding Anniversary

August 20, 2017 Dear Michael, Today we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Our cake topper was a plastic bride and groom that looked nothing like us. I chose the dated idea of a bride and groom, instead of fresh flowers, because I am a sentimental soul that has kept this dingy, yellowing remembrance in a cabinet all these... Read more »

My 8th Grade Dance still makes me cringe, 49 years later

At St. Joseph’s Elementary School, tradition was to hold an end-of-the-year dance to celebrate our passage onto high school. For weeks, dance teacher Mrs. Lynch, with Mrs. Glader at the piano, attempted to teach the class of 120 students ballroom dancing. There were giggles, clumsy feet and no “smell of Teen Spirit” in that stuffy gym with... Read more »

George Bailey and I would have "A Wonderful Life" spending time together in Bedford Falls.

It’s Blogapalooz-Hour, that adrenaline-filled writing assignment that comes on the last Wednesday of each month. At precisely 9:00 pm, our ChicagoNow Community Manager sends a topic to all bloggers that don’t mind missing a few innings of the Cubs vs. Sox game. We have one hour to conceive, edit and publish our response. Tonight’s topic is: What fictional character would... Read more »