Archive for January 2015

150 Years Since The US House Passed the Thirteenth Amendment

150 Years Since The US House Passed the Thirteenth Amendment
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” And 150 years ago today (January 31, 1865), the United States House Of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment making those words the law... Read more »

Our First Serious Trip To The Baby Store

Our First Serious Trip To The Baby Store
So over the weekend my 23 week pregnant wife and I went to a one of those chain retail baby stores. No not that sell babies but all the stuff you need and yeah man its a lot of stuff. We also went to a big box store and looked at baby stuff, this is... Read more »

What The New Illinois Car Lease Tax Means

What The New Illinois Car Lease Tax Means
If you are looking to lease a new car your timing couldn’t be better. No this isn’t Crazy Chuck’s Car lot, there are new tax laws to benefit car shoppers looking for a new lease here in the state of Illinois. So under last year’s tax law, you paid the tax based on the price... Read more »
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I Wish I Could Have Met Some of The South Side's Renaissance Men

I Wish I Could Have Met Some of The South Side's Renaissance Men
I wish I could have met some of the old school south side Chicago renaissance men, I’ll start off with the late Dempsey J. Travis. He passed in 2009 but I heard of him most of my life, he was a south side icon and now that I’m grown I know we shared three loves,... Read more »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Foretelling "A Time To Break The Silence"

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Foretelling "A Time To Break The Silence"
On this 29th observance of the Martin Luther King holiday I noticed several Twitter feeds mentioning Dr. Kings “A Time To Break The Silence” speech aka “Beyond Vietnam” as a lecture to study instead of the usual Dr. King bits we usually get to hear. This lecture from Dr. King was delivered exactly a year... Read more »

A Review Of Naperville's Q BBQ By A Serious BBQ Home Chef

A Review Of Naperville's Q BBQ By A Serious BBQ Home Chef
Sunday afternoon I visited the Naperville location of local barbeque chain Q BBQ (the locations are south suburban LaGrange and in Chicago in Lakeview), now the local media has heaped praise on this restaurant (its plastered on the window and the servers shirts), but its well earned. This is not the next “trendy bbq spot”,... Read more »
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Memories of The Chicago Boat & RV Show With My Dad

Memories of The Chicago Boat & RV Show With My Dad
This weekend is the annual RV & Boat show (commonly called “The Boat Show”), at McCormick place in the south loop. I hear its moved to the main hall (south building), and is better than ever though due to my schedule I can’t attend. But I have great memories of the Boat Show, my wife... Read more »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Is A Little More Relavent This Year

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Is A Little More Relavent This Year
Thursday January 15th marks what would have been the 86th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think about this, he’s been gone from the earth longer than he was on it. He only lived 39 years (the very age I am now), and he was shot and killed in April of 1968, so a... Read more »

25 Years Ago I Took The Brother Rice Entrance Exam

25 Years Ago I Took The Brother Rice Entrance Exam
25 years ago today I took the entrance exam at Brother Rice High School, the main reason I remember January 13, 1990, because it was my 14th birthday. Yeah, Happy Birthday to me, you get to take a standardized test and try to get in a southside, all boys Catholic High School. But in all... Read more »
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Our Kid Is Messing With Us And Isn't Even Born Yet

Our Kid Is Messing With Us And Isn't Even Born Yet
Today marks 21 weeks in my wife’s pregnancy and means we are little more than halfway to seeing our child in mid May. So this afternoon was the big ultrasound where you supposedly can see real progress and growth in the child and maybe find out if its a boy or girl. I admit I... Read more »
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