Archive for March 2016

I Love Rivers & Backwater

I Love Rivers & Backwater
Growing up on the far south side of Chicago there were plenty of places to fish, they weren’t really pretty and the fish might have not been safe to eat but it was an oasis. The first place I remember was Wolf Lake near the Indiana border on the far east side. The fishing there... Read more »

Milestone Birthdays Are No Joke

Milestone Birthdays Are No Joke
So six weeks ago I turned 40, people at work put a tombstone on my desk (pictured), and we all had great fun at my expense. Then a few weeks later a normal cold (well upper respiratory infection), combined with a spicy chicken meal (I had no business eating), made me violently ill. Since then... Read more »

The End Of The Road for The Dodge Dart

The End Of The Road for The Dodge Dart
Earlier this year Chrysler announced that the compact Dodge Dart & Chrysler 200 would be discontinued. I’m saddened because I know these are two good little cars and though the Dart didn’t make sales expectations the 200 did. But I do know the sales & profit margin are smaller on smaller cars. And right now... Read more »
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My Favorite Cars: The Buick Grand National & T-Type Cars

My Favorite Cars: The Buick Grand National & T-Type Cars
For those of us of a certain age the 1980’s Buick Grand National is THE 1980’s hot rod car. In a time when horsepower was down, gas mileage was more a priority and the muscle car seemed dead and buried, the Grand National was that cloaked supercar. Buick first experimented with Grand National (named after... Read more »

Definition of a "Sleeper Car"

Definition of a "Sleeper Car"
So you may have heard the term “sleeper car” and this is not referring to a train car that you rest in. This is the term for a car that looks simple or “factory” but is actually fast. Basically an incognito “hot rod”. It might be a restored classic car intended to look plain but... Read more »

For The Love Of The Game

For The Love Of The Game
You’ve probably heard baseball is a romantic sport and though some games have all of the excitement of a bad paperback love story sold at Walgreens, this game was the first love for a lot of us. I identify with baseball more than any other sport. It was the sport of choice in my West... Read more »
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The Greatest Love Of All 30 Years Later

The Greatest Love Of All 30 Years Later
30 years ago this week the remade single of the Greatest Love of All (originally a George Benson song for a 1977 biopic of Muhammad Ali), was released by the late Whitney Houston. This song has defined me for 30 years, I love its lyrics, her soaring voice and we used to sing this when... Read more »

Embracing All of My Father's Legacy

Embracing All of My Father's Legacy
So you know when you’re a kid and you see your parent’s flaws and you think, I’ll never be like that. Yeah well since now I’m a dad I have to embrace all of my father’s legacy and personality, not just the fun and wonderful stuff. I mostly don’t have a choice because a lot... Read more »

The Evolution Of the Mid Sized Mazda Sedan

The Evolution Of the Mid Sized Mazda Sedan
I’ve owned three Mazda in my life, two 1996 626’s and a 2005 Mazda6. Outside of automatic transmission issues with the first ’96 (the second ’96 was a five speed manual), and the ’05 Mazda6. These were sporty, solid cars that were fun to drive, reliable and comfortable. They were not luxury vehicles but not... Read more »
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The Frustrations Of My Metropolis

The Frustrations Of My Metropolis
What you saw on the streets of the near west side out side of the planned political rally of one leading Republican presidential candidate was pure frustrations. If you looked in the faces of the people fighting, the people protesting its the presence of those who needs aren’t being met. The anger, the hostility, you... Read more »
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