Archive for August 2016

Creating My Late Dad's Honor Wall

Creating My Late Dad's Honor Wall
Long before guys had a “man cave” my late father had his own personal space. He was adamant that a guy (who is married), needs to have some “space”, and since we were cramped for space in the old house on 123rd Street in West Pullman, he used the next best thing. My father made... Read more »

Brother Rice vs Marist

Brother Rice vs Marist
If you attended either Catholic South side school I don’t have to say anything else, you know the rivalry, the sayings, the history. It’s the epitome of neighboring high schools. And before I go any further, I’m a Brother Rice man (class of ’94), so this is told from a Crusader point of view without... Read more »

The Legacy of Toots Thieleman

The Legacy of Toots Thieleman
You’ve heard the work of Jean “Toots” Thielman, you may not know who is he was but he was one of the musicians who was everywhere and worked with everyone. He was on commercials, pop music, jazz music, even performed the theme to the iconic children’s show Sesame Street. His work was featured in many... Read more »
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35 Years of the Nissan Maxima

35 Years of the Nissan Maxima
This year celebrates 35 years of the Nissan Maxima (or as it was originally called the Datsun 810), its long been Nissan’s flagship car. Pictured is the latest Nissan Maxima at this years Chicago Auto Show. Between 1985 & 1986 my parents sold their General Motors cars and bought new Nissans. My mother bought a... Read more »

How Far Do You Go For Your Dream Car?

How Far Do You Go For Your Dream Car?
For us car guys we often have a “wish list” of cars we desire, usually there is some emotional attachment (our dad had that car or it was our first car), or it’s simply a car we have wanted for years. On many car shows now you see guys traveling to check out “barn finds”... Read more »

Acura More than a Souped up Honda

Acura More than a Souped up Honda
30 years ago as a young car fan I remember trying to wrap my head around the idea of a luxury Japanese car. Honda was proposing their higher line of cars in a separate brand called Acura. It wasn’t until the second (and last), generation Acura Legend (1991-1995), did I take notice. Yes I know... Read more »
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My Evolution of Lawn Mowing

My Evolution of Lawn Mowing
I’ve been doing landscaping and cutting grass for 30 years and over 20 of those years I cut grass for people other than my parents. Starting my senior year at Brother Rice I cut several yards a week. When my late father retired to south Illinois I really cut some grass, he had seven acres,... Read more »

The Legacy of The South Shore Drill Team

The Legacy of The South Shore Drill Team
When I heard the South Shore Drill Team would not be in this year’s Bud Billiken parade, I was shocked. For the 35 years the Drill Team has been in existence they have been a staple of the premier south side back to school parade. See for me this is personal, I go way back... Read more »

The Legacy of the Honda Civic

The Legacy of the Honda Civic
Believe it or not I’ve never owned a Honda vehicle, I’ve driven a few but never had one in my driveway. I respect Honda products because they have crazy reliability and though often at a premium price, you will have that car a long time. A good friend of mine has a 2015 Honda Civic... Read more »
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Watching Airplanes With My Son

Watching Airplanes With My Son
I’ve come to that time in my life where I don’t like drama, stress or problems. Especially at home. I’ve stopped watching a lot of the news, don’t follow politics much anymore and limit my time on social media. So the other evening (around 7 P.M. when we still got about an hour of daylight... Read more »