Abolish the death penalty ... NOW!

Joseph Rudolph Wood is dead. That much should not be a surprise to anyone. According to the Washington Post, Wood was sentenced to die in 1991 for shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in 1989. An NPR story said his execution in a prison complex in Arizona began as scheduled at 1:52 p.m.... Read more »

Sidewalks are NOT for biking

Dear cyclists of Chicago: I wish I didn’t have to say this. I mean, it should be common sense. But apparently it’s not. And so I tell you this: SIDEWALKS ARE NOT FOR BIKING! SIDEWALKS ARE NOT FOR BIKING! SIDEWALKS ARE NOT FOR BIKING! Sidewalks are for … wait for it … walking. That’s why... Read more »

I will always love my dog more than you

I will always love my dog more than you
A message to anyone I will ever be romantically involved with in the future: I will always love my dog more than you. It doesn’t matter how long we’re together. It doesn’t matter how close we are. I will always love my dog more than you. A couple days ago, Dan Savage published this letter... Read more »

Kids + online dating profiles = bad

In my mind, there are very few hard and fast rules for constructing an online dating profile. Don’t be boring. Use proper spelling and grammar. Post pictures that accurately show how you look. Beyond that, almost anything goes. But I want to propose a new rule for online dating profiles: NO MORE PICTURES WITH KIDS!... Read more »

In defense of never leaving your neighborhood

I’m a fan of having a couple drinks as I work. Usually, I’m content to sit at home with a beer or two and get some work done. But some nights, I need to get out. That’s what happened last night. I had some editing to do and didn’t want to stay home or go... Read more »

The case for staying still

When’s the last time you were really still? I don’t mean literally standing still. Rather, I mean “still” as in living completely in the moment and not thinking about the next thing and the thing after that and the thing after that. I mean still as in able to focus completely on the here and... Read more »

Let's talk about oral sex

A question for all of my female readers who enjoy having sex with men: Do you enjoy performing oral sex on men? I know that seems like an odd question, but I have a reason for asking. Recently, I was having a conversation with someone who asserted that no woman enjoys performing oral sex on... Read more »

The Supreme Court hates people, loves corporations

It’s official. The Supreme Court of the United States hates people and loves corporations. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that a law requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated the employers’ religious liberty. It’s a dangerous decision for a couple reasons. First and... Read more »

Let's talk about date-cest

Hey look! It’s my 50th post here at ChicagoNow! Barkeep! Another round for me! Onto the blogging at hand. As big cities go, Chicago’s pretty damn small. Especially if you’re an active dater. The dating world in Chicago is pretty incestuous, for lack of a better term. I don’t mean literally incestuous (which would imply... Read more »

No more mandals, please

No more mandals, please
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the world’s most fashionable guy. But I’m generally decent at knowing what looks good on people and what doesn’t. With summer fast approaching, there’s one thing that never looks good on anyone but nonetheless appears like clockwork once the weather in Chicago is consistently above 55 degrees.... Read more »