Posts in category "Ruminations"

Warning: I may tell your kids Santa isn't real

Attention parents: I may tell your kids Santa isn’t real. I won’t do it on purpose (unless you ask me to). But if I am out in about in the world talking to other people who are out and about in the world and I happen to be discussing the topic of Santa Claus and... Read more »

A view of Chicago that only lives in my head

Anyone who’s lived in Chicago for any length of time has their favorite view of the city. I saw that view in the summer of 2006. I was walking south down the lakefront path, a bit north of Soldier Field. It was about 5:30 a.m. I’d been walking all night. I had started at Soldier... Read more »


Tomorrow, I’m going to do exactly the same thing I’ve done pretty much every day for the last 7 weeks. I’m going to get up, walk Chester, make coffee, eat breakfast, drink coffee, walk Chester again, go to the gym, come home, walk Chester again, give Chester lunch, drink more coffee, eat lunch, maybe watch... Read more »

Your death will ensure I don't forget you

I recently found out a lady I dated for a very brief period several months ago is dead. I found out accidentally. I was doing one of my regular purges of my Facebook friend list. Every so often, I like to go through my Facebook contacts and unfriend/unfollow those I have no real connection to... Read more »

Adulthood is a solid steam mop session

The floors of my apartment are very clean. I don’t mean just swept or vacuumed. I mean, I did all that. But I went even further. I broke out, for the first time since moving into this place, my favorite cleaning tool – my trusty steam mop. I steam-mopped the hell out of my floors.... Read more »

My single dude New Year's Eve

Fade in on a living room. Hardwood floors. A cheap brown couch on one wall. It’s messy because Bill has only lived in the apartment for a week and a half and hasn’t finished unpacking. Bill is sitting in a brown leather recliner, a laptop on his lap. There’s a Twilight Zone marathon on TV.... Read more »

Adulthood is an area rug

There are few things that make you feel more adult than thinking about area rugs. About a week and a half ago, I moved into a new place. Of all the places I’ve lived, it’s by far the most “adult.” It’s a downright classy apartment. Hardwood floors throughout. Crown molding and built-in shelves in the... Read more »

Hey lady! You stink!

I realized something Friday night: There is no way to gently tell someone they smell terrible when you’re in the middle of a crowded, noisy bar. I was at a bar Friday night with a couple friends. It’s a bar I’ve been to many times before and I was seeing a band I’ve seen many... Read more »

The perfect day

It’s a question straight from the annals of OkCupid or What would your perfect day be like? It’s not a hard question to answer, at least for me. My perfect day would involve doing very little other than sleeping, playing with Chester, drinking lots of good beer and eating lots of great food. Maybe... Read more »

Let Brittany Maynard die in peace

Brittany Maynard is going to die on Saturday. She’s going to die surrounded by loved ones. She’s going to die peacefully at the age of 29. She’s going to die on Saturday because that’s the day Brittany Maynard has chosen to die. She has chosen to die that day because she is suffering from a... Read more »