Archive for December 2011

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: LOUD!

By Rick Kaempfer My boys have been home for nearly two weeks now for Christmas vacation, and my ears are ringing. I really don’t think I’m particularly sensitive to loud noises. In fact, I’m nearly deaf after 20-plus years of working in rock and roll radio. But there’s no getting around it: my two youngest... Read more »

Knowledge is Good, but spellcheck might be better

Knowledge is Good, but spellcheck might be better
Guess where I will not be sending my children to pursue higher education.

Creepy searches: read Teppi Jacobsen's "When You Put It That Way" post

Yesterday my blog centered around all the crazy searches people used to get to A City Mom. Today, my colleague and fellow Chicago Now blogger, Teppi Jacobsen, posted on the same subject. Coincidence? Yes. But, my blog was goofy and tried to be funny, because that’s how I roll. Hers is important and you should... Read more »
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Every morning around 3:30 am, all of us bloggers at ChicagoNow get an email from our boss, Jimmy Greenfield. No, he’s not cracking the whip, telling us to get our lazy blogging asses out of bed and go write something. The emails are automated reports of the previous day’s traffic to our blogs. Over the... Read more »

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Should Christmas cookie "sushi" become a tradition?

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Should Christmas cookie "sushi" become a tradition?
Every Christmas Eve we have our traditions in our family. We go to my mom’s for dinner. On the way home we pick up Dunkin Donuts for Christmas morning breakfast. And when we tuck the kids into bed, we read, The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. I can’t remember the year we started... Read more »

The Chia Pot: New festive use for that giant bag of Chia seeds you thought would make you run faster

The Chia Pot: New festive use for that giant bag of Chia seeds you thought would make you run faster
Last summer I read a book called Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. Published in 2009, it’s part, if not most of the reason barefoot running is surging in popularity. Besides being a great read (McDougall is a fantastic, funny and entertaining writer.), it talked about Chia. Yeah, you know, the same stuff the Chia... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: A Twenty Five Year Old Bet

By Rick Kaempfer Two of my college roommates were named Dave and Steve. These two guys were more than just roommates; they were soul mates. They spent every waking hour with each other, generally doing absolutely nothing. (Full disclosure: I was often hanging around doing the same thing). Well, when two guys spend that much... Read more »

My American Girl

My American Girl
My daughter is turning thirteen in a couple days and a part of this transition into teenagerdom is the setting aside of her American Girl dolls, which brings a tear to my eye at the very idea that I will never have to set foot into that God-forsaken over-priced scam of a store again. Tanya... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: That's Why It's Called Scam "Artist"

By Rick Kaempfer When I was a youngster I met a boy named Sammy. Sammy was the younger brother of my friend, but he was much more than that. He was an artist. A scam artist. While the rest of us wasted our time and effort going to school and doing our homework, Sammy spent... Read more »
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Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport: "The Future that Never Came."

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport: "The Future that Never Came."
Have you seen this CNNGo article on the world’s worst airports? CNNGo: 10 most hated airports I love that Paris Charles de Gaulle had the ignominious honor of being ranked number one. In the words of my friend Fabrizio, who stood inside one of the crazy plastic Habitrail tubes as it moved us up to... Read more »