Category: Evergreen Content

Do you suffer from Weird Beard?

I have never really been able to grow my facial hair out fully. In my 20s, if I shaved on Monday, I would not get 5 o’clock shadow until about noon on Thursday.  Later in my 30s, the stubble showed up sooner, but it was still like nothing, nothing, nothing, then boom: 5 o’clock shadow that... Read more »

It's time to separate Trick-O-Treat from Halloween

Two years ago,  I wrote about my well documented desire to move Halloween to a potentially better weather day in October.  I’ve argued that it is time to embrace the practicality of celebrating this holiday on a day other than the last day of October because it is almost always too cold in most parts of the country for an... Read more »

I'm not Superstitious, I'm Quasistitious

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I’m not what you would consider a superstitious person. Sure, I avoid walking under ladders, try not break any mirrors or open umbrellas inside of the house, but these are safety driven rather than superstition motivated. I’m not a friggatriskaideka or paraskevidekatriaphobe (and this is probably the only time I will ever use those words)... Read more »

Every Couple needs a Secret Language

Every couple, gay or straight, whether married or in a LTR, needs their own secret language. I’m not talking Lovey-Dovey baby talk but some simple words, phrases and even gestures that seem straightforward to circumstantial eavesdroppers, but have a clandestine meaning to you and your partner.  Think of these as your safe words for non-sexual situations. One common... Read more »

Doxing is bad, but it's even worse when you do it to the wrong person

Hey, didja hear the news? The guy who moved in down the street is a child molester who burned down an orphanage and kicks puppies. Kicks puppies! Let’s go give him a piece of our mind.  I heard it from a friend, who heard it from her brother’s girlfriend’s, uncle’s cousin’s, baby momma’s doctor who... Read more »

The 7 winter coats you need to survive Chicago Winters - Men's Edition

<strong>Heavy Parka</strong>: this is for single digit temperature days when it hurts your face to be outside.
When it comes to winters in the Midwest, they are something else.  Not as brutal as Antarctica, Alaska or Greenland, but definitely a class of their own.  Chicago is particularly interesting because it is possible to experience all four seasons in one day, even in the winter!   Now the Woman’s Edition will take bit... Read more »

Gun Culture Reform: Time for a Serious Discussion

By now you have heard about The Shooting at The Place where So Many innocent and defenseless bystanders were slaughtered like lambs.  Of course I’m talking about what is now called the  #CharlestonShooting on social media.  But since this post has been sitting in my drafts folder since The Dark Knight Rises Midnight Massacre in... Read more »

Dibs in Chicago, it's that time of year again

With Winter here and snowfall coming any day now, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter parking and that wonderful Chicago Tradition called “Dibs.” Dibs, in case you didn’t know, is that time-honored or hated tradition of reserving a parking space during the winter snow.  It’s kind of like pornography, everyone knows what... Read more »

6 quick and easy Life Hacks we need right now

<strong>#1) CVS</strong> -- stop making me print rolls and rolls of coupons and Extra Care Bucks or whatever the F--k you call them. Look, you make me use my CVS EXTRA CARE REWARD CARD on every purchase anyway...why not code the little bugger so that if i have $3 reward dollars coming to me, it uses them. I know, that's not your business model. Well your business model sucks. Just Jewel who eliminated the card and Dominick's that couldn't make it in Chicago. <strong>Technology Needed:</strong> a few offshore code monkeys to write a subroutine that credits a transaction before payment instead of after.
Okay when I say Life Hacks, I really mean changes that need to be implemented in this world that would make my our lives easier.  And when I say quick and easy I mean there’s a two part process involved but the tools, infrustructure or just plain “we put a man on the moon, we... Read more »

Why we need to move Halloween

Depending on who you ask, Halloween is a yearly celebration that either honor the dead, or flat out worships evil. Many believe Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids, which split from the mainline Pagan groups over dogmatic changes and a particularly contentious game of Monopoly. Some... Read more »