And Your Favorite Sandwich Is ...

It’s lunch time. You’re hungry. Boss or friend says the meal is on you — pick out your favorite sandwich. Don’t think about it long, just blurt it out. What’s your favorite sandwich? I’ll give you a second. It’s the ____________________________. What did you say? BLT? Reuben? Egg salad? Tuna? Ham with Swiss? Roast beef?... Read more »

Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself
I took this picture in a bathroom in Logan Square in April of 2016 the weekend the Avett Brothers came to town for a three-night run at the Chicago Theater. I normally see this message around the city on the sidewalks in some sort of white paint-y sort of substance, always in a similar sort... Read more »

Things I Want From The Store/Life But Will Not Get Tonight

1. The homemade tortilla chips Jewel makes and puts out in the deli section for $2.50. 2. Another space heater. 3. Hershey’s kisses, or more importantly, someone to make me those peanut butter cookies with the kisses in them. 4. Someone to cuddle with/make out with. 5. A cohort to play board games with. 6.... Read more »
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Getting In Under The Wire

Gonna be another short one tonight. Started a bunch of posts, but couldn’t pull the trigger. Was out in the cold a bunch today and just got home and got under the covers. Ate some gluten-free pizza (I don’t always eat gluten-free, but if it’s convenient and tastes good enough, I will), watched an episode... Read more »

A Cheater's Post: Gratitude List

I wanted to write every day in 2017. I’ll probably mess that up at some point, but today, I’ll do a quickie, a cheater’s post — something I normally loathe thinking about, but it’s late and I’m desperate. Something people recovering from the drink get taught to lean on as a go-to when miserable or... Read more »

Freaks and Geeks Revisited

Like many of the things I do, re-watching Freaks and Geeks doesn’t really make a lot of sense. It’s only one season long, and there’s lots of other things I’ve never even seen. Parenthood. House of Cards. The West Wing. Stranger Things. The OA. But, I found myself firing it up in spite of all... Read more »
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The Five Rules For Ketchup: My Weird Ways With Food

The Five Rules For Ketchup: My Weird Ways With Food
Over the years, the ChicagoNow network of bloggers has done a monthly exercise called “Blogapalooza,” where we are given a prompt at a certain time on a certain day and given an hour to write on that topic. The idea is to get the creative juices flowing and to get a variety of people writing... Read more »

20 Years in Chicago: A Look Back

2017 marks the 20th year I’ve lived in Chicago. 8/1/2017 will be my 20th anniversary. So, I’m in the midst of 20 as we speak. I thought it would be interesting (because I’m a nostalgic motherfucker) to look back at the various and sundry (and there are various AND sundry) apartments and neighborhoods I’ve lived... Read more »

No Hard Feelings in 2017

The Avett Brothers came out with a new album in 2016 — True Sadness. I wasn’t really sure what I thought of it at first. Some of the songs I had been hearing live for the past year and already loved. A few were going to grow on me fast, I could tell. There were... Read more »
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Goodbye, 2016

Goodbye, 2016
  365 days have passed; we’ve made another turn around the sun. Everyone’s making their commentaries, lists, years in review. We can’t help it; there’s something about endings and beginnings that speak to the human psyche. As long as we’ve been arbitrarily dividing up the light into days and minutes and seconds, we’ve been marking... Read more »