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Hey, Grandpa!

I had no idea, but there is a whole series of these books for elementary school children. With titles like “What Did We Do Before Online Shopping?” and “What Did We Do Before Social Media?” I should get busy writing … Continue reading

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Me vs The Roadmaster

Coming home from the store a while back, we saw a Roadmaster parked in the neighborhood. “It’s a Roadmaster,” my wife said. “Yes, it is,” I agreed. “Doesn’t look like it’s in very good shape,” she added. “Looks like a … Continue reading

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The New Yorker Perspective

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an review of a new Chicago skyscraper. Otherwise laudatory, the writer found it necessary to mention that the building, and Chicago, sits on the east side of Lake Michigan. It’s bad enough that the WSJ … Continue reading

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The Walnut Room

We went to the Sundays On State street festival on this beautiful Chicago summer day. There was lots of singing and dancing and we got hungry and went into the old Marshall Field’s store (some people call it “Macy’s”). One … Continue reading

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Patel Bros Number One

We went to the heart of Little India for groceries. This is a pretty authentic part of town; you will see lots of people in traditional Indian dress, which is also widely available for sale. And there is a large … Continue reading

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The 1% have them, too.

A beautiful summer morning here in Chicago, and I went for a bike ride through the park. The Lyft people maintain a fleet of rental bicycles in the city. There are several thousand bicycles and hundreds of stations where you … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July!

It turns out that the beach behind our building is a popular place to launch fireworks on the Fourth of July. And after two hours of listening to concussive blasts and watching the flashes light up the entire beach, my … Continue reading

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The (Italian) Village

Special occasion today, and we went downtown to Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant, The Village (since 1927). Fortunately, they appear to have updated since 1927. It’s a cute place. Seafood mannicotti, carpaccio, eggplant parmigiana, panna cotta. The red sauce tasted like … Continue reading

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Things that drive Chicagoans UP THE WALL!

Even suggesting that you put ketchup on a hot dog. Forgetting that [insert any major summer music festival here] is happening this weekend. People crowding the L door as you try to get off. The Ventra bus tracker showing wait … Continue reading

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The Land of No-Cook

The weather here has been San Diego-like lately. This means it’s a little cold for me (long sleeves in June?!), but I admit I’m probably the only one who thinks so. The air is very clear, and the sky a … Continue reading

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