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World Premiere!

Yes, there are still movie world premieres. We went to one tonight: Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter This film is a sympathetic profile of a man who is usually portrayed as a rather unsympathetic person. … Continue reading

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Remembering Boca Chica

This afternoon, CVH told me that William Shatner had returned from his short space trip. “Yes, I saw that in the news,” I replied. “In Van Horn,” she said. “They could see the Guadalupe Mountains on the way down.” “Everyone … Continue reading

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How old do I look, anyway?

I know I’m getting old, but it still surprises me how many other people notice this, too. I passed a panhandler on the street this week, and he called out to me “Hey, Clint Eastwood!” The grandkids called my wife … Continue reading

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North Pond

We are lucky in that we live next to Lincoln Park (you can see part of it in the “Edgewater Beach Now” picture on the right side of this blog). Although I have spent many hours in the park this … Continue reading

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Full Moon Jam

Although the full moon was two nights ago, there was a Full Moon Jam in the park this evening. This has been going on for over fifteen years. A bunch of people beat on drums and others dance with torches. … Continue reading

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Buddha Heads

A Chicago (or maybe Evanston) artist has installed a number of Buddha heads around the city. Several of them lie between the lakefront bike path and the freeway, and I pass by them regularly. The artist, Indira Johnson, says the … Continue reading

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The Balbo Monument

The Balbo Monument consists of an ancient Roman breccia column on top of a plinth. It commemorates a difficult transatlantic seaplane crossing by the Italian aviator Italo Balbo. The column dates to the period of Julius Caesar, and comes from … Continue reading

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Old Folks Breakfast

There’s a nice local sausage available in Louisville, “Old Folks”: At my age, however, breakfast sausage is allowed only as a rare treat. So my summer cold cereal shelf looks like this: Plus I can eat the box for approximately … Continue reading

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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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