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Mama’s big birthday

Mama had a milestone birthday. The grandchildren were on hand. They baked her a cake. And mama got the first big piece. But before the cake we had Chinese food from Furama. Which everybody dug into. Among other gifts, mama … Continue reading

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Chicago Summer (sort of)

It’s Memorial Day weekend! Traditional start of Chicago summer. People flock to the beach. There were a lot of people out there today in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Because it’s the start of summer. They weren’t going to let the … Continue reading

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Spring, 2022 (cont.)

No Spring (yet) this year. Last week’s photo showed CVH in her parka on Michigan Avenue, and today it was 28°C (82°F) in Chicago. They don’t turn on our air conditioning for another week, so the cat is hot:

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Spring, 2022

Each Spring, Chicago plants billions (well, at least a million) tulips along Michigan Avenue. Each Spring, Chicago raises the bridges downtown to let sailboats that have been in storage all winter out into the lake. Each Spring, Chicago finally warms … Continue reading

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Neighborhood History

On the morning of 3 March 1934, infamous bank robber John Dillinger escaped from the jail in Crown Point, Indiana. Supposedly he used a wooden gun that he had carved there to fool the guards. Earlier, upon arriving in Crown … Continue reading

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Laundromats of Chicago

There are hundreds of laundromats (“washaterias” CVH calls them) in Chicago. I can see where it is difficult for laundromat owners to come up with a distinctive name for their business. Some don’t try very hard at all, like “Coin … Continue reading

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A Sunny Day

A nice, sunny day in Chicago. Wind chill was -20°C. But it was sunny. So we decided to stroll down Michigan Avenue. One of the major problems in going anywhere in Chicago in the winter is deciding how to dress. … Continue reading

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Chicago Auto Show

Even though we don’t drive, we went to the Chicago Auto Show, billed as the largest in the nation. There were a lot of very shiny vehicles there. I was hoping to see real-life examples of electric car technology, but … Continue reading

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Aren’t you cold in Chicago?

If you knew me in college, when I lived in the land of ice and snow, you would have heard me complain about the weather. And how I was cold all the time. And you would have heard me say … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

The Lunar New Year parade in our neighborhood today. Sixty-fifth anniversary of the Bezazian branch of the Public Library. Bezazian was a WW II hero. Wind chill was -15°C. Everyone had a good time. Although I imagine those drummers’ fingers … Continue reading

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