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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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Parking

I frequently ride the Chicago Transit Authority bus. The most common bus in our part of town is the sixty-foot 4000 series New Flyer. It bends in the middle. I’ve always been impressed at how the drivers maneuver these big … Continue reading

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Xmas in the City

We went downtown this evening to see the lights. Billions and billions of little twinkly lights. “I don’t remember all these lights when I was a little kid,” I told CVH. “That’s because they didn’t have all these lights when … Continue reading

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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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The Worst Restaurant in Chicago

In the 1999 movie The Watcher, James Spader’s character, Campbell, lives not far from our house on Argyle Street. Every night Campbell walks across the street from his apartment and has dinner at Phở Xe Lửa. One evening Campbell is … Continue reading

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