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To buy, or to even read, To Set a Watchman?

Today “Go Set a Watchman” was released. When I first heard about a new book by Harper Lee I was intrigued. But the more I read about it, the less anxious I am to get my hands on a copy. Not entirely because of the reported subject matter of the unforseen bigot characteristics of Atticus Finch (in fact I’d be interested in seeing how this was handled in the novel). …

  • Posted: July 14, 2015
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Toews Hoists the Cup at home.

Blackhawks Hoist the Cup at the UC

Photos taken from 11 rows up in section 312and when we walked down to the 100 level after the Cup ceremony.

I didn’t go to a Blackhawk hockey game until I was in college. You could pin me as part of the generation …


Monday Morning Road Rage Brought Upon by a Flag

The home-to-work morning commute is thirty five and a half miles. I-55 from Route Six in Channahon up to 355 in Bolingbrook to either Ogden or Butterfield in Downers Grove/Lombard (the Ogden exit saves one toll but takes a little longer). Normally it takes close to an hour with traffic; on bad weather days or accidents along the way it can take more time than that, sometimes up to an …

  • Posted: July 6, 2015
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Maui Vacation 2015

Neither Jen nor I had made the trip to Hawaii before, so this was one on our list of vacation destinations we were both looking forward to.  We flew from Chicago to LA for a couple nights to break up the long flight, we then spent a week on the island of Maui.  One thing on both of our must-see places was Pearl Harbor, so we also did a day …


On rock shows, winter and growing older

Last time I saw Sleater Kinney was at Lollapalooza 2006 on the Petrillo Band Shell stage (or whatever the official corporate name for it was for the three day festival). At the time I knew they were either going on hiatus or breaking up or whatever, so being that it might have been the last time I saw them play I wasn’t going to miss it. And to …

  • Posted: February 13, 2015
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Religious Freedom Day

According to my work calendar today is Religious Freedom Day. So cheers to all you Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, fellow Agnostics, Atheists, Jedis, Pastafarians, (Scientologists, I guess) and any others I may have unintentionally left out. Be nice to each other.

  • Posted: January 16, 2015
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Bought a Brik for Nik(ola)

Much in the same vein as my NIU “Save 7B” brick, I bought a brick for the future Nikola Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

I knew a little about Tesla in school, but through pages like Badass of the Week and The Oatmeal, I kinda jumped on the Tesla hype bandwagon.

So now I’ll have to remember to put Shoreham, New York on a …

  • Posted: December 10, 2014
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My inner geek awakens…

If teaser trailers are about making you want to see more… well this one accomplishes that.

In just over a minute JJ Abrams made me forget all about my disappointment in the prequels and makes me look forward to December 2015.



Two nights with Pearl Jam

John & I randomly bought tickets to two Pearl Jam shows as the band wound down their Lightning Bolt tour, and we couldn’t have picked better ones.   John bought Moline and I bought Milwaukee two nights later.   PJ threw a Minneapolis show in between there that we thought about going to as well, but figured two shows was enough.

Turns out the band ended up playing No Code in …


Grand Opening of the Basement

Took months to (mostly) complete, but the grand opening of the basement (once affectionately dubbed Craig & Jen’s Room of Leisure and Amusement) will be Labor Day Weekend 2014.

The centerpiece is the bowling alley bar top. Years (decades) of memorabilia will adorn the walls (but mostly commemorating the 2005 White Sox and the 2010 & 2013 Blackhawks).

A comfy couch (La Z Boy of course) and a nice big television to …

  • Posted: September 1, 2014
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