November 6, 2012
Democracy makes some Chicagoans frisky, it seems. See these election-related Craigslist Chicago's Missed Connections posts as proof: From Election Day: -I walked in right behind you at the polling place which was the wrong one. I noticed you turned and smiled at me warmly twice. Made me get butterflies a bit inside. You're really cute. Seems like you might be a teacher. If you read this drop me a line, I would like to know more about you.....tall guy standing behind you. -In the elevator, you mentioned you had put on some clothes to vote.
June 19, 2012 |
It's been a difficult month if you enjoy Fanta or hate watching the Cubs lose. Last month in New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and other select outlets. Meanwhile, the small town of Middleborough, Mass., earlier this month overwhelmingly passed a ban on cursing. Pending (unlikely) approval from the state's attorney general's office, police will be required to hand out $20 citations to people who say naughty words in public.
February 25, 2014 |
Harold Ramis is the best writer and director from Chicago, period. That isn't a hyperbolic statement or a knee-jerk reaction to the news of his death Monday. Nobody else comes close - and let me remind you that acclaimed director John Hughes spent the first 12 years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Mich., before his family relocated to Northbrook. Ramis, on the other hand, was the son of shopkeepers who owned a food and liquor store in Rogers Park. He attended Washington University in St. Louis.
April 10, 2014 |
I would like to talk with you candidly about a very personal subject matter to me. I'm speaking, of course, of mascots. We had an incident in Wrigleyville (of course, where else?). A man parading around as an unsanctioned mascot gets picked on by an inebriated fan and retaliates with a punch. And this got me to thinking. I'd like to start a club for what I call "honest mascots" out there. Think about it. Look at Clark, the Cubs' new mascot. We hate him already, because every time you see him, he has a goofy grin on his face.
February 9, 2012 |
I never thought we would see the day when the Muppets would have to defend themselves against accusations of pushing a liberal agenda. But sure enough, during a press conference to promote their new movie last month, Kermit and Miss Piggy found themselves doing just that. For anyone who hasn't seen the movie, the villain is an oil baron named Tex Richman who wants to destroy the Muppet studios in order to dig for oil. Shortly after the movie debuted in November, a conservative guest on a Fox News program claimed the Muppets were brainwashing kids with anti-corporate...
February 24, 2012 |
Overcompensation isn't always a bad thing, at least not for the new PlayStation Vita. I got the feeling playing the portable gaming system that Sony is desperately trying to make us forget that we live in an “Angry Birds” world where portable gaming is now ruled by cheap apps and games designed for smartphones or tablets. The Vita is stuffed so full of gee-whiz features, it's like the physical manifestation of Sony throwing down the gauntlet and saying, “Oh yeah, you think making a bulky, gaming-heavy handheld system is a bad idea?