A few years back, I was part of a local library foundation whose goal was to fundraise the money necessary to allow our library to buy out another building to move into greatly expanding their available square footage.
Aside from my listening to and posthumous review of A Night at the Met, I didn't really do much of a tribute to the late Robin Williams. Considering how much of a fan I was (and still am) of his work, that's shocking.
The story of this couple in Atlanta that allowed their toddler son to cook to death in the car in the hot Georgian sun is just disgusting me to no end. That they were running web searches for how long it takes animals to die in a closed-off car? That they were searching for tips to survive in prison? That they couldn't act their way out of a box when confronted by cops (him) and coworkers (her)? That he was sexting up to seven different women including a 17-year-old girl while his son cooked?
Honestly, I thought we were nothing more than leverage. A bargaining chip used to negotiate a better offer from the City of San Francisco.
The L.A. Kings have ousted my Chicago Blackhawks from the 2014 NHL playoffs. I officially don't care about the Stanley Cup Finals.
So, um, go Rangers?
This is not a post about Game of Thrones. You're thinking "Arya," with a -y- in the mix.
"There can be only one!"
Who's the big man on campus now?
My plan this morning was to leave early (which I did), jump on the tollway (which I also did), and make it to work early so I could leave early (which did not happen).
The season that you've had, NIU, and this pitiful showing in the Marathon MAC Championship Game against Bowling Green is how you close it out? Terrible. Horrible. Awful. Ridiculous. Painful. Sad.
Well done, Illinois. Well done.
I was a bit floored by an article headline I saw crop up in my Google News page today. "Second young man disappears in southern Oregon after reading 'Into the Wild'".
It's a sheer and utter madhouse in Chicago right now. Well, it was and it's now dissipating, but still.
Today was the parade and rally to officially welcome home the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."
As someone who is only a casual runner but is currently entering organized running events, the happenings in Boston today are just horrific and terrifying and leave me wondering how and why anything like this could possibly happen.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and those who bore witness to the terror as well as affected friends and family.
Sick and wrong... the lot of it.
Be strong, Boston and all those affected. Just be strong.
Remember the days before music was primarily consumed in digital format? Back when you visited record stores and department stores and purchased vinyl, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, and mini-discs from your favorite bands?
Well, I never purchased 8-tracks, but I did buy music in the other formats.
Sometimes you just get sick of all the clutter and all the crap.
Sometimes a life change necessitates it.
Whatever the case, a good "spring cleaning" (even if it's not done in the spring) is a very good thing.
I'm ready for it. You?
I only wish I could be in D.C. to gather with everyone else.
Live updates are available at www.hrc.org/standformarriage.
There's been a big to-do in Illinois news lately regarding reports that police officers have been allowed to be on duty while "half drunk."
According to an NBC5 Investigative Team report, this has been happening in several Chicago suburbs and it's protected, in some cases, by union contracts.
Dear Little Debbie,
The season is officially over for the Chicago Bears. It's also over for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This means that I'm basically done watching the NFL until the Super Bowl when Katie and I will randomly pick a team to root for while hoping against hope that the commercials will buck their current decline and actually all be enjoyable.
A cool thing happened recently. The City of Geneva, IL, was bestowed with the prestigious honor of being named the 2013 Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois by Bloomberg and Businessweek.
Why is this significant? Two reasons:
How can you think about anything other than those who lost their lives and their family, friends, and coworkers in Newtown, Connecticut, right now? 18 elementary school students dead at most recent count?? 27 total dead??
Sick and wrong.
Several months ago, when it was announced that Facebook was purchasing Instagram, loyal IG users the world over quaked in fear over what travesties could befall their beloved service at the hand of the devil, Facebook.
For a while, it seemed our fears were for naught as nothing happened, good or bad.
I get the feeling that I may come out of this paternity leave a few pounds lighter.
What's the secret to my diet? Sitting on my ass. Sitting on it plenty.
I read an interesting article on CNN.com today about the LIVESTRONG brand. In it, the writer posits the question about whether or not it's appropriate to continue wearing the iconic yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet.
In light of all the crap that has been going on with Lance Armstrong and the ultimate outcome announced today that the International Cycling Union is banning him for life from the sport and officially stripping him of all seven of his Tour de France wins, should people still wear the bracelet?
That whole brouhaha with Mat Honan's Apple/Amazon/Twitter hacking that created tsunami-sized waves in the web world the last couple of weeks had me getting a little concerned about my own cyber security.
I hate when bad news catches you off guard. And this is one such bit of bad news. Mostly because I had no idea she was having health problems.
After a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut in space, died at the age of 61.
There are times when I strongly feel that people should go through training and be licensed before they are allowed to do anything. Usually this is in reference to reproducing and raising children. But I think I might expand that to include running for public office and, well, let's just call a spade a spade here and include speaking at all in public.
Could I be referring to Michelle Bachmann?
There is the remotest of possibilities that I am.
I was watching a little bit of the Today show this morning with Katie before heading out for work. They were talking about Brian Banks, a former high school football star whose life was turned upside down when he was accused and convicted of kidnapping and raping a classmate.
Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of people and those odd little tests seem to think that we are having a boy, the only names that we have wholly decided on so far are for girls. We have two of them, in fact.
And if you think I'm sharing those names with you, you're off your rocker. They be locked up tighter than a steel bear trap. Those are OURS!
But I do find it funny just how difficult we've found it to be to come up with boys names. There is always some reason or another why we don't want to use this name or that.
There are times I just want to facepalm myself something fierce.
Face, meet palm.
Palm, beat face.