Thanks for the Ride

It’s not every day that I write a post like this. Happy that two great friends are just completing a phenomenal 27-year run, yet sad that my weekly role in that is coming to an end… I’ll miss the weekly rides in to the Tribune Tower, traveling after dark makes it feel like the expressways are my own personal possessions. Its gotten to the point now where I schedule client meetings, visits with friends and […]

Unrest in the Hollywood Hills

Having lived in the foothills of the Hollywood Hills back in the mid-80’s… the Hollywood sign was a Friday night destination on more than a few occasions… used to drink beer and listen to music up there in some of the very locations referenced in the following story, along Mulholland, Griffith Park over on Mount Hollywood… but it was in a simpler time before GPS was even a blip on anyone’s radar… apparently now, satellite […]

Close Call In Ottawa

When I saw this one come across the wire I got that uncomfortable pit in my stomach… A band that has provided so much of the soundtrack for my life was almost snuffed out in its entirety last night in Ottawa, Canada. Having pretty much perpetually toured over the last 35 years or so… Nielsen, Zander and company have to be seriously contemplating a break after living through this… Evidently one of their equipment semi’s […]

Wanna Coke? I Think I’ll Have Some Water

So I’ve been having some symptoms lately… nothing serious, but enough to lead me onto the internet looking for some possible causes… a conversation with a good buddy of mine got me thinking specifically on the topic of water, which led me down a path of self-education that startled me… Apparently, I’m so dehydrated that it’s hard to believe I haven’t long since turned into a pile of dust and blown away. I haven’t been […]

Walk On Gilded Splinters

These are the sort of times that make being a sports fan exhilarating… when nothing has been decided yet and hope blooms eternal… Of course I’m talking about the brief period of time between when NBA Free Agency begins and when you start to hear where the players in question are gonna land. The Chicago Bulls haven’t had a dog in this fight for some seasons now… but this year is altogether different. Having cleared […]

The Blackhawks Win the Stanley Cup

As much as I hate bandwagon jumpers when it comes to sports team fandom… I wouldn’t describe myself as a Chicago Blackhawks fan, hockey has never been a staple for me. However I am a huge fan of Chicago baseball, basketball and football (in that order), so I can enjoy the fact that so many of my friends had a great time with the Blackhawks run this year. Hopefully the majority of them are every […]

Sideways Smiley Face : 1982-2010

Sideways Smiley Face (1982-2010) Sideways Smiley Face died on March 14, 2010, surrounded by his loved ones. The cause of death was over-use. Born on a Computer Science online bulletin board at Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Face devoted his life to pointing out that the previous sentence was meant to be funny. He also gained worldwide recognition for his tireless efforts as a glib substitute for the words “I’m amused”. His other interests included frowning […]

NIN & Fringe… An Obvious Coupling.

As Trent Reznor was ripping across North America a couple months back on the Nine Inch Nails farewell tour, he said repeatedly that he wasn’t done making music, he was just done with the touring entity that was Nine Inch Nails. My guess on what would come next definitely included possible soundtrack work… moving quickly as he’s been prone to do in the last decade or so, we now get some early proof of what’s […]

Glenn Beck : Tool of the Year

Halloween… the time of the year when many of you may be looking for last minute costume ideas… So depending on your leanings… you may have landed here in the right place. In what is shaping up to be an annual “Tool of the Year” homage… Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall, two old mates from the Art Institute days, have just released their 3rd Annual Halloween Mask offering in the form of Glenn Beck’s bloated […]

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