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Playing Santa Claus Can Be a Tough Job

Posted on December 13, 2016

Back in my acting days, I played Santa Claus a lot. I played at private parties, guest appearances at stores and even in Chicago’s Christmas Parade down Michigan Avenue. That was the high¬†point of my career. About a million screaming kids and moms and dads cheered for me, or rather, cheered for my red suit. Continue Reading »

Plan Your Christmas Tree Strategy

Posted on November 20, 2016

It’s time to start working on that Christmas Tree, I don’t mean go out and buy a blue spruce. I mean start planning what’s going to go ON your Christmas Tree. Of course, many people have a solid core of Christmas ornaments they use every year. But this year, you might want to spruce up Continue Reading »

How the Other Half Lived

Posted on October 29, 2016

We go to a lot of estate sales. Some are cooler than others. This one, in the Gold Coast neighborhood was spectacular, not for the products for sale, but for the house itself. A doctor was selling it for $4 million dollars. Originally, it had been the home of a beer baron. Some of the Continue Reading »

As American as Apple Pie

Posted on October 11, 2016

They say travel is very educational. Sometimes it is in ways you don’t expect. Several years ago, Janet & I were in Scotland visiting a lady who is the ex-wife of a close friend of her family. Despite the divorce, everybody is still on good terms and we spent a delightful afternoon with this lovely Continue Reading »

Playoff Fever at Wrigley Field

Posted on October 7, 2016

The Chicago Cubs are in the baseball playoffs and the whole town has gone crazy with excitement. I rode my bike over to Wrigley Field several hours before the game to take pictures. I am far too cheap to actually GO to the games, so this is a way to get in on the fun Continue Reading »

Disaster in our Basement!

Posted on September 5, 2016

So, we’re sitting there in our insurance man’s office finishing up some paperwork when the insurance guy asks, “Ever get water in your basement? We’ve got great coverage for that!” We thought back and couldn’t think of a single leak in decades. “Nope, not a problem.” I said, feeling relieved that I wouldn’t be giving Continue Reading »