Tag Archives: Chicago

When Chicago was an International Port

Posted on June 28, 2018

The photo shows Chicago’s Navy Pier, possibly in the early 1960s, with 5 ocean-going ships along side. It could handle 6. Note the skyline and the FDR Lake Shore Drive Bridge in the distance. This was just after the opening of the St Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks & canals that allowed ships from Continue Reading »

Estate Sale in Converted Old Church

Posted on November 27, 2016

  We go to a lot of “estate sales” Often they are in really cool buildings that are more interesting than anything on sale. We recently went to such a sale in an old church that had been converted into a residence. The little neighborhood church was in the middle of a block of formerly Continue Reading »

Where Did All These Hats Come From?

Posted on May 27, 2016

The San Jose Sharks are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time. But hockey took a while to catch on in that warm weather city. That became painfully obvious the first time one of the Sharks got a “Hat Trick”. Scoring 3 goals in one game by one player is called a “Hat Continue Reading »

RIP Jeffrey the Great

Posted on May 24, 2016

Jeff Fredriksen was a gentle soul. He was also a professional magician and a web designer. He’s the guy who has kept Johnny-Sells.com going for the last several years. Originally from suburban Chicago, Jeff moved to Southern California not long ago to develop his show biz career. As a side line, Jeff started to build Continue Reading »

Can’t Bring My Kid to Work? I Quit!

Posted on March 20, 2016

If you are a baseball fan in Chicago, you have two choices. You either love the Cubs and hate the White Sox or love the Sox & hate the Cubs. This is not the case in the 3 other markets that have 2 teams. NY Yankee fans don’t need to hate the Mets. LA Dodger Continue Reading »

Harry Potter & the Cold, Cold Winter

Posted on January 5, 2016

It doesn’t happen often, but we recently had a visit from a potential customer who wanted to try on a winter coat before buying. He was a student at a local university and was interested in a coat that had sort of a Harry Potter vibe to it. It was a very nice long coat, Continue Reading »

Take a Starbucks Vacation!

Posted on December 3, 2015

Miami is nice this time of year. So is¬†Guanajuato, Mexico. Hawaii is groovy. So’s Hong Kong. You may not be able to get to all of these places, but you can still imagine you are in exotic places with Starbucks City mugs! On the other hand, if you have moved to the sunny south but Continue Reading »