Category Archive: For Reals

May 12

Kids Say the Darndest Things, Chicago Edition

State Street, Chicago, May 12, 2012

I was walking down State Street today and passed this window display at the Chicago Public Library.

State Street, Chicago, May 12, 2012

It’s a “You Are Beautiful” message for passersby, meant to elicit a smile or give a self-esteem boost as you go about your day.  At least, that’s what I think it was intended to do.  Upon closer inspection, I saw the following that made me think that kids these days are way more precocious (even slutty!) than we ever were.

May 05

Worst. PSA. Ever.

Sign near UIC, Chicago, May 2012

OK, I understand that it’s a Public Service Announcement, but what is up with this sign?

Sign near UIC, Chicago, May 2012

Ah, to be a fly on the wall at that marketing meeting: “Well, it should be a PSA, but let’s make it educational for the non-rapey adults who are waiting for a bus!”  I think stick-figure theater kind of takes away the impact of what should be a powerful message anyway.  Just my two cents.

Apr 22

Dancing with the Stars: Las Vegas Revue

DWTS exterior

I was in Las Vegas the same weekend “Dancing with the Stars” kicked off its Vegas revue at the Tropicana. Given that I’ve been blogging about the show, I figured the least I could do was stop by and see what it’s about up-close.  What follows are my observations about the show.

Some attendees took the event way to seriously.  Case in point, this woman who was dressed as a disco ball.  

The waitstaff were supposed to be dressed like performers in glitter and sequins, but they didn’t look like ballroom dancers.  Maybe it was the VIP waitress’ tramp stamp awesome decision she’ll never regret in her old age AT ALL.

Apr 09

5 Things I Want to Say to the Moron at McDonald’s Who Spends 10 Minutes Staring at the Menu Board

McDonald's Menu

Every time I go to McDonald’s (for my $1 large Coke Zero), without fail, I find myself standing in line behind the tool who has no idea what they want to order.  Seriously?  Seriously.  Unless you’ve just regained your sight and have never seen the menu board at McDonald’s, then you have no excuse to stand there like an idiot, mouth agape, staring at the menu board.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.

Jan 31

The Joy of Tots or, Reason 431 Why I Don’t Cook

Target Greeting Card Aisle

The color coordinated clip was unintentional, but a nice touch, don't you think?

I love Tater Tots.  Not as much as my dog loves McDonald’s ice cream, but a lot.  So you can imagine the stress I feel when I have to bake them.  You see, I had a Tater Tot Emergency awhile back that my Mom LOVES to bring up.  In fact, she brought it up AGAIN last week.  We’ll just call it the “Flaming Tot Emergency of 1999.”

Jan 26

Five Reasons Why I Love “Intervention.”

It had me at "locked in a closet."

Monday night is must-see TV night at my house.  Forget the non-stop comedy block days of yore ala “Seinfeld” and “Friends.”  You’ve got “The Bachelor” AND “Intervention.”  That’s right.  I’m not ashamed to say that I watch either show.  Now in its 11th season, “Intervention” profiles addicts and their families as they fight to get and stay sober.  According to its website, the show’s been around since 2005.  I’m a little fuzzy on the math but I’m willing to look past it if you can.

So here, in no particular order, are five reasons why I love the show:

Jan 25

If you’re Tim, this bus ride isn’t awkward. At all.

Meet Tim

Riding home on the bus tonight, I couldn’t help but think that this could be an awkward ride for Tim.  Let’s hope his boss doesn’t take the CTA.  Meet Tim.  Tim was laid off.  Then he got a job at Ocean Tomo (which is local, so if you think he’s cute, ladies, you can totally find him.  And now he has a job!)  Yay, Tim!  

Jan 24

Death by Chocolate: A Play in 7 Tiers

7 Towers of Chocolate

Yesterday I received a nice surprise as I picked up my mail: I had a package!  Funny, I didn’t recall ordering anything online recently.  When the receiving room receptionist handed over a box that contained the words “chocolate” and “perishable” I thanked her and hightailed it outta there.  I didn’t even check to see if my name was on it.  (It was.)  Turns out my Aunt D sent me a “7 Story Chocolate Lover’s Gift Tower” to celebrate a recent success.

Jan 22

I heart fountain drinks

Fountain Drink


Anyone who has spent time with me knows that I love fountain drinks.  Like, love them-love them.  As in, nothing will make me happier than getting a Super Big Gulp-sized diet Pepsi/diet Coke.  The fact that McDonalds has made the $1 large soda usually reserved for the summertime a permanent fixture on its menu has delighted me to no end.   That they have Coke Zero makes it my favorite fast food chain (well, it’s a toss-up, because I LOVE Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches but they are closed on Sundays so I have to go with McDonalds on this one).

Jan 19

You gotta have hope

Church events



Come for the donuts and coffee on Monday, stay for the rest of the week’s festivities.

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