The Chicago Cubs have not won the World Series in THREE WEEKS. If you have been paying attention, this was not a complete surprise. While the Cubs run into October 2015 may have been ahead of schedule and caught some fans off-guard, it was clear that the team would soon be a force to be […]

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It has been two years (!!) since I packed up my Chicago suburban condo for a new life near the sun-splashed beaches of California. It is amazing to consider how quickly time has passed by and how much has changed since I left home. The Blackhawks won another Stanley Cup in my first year here, […]

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I’m embarrassed to have gone so long between entries, and am penning this blog with one foot out the door before the calendar flips over to October. I thought I would be better at keeping this up to date, and I don’t want an empty month with no content in this space. Apparently a lot […]

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“Are you still writing…?” I was surprised to be asked after a long day spent with guests whether or not the LONG BEACH blog was still functional. Most entries have been recaps of where I went to eat or drink or golf, or some story of frustratingly aimless adventure. I do not believe my corner of […]

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Typically I am fortunate enough to combine my birthday with the Labor Day holiday, and 2014 was no different. I enjoy having a birthday early in the month so most have not yet flipped over their calendar into September before realizing having “missed” the celebration. Even still, I prefer to add to the holiday weekend on […]

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It is easy to find and stay in a routine during the work week. Each day I cuss out my alarm and stumble down the hardwood-floored hallway into the kitchen and determine if there is anything (breakfast) edible. I’ll shower and get ready and dash down the stairs and into the garage and fight other commuters en […]

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One of my best (worst?) obsessive habits is keeping a calendar. I’m on my Google calendar all day on my work computer and often check the synced version on my phone. It keeps me organized, though not typically punctual. Just because I know where I am supposed to be and what time to be there […]

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