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Thank you, Graham Crackers

Thank you, Graham Crackers

A couple days ago, my friend Bob hurt his knee. I took great pleasure in calling him a gimp, because I’m a jerk like that. Then I felt guilty and asked if there was anything I could get him. “Powerade?” he croaked through a haze of pain medication. I obliged, then we watched “Archer.” Yesterday…

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The biz don't stand a chance

The biz don’t stand a chance

There’s something really depressing about walking past quirky places with a For Sale sign glaring out the window. One of the many things I love about Lakeview is the proliferation of local businesses. Despite my admitted affinity for corporate behemoths, I do try to patronize the mom and pops when I can. However, I am…

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Lookin' out my back door (er, window)

Lookin’ out my back door (er, window)

I live close to a major intersection in Lakeview. Because I don’t have cable, and because I’m 80 years old, I enjoy people-watching out my living room window. You would not believe the stuff that goes down – and the later the hour, the stranger the neighborhood gets. (I was going to call this post…

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Bye bye Borders

Bye bye Borders

After this week, Borders will be no more. The Lakeview location, which closed down this spring, is now a temporary store for Halloween costumes. And I mourn. It’s no secret Borders had been in trouble for a long time. Rumors of closing were circulating when I worked there in 2006. Still, when the list of…

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Lakeview neighbors: victims of fire need more than just a cup of sugar

Lakeview neighbors: victims of fire need more than just a cup of sugar

Saturday afternoon’s fire hit close to home for me. And I mean that both literally and figuratively – the blaze took place two buildings down from my apartment. After an afternoon jaunt in Wicker Park with a friend, I returned home Saturday to find my block completely shut off from traffic, dozens of fire trucks…

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'Attack the Block': Hey aliens, get off my land!

‘Attack the Block’: Hey aliens, get off my land!

In their hilarious and helpful book “Writing Movies for Fun and Profit,” screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant instruct wannabe auteurs that if your movie isn’t as entertaining and fast-paced as “Die Hard,” you’re doing it wrong. With that in mind, “Attack the Block” does it exactly right. Only time will tell if the…

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