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Give Me a Chicago Butt - Or No Butt at All!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 7/19/11 (10:55am)

You know, when we look up the dress of a 26-foot statue in the middle of downtown, we have every right to expect the butt we see there to scream, 'Chicago' from cheek to cheek.

So if they ever do this again, I suggest they use Mrs. O'Leary maybe or Oprah Winfrey -- clad of course in nothing but a bra and girdle. That way they'll have someone with connections to Chicago (finally) while still appealing to boys in 5th grade.

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'Er Kommt' - Or My Short Stint as a False Prophet

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 7/10/11 (11:07am)

Of the many encounters I had in Berlin recently, one of the more interesting was with a woman who I had never met before. It was at the Bauhof Anniversary Party and she came up and gave me a photo which she had taken over twenty years earlier.

The photo was of a poster of me with the words, 'Er Kommt' (i.e. 'He's coming'). She had seen the poster plastered all over the neighborhood and like a few others at the time, had interpreted it as the harbinger of some significant event.

The truth was far more mundane. I had spent much of the year (1987) in New York and when Tony Millionaire heard I was coming back, he grabbed a photo of me from my expired passport, enlarged it and proceeded to paste photocopies of it all over Kreuzberg. So I guess you could say it was a significant event -- but more along the lines of Tony Millionaire finally getting his American drinking buddy back. I hope she wasn't disappointed.

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Berlin SO36

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/1/11 (4:15am)

Popular tourist destination.

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Frankie Z's RIP

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/16/11 (10:31am)

Wow, Frankie we hardly knew ya. Thanks to all the staff for so many years of good times. This was a place where you could just go and relax. It'll always be a favorite.

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Party in Berlin

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/21/11 (1:40pm)

Don't want to miss this:

"Party in Berlin: Squatters' Ball. Dresscode: Evening Attire."

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  1. Move in the Winter.
  2. Move in the Winter -- with you doing much of the work yourself along with your trusty hand-truck.
  3. Redesign the website at work while everyone's off on vacation -- and you ought to be schlepping boxes.
  4. Embark on a 2nd ambitious web project before the first one is complete (see above).
  5. Install that brand new copy of Adobe's 'Master Collection' (CS5) even though you know you could probably do without it for the next week or two.
  6. Assess your hardware and software needs for the coming year and try to order everything before the end of this year.
  7. Warning! Warning! Your health insurance plan is no longer any good since (1) your primary care physician (PCP) is retiring and besides (2) the medical group he worked for (Rush Medical) is no longer available through your crummy plan (BCBS IL HMO). Either you pick a new plan before the deadline or you'll automatically be enrolled in...
  8. Is there a smart phone out there that's caught your eye? Well, if not, you'd better start looking since your 2 year contract with AT&T is about to end and if you don't get a new phone now, AT&T will make you wish you had.
  9. Here's an idea: Why not just sit on your butt and try to think of 10 things you should be doing? That way, you'll avoid doing anything at all!
  10. And finally, just say 'What the hell', throw a party and invite everyone you know.

First Snow

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/4/10 (3:43pm)

Hey, San Diego and Tampa: Eat your hearts out! (Corner of Fullerton & Kenmore, just outside of DePaul's Richardson Library).

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Bateman School Condo Having Trouble Being Sold

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/11/10 (10:40am)
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First there was my father's bachelor apartment on Burton near Wells which apparently the current owner can't sell for the life of him -- current asking price: a measly $1.8 million (down from $3.1 mil).

Now there's the place where I went to school on Astor and Burton -- the former McCormick Mansion, donated by the McCormick family to Ellen and Alice Bateman to run as a school. I went there from kindergarten to 8th grade. The place later closed down and was divided into separate condo units.

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Living the Digital Life - Amtrak Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/21/10 (3:10pm)
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Roy's got a post on all the digital paraphernalia he was lugging around on a recent trip to Boston. This reminded me of my own experience going to Springfield -- and how attached I still was to the 'Cloud' no matter what the circumstances were.

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Illinois State Fair in Springfield

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/19/10 (1:25am)
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I had a great two days down at the State Fair in Springfield. The town itself is a great place just for walking around. Weather this year was borderline perfect. Now all that's left is going on a diet for the next 18 months.

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