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Trip to DC for the Inauguration

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/22/09 (4:51pm)
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I took the train down to DC for the Inauguration. It looked like the entire progressive half of the country was on its way to the nation's Capital.

In the train car on one side, a man was reading "The Return of Depression Economics" by Paul Krugman. On the other side, a woman was reading "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein. Obama regalia -- hats, pins, teeshirts -- were everywhere. As we reached our final destination, one woman suddenly broke into 'This Land is Your Land'.

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Holiday Dinner at Mom's

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/28/08 (11:16am)

Yes, we were able to fit in everyone who came. Got back home late.

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Three Events in My Life

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/7/08 (9:10pm)

They're selling Obama hats at my local 7-11. I know 'business is business' but this is the first time I can recall when the 'swag' from a presidential campaign was thought valuable enough to hit the retail shelves.

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The Parboiled Rice Has Come! The Parboiled Rice Has Come!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 8/15/08 (9:59pm)
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Yea, the Parboiled Rice has come! For 10 years, I lived in New York City and for 10 years I ate Parboiled Rice from the Associated Supermarket either on 14th St. or 23rd St.

So what do I do when I start running out of the cherished grains? Why I send for 10 pounds more of course -- via Priority Mail.

Here's the latest shipment.

Earthquake in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/18/08 (12:01pm)
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Well, the bed started to wobble and I thought either I should've gotten a better bed or maybe the floor in my new place wasn't as intact as I had assumed.

And no, I did not run down to the street screaming.

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Moving: Packing Up

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/6/08 (7:31pm)
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Yes, it's that time again: I'm moving to a new apartment. Here I'm doing some prep work.

Chicago Winter Wonderland

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/1/08 (3:39pm)
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This one won't go into the record books -- not even close -- but we did get a couple inches. Here's the charming view from the back of the courtyard house where I live.

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The Moment

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/4/08 (1:16am)
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I don't watch television very often. In fact, I watch it so infrequently that I keep the set hidden away in a closet for most of the year. It only comes out at times of national disaster or an election. In this case, it was the latter -- happily -- as I wheeled the thing out to catch Barack Obama's speech in Iowa with the memorable words, "This was the moment when it all began".

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Holiday Dinner

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/26/07 (10:17pm)
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End of year get-together. It was nice to see everyone. Alas, being the cook, I was cooped up in the kitchen for way too much of it. Next year, I'm ordering out!

P.S. Managed to do all the dishes within 24 hours of the event. Yes, I know, a miracle.

Somebody Please Tell Berwyn ...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/16/07 (4:42pm)
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"Berwyn: At the center of life in Chicago" -- that's what the billboard says. The truth is, they're not at the "center" of life in Chicago. You'd have to dig the whole place up and move it 10 miles to the east -- and even then people might have doubts. More on this desperate campaign here...

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