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Business Down - Even for Undertakers?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/19/09 (2:25pm)
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You too can have your own 'dream' funeral parlor, no doubt exquisitely furnished, within easy reach of the Loyola Redline Stop and the Lake.

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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Hot Dog Stand 'Wieners Circle' Closed Down By Board of Health

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/24/08 (5:28pm)

It's practically an institution on the North Side of Chicago. The Hot Dog Stand 'Wieners Circle' has been closed down by the Board of Health due, according to a sign on the door, to problems with their "hot water service". In other words, the pipes have burst.

I remember going there as an undergrad after a late night on the town. We'd first go to Neo's (then in its 'New Wave' phase) and then hit Wieners Circle for a Polish with grilled onions. This was way before they developed the schtick about swearing to customers and concentrated instead on the quality of the food.

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Current Cites at the Reference Desk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 11/22/08 (6:41pm)
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Doing my Current Cites at the Reference Desk in between patron requests.

UPDATE: And hot off the presses, here's the latest issue of CurrentCites for November...

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Early Voting in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/25/08 (2:23pm)
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So I came up with the brilliant idea of ducking out from work to go to the Early Voting location at the Public Library just across the street.

Bad move. After filling out the form and giving them my ID, I was led into a waiting room with more than 60 people! This is going to take a hundred years. My colleagues at work probably think I skipped out of town.

[Note: the above was written while I was marooned in the waiting room. And yes, I finally got out and was able to resume normal reference services.]

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More Divine Intervention for the Chicago Cubs

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/23/08 (4:55pm)

As seen on the Blue Line this morning. The South Siders might have difficulties with this.

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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.

Best Rib Tips in Chicago Moves to Armitage

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/18/08 (10:28am)
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I don't go very often but the best place for rib tips in Chicago, Calvin's BBQ (formerly Smokin' Woody's) is moving from near Lincoln Square to Armitage just west of Western.

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.

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