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A Pain in the Neck

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Liz rubbed my neck and back a little bit, and I just let it be. The next day, the issue seemed to continue – and wasn’t any better. In fact, the back of my neck was very tender (and hot) to the touch. Taking a shower this morning seemed to help, but it was about the same all day.

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A Balanced Diet

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Last night, Liz and I trekked to Merrillville, IN, to celebrate Julie’s birthday with a surprise dinner. We left the city earlier than normal, to try to beat the rush-hour traffic, and ended up making great time. We arrived about an hour ahead of schedule, so we hit a nearby Meijer to do some shopping.

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Upcoming Speaking Event: 20×2 Chicago, How Do You Do?

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I’ve had the privilege of participating in all of the Chicago versions of 20×2, and I’ve had a blast every single time. The participants are always drawn from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, and you never know what to expect: some folks will do presentations, some will perform songs, you never know what you might see.

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Kitchen Planning

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It was great to see Bob working in Autocad, laying out a rough plan for where things should go. With the bulk of our work focused on cleaning and demo, it was exhilarating to think about future stuff – to think on the creating the new, instead of removing the old. I know that Liz in particular was very excited/happy afterwards.

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The Fix is Not the Solution

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It was funny to encounter this the very first time: it showed a certain kind of doggedness, a certain kind of determination. But I’ve seen these buckets multiple times since – and they seem to have been growing in number, the past few months.

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Hozier: Take Me To Church

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Sadly, I don’t think I have the same affection for the other songs in the album. But it’s possible that I haven’t really given those songs much of a chance either, as I’ve been looping the first two songs so much. Maybe in another month or two, I’ll have moved on a little more.

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The Definitive History of the West Wing

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“It’s the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. Every now and then I’ll see an episode somewhere and I’m just intrigued by it. We actually did that and I was actually a part of it! I think it came at a time and it occupied a space that it might not have been possible to do before or since.”

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Spartan

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There were a lot of elements that were standard to action thrillers. But there were also a lot of unexpected twists/moves that deviated from what I was expecting from a standard thriller movie. The dialogue was really great, and it wasn’t until much later that I realized it was written by David Mamet (no wonder).

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Hyde Park Used Book Sale

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There were clearly marked sections, based on subject matter. So there was clearly some organization prior to the sale, as far as grouping and sorting out the books. But part of the feel of the event made me think it was kind of a “free for all,” which I guess is the case at sales like this. And part of the attraction, I suppose.

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