Face Forward

The wife and I were at a Jersey Mike’s down in Tennessee when the alert came across that the CDC declared fully vaccinated people could remove their masks. It was more or less echoed by President Biden and Dr. Fauci, with some caveats. I showed my in-laws the tweets before timidly pulling my mask off…

Bears Draft and Schitt’s Creek

The NFL Draft used to be one of my favorite sports things. It would take place during the day, usually on a weekend, and the first 3-4 rounds were all on day one, so it was a bustling experience. For the last few years, the Draft has been made into an evening, Prime Time experience,…

Recommended Software and Sites

Heya kids. I wanted to use a few minutes today to prattle on about a few computer-y things I use on a daily basis that I really enjoy and/or make my work days a bit easier. Use them or don’t. AppCleaner (Free) This is a nifty utility I use on macOS all the damn time….

Playing Out The String

We’re nearing the first of what’s only a few finish lines, folks, as far as our old pal Coron A. Virus goes. With our second vaccinations coming up, the possibility of, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, actually spending time with other human beings for an extended period of time and not in controlled/distant…

Final Thoughts of 2020

Gathering thoughts on the Bears, Illini sports, COVID-19 things, and personal victories of 2020.

My Top 12 Christmas Movies

BAD SANTA (2003) Bad Santa is one of those I like to watch every couple years. There‚Äôs enough robust profanity, raunch, and unlikeable characters to slake my thirst for uncompromising low-brow humor, but the holiday spirit legitimately courses in the threads of this weird and sincerely unimportant movie. The main kid, whose almost-too-on-the-nose portrayal of…

Despair and Hope

Four years ago, I wrote a small and unmemorable piece just days after that election trying to restore some optimism and faith in those who were shaken up after Trump was elected President. In my office, a very diverse and progressive company, I vividly recall people walking around with tears in their eyes, others literally…

Gut Feeling

Hours after the Bears announced the trade up to draft their guy in Mitchell Trubisky, I did something I’ve only done one time before – bought the jersey of a Bears rookie. The first time I did it? Cedric Benson. Probably should’ve known better. I wore Mitch’s jersey with a reasonable amount of pride, even…