Greetings from NOLA!

Greetings from New Orleans! My wife and I are down here for a bit, dog and house sitting for a friend. So far we've seen some great music (Snug Harbor might be my new favorite jazz club), and had fantastic food and drink at too many places to mention, both in the French Quarter and around the Bywater neighborhood we're we are staying.

SONOS on a budget? IKEA Symfonisk!

Looking to expand your SONOS home audio system? Or want to get into the wifi zoned audio game on a budget? Check out IKEA's new Symfonisk speakers! Created in collaboration with SONOS, they are fully compatible with other SONOS speakers. I've got three SONOS speakers already (two Play:3 and one Connect:Amp), and it was a breeze to add this new Symfonisk speaker so that we could listen to music while preparing dinner in the kitchen.

Love it or leave it? No. Improve it.

This "love it or leave it" garbage is not new. Fifty years ago people were pointing out how stupid it is. Here's proof.

From the July 21, 1969 Chicago Tribune: On the op-ed page, Sydney J. Harris wrote a piece headlined, “The ‘love it or leave it’ nonsense.”

“One of the most ignorant and hateful statements that a person can make to another is, ‘If you don’t like it here, why don’t you leave?’” Harris wrote. “Most people who want to change conditions do like it here: they love it here. They love it so much they cannot stand to see it suffer from its imperfections, and want it to live up to its ideals. It is the people who placidly accept the corruptions and perversions and inequities in our society who do not love America.”

From the Chicago Tribune.

Our new apartment!

I never planned to become a home owner -- it just sort of happened. But it's good to live indoors, and rents are going to keep going up.

Here's two walkthrough videos of our wonderful new space in Chicago. First, right after closing, and next, about a month later after we've gotten some furniture in place.

Goodbye, Croslene Kettle

Very sad to hear of our neighbor and friend Kettle's passing yesterday.

Here's what happened, courtesy of Block Club Chicago.

My wife wrote something up about him for her newsletter.

Our alderperson Maria Hadden shared this as well.

And finally, Jonathan Ballew of Block Club Chicago wrote this wonderful article that helps to explain what Kettle meant to us in Rogers Park (and vice versa).

Chicago: Rogers Park Viaduct Clearances Map

I just moved back to the Windy City, and I'm about to have some furniture delivered. Delivery of big items here can be tricky, with the "L" tracks overhead. Some movers even sort of try to B.S. you and say their trucks can't make it to a certain part of town. Which isn't true, if they check bridge clearances-- and this map helps you do that. This map used to be found on the prior alderman's website, which is now deleted. So I'm linking to it here. Hope people find it useful.