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By Jon Anderson

In forty-five years as certainly one of Chicago's liveliest newshounds for Time, existence, and the Chicago Tribune, Jon Anderson has tested a name for choosing up on what anyone as soon as referred to as "the great thing about the explicit fact." half "Talk of the Town," half at the highway with Charles Kuralt, Anderson's twice-a-week "City Watch" columns within the Chicago Tribune search out fascinating and unforeseen humans and locations from the standard lifetime of what the writer calls the "most standard American titanic city." within the method he discovers the fun and triumphs of normal humans. Anderson writes with wit and perception approximately those who are encouraged or captivated with alternative routes of viewing existence or getting in the course of the day. just like the guy who all started with one gentle pole, then painted the entire poles in his southside local. Or the founding father of Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too, a nun who lives with sixty-seven cats. Or the thinker who, with out monetary luck, nonetheless publishes a e-newsletter referred to as "The that means of Life." After years of removing moments of way of life that experience drama and which means, Anderson bargains a ebook that has curious strength, simply because all of its tales are actual. Drawn from the simplest of Anderson's columns, urban Watch introduces readers to an eclectic mixture of social golf equipment, subcultures, and minor celebrities. From Foraging neighbors, a gaggle of penniless ecologists who forage for wild meals in a county woodland safeguard, to the yearly Dumpster Diver model express, from the Oakton trouble-free institution chess workforce to a gaggle that calls itself a few Chicago Anarchists, readers will become aware of the characters and occasions that outline Chicago's neighborhood colour.

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A limousine still is not the kind of transport that the pennyminded should consider for runs to the supermarket. Luxury vehicles consume fuel at a rate akin to the liner Queen Mary, which, before it was beached in California, got thirteen feet to the gallon. But these days renting a “canoe,” as stretch limos are jocularly known, is not that expensive, about $50 to an airport or about $175 per night on the town, plus a tip for the driver. Why are people into limousines? For renters, crawling into one is a quest for grandeur, a nice addition to prom night, wedding day, bar mitzvah or barhopping.

Austin, a raucous piano player. Far from being shocked, his partners at staid Sidley & Austin “generally approved of some annual frivolity as an excellent morale-booster and a way of relieving the pressures of heavy workloads,” according to an office history. Later, agreeing that all torts and no play made for dullness, a group of jurists joined in with an alljudge kazoo band. Since then, the annual production has leaped from peak to peak, with only an occasional crash. (The worst: in 1975, when the stage slid forward, injuring eighteen people, none seriously.

April 25, 1997 30 ( chicago passions and styles ) ŷ five guys in their forties sing about, well, guys in their forties Moody, blue, they sing songs of paunch, of second marriages, of fading hopes, of job disenchantment — of downsizing. These five guys — somewhat overweight, all in their forties, all from the suburbs — have been singing up a storm lately, tackling the concerns of a generation that is now slogging through middle age in an era of corporate upheaval and turmoil. They call it Boomer rock.

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