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Theme Song Thursday: Born in Chicago

24 Jan

“There seems to be a different Chicago around every street corner, behind every bar, and within every apartment, two-flat, cottage, or bungalow. City of immigrants or city of heartless plutocrats, say what you will, Chicago almost defies interpretation. In many ways Chicago is like a snake that sheds its skin every thirty years or so and puts on a new coat to conform to a new reality.”
― Dominic A. Pacyga, Chicago: A Biography
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Another blustery winter’s day here in the Chicago area. I was born and raised in Chicago, and you know the old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Man…we are all pretty strong. Beside being able to survive the brutal winters, Chicago is known for its diverse and colorful ethnic neighborhoods, wonderful restaurants and food, awesome architecture, and a marvelous music. And believe you me, if you live in Chicago, you’re entitled to sing the blues. (Probably because you can turn blue in just a few minutes out on a winter’s night.)
Theme song for today:

BORN IN CHICAGO by Paul Butterfield Blues Band
I was born in Chicago at nineteen and forty-one
I was born in Chicago at nineteen and forty-one
Well, my father told me
“Son, you had better get a gun”

Well, my first friend went down
When I was 17 years old
Well, my first friend went down
When I was 17 years old

Well, there’s one thing I can say about that boy
He gotta go

Well, my second friend went down
When I was 21 years of age
Well, my second friend went down
When I was 21 years of age

Well, there’s one thing I can say about that boy
He gotta pray

Well, now rules are alright
If there’s someone left to play the game
Well, now rules are alright
If there’s someone left to play the game

All my friends are going
And thing’s just don’t seem the same
Oh, thing’s just don’t seem the same, babe

Songwriters
Nicholas George Gravenites

Published by
WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP.

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Sunday and So Much Snow

6 Jan

“The snow began to fall again, drifting against the windows, politely begging entrance and then falling with disappointment to the ground.”
― Jamie McGuire, Beautiful
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“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”
― Carl Reiner
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A couple different viewpoints on the ambience of snow. We did have a few furious days of snow and ice in McKinney, but nothing like the breathtaking abundance of snow and cold in Chicago. I call it breathtaking because it’s sooooo cold, you can barely breath. I’ll confess, I got pretty spoiled living in Texas nearly ten years, avoiding the harsh winters of my hometown. But, there is still something amazing about the hardy and resilient residents who never let subzero temperatures and a few feet of slushy snow curtail their activities.

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My son Matt and I walked about a mile through tall drifts of snow to go to dinner last night. Call me silly, but it felt invigorating. People were out in droves, dusting off the mounds of snow on their hats and coats as they entered local restaurants and pubs.

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This morning, I sat in the car while Matt scraped off the crusted inches of accumulated ice on his car. It was pretty last night. Today, the plummeting temps and relentless snow kinda lost its initial charm. Welcome to Chicago! Hey, it’s still home and great to see family no matter what the weather conditions are. I love Chicago! I love my family!

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Another view from my secure spot in the car.