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06/15/2018 - 5:44pm When I quit smoking back in…

When I quit smoking back in college,  I gained 20 pounds in about a year. I'm 5'4", so that was a lot of weight for me. It took me awhile, but I took it off and kept it off. The key was move more, eat less. I did aerobic activity at least three times a week, for 40 minutes each time. Lifted a few weights. Changed my diet by cutting out fried and fast food and excess fat, like salad dressings, full fat cheese, ice cream, etc....I ate carbs, but not a ton of them. And I didn't snack. The only thing I gave up were rich foods that had no nutritional benefit, like fettuccine alfredo and donuts. I would occasionally have a cheeseburger because I love them, but no fries with the burger. I became very disciplined. In fact, I ended up going to cooking school and becoming a pastry chef after I lost the weight, and I still kept it off. You just have to be really motivated and make sure you exercise regularly. 

06/13/2018 - 11:53pm My son will be a college…

My son will be a college freshman next year and wants to take a language that has a different alphabet. The choices are Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. My vote is Arabic, but I also think Chinese could be invaluable if he took it seriously and became fluent. 

06/13/2018 - 11:43pm Michigan is the kind of…

Michigan is the kind of place where you have to be self-directed and self-motivated or you'll fall through the cracks. If you're not, I would imagine it must be very stressful, especially seeing other kids who seem to know exactly what they want and are actively pursuing it. I was a Communications major. It was media-driven back then, with classes in journalism (my concentration), mass media, freedom of the press, and also organizational behavior and communication. I went into advertising as a copywriter. One of my housemates went to work for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and then the World Wildlife Fund, in a PR capacity. Barb McQuade was in my class (she was the sports editor of The Daily back then), and she's now an attorney (no politics, but she was appointed by Obama as a U.S. attorney in Michigan) and law professor at Michigan. Lots of options with a communications major. 

06/13/2018 - 9:27pm I know two kids who got into…

I know two kids who got into Michigan out of state. One was wait listed. GPA's were 4.0-ish (on a 5 scale), their ACT's were in the 31-33 range. One was a two sport kid, the other a one sport kid. The one sport kid was a team leader (kind of like a captain). Both had a lot of community service. Really solid, well-rounded kids. 

06/12/2018 - 10:28pm Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Bryan Cranston

Gene Hackman

06/12/2018 - 1:44pm We got the performance…

We got the performance package. It's awesome. I'm still intrigued by the R but I think I'll hold on to the GTI for a few more years. 

 

06/12/2018 - 1:39pm I've reset my password at…

I've reset my password at least six times already. 

06/11/2018 - 10:41pm I've also read Cat's Eye,…

I've also read Cat's Eye, Life Before Man, and The Robber Bride but those are more realistic fiction, and about relationships. I loved them, but you might not. If you're looking for non-fiction, what about essays? I love David Sedaris. Nora Ephron, too, but she's definitely more of a chick's writer. There's a really good yearly anthology series, The Best American Essays, edited each year by a different prominent writer. There used to be a sports writing anthology, too. 

06/11/2018 - 5:20pm I really enjoy Bill Bryson,…

I really enjoy Bill Bryson, particularly some of his earlier books.

06/11/2018 - 5:09pm Margaret Atwood is a great…

Margaret Atwood is a great writer. Though not as overtly futuristic as Ursula LeGuin, her work is in that dystopian world. I think you’d like her even if she is fiction.

06/08/2018 - 11:34pm What’s somewhat shocking to…

What’s somewhat shocking to me was his love for life and what it has to offer. He reminds me of my father in that way. My father suffered from depression his entire adult life and was hospitalized for it twice, yet he loved to eat and loved food and travel like Bourdain. Assuming Bourdain’s suicide was a product of depression, I think it’s unusual to have that kind of capacity for enjoyment while suffering from a deep depression. Makes me wonder if it wasn’t something else, like a terrible diagnosis.

06/05/2018 - 8:58pm We put our cat to sleep in…

We put our cat to sleep in December, and turned around and got two kittens in January. There was a happiness missing in the house and I immediately wanted to fill that hole. I mourned the cat before he died -- he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and lasted about 2 months before we knew it was time. Those two months were so sad because we knew it was a matter of months. So it totally depends how you feel. If you find yourself resisting for any reason, wait. 

06/04/2018 - 9:43am I think he's the right guy

I think he's the right guy for the job but maybe didn't completely understand the job when he took it. I think he underestimated Urban Meyer and Dantonio. I think he thought it would be easier and he could just slide in and everything would fall into place. Maybe he got carried away on the same train some of the media did when they said college is better for Harbaugh because of his personality -- he can do all those things that pro players tire of very quickly. He's like Apollo Creed in Rocky with all the spectacle and then he realizes that the opponent doesn't see this as a spectacle. 

06/03/2018 - 9:22am What about Frank?

What about Frank?

06/02/2018 - 6:17pm Karen Carpenter, with her

Karen Carpenter, with her velvety voice, and Scott Weiland, my personal fave male voice. I also like Cat Stevens’ inimitable voice.

05/30/2018 - 11:23am We can't fire Harbaugh

We can't fire Harbaugh because there is no one perceptibly better. Anyone replacing Harbaugh would have to beat Ohio State the first year, a la Tressel did against us. 

05/28/2018 - 11:57am I like that you can reach out

I like that you can reach out on this board and ask questions like this. Not narcissistic at all. 

05/28/2018 - 11:57am I like that you can reach out

I like that you can reach out on this board and ask questions like this. Not narcissistic at all. 

05/28/2018 - 11:57am I like that you can reach out

I like that you can reach out on this board and ask questions like this. Not narcissistic at all. 

05/27/2018 - 11:16am I keep track of where the

I keep track of where the nests are around town and avoid those places. My husband on the other hand will walk the dog right through an infestation just to invalidate my fear.

05/26/2018 - 10:16pm Since we're talking about

Since we're talking about gardening, I have a question for those of you who live in places other than suburban Chicago. Are any of you familiar with the giant and terrifying cicada killer wasp? I have always been afraid of wasps, but when I saw one for the first time when we moved to Evanston, I nearly died. Now the months of July and August are spent scanning the grass every time I go out. I don't relax until the beginning of fall.

05/25/2018 - 8:10pm My son turns 18 and graduates

My son turns 18 and graduates from high school next weekend. I also have a 15 year old daughter. I can't tell you how fulfilling it is raising kids. Not all the time, mind you. I actually said "Fu** You" to my son when he was around 15. I can't even remember why now, but I do know that teenagers love to push the old parental buttons. My advice is to stay as engaged as possible. My husband was great in the infant/toddler years, but when middle school and puberty hit, he retreated. He didn't really know how to talk to a moody teenager, and took everything personally, which left me doing most of the hard stuff. Turns out, his parents never talked to him about anything serious when he was a teenager, and he had no idea how to do it. But one commonality was baseball. My husband is a fanatic (and played a bit in high school) and my son is going to play next year at Denison. My husband never misses a game, and they can talk shop afterward. For a sports guy like my husband, it doesn't get any better. 

 

As far as babies go, there is no real way to be prepared for the physical toll it takes on your body. We were older when we had our kids (I was 34 with my son and 37 with my daughter, my husband is two years older than me). Dang, we were tired! But we did a good job of trading off. A sense of humor is a must. Everything babies do, especially the gross stuff, is funny. When she was 3, my daughter threw up on a plane as we were landing. We were unprepared and the guy sitting next to her got it in the lap. He was really cool about it, but that will be a story I tell at her high school graduation. 

05/24/2018 - 3:33pm Yes, please, generalize some

Yes, please, generalize some more. 

05/23/2018 - 9:10pm Superbowl 2000 spot for

Superbowl 2000 spot for e-trade "Money Out The Wazoo." Check it out on Youtube. 

 

05/22/2018 - 12:14am I posted above about my

I posted above about my friend's husband being Freddie Mercury's bodyguard during the Fat Bottom Girls tour. According to him, Freddie was pretty private about his homosexuality and also liked women. He was more open about those trysts than he was about the male ones. I think it's wrong to eliminate the AIDS part of his life, but I wonder if the choice to downplay his sexuality is a reflection of the way he was in private. 

05/22/2018 - 12:14am I posted above about my

I posted above about my friend's husband being Freddie Mercury's bodyguard during the Fat Bottom Girls tour. According to him, Freddie was pretty private about his homosexuality and also liked women. He was more open about those trysts than he was about the male ones. I think it's wrong to eliminate the AIDS part of his life, but I wonder if the choice to downplay his sexuality is a reflection of the way he was in private. 

05/22/2018 - 12:07am I just found out a friend of

I just found out a friend of mine's husband was Freddie Mercury's bodyguard during the Fat Bottom Girls Tour. If you google Fredie Mercury on Superman's shoulder, there's a pic of two guys dressed up as Superman holding up Freddie. He's the one on the left. 

05/20/2018 - 8:43pm I'd have to agree that for

I'd have to agree that for the most part, women aren't as funny. But I think it's harder to be a female comedian because women are judged in a different way than men. You can't be ugly or that's what everyone talks about. But you also can't be too good-looking or that's what everyone talks about. You can't be too harsh or you're a bitch. No one wants a woman who is a victim or a complainer, either, but a lot of male comedians have made a career out of being the lovable (or not so lovable) loser. Kristin Wiig is that perfect combo of cute, vulnerable, clever, and non-threatening. And her supporting cast was hilarious, and all held their own against her. Plus, really funny writing. Rose Byrne was perfectly cast. She was a really good straight man. 

05/20/2018 - 8:32pm You won't get an argument

You won't get an argument from me. Bald is way better. 

05/20/2018 - 7:59pm Bridesmaids, The Royal

Bridesmaids, The Royal Tenenbaums, When Harry Met Sally

 

Bridesmaids because it's the first all-female (or almost all) comedy that is really, really funny. I've seen it 6 or7 times, and it's still as funny as the first time. Also, the characters are well-developed, not cliche females. Kristin Wiig is a sympathetic protagonist, and there's a warmth to the movie that comedies sometimes don't have, especially with women.

 

The Royal Tenenbaums because Wes Anderson tackled family dysfunction in a really unique way. The Tenenbaums reminded me of my family. And you ended up loving all these flawed characters, at least I did. 

 

When Harry Met Sally because I love Nora Ephron. The script was so funny and observant, and it handled coupling and uncoupling in a clever,  authentic way. 

05/20/2018 - 7:19pm I don't like it when guys dye

I don't like it when guys dye their hair. Too vain. Men are lucky -- gray hair doesn't suddenly make them matronly and unattractive. A lot of times, it makes them sexier. The success of a shaved head depends on your head shape. Michael Jordan: yes. Prince William: not so much. 

05/19/2018 - 8:05pm I think what he meant was

I think what he meant was we're not winning enough. 

05/19/2018 - 7:21pm It's on ESPN 3. We still

It's on ESPN 3. We still can't figure out how to get a picture. We have sound, though. 

 

05/17/2018 - 10:35am Oh my God, I think you’re

Oh my God, I think you’re right.

05/16/2018 - 10:37pm I don't like all the PR

I don't like all the PR hoopla around the team, re: the trips and the show on Amazon. I don't care if they travel, I would just prefer they keep it to themselves. Let's start winning the important games -- that should come before anything else. 

05/15/2018 - 12:42pm Back up cameras

Back up cameras are my favorite invention of all time. 

05/15/2018 - 12:39pm Horrible technology

Horrible technology interfaces that are counterintuitive. Plus, touchscreen up and down arrows that are too small. I end up looking at the screen to make sure I don't inadvertently touch a name and call someone. But my biggest pet peeve is that cars no longer offer manual transmissions. Volkswagen, but that's about it. 

05/12/2018 - 3:36pm Having brunch with my

Having brunch with my husband, kids and my mother. We have a strained relationship but I feel strongly about doing the right thing and making sure our mothers have an event to go to on Mother's Day. My husband's mother will be with her other son, so everyone is taken care of. 

05/10/2018 - 4:20pm #23, Chicago. 

#23, Chicago. 

05/09/2018 - 5:04pm I used to travel a lot for

I used to travel a lot for work (advertising). We had huge expense accounts, stayed in fantastic hotels, and ate in the best restaurants. Not bragging -- advertising in the 80's and 90's was the grand boondoggle and we were all so lucky to be along for the ride. Sometimes we'd be away for weeks at a time, mostly in LA on commercial shoots. I wasn't a bar girl, but I loved going out to eat and I mostly just hung out and watched TV at night. When I started working in advertising, I was single, but I eventually got married and had two kids and so laying around in bed watching TV with no interruptions was the ultimate luxury. Those were great times. Stressful, but great. 

05/07/2018 - 6:03pm Actually #TallManProblems 

Actually #TallManProblems  They're real. 

05/07/2018 - 11:18am For the record, I did not

For the record, I did not downvote him. 

05/07/2018 - 9:30am Oh come on, just go for it. 

Oh come on, just go for it. 

05/07/2018 - 9:30am I'm not worried about my kid

I'm not worried about my kid -- he needs some "adversity." I'm wondering about linemen and basketball players who are 7' and up. How the heck do they get decent sleep in a twin size bed? I know they're XL, but still. 

05/07/2018 - 9:10am We got two six month old

We got two six month old kittens 4 months ago. So. Much. Fun. They're two crazy brothers who literally bounce off the walls. If they're not fighting "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" style, they're running like race horses from one end of the house to the other. And they like to spend at least a few hours a day sleeping on us, which has that relaxing effect you're talking about. Plus, they're super cute. I highly recommend it. 

05/06/2018 - 6:11pm Based on descriptions here, I

Based on descriptions here, I didn’t watch the video but if my kid was the victim, I would seriously lose my shit and press charges. We’ve been lucky and have a coach who has close to zero tolerance for that bullsh**. When several members of the team were caught exchanging naked pics with some girls several years ago, he pulled the plug on the season. Sucked for the seniors to end the season that way but it’s a crime to do that, so you get what’s due. Same thing should happen here, and more.

05/06/2018 - 6:06pm The movie “Lucas.” Lucas was

The movie “Lucas.” Lucas was a puny kid from a broken home who fell for a girl and tried to become a jock when she fell for a star football player. An evolutionary tale. The players did that to him in the movie.

05/04/2018 - 4:19pm Good luck and get well soon!

Good luck and get well soon!

05/03/2018 - 8:51pm Wishing your family a

Wishing your family a complete recovery! 

04/30/2018 - 1:33pm I would call that look mild

I would call that look mild shock and embarrassment.