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TV Fall 2016: Wednesdays

Wednesday nights has been one of the slower nights of the week for my DVR, as the networks leave cop dramas and family comedies on the schedule with little of interest for me. But...

TV Fall 2016: Tuesdays

Tuesdays are unusually quiet for me this fall. There is only one new show I’m giving a chance, one returning show I like, and several shows I watch to fill the time. No Tomorrow,...

TV Fall 2016: Mondays

Most new shows on Monday nights are being delayed due to the Presidential Debate schedule, since networks didn’t want us to fall out of habit with the new show after just one episode. But...

Fall TV 2016: The 4-1-1 on Pilot Episodes

I watch a lot of television and for a while I even dabbled in screenwriting. My favorite part of any TV show is the first episode or “pilot.” It is supposed to serve the...

Star Trek Turns 50

Fifty years ago today, Star Trek first beamed its way onto television sets across America. A college friend of mine, Christian Waugh, is a bigger fan than I, and sums up Trek well: “Since then, it has inspired...

Chicago: On My Own

After the first two days of my trip, my coworkers had to attend their labor relations conference, so I was left to my own devices. Honestly, if I had spent all 3 days in a...

Chicago: Dinosaurs and Pizzas

Day 2 of my Illinois trip began with a nice sunrise view of the Chicago river. From there, well, it was busy. Tuesday AM: We started the day with an expensive breakfast buffet. Even the...

Chicago: Detour to Springfield

I took a 5 day, 4 night vacation in Illinois in August 2016. Read on to hear about my day in Springfield and my first full day in the Windy City.