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Rocky Thompson
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The Great Smokeout
We had a problem with our neighbors: smoking. It's a non-smoking building, so we had the right to complain. I've never lived in a building like this, but when the person downstairs from us fired up a cigarette, it was not a subtle smell. With no exaggeratio...

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People Here Understand Me Better
I moved to Chicago about three weeks ago. A lot has changed. One of them — people understand me better. I used to pop into Starbucks at 7th Ave and Grove street a couple times a week to pick up a large iced coffee on my way to work. I always order a "Venti ...

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The Great Thing About Kids
There are a lot of great things about having kids, I'm sure, but the one I'm enjoying most right now is that I can wear my old shirts that have stains. That one button-down with the grease stain on the side from carrying a box of pizza like a football? It's...

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iPhone Gone Phishing
I’ve received several phishing texts the last few days. A text from a number in Ohio or Florida arrives telling me that my lost iPhone has been found, and that I should go to iCloud and login to get it back. It provides a helpful iCloudish-looking link, but...

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Captcha: Human vs. Robot
It’s surprising things don’t break more often on the internet. After all, it’s made of billions of lines of code and run on computers around the world. Things should go wrong a lot more often. Though I suppose they do and I don’t always hear about it. One t...

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Jersey Shore Air Guitar
I saw a band at the Jersey Shore on a recent holiday weekend at a bar that was described to me as "where the locals hangout." I don't remember their name, but I remember that below their name on their banner it said, "Rock and Roll with Fiber." They were ok...

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Cyclist Crackdown
There's a crackdown on cyclists this week in New York. Police are lining up by the Citibike racks near Penn Station and along the Avenue bisected by bike lanes and grabbing red light runners. Literally grabbing them. They run alongside for a few steps and t...

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Passion for Dishwashing
I was looking into some freelance copywriting work for a company that has restaurants in airports, so I did five minutes of research on their site. I lost track of how many times they used the word "passion." It was built into every aspect of their brand fr...

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Consider The Oprah
Oprah is a real estate ghost. I don't know how many beautiful apartment buildings I've driven past where people have pointed to the penthouse and said, "Oprah owns that." I believed it in Chicago. And I bought it in Boca. And, sure, she probably has a place...

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National News, Local Weather
About every 15 minutes the CBS morning national news cuts to the local affiliates for a weather update. It's the one part of the news I always be sure to give my attention, but the guy who does it drives me crazy. His weather delivery is fine and his meteor...
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