Now that the book’s out, time to catch up …

So, I published a book last Monday.

There’s no way to properly explain just how much work went into the book; furthermore, there’s no way to explain it in such a way that would make my efforts sympathetic enough to be blog-worthy. Simply put, the work was exhausting, and it’s nice to see daylight again.

Now that the clouds are breaking, I want to catch up on a few things I’ve been meaning to write about over the past month:

Skyfall – One of the best Bonds ever? Maybe? I don’t love-love Daniel Craig, but the story elements were fabulous, and mega-actors Javier Bardem and Judi Densch turned in a pair of unforgettable performances.Skyfall

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese – Courtesy of the always trendy, always busy, yet still somehow magnetic, Rockit Bar & Grill. I was so mad when I finished off all the “mac” that I had to soak up the remaining sauce with a friend’s french fry.

Andre Williams & the Sadies “Bored” – I just heard this for the first time on the Blues Magazine’s “Juke-Shakin’ Sounds” sampler. Dirty, sleazy, bluesy, and modern.

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Rosemont – No longer an easy punchline, I must have missed when Rosemont completely overhauled their town. Suddenly and surprisingly, Rosemont’s looking like a great social destination. River Road is lined with beautifully-decorated holiday lights, and you can’t miss the eye-catching pocket of bars and restaurants calling out to passersby on 294. Oh, and there’s that casino there, too. Corruption, shmorruption.

Argo – The movie’s climax is one of the best nail-biters I’ve seen in years.

Fiscal Cliff – I’d be panicked about it if I didn’t think we were all destined to check out, Mayan-style, before we hit the deadline.

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Back to the book–I’m donating 15% of all of this week’s (and last week’s) net proceeds to the combo of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Greater Chicago Food Depository. If you have any inclination to buy We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm, this would be a great week to do it.

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Finally, I’ll be out and about this week: First, I’ll be at Monday Night FootDahl tomorrow night with copies of my book in tow. Then, to wrap up the week, the official book release party is happening at Challengers Comics in Chicago on Friday (12/7) from 7-9 p.m.

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