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Suck it, Chicago winter

I can’t stand the sight of my winter clothes anymore. My boots, coat, gloves and hat just piss me off at this point. I resent any day when I have to layer up and see my breath within seconds of walking outside.

Thinking I wasn’t the only one who must be having these thoughts, I decided to have a “winter clothes burning” party; a chance for people to come by and purge apparel that will be forever associated with this year’s awful weather. Then I realized I  can’t be trusted to control a bonfire of clothes. Further, there’s surely a more responsible approach to getting rid of our collective cold weather-wear.

I decided instead to do a “winter purge” for charity. Only problem is, that’s as far as I’ve gotten with the idea. I’m open to ideas as to how to coordinate location/charity. My goal is to do it before Opening Day, Chicago’s unofficial beginning of Spring.

I’d love your input!


Soundtrack for Chicago’s Freakishly Warm Weather

I drove into the city southbound on Lake Shore Drive this morning around 7 a.m. To my left, the sun was coming up over the lake; above me, the sky was cloud-free. The true, proof-that-we’re-hurtling-towards-the-sun, warmth of the day was still a few hours away from kicking in, but you could tell that it was coming.

The city felt alive and conquerable in the waking hours of the workday; it made me feel like the bullshit of everyday life was beatable. When faced with a morning like that, it’s critical to pick the right band to use as the soundtrack. My choice this morning is one I strongly recommend to use yourself the next time a day like this presents itself: Sam & Dave.

It’s the horns, the bare-bones production, the keyboard … the vocals. Sam & Dave is textbook mood elevation music. For the 20 minutes or so I was stuck on the Drive, I rolled through “You Got Me Hummin’,” “A Place Nobody Can Find,” Hold On, I’m Comin’,” “Wrap It Up,” and “I Take What I Want.” I swear it changed my outlook for the entire day.

For further consideration:


I spent a couple of hours this morning carving a path out of a mountain of snow.

Now that I’ve caught my breath, I’m sure that I cracked a few vertebrae in the process. There just aren’t enough Motrin to negotiate my way through the remainder of the day,

What would’ve helped is the right playlist, which I’m sharing here with you.  I’m probably missing a bunch (RCHP “Snow” was omitted on purpose), so let me know what you would’ve included.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Fifteen Feet of Pure Driven Snow”

Snow “Informer”

Frank Zappa “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow”

Avantasia “Blizzard on a Broken Mirror” (note: probably not about a weather blizzard, but I wanted to have metal represented on this list)

Okay, more metal…

Dragonforce “Fury of the Storm”

Rolling Stones “Winter” 

Black Sabbath “Snowblind”