Iowa State Fair Sep05

Iowa State Fair

I’ll admit it: I’d never been to a State Fair. What type of Midwesterner has never been to a State Fair? I couldn’t live with myself. I decided to make the journey to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 158th annual Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair’s own website...

Labor Day

The StewOver editors are taking today off by relaxing by a lake and drinking beer. Have a safe and happy...

San Juan del Surf, Nicaragua Apr05

San Juan del Surf, Nicaragua

[I am currently taking a year off from the daily grind and traveling the world. This is the second in a series of articles about my travels. For today’s article, I detail my first attempts at surfing in Nicaragua.] OK, technically this place is called San Juan del Sur – but...

Tales from the Deep: My First Scuba Dives Mar26

Tales from the Deep: My First Scuba Dives

[I am currently taking a year off from the daily grind and traveling the world. This is the first in a series of articles about my travels. For today’s article, I detail my first deep sea dive in Belize.] After getting scuba certified with Frenchie’s, a dive shop 1/2 block...

I Climbed a Damn Mountain Mar14

I Climbed a Damn Mountain

[This week Chas and I are on a desert vacation through the American Southwest. Our trip started in Tucson (also joined by Stew Over editors Jim and Ed), continued to Scottsdale, and will wrap up in Las Vegas. I’m going to bring you periodic reports from our trip. I should...

Top Ten Chicago Activities: Part 2 Jan19

Top Ten Chicago Activities: Part 2

Yesterday, I talked about five of my favorite activities to do in Chicago. Today I take a look at my Top 5. 5. Chicago Sport and Social If you’ve never been on an intramural team while living in Chicago, what the heck else are you doing? Chicago Sport and Social organizes...

Top 10 Chicago Activities: Part 1 Jan18

Top 10 Chicago Activities: Part 1

I’ve lived near Chicago my whole life and in Chicago for almost 5 years now in an awesome neighborhood (despite being overly yuppie / jock / gay if I am allowed to stereotype in politically incorrect ways) called Lakeview. I’ve loved every second of living in the city,...

Spongebob, Accidental Child Death and “Mom Forwards”

Let me introduce you to the wonder of “mom forwards.” They are the most simultaneously amazing and maddening emails to ever hit your inbox. mom forward: a forwarded email usually sent by a parent who just learned how to use email. This email includes inaccurate “facts”, awful jokes and uses a variety of recklessly arranged fonts, font sizes and end or begin in a punctuation overload.  These emails are regularly accompanied by a large WMV file or Powerpoint ’97 presentation. The heyday of “mom forwards” was three-four years ago when many non-web savvy parents began “logging onto the...

Retire Early, Enjoy Life Now Dec06

Retire Early, Enjoy Life Now

I have wanted to retire early since I first tasted the awful flavor of working (for someone else), but eventually I realized that retirement isn’t what I ultimately want.  Not your traditional retirement, anyway, defined as follows: Retirement: Growing old and sitting on your ass in Florida waiting to die, eating the blue plate special for dinner at 4 pm at the strip mall diner. – Oxford English Dictionary.  No thanks, OUT on that. I am an optimist, but I know that old age and the hyperbolic scenario described above are conditions that even optimism won’t save me from, so I am rethinking retirement as an end-of-life...

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