Declaring myself McDonald’s-free

  At the beginning of this year, I didn’t intentionally make a resolution about avoiding McDonald’s restaurants. Those type of pledges never work. And yet, a few weeks into January I realized I hadn’t yet gone to any MickeyD’s, and I didn’t miss it, either. After a series of months where I stayed away fromContinue reading “Declaring myself McDonald’s-free”

Month without McDonald’s, part 5

Once again, on the last day of a month where I did not go to a McDonald’s, I’m presenting another one of their signs as a trophy of sorts. Five months without patronizing this business feels positively great. By paying their workers minimum wages, and thus ensuring that many of them will go on publicContinue reading “Month without McDonald’s, part 5”

Month without McDonald’s, Part 4

The minimum wage seems to be McDonald’s best friend. When the Senate killed an attempt to raise the minimum wage last week, I’m sure there were a few happy McDonald’s franchise owners and higher-ups in the corporate structure. But there were thousands of workers who lost out, and I am–and will always be–closer to theContinue reading “Month without McDonald’s, Part 4”

Quarterly Report #10

Ten quarters is two and a half years. Throw in the quarter where I blew off writing one of these, and I’m almost three years into writing this blog. My output last quarter was just under a post a day, and some of the posts I added weren’t more than a picture and a fewContinue reading “Quarterly Report #10”

Month without McDonald’s, part 2

Last month, I commemorated a month without going to a single McDonald’s restaurant by taking a picture of one, on the last day of the month, and posting it here. This is the second month that I’ve avoided the call of the Arches, and here is this month’s trophy. It’s located on North Clark streetContinue reading “Month without McDonald’s, part 2”

The golden arches and Abe Lincoln’s hat

I took this picture yesterday as I was waiting at a red light in Chicago. I love this view, and I could probably crop out the McDonald’s sign attached to his stovepipe hat, but why not leave it in, instead? Would Lincoln eat McDonalds, if he were alive today? We’ll never know for certain, butContinue reading “The golden arches and Abe Lincoln’s hat”

Now I understand

Since last September, I’ve been excited at the prospect of Theo Epstein coming to Chicago. I suggested that it happen almost immediately after the Red Sox collapsed in Baltimore on the final night of the regular season, and I’ve written about it here and here and here. And it’s always been with the assumption thatContinue reading “Now I understand”