Sat 06 June 2015

Filed under potentiality

So we're looking at going on a vacation road trip this summer, an adventure made of diesel fuel, fried clams, Canadian currency, overnight ferries, and fresh oysters.

map Chicago->Portland

From Chicago to Pittsburgh to my own original hometown of New London (funnelcake! Mystic! that smell of my grandparents' attic I remember so distinctly from childhood visits!), then on to Portland, Maine.

map Portland->Chicago

From there, an overnight ferry (!) to the maritime provinces of Canada. We had originally hoped to get to Saint Pierre and Miquelon but with the time available and the sheer size and impossibility of crossing Newfoundland twice, it's going to have to wait for another trip. Instead, we'll take our time visiting some historic hotels and towns, including the UNESCO site of Lunenberg.

Home again is a bit of a cross-country haul, but access to Tim Horton's makes any road trip 15% more tolerable.

Looks like the reading list will be:


  • Robertson Davies. Fifth Business (1970)
  • Alistair MacLeod. Island: The Complete Stories (2011)
  • Hugh Maclennan. Two Solitudes (1945)
  • Margaret Atwood. ed. The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories (1995)


  • Bruce Hutchison. The Unknown Country: Canada and Her People (1942)
  • Donald Creighton. Canada's First Century (1970)

Wed 13 May 2015

Filed under chicago

What was once a gently-rolling landscape of ages is now a desert with a single mountain.

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Fri 08 May 2015

Filed under chicago

You may have read a recent interview in the Chicago Reader with Rich Bowen about the book he wrote in 1983 with Dick Fay: "Hot Dog Chicago: A Native's Dining Guide". I dunno, I didn't read the article until I started writing this post. I have an ex-library ...

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Sat 25 April 2015

Filed under chicago

graph of chicago hoods

Here's a cartogram of the change in the population of young adults, age 20-29, from 1950 to 2010, by community area. From 1950 to 2010, Chicago's population decreased by around 1 million people, but look: in some neighborhoods, the number of young adults actually increased, in some areas ...

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Tue 21 April 2015

Filed under history

I was trying to figure out the historical boundaries of the "Summerdale" neighborhood when I came across Palmer v. City of Chicago:

excerpt of a 1910 property case

Some time when I have a bit more patience, I'll try to match up the confusing text in this case from 1910 with the modern street names ...

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