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Happy Sunday the 23rd, peeps!

tcr! · an hour ago

Happy Sunday the 23rd peeps

You all look absolutely fabulous according to my calculations.

#photos #moonflowers

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Sep 23rd, 2018 at 9:23:11 am

tcr! · 4 hours ago

Peeps, I’m going to be speaking at the boathouse in about half an hour if you got nothing going on. I know it’s Sunday and it’s early but it’s sunny nonetheless!

🌞☕️ #alcoholism #goteam

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16 points for this UNO

tcr! · 17 hours ago

16 points for this UNO

When we play UNO, anybody can play plus cards, even out of turn.

Lee got 16 on this turn.

🤕 #photos #games

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sinceresarcasm · 16 hours ago

I see I’m not the only one who plays “Prison Rules Uno”

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edox edox · 16 hours ago

You playing 0s and 7s to?

tcr! tcr! · 16 hours ago

I’d never heard of that until now. Maggie googled it and it sounds delightfully sinister! 😈

edox edox · 16 hours ago

it can go on forever just be aware.

tcr! tcr! · 4 hours ago

I could see that happening!

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Richard · 16 hours ago

Lee cheats.

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thewattsolak · 12 hours ago

Try Dos. We are Uno fanatics here but this may be even preferred.
http://www.mattelgames.com/en-us/cards/dos

tcr! tcr! · 4 hours ago

Nice 😎

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Sep 22nd, 2018 at 4:22:16 pm

tcr! · 21 hours ago

When pulling laundry out of the washing machine and a lone sock falls to the floor… do you ever think to yourself, “When will this ever end? When I’m dead?”

I do. About every week. 🙄

#thestruggleisreal

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fiatlux423 · 21 hours ago

Yeah, but try doing that in public where the floor is a lot grimier and there are screaming children. That’s my life.

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fivewayrack fivewayrack · 21 hours ago

I make it a game to get it all out in one big ball. Those damn socks ruin everything!

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Sunset for Sep 21st, 2018

tcr! · 2 days ago

Sunset for Sep 21st 2018

I almost missed this but god told me to get up and get out of bed since it was 7pm and not 7am.

#photos #sunsets

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Withholding the Cheese Puffs

tcr! · 2 days ago

Guys, I just witnessed a heated couples exchange inside one of our local Walgreens.

A man was outright denying his wife of her Friday snacks because apparently she “already had her daily allotment of cheese puffs.”

She then retorted or snorted, “Oh no, I’m a get my cheese puffs” with the bitterness you’d expect of dreams shattered in full view of the other drugstore patrons.

I can see both sides really. I mean they sell a 20 ounce plastic tumbler of them (Market Pantry brand) at SuperTarget so they must be good. On the other hand… Well, I can’t think of another hand. I can’t come up with one good valid reason to deprive your girl of cheese puffs if she wants cheese puffs. You won’t get lucky tonight withholding their fluffy orange texture.

Anyways, I thought for sure she was gonna hook his leg with her cane and send him to the floor in a crumpled heap of senior citizen. I’m sure it wouldn’t be the first time.

I grabbed my receipt from the cashier and made my least hasty exit. The couple then disappeared down the food + drinks aisle so I have no finale for this yarn. Sorry.

And now as I sit in the Walgreens parking lot on the corner of State Street and wherever I am, I’m enjoying these sweet, first, few drinks of this refreshing can (16 ounce) of Coca-Cola. It’s not the good stuff that the aforementioned SuperTarget imports from Mexico but it’ll do on this Friday afternoon.

16 ounce Coke can

Anyways 2, happy weekend everybody. I hope this is your best one yet.

#photos #snacks #soda

21 comments

ahrens · 2 days ago

What’s up with the branch with leaves on it in your car? 😉

tcr! tcr! · 2 days ago

I got it at the second Nightmare on Chicago Street I ever went to up in Elgin. It was laying on the ground in its own crumpled heap of plastic greenery as I was making yet another of my least hasty exits. When I got back to my truck I stuck it into my cigarette lighter outlet thing and it’s lived there ever since… 🌿

tcr! tcr! · 2 days ago

WAIT. That’s a lie. It’s not in the cigarette lighter outlet. It’s in the keyhole next to it that controls the airbags!

I didn’t want to run the risk that this garden-variety plastic ivy one would find at your neighborhood Joann’s art and craft store would catch fire.

In related news… One time I put my truck key in the keyhole, hoping it would open the door way to Narnia. But alas there was no such transportation reward. Only shed tears in the salty realization that I would indeed have to go to work. 😢

ahrens · 2 days ago

Thank you for your honesty. My first thought was maybe it was eucalyptus and you had a koala bear. That would be pretty rad. Please know, I do not judge a man’s greenery he keeps in his car.

McIntyre 13 · 2 days ago

This thread makes me smile. 😁 Or maybe it’s just my muscle relaxant kicking in. Either way thanks for the laugh guys

tcr! tcr! · a day ago

My two cents but the koala ain’t a stranger to muscle relaxants.

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Shari H · 2 days ago

Look…if you’re gonna feed us interesting tidbits on conversations overheard. You’re gonna hafta stick around for the ending. You’re public depends on you!

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Roda · 2 days ago

MFer, don’t mess with my comfort food after a hard day on a Friday.

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Redmondton · 2 days ago

Pint can legit, strong work

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Murisa DM · 2 days ago

Are you an author? You should write a book… your stores are so funny and so well written.

tcr! tcr! · 2 days ago

I regularly submit my stuff to publishers, etc. but so far nobody’s been interested. 🙄

Finkler · 2 days ago

I loved this!!
We do love our cheese puffs tho..

Pad Nevin · 2 days ago

Literally clicked the comment section just to ask this question. Past few posts I read are the most simplest interactions that can and likely happen daily and you make it interesting to read.

tcr! tcr! · a day ago

Thank you!

tcr! tcr! · a day ago

I write more serious stuff, too.

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ahrens · 2 days ago

Walgreens is always located at the corner of HAPPY and HEALTHY, not State and “whatever”

tcr! tcr! · a day ago

I don’t know. I go into the St. Charles’ Walgreens on the corner of Main Street and Sweet Tomatoes a couple times a week and there’s one cashier that’s borderline anti-happy.

Seriously, she asks for my Walgreens Rewards card each and every visit regardless of how many times I’ve said, “Listen shopping gestapo, you’re not tracking how many sodas I buy in the name of steep discounts and customer perks!”

Well, my wit’s not that quick in public or under Freddie’s pressure so that’s what I like to think I’ll say the next time I’m standing in her aisle as she’s questioning the cards in my wallet and reviewing a 3” ecig box with a scrupulous monocle, flipping the box over and over again looking for the 2” barcode.

It’s on the fracking back where 90% of the barcodes in the world are!!!

ahrens · a day ago

Perhaps Walgreens is not your scene. For all of the times I have entered my rewards number, I have yet to be rewarded. CVS is where it’s at. Once you get over the fact that your receipt is as long as 3 football fields, you realize you win the lotto during every shopping experience. I earn all of these bucks for whatever reason and I just roll with it. Some people are addicted to crack and/or bath salts but CVS is my weakness.

tcr! tcr! · 22 hours ago

There’s this dude named Henry that works at the CVS close to my house. He’s worked there ever since I moved to my neighborhood back in the 00s. He, too, asks for my CVS card every time I see him. Even if we’re not in CVS. One time I was out feeding homeless children on the upper west side on a sunny Saturday, not unlike today. Henry pulled up, in what I assume to be his blue BMW and Keanu shades, and said, “CVS card…” in his oh so cool Nigerian accent.

I might spring for a CVS card if they sold ecig paraphernalia by the pound but they seem to be anti-nicotine these days. And then they got those midget shopping carts that people still insist on filling up like their at Costco on Randall.

Regardless, the real question is what do you do with all your earned bucks? Do they automagically discount your next receipt when you go in?

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ns kraut · 2 days ago

That will be me and my husband in 30 years. He already tells me i can’t get more cheese its. I need a cane…

tcr! tcr! · a day ago

You could probably buy one at Walgreens. If not, Riley Drug (also on State Street and whatever) carries them. I’ve tried their canes out. Clean finish, solid construction, helpful staff.

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Microwave 2018 edition

tcr! · 2 days ago

AmazonBasics Microwave

AmazonBasics Microwave | Alexa Enabled - Amazon.com

A compact countertop microwave that connects to your Echo device to make cooking easier.

  • Now it’s easier to defrost peas, make popcorn, cook potatoes, and reheat rice. Quick-cook voice presets and a simplified keypad let you just ask Alexa to start microwaving.
  • Auto Popcorn Replenishment can automatically reorder popcorn when you run low, enabled by Amazon Dash Replenishment technology.
  • Compact size saves counter space, plus 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock, and a turntable.
  • Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new presets, features, and skills.

Peeps, the future is now.

#amazon #alexa #homeimprovement

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tism tism · 2 days ago

“Nuke the frog. 2 minutes. High”

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Stop looking for proof

tcr! · 2 days ago

Stop looking for proof

Looking for reasons why things would fail used to be a big part of my day.

I devoted hours to it. Always poking around under the hood for clues to prove that whoever I’d gotten close to was up to no good. That I was going to get hurt. That people were evil.

Reviewing all the data at frequent intervals.

If that all sounds dumb it’s because it was.

I didn’t trust people or the cosmos. I knew the fingerprints were somewhere, I just had to find them. Keep dusting, keep analyzing. Always teetering on the brink of crazy.

Where is the evidence?

When I didn’t find any, it didn’t matter. I knew something was there somewhere. I just had to keep looking. Patiently waiting for some unspoken testimony because sooner or later I’d get a confirmation, a conviction and then all my doubts and nightmares would come true.

And then if I did get absolute confirmation that there was indeed absolutely nothing going on, I couldn’t even relax with the sound judgement that everything was good. I was too battle-exhausted from my search. I was too shaken by the possibility that it could happen.

I needed to stop looking for proof. Do you know what happened when I did look? I made the very people who loved me crazy. I pushed them away until they left.

I’m divorced twice. It’s a real thing that we bring what we most fear into our lives by being absurdly afraid of it.

Looking at my case files it’s pretty clear now that it was never about the other person or what they were doing. It was about me and my insecurities. I needed to “quit” all the scrutiny if I wanted to have a healthy, peaceful connection with another person.

With Sara, I still keep a close eye on things but in this very moment I look for proof why they *will* work. Reverse the numbers and flip the math. Cherish the very reasons why love wins. Embrace what flows freely when I be my best self.

And then all my hopes and dreams come true.

#lettherebehope #relationships

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tism tism · 2 days ago

That is a very hard thing to do. Congrats to you sir. :-)

tcr! tcr! · 2 days ago

Yep. Dealing with my insecurities was the hard part for me. After that then the search for clues wasn’t important. 😊

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · 2 days ago

You deserve this. Unreasonable Happiness is your birthright. Claim it.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · 2 days ago

Who’s the critter in the frame?

tcr! tcr! · 2 days ago

I believe it to be a praying mantis but usually I don’t know what I’m talking about.

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sprout · 2 days ago

This rings very true for me, as it most likely does for many. Especially those of us who come from a world of using and abusing, there is often more hurt, abuse, betrayal than not. But growing older and learning to trust your partner… that’s actually a way of trusting yourself. And that has been the hardest part for me. Thank you for sharing this, Travis. It gives me some things to reflect upon and appreciate today.

tcr! tcr! · 2 days ago

> there is often more hurt, abuse, betrayal than not
For sure. There’s a reason why we are the way we are. I also believe that you can trust yoruself. There’s nothing but good inside you. 😊

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Sep 21st, 2018 at 10:26:35 am

tcr! · 2 days ago

How do you personally spell this word?
- OK
- ok
- okay

#wordpolice

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Richard · 2 days ago

O.k.

Richard · 2 days ago

Intetesting. Now I know. OK Origin mid 19th century: probably an abbreviation of orl korrect, humorous form of all correct, popularized as a slogan during President Van Buren’s re-election campaign of 1840; his nickname Old Kinderhook (derived from his birthplace) provided the initials.

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thewattsolak · 2 days ago

Ok

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popvinylmj · 2 days ago

Context….. passive acknowledgment of what someone is telling me? Ok.

Someone asking how I am and me not wanting to go into detail? okay.

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tism tism · 2 days ago

OK or ok, but mostly OK.

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Kris · 2 days ago

Okedoke. Or in Flanders speak. Okillydokilly

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Momma J Momma J · 2 days ago

I prefer the short version

tism tism · 2 days ago

Would that be “O” or “K”? :-)

Momma J Momma J · 2 days ago

ok

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glenn.cremer glenn.cremer · 2 days ago

OK

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · 2 days ago

I use ‘em all from time to time.

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reiner_j · 2 days ago

However Swype dishes it out… Ok

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Sammons · 2 days ago

Short version

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sadiebug92 · 2 days ago

Otay*

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Irene · 2 days ago

Okay, if I’m talk texting. Ok or ok otherwise. What do they all mean?

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Kevin Ketchum controls What’s Happening

tcr! · 2 days ago

In lawsuit, Elburn company claims Facebook page secretly favors advertisers

In its lawsuit, Patriot Heating and Cooling argues Kevin Ketchum gives preferential treatment to advertisers on the “What’s Happening” pages — for which Ketchum serves as administrator. The site has more than 100,000 members in Aurora, Batavia, Campton Hills, Elgin, Geneva, Naperville, Elgin and St. Charles.

The suit argues that Ketchum has intentionally deleted posts from community members that are favorable to the competitors of Ketchum’s advertisers, let a disparaging post about Patriot stay up on the Facebook page, thereby hurting the company’s reputation and future business, and has engaged in a deceptive practice by taking ads without disclosing this information.

This is from 2017 but still good. I’ve had my own run-ins with Ketchum and his “What’s Happening” Facebook groups.

Actively deleting recommendations if they’re not on his advertiser list is pretty shady when most group members think it’s community page.

#legalnews

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sinceresarcasm · 2 days ago

He clearly hasn’t grasped the rule of using the verbiage “sponsored content” or “paid content”

tcr! tcr! · 2 days ago

Nope. He’s definitely grasped the concept of the delete button though… 😉

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