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Danahey on the Loose at Chicago TARDIS

Danahey on the Loose at Chicago TARDIS

Attending Chicago TARDIS with Best Fest Buddy Tom has become a Thanksgiving time tradition. This year’s convention turned out to tie things together nicely, if not in a big red bow, as material for this blog post, if not for some seasonal rumination. Sure, there was all that turkey to eat, including the delicious rotisserie… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 3

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 3

So at the pool, along with finding out we’re Michigan-orexic, we learn the hotel is full because lots of people hit the Birch Run Prime Outlet Mall for weekend fun. It would be even more busy the following weekend when deer hunting season in Michigan started. Doh! Time to doze, we headed back to our… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan,  Episode 4

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 4

Our fourth and final episode in this season’s trip to Michigan began with a visit to the family farmland in Birch Run. When they were kids, Mark, Tom and one of their other brothers frequently spent part of their summers with Grandma and Grandpa Owens and Uncle Pat on land that’s been in the family… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 2

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 2

Inspired by all the Netflix I’ve been watching, I am writing about my trip to Michigan in episodes. This way, you can binge read them. In a way, it’s what most people do when they watch a Netflix anyway. They find online recaps to see if the show is worth plopping down on the couch… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 1

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 1

Best Fest Buddy Tom, his brother Mark, their dad and I loaded up the SUV last weekend to take a trip to Michigan. The ostensible reason was to attend a family wedding. But, as with many of our journeys, the trip also involved our appetites, served this time with a pinch of nostalgia and a… Continue Reading

Hibernian Hooligan Ball bursting with talent!

2nd Annual Hibernian Hooligan Ball Presents Music, Comedy, & Culture By Izzy Cusack McGaffer’s Saloon in Forest Park is hosting the Annual Fundraiser for Hibernian Transmedia, “The Hibernian Hooligan Ball” on Sunday, December 15th from 3-7PM. Headlining the party this year are some of Chicago’s most beloved Irish bands, including the legendary Celtic Rockers, The… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at Northern Illinois Food Bank

Danahey on the Loose at Northern Illinois Food Bank

For a guy like me, a recent visit to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s base of operations in Geneva was a humbling and inspiring experience. See, I’ve been lucky enough to attend as many as six Thanksgiving dinners in any one year. Watching my weight (sort of) I’ll probably cut back to two or three this… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at a Wedding

Danahey on the Loose at a Wedding

Best Fest Buddy Tom, his dad and I trekked to Tom’s nephew’s wedding last Sunday in Michigan City, Indiana. We all have had magnetic invitations marking the date and the event’s website stuck to our respective refrigerators since early this year to remind us.  With the unofficial rule being you can give a gift six… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose, Being a Gourmand

Danahey on the Loose, Being a Gourmand

Yeah, I’m a gourmand, and most of what that implies. It started when I was a toddler. My grandfather and I would sit in the back of his mom-and-pop grocery store on the South Side of Chicago and eat smoked fish slathered in sour cream and served on top of a sweet roll. My gourmand… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose: Babysitting

Danahey on the Loose: Babysitting

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned while helping Best Fest Buddy Tom with babysitting his three grandchildren, it’s this: Don’t cry over spilt anything. That’s what the dog is for. A recent Saturday included a dumped bag of nachos. It has also included soiled diapers not properly secured as hazardous material. Dogs eat anything. Tom’s… Continue Reading