Archive for February, 2010

Chicago Now, Later.

THIS JUST IN:  I’m moving!  Actually, I’m moving this blog to a bigger and better space in the virtual world.

Not now, but very soon!

Not now, but very soon!

Sometime next week, this blog will migrate over to Chicago Now, a popular community of bloggers overseen by the Chicago Tribune.  This web address will still direct you there and my blog will have a whole new title and look.  However, I’ll get to continue blogging about whatever I want, whenever I want.

As many of you know, I’ve worked on television here for nearly a decade.  I LOVE Chicago so it’s such an honor to get to blog about my adventures all over town and have a platform to spark conversations and allow people to share their opinions.

Thanks to the many of you who’ve followed this blog since its launch.  Now, come along with me to Chicago Now and spread the word!

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02 2010

What’s Your Panda Name?

We often talk about the darnedest things while on our way to cover stories.  For some reason, cameraman Sean Gibbons and I started talking about pandas.  I think it’s because we passed a Panda Express before we got to our location.  Sean asked why pandas on loan from China always have double names like “Tian Tian” at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.

"Loo Loo"

"Loo Loo"

We didn’t spend much time discussing why.  We decided to assign panda names to some of our co-workers.

"Sean Sean"

"Sean Sean"

"Sol Sol"

"Sol Sol"

Me = “Loo Loo”, Sean Gibbons = “Sean Sean”, Sondra Solarte = “Sol Sol”, Ed Flynn = “Flynn Flynn”, Matt Butterfield = “Butt Butt” and Patrick Elwood = “Pat Pat”.

"Pat Pat"

"Pat Pat"

"Flynn Flynn"

"Flynn Flynn"

"Butt Butt"

"Butt Butt"

"Tom"

"Tom"

Then, there’s cameraman Stewart Orlin.  He’s incredibly witty, intelligent and somewhat shy.  He’s also got an extremely wry sense of humor.  After conferring with Sean and Ed, we decided that Stewart’s panda name just couldn’t conform with the others.  He’s “Tom”.  What’s your panda name?

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15

02 2010

Turn Here!

Word up!

Word up!

Today’s post “Not Me in the Bee” is over at Chicago Moms Blog.  Click here to make a beeline over there to check it out!  Thanks for stopping by.

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14

02 2010

A Tiger Tale

imagesOne of my girlfriends had to get married this week.  No, she’s not pregnant.  She’s Chinese and timing is everything when it comes to things like weddings, business ventures and births.  This New York Times story on my friend’s marriage might help you to better understand.

The approach of the Lunar New Year on February 14th has many Asians rushing to do all kinds of things.  I just got a haircut because one doesn’t want to be near scissors, knives or any sharp objects around the new year – you may cut off any good vibes.  The house has to be clean and all brooms, dusters and cleaning supplies have to be stored away – you don’t want any of your good fortune swept away.

Years ago while I was on vacation, my mother called me in a panic to warn, “Don’t go swimming.  Stay away from the water!”  According to my Chinese horoscope that year, my luck might not cover me if I ventured into any large bodies of water.  She was truly worried that I’d drown or something.  Nothing like hanging out at the wading pool!

I haven’t always been so superstitious.  And it’s not just with Chinese culture.  I also try to avoid the number 13, walking under ladders and opening umbrellas while indoors.  I even lift my feet when crossing railroad tracks and try to hold my breath when going over bridges.  I don’t know why.  Do we become more afraid of tempting fate as we age?  When I mentioned some of this to my hairdresser this weekend, she shared that she always has to touch the outside of her airplane before she boards a flight.  Hey, it’s kept her safe all these years.  Maybe I’ll start doing that, too.

2010 is a Tiger year and the cycle indicates a “white metal” Tiger.  Overall, astrologers predict a lot of drama and ferocity but success since the Tiger is among those who rule the jungle.  Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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02 2010