Monday, July 31, 2006

Connie (178/365)

Connie M.: Was Gary's secretary, as well as the finest example of Murphy's Law I've ever encountered. Hearing the hum of her infamous phrases;
"Shoot!"
"Oops"
"Uh-oh"
or
"Darn it! Where did that file go?"
from her cubicle sent typically mild mannered people into panicked frenzies.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Dash (177/365)


Dash: Technically not human, but well on his way. He "speaks" with a deep Fonzie-like voice with a southern flair. He's my playful shadow. He growls, but doesn't really mean it. It's just his South Side attitude shining through. He's tough on the outside, Jell-O inside.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Laura (176/365)

Laura A.: Wore her blond hair in a ponytail, which gave her a fresh just-exercised look. She was one of those people that always knew what to do and how to do it. Even from afar she was THE go-to girl because she was naturally capable.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Robbie (175/365)

Robbie: * Wore his crush for me on his sleeve in 1977 . Googling Robbie *, I learn that 18 months ago he's robbed a bank on North Central using a fake bomb. Being a Royko was never easy; being Robbie even harder*! Still inappropriate after all these years*!

* Bless His Heart!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sister Jean Dolores (174/365)

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, B.V.M.: Called my house January 6th to check on me. I had missed the first two days of Winter Quarter because of a vacation and the nuns missed me. What customer service! Sister Jean never let anyone fall through the cracks! What caring and devotion.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Keith (173/365)

Keith: Don't be fooled by his slick way with words because that's all they are: slick words. Don't believe it unless you have actually seen it in writing. Then you can believe it and you better comply if you know what is good for you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Susan (172/365)

Susan A.: To be called into her office was both thrilling and nerve racking. There was her genuine desire to love, mother and mentor each of us, but beware, because she also struck fear into those that GOD forbid presented her with anything less than Susan-perfect.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Jim (171/365)

*Jim K.: Creative, funny and kind. He was The Supervisor every peon dreamed to do a project with; except for his office, which smart peons knew never to leave anything valuable in. When we moved to the new building Administration parked a dumpster outside his door.

* Jim is a birthday buddies!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Jackie (170/365)

Jackie D.: Shortly before she got fired we were riding the bus, laughing and chatting away, life was good. A week later they cut her loose as if she were a cobweb, uncovered during their spring cleaning. Swept away. Disregarded. Gone. It completely ripped her apart.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Rick (169/365)

Rick H.: My boss was exceptional except for the one time he leaned back in his chair and propped his feet up, accidentally turning off my computer and losing our newly completed calculations. That day I learned the importance of saving my work every three seconds.

Friday, July 21, 2006

6609 (168/365)


6609: I live in her still, in my half-awake dreams, replaying my life within her shelter. She's my cradle I fall into when I'm sad, lonely or empty. She fills me with her comfortable elegance. Wonder if the new people are aware of my presence?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

John (167/365)

John A.: In a parallel universe somewhere Jim Carrey is completing work on an actuarial calculation while John is completing his latest movie. There is a cosmic similarity between them right down to their crazy facial expressions, wacky senses of humor and timber of their voices.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Meg (166/365)

Meg (2/6):
Seven years my senior.
Chestnut brown hair.
My sister.
Shared a room
over the kitchen for seven years.
Love her.
Love to hear her laugh.
Love how she cares for "her seniors" in
the nursing home that takes her gentle touch
for granted.
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Happy Birthday Meg!!!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mike (165/365)

Mike H: Comical timing coupled with his Jewish sense of humor makes Mike FUNNY. With no sexual chemistry between us our friendship soared in a way none other could. Summer nights spent sailing LakeMichigan he revealed deep confusing emotions enhanced by having an "eggselent" gay father.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Libby (164/365)

Libby: Daughter; amazingly creative little girl with such a caring and compassionate heart. These strengths are her selfless gifts. From the moment I saw her perfect newborn face I have loved and claimed her. She is my most treasured jewel. Thanking GOD for her everyday.

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Happy 9th Birthday Libby!!! (7-18)
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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Gary (163/365)















Gary:
His smile is my tonic. He's my soul-mate, play-mate and birthday mate. He's my world. Without him I'd be rough around my edges. Synchronicities are a common theme in his life. He's cat like, always lands on his feet headed in the right direction.

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Happy Birthday Gary!
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If I had it more together I would have made this post 11 days ago, but travel and duties as a mom-of-summer have wooed me away from the computer. July 16th is the day I get to add another word to my 365 blog. Officially I'm now allowed 44 words!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Nancy (162/365)

Nancy: Her laughter and spirit light up the room and her emotional strength is phenomenal. Her soul feels like my favorite flannel pajamas on a cold winter's night. Embracing her life challenges with a head-on attitude, flaming the fire with more knowledge and education.

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Happy Birthday Nancy!
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Friday, July 14, 2006

Andy (161/365)

Andy L.: One of the most annoying people I ever worked with; like fingernails on a chalkboard. Had a "told you so" spirit to everything he touched. The day he left for a "better opportunity" was one of the happiest days of my working life.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Denise (160/365)

Denise: If you needed copies, staples or a file Denise was the one to see. Ran her department witha passion. Knew all of the office news before anyone else. She was like a steel drum though, people felt comfortable confiding in her.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mike (159/365)

Mike Schuh: Loved U.F.O. and Michael Schenker's guitar playing to an extreme. "Schuey" was my sophomore year love. He parted his hair smack down the middle, lived in Chicago (Mayfair neighborhood) and had soulful beautiful brown eyes. We held puppy-love all night marathon phone calls.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Libby (158/365)

Libby H.: Bubbly, fun and cute. She was just popular enough. A thespian, she always had a substantial role in our H.S. productions. When she tossed back her long bobbed hair and laughed, she lit up the room. I bet she doesn't even remember me.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Preston (157/365)

Preston: The fun cool party guy from the all boys Catholic H.S. that got the Valedictorian of the all girls Catholic H.S. pregnant. If it weren't for his trust fund their story would have turned out a lot more tragic, which hardly seems possible.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Lisa (156/365)

Lisa: One of the first people I met after moving to Charlotte. A petty, self-centered woman that had a nasty gossip habit. She made me miserable, stuck on a project together that lasted an eternity. Tarnishing the name Lisa with her ugly rumor hisses.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Paulie (155/365)

Paulie: He starts doing his stick as soon as he's audience arrives. He delivers his jokes with precession and grace. He watches as everyone laughs at his comedy. He is sweet and when he smiles his face looks like a sunny blue sky day.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Paisley (154/365)

Paisley: I don't remember much about her, only that she was Rosie Tobin's friend and had such an exotic name. I mean come on, who in their right mind would name their newborn daughter Paisley. Imagine what boys must have thought meeting her.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Scott (153/365)

Scott V.J.: When he and Elizabeth got married they decided to both change their surnames. They took the "Van" from her name and added it onto his; creating a new and unique name. What a MAN! He's a Librarian at major university in South Bend.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Elizabeth (152/365)

Elizabeth V.J.: College friends, we use to love blowing bubbles out of our dorm room window after dinner. They swirled and danced, twinkling like Elizabeth's beautiful blue eyes in the twilight. Every March she celebrates her birthday with a watermelon instead of the traditional cake.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Sam (151/365)

Sam M.: In his twenties with a full beard and hippie hair; flaming red, he caught both on fire while cooking over a gas stove. He was shaken-up, but suffered no burns. Fluent in Spanish, he's a cop in a heavily populated Hispanic Chicago suburb.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Carolyn (150/365)

Carolyn: Gary's sister; cute, stylish, fun and energetic. She lights-up every room with her positive energy. In her thirties she reinvented herself. Now a house builder she adds feminine attention to detail to each showcase house she creates. Skylights in a laundry room...Brilliant!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Ken (149/365)

Ken B.: Like any other coin guru/nerd his life this week revolves around terms like MS 70, Proof 69, Proof Gold, MS 69, PCGS 69's & 70's Cameo from PCGS, deep Buffalos, price of Gold, slabbed, toned, whizzed and flam. Coin nuts commune in Colorado Springs.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Carolyn (148/365)

Carolyn B.: With a cigarette devoutly hanging out of her mouth in her Catholic uniform and Frye boots; she defined coolness. Whenever I hear Fleetwood Mac the image of Carolyn standing tough and cool remains. Her neighborhood (Old Edgebrook) was the best kept Chicago secret.