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We walked into the restaurant and immediately knew we had a wait on our hands. My date was distracted, thinking about the car he’d left behind in another state and planned to have delivered to his new address in Chicago. He called his mother to check out the status of…


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Sometimes neighbors are the worst, and I’ve had plenty that were. During my college years, I used to work evenings and nights as a photo tech for a nearby retail store. I would come home some late nights hearing my new neighbors blasting music loud enough to be heard a…


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Halloween used to be a good time for haunted houses, chocolate and sugary candy, fun costumes, wild home decor and trick-or-treaters, but pets have made holiday enthusiasts move differently. As with fireworks on the Fourth of July, pet owners’ ears are on high alert for their dogs’ sake. …


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Working from home has given Millennials and Generation Z ideas about how they actually want to work, and it’s just not the same workspace as the one Baby Boomers (and possibly Generation X) are used to. …


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Call me naive, but I assumed there was at least one thing social media users could agree on: don’t grope your mom while dancing. So when I saw rapper Kodak Black trending on Twitter, my first thought was, “How many more times can Old Man Ebro say ‘I told you…


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There’s something about owning property that makes you look at everything with new eyes. As a renter, I couldn’t have cared less about the refrigerator brand, the stove features or how to take care of laminate floors. If something went wrong, I called the landlord or the property manager. In…


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I was used to unfamiliar numbers calling the condo cellular line, considering I was usually involved in some maintenance or repair project. But I raised an eyebrow when an alderman’s office was on the other line. Huh? …


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Your family is all vaccinated, and you’re looking forward to inviting them over for the holidays. Halloween was too chaotic, what with trying to figure out how to safely give candy to trick-or-treaters while fumbling with a costume. So Thanksgiving or Christmas probably make more sense. You’ve planned the guest…


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I shook my head at the condo unit owner flopped in the middle of the curb grass, with a book and a drink, while her realtor greeted guests for the open house. …


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When I spotted the Netflix travel show, my first thought was, “I’m not watching the Hawaii episode.” Even on Team Moderna and with a few new clients that pulled me out of a concerning salary decline, I’m still uncomfortable with the idea of traveling. And I know I’m inching closer…

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