Hello There Stranger

It’s been awhile since my last post!  I’ve gone from being single to engaged and about to get married. Since meeting my true partner in crime almost five years ago, life has been anything but boring. John, my better and sometimes more logical half, did what other guys in the past have never done…encouraged me to be myself. The bonus is that he does laundry, but I cook for him in exchange (yes, I actually cook and it’s quite delicious).

John and I got engaged November 23, 2013, outside Wrigley Field, where we had our first date.

John and I got engaged November 23, 2013, outside Wrigley Field, where we had our first date.

While there have been many changes, for those who know me, you’ll be happy to know I’m still the same adventurous nerd I’ve always been – running full speed into anything and everything.

Caution - Hazardous thoughts a head.

Caution – Hazardous thoughts a head.

The added bonus that I now bring to the table is that I’m an international producer, video game nut, wine enthusiast and chef in training. Those are the things that I’ll now be sharing with you on the blog.

Don’t worry though, I’ll still share crazy adventures with my family. However, I strongly doubt they’ll be as entertaining as my Turkish Bath Adventure. But know that you’ll be the first one I tell if I have an experience that tops it!

Thanks for continuing to follow me and I look forward to entertaining you.


Pies on the Rise in Chicago

A classic chicken pot pie made by Hoosier Mama Pie Co. in Chicago. (Photo by Audrey Leon)

Audio Slideshow: Charlie Trotters To Go pastry chefs give a behind the scenes look to their pies.

By Audrey Leon, Ally Clark and Britni Day

Of all the pastries to become in vogue this year an old familiar dessert is poised to knock cupcakes off their public pedestal, pies.

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Reaction to Bin Laden’s Death via Social Media

“Tonight we can say justice was served,” President Barack Obama said during his address to the nation regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden. In case you missed it, be sure to watch a recap of the President’s speech. The summary, Osama Bin Laden was shot in the head and his body was recovered by the U.S.

But the news broke well before his speech via every social media outlets available. I captured a few highlights on Storify which can be viewed by clicking below.
[View the story “President Obama: Tonight we can say justice was served.” on Storify]

Super Tuesday for Chicago Sports Fans

Tuesday is a big day for Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks fans alike. Both teams are fighting their way through the first round of the playoffs.  The Bulls are up three games to one against the Indiana Pacers while the Blackhawks are locked in a three games to three tie against the Vancouver Canucks.  The Bulls tip off at 7:00 p.m. in Chicago while the Hawks face off at 9:00 p.m. in Vancouver.

2009 Summer Mugging Suspects Still at Large

During the summer of 2009, a series of muggings occurred in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park area. Chicago Police said that five of the muggings were linked, while two were still being investigated for a connection.

All four victims were men in their early to mid-20’s. Each was confronted on foot from behind by at least four attackers, who were also men in their 20’s. Chicagobreakingnews.com said the victims were asked for their wallets, then savagely beaten in the head and face. Two of the victims were hospitalized.

Below is an interactive map with details from each attack along with links to news stories with more information.

On August 10, 2009, an arrest was made and the suspect was identified by one of the victims in a lineup. However, according to Chicagobreakingnews.com, there was insufficient evidence to charge the suspect with the crimes and he was released.
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Andrew Huff Talks Redesign for Gapers Block

Andrew Huff discusses Gapers Block redesign with DePaul University journalism graduate students on April 4, 2011. (Photo by Michael Reilley)

Gapers Block will be redesigning the home page of their Chicago-focused webzine with a few minor tweaks and additions to the home page.

Andrew Huff, editor and publisher of Gapers Block, broke the news during a classroom visit at DePaul University.

“We’re going to be moving things around on the first page,” said Huff told a classroom full of graduate students.

Traditionally, Gapers Block has a three-column presentation with a picture in the middle. That much will remain the same, but there will be a few tweaks to the contents in those columns.

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Evaluating Journalism of Tomorrow

Our class was asked to read two online articles, Sean Blanda’s “How to resolve the contentious hyperlocal/ newspaper relationship,” and Vadim Lavrusik’s “8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalists.” Both pieces presented intriguing information in regards to the future of journalism and reporters.

Blanda’s article proposes three interesting ways for resolving the relationship between hyperlocal news and traditional newspapers. All three proposals call for each side to collaborate more and work together to generate content.

He could have gone further by pointing out that newspapers are not the only ones to be taking this route. TV news stations in larger markets are teaming up with bloggers to help them with their local focus. For instance, look at NBCChicago.com. They added bloggers for sports and entertainment (Mad House Enforcer, Grizzly Detail, The Feast, etc.). These blog beats paired with a name brand newsroom, like The Washington Post or NBCChicago.com, show that Blanda’s ideas are being put into practice.

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