I don’t want to be gloatin’, you know, but anytime I watch it, it’s refreshing. It’s like the first time. You never get tired of it, you know. And I remember everything about it. I remember every moment that we had doing that. Pops said, “Mavis! Baby, you shouldn’t carry it out so long like that,” when I go, “Heeeyyyy yeeeeaaah.” And I said, “Nah, daddy, that’s the good part. That’s what I feel.” He said, “O.K., do what you feel. That’s the best thing. Do what you feel.”
Reclaimed Soul’s host, Ayana Contreras, wrote about the demolition of St. Laurence’s church on Chicago’s South Side:
There’s a metaphor here, somewhere. Perhaps it’s like watching a sleeping giant. Or a fallen warrior. Watching this building decay slowly has been surreal. Now that slow decay has been quickened.
I had a student a couple of years ago who didn’t really talk a lot. I asked her one day to sum up the toll an abandoned building puts on a block, on a community.
Her words still haunt me: “They are a black hole in the community”. Of course. Every thing dark circulates around them: drugs, crime, strife. Darkness itself is housed within it. Yet, St. Laurence’s still shone bright, especially on sunny, cloudless days. A passerby might almost forget that time was ravaging the building from the inside out. Still, if a building could be proud, despite decay, that building was.
Read more here.
Chicago, Land of Opportunity, June 16, 1957.
Reblobbing for the afternoon crowd!
HEY CHICAGO, IS THIS YOUR DOG?
Friend of a friend found this cute pup on Clark & Wallen.
The pup is unchipped, sweet and loveable and obviously belongs to someone.
Feel free to reblog to spread the word and get this doggie home, or you know, check out his Grindr profile. Whatever!
You can send me an email at kellydeal at gee mail dot com if you have any info, or leave a note for me on Tumblr, I’ll put you all in touch.
During the week is still better than Friday or Saturday. Other than that, just know there is a possibility for a really long wait. Don’t complain to me; I’ve been standing there for 14 years waiting for you. Just know that it’s going to be crowded. Physically, this is how many people we can do in an hour. That can’t change. Or (come in) a little while before we open, if you don’t mind having hot dogs at 10:30 a.m. Any time is sausage time if you ask me. I did have one customer who said, “I’ve never had dinner at Hot Doug’s” because I was taking his order at 6:15. And I was like, “there you go, something new.”
Devil Cock is Preferred by Women - Demanded by Men!
Devil Cock Liqueur, c.1934, Chicago.