Hi everyone! Did you miss me for the past week or two? I took a little holiday vacation- and I figured all of you would be busy with your own holiday plans. But I’m back, and I’m ready to tell you all about the best and the worst things I’ve found during 2012. Actually, I didn’t really take a break, it just took me forever to compile a years’ worth of reviews! I think the best way to do this is to put them into categories. And keep an eye out for this *, that signifies my top 10. Those are the things you GOTTA do! I also put the date I posted about it in case you want more details. Here we go….
YOU CAN BE A SOCIAL GUINEA PIG TOO-
5.) CHICAGO CARES- http://www.chicagocares.org/ The last time I was out of work this organization gave me something to do every single day. I worked with seniors, fed the homeless, and helped at after school programs with kids. You can meet great people and feel good about what you’re doing. And of course it’s free. Post- 5/21
4.) ONE BRICK- http://www.onebrick.org/ An awesome volunteer organization! They have lots of different opportunities (building homes, dealing poker at charity events, environmental…) and because it’s focused on socializing, after every event all the volunteers go out for lunch or a drink! Also a great way to meet some very good, kind people while doing something altruistic! Post- 2/29
3.) MEETUP- http://www.meetup.com/ Meetup has any kind of group you can imagine, events happening every hour of the day, and it’s free to join. The problem is it’s a hit or miss. Events where 50 people sign up might only have 10 people show, and sometimes, half of those people are socially inept. BUT it’s worth the risk because I’ve gone to fantastic events and made some great friends. Sometimes it’s even useful for just getting ideas of what’s happening around the city. My personal opinion- the dating groups are a little shady, and the suburban based groups tend to run a little “older”. The best groups are the specific interest groups- Dive Bar Group, Subculture Clan, and Board Game Groups. But my favorite (for events and making quality friends) is Chicago Curvy Girls Fitness Group- of which I am now a co-organizer! Posts- 1/16, 1/23, 9/23
2.)*GRUB WITH US- https://www.grubwithus.com/chicago I love this. Several nights a week there are dinners going on at different restaurants throughout the city. Choose one, pay the price (apx. $20-25), go to the meal with 8-10 other really cool people and have a family style dinner of the chef’s best creations! There are some themed dinners (singles, travelers, vegans), and a variety of restaurants (Ethiopian, Cuban, Southern). Great way to meet new people over delicious food. Post- 2/6
1.)* MAC ‘N’ CHEESE PRODUCTIONS- http://macncheeseproductions.com/ This is hands down the best thing this city’s got going. The Minglers are how I started AND ended 2012 (having gone just this weekend). But I also attended Fear Experiment, Potluck, and a dating film and discussion event. Mac’n'Cheese events are the ones I have not only enjoyed the most, but they are where I have met the most new girlfriends, got the best ideas of things to do for this blog, as well as the actual idea to write this blog! Free to join. Posts- 1/9, 2/12, 3/21, 12/17, and I’m sure there are some other random mentions and shoutouts throughout the year, but those are the major posts.
WHERE THE BOYS ARE-
7.) OK CUPID- http://www.okcupid.com/ I loathe online dating. But, this one is free and I did get two dates (albeit one disaster and one “meh”) out of it without putting in any effort. And I do have one girlfriend who’s having a decent run of luck. It seems to be more boy heavy than most sites. Post- 9/4
6.) SINGLES BOWLING LEAGUE- http://www.s3leagues.com/ Personally, I didn’t like it. It was too meat market-y. But I think a lot of people would really enjoy this. It’s a good organization (just not for me). They offer lots of different sports (softball, whirleyball…) and I think you have a better chance of forming a relationship with someone if you keep seeing them over and over. Post- 11/12
5.) NERDS AT HEART- http://nerdsatheart.com/ Because I AM a nerd, I went to this event. I enjoyed it because we played board games and they provided us with fun ways to interact. However, the problem is this: Girl nerds are smart, successful, beautiful women who like to read and listen to NPR. Boy nerds are generally unattractive and socially awkward Dungeons and Dragons players. Post- 10/22
4.) MINGLE AROUND- http://www.minglearound.com/ It’s free to join and they have really fantastic events year round (speed dating, matchmaking parties, game nights for singles). I’m actually really impressed with the variety of events they have to offer. Probably one of the best “singles” event groups around. Personally, I’m just finding things labeled “singles” too contrived, forced, and meat market-y. So it’s not for me, but if you like actual “singles” events- check this out. Posts- 4/23, 5/28
3.) MATCHMAKER- http://findingtheone4u.com/home That’s right. I got a matchmaker. I like her. She’s not for everyone. I’ve only gotten one date this year, (well, it was supposed to be three, but they didn’t come together due to things out of her control). So if you’re looking for quantity, go elsewhere. If you want quality and are patient, she’s your girl. That date was one of the best I’ve had this year. I got a lifetime membership for like $75. But I think that was a special deal. Posts- 1/23, 5/28 (EDIT- 5/13 DO NOT DO THIS ONE!!!! I had a reader try this out and got NO response from the woman. Then when I tried to get ahold of her she never responded. She just dropped off the face of the earth! This WAS a good one- but now I would file it under “don’t bother”)
2.)* ME SO FAR- http://www.mesofar.net/ Pure genius! Tired of reading the same cliché, online profiles? Then check this out. Single guys and girls present a brief slide show to an audience of singles about “who they are”. There’s usually a theme and some guided questions. Not shit like “what do you do for fun?” and “what do you look for in a girl?”. Instead, it’s interesting questions that let you really get to know someone like: “If you could learn one talent, what would it be?” “What would you tell your 20 year old self?” and “What are the last ten websites you looked at?”. Then you mingle and meet everyone at the end. Awesome. I wish they were more frequent. Post- 10/9
1.)* PROJECT FIXUP- https://www.projectfixup.com/ Love, love, love! You make your profile and send it in. And when the time comes, they will send an email saying it’s time for a fixup. They will have a theme (politicos, craft beer fans, dog lovers) and if you’re interested, you send them the times and dates you’re available and THEY set you up with someone THEY think you would be compatible with. If they don’t find a match, no charge, maybe next time. If they do- you pay $15 for the service and go on the date. This was my other best date of the whole year. I just wish the fixups were not so far apart! Post- 7/16
THE “FINE” ARTS-
5.) PAINT AND PAINTS- http://www.hydeparkart.org/ Hyde Park has a fantastic art center with all kinds of fabulous classes. You get to drink while creating art- I think it costs like $10 (plus the cocktail). I also went to their clay and cocktails event. But the events are sporadic so keep an eye out. Post- 5/14
4.) THE RAPID PULSE- http://rapidpulsechicago.com/ This is not for everyone. You gotta be a bit of a pretentious snob with a sense of humor for this one. During the summer, there is a celebration of performance art. Most people I know, HATE performance art. I understand that. But if you can just take it for what it is- people doing REALLY absurd things in the name of art, then you might just get a kick out of it. It’s a trip, for sure. Post- 6/10
3.) PILSEN’S SECOND FRIDAY’S ART WALK- http://chicagoist.com/2012/04/01/chicago_art_walk_guide.php There are art walks all over the city and I believe most of them are free! I found out about this one through Meetup and went to some very cool, edgy galleries with some nice people. Post- 1/16
2.) JAZZIN’ AT THE SHEDD- http://www.sheddaquarium.org/jazzin.html The Shedd has always been my least favorite museum. I just don’t find fish all that interesting. I mean, be a zoo or be a museum, Shedd! BUT Jazzin’ at the Shedd is reasonably priced (to get in- the food and drinks are mad money!), and it’s more fun to look at fish when it’s an evening event and there’s jazz and food and drinks. But the best was going out to the veranda and seeing the skyline at night, dancing, drinking, and listening to live music. Post- 9/4
1.) MCA FIRST FRIDAYS- http://www.mcachicago.org/programs/now/events For about $20, every first Friday, you can go to the Museum of Contemporary Art and participate in some fun, artsy activities, have snacks and cocktails, and cruise the galleries and look at some amazing art. I went on 80’s night and they crimped my hair and did my makeup (blue eye shadow!) It’s a hot scene and all the beautiful trendy people are there. Post- 5/7
ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS DANCE-
5.) HUBBARD STREET DANCE- http://www.hubbardstreetdance.com/loucontedancestudio Who knew the well-renowned Hubbard Street offered classes to clumsy non-dancers like me? My Curvy Girl Meetup Group knew! I have been taking some Bollywood classes there! They’re great workouts, you learn a new dance style, and they’re reasonably priced. Post- 9/23
4.) WILLOWBROOK BALLROOM- http://www.willowbrookballroom.com/ Located in the south suburbs, this ballroom has been around since the 1920’s, and it still has that feel. During the week, and on weekends, for between $10-25, they have dance events that range from swing, country western, and salsa. There’s usually a dance lesson for an hour and then the event. Post- 3/12
3.) DANCE DANCE PARTY PARTY!- http://ddppchicago.wordpress.com/ This was the surprise of the year! In a small dance studio, for $5, on Sunday and Wednesday, a group of girls come together (no boys, no booze, no judgments) and turn down the lights, turn up the music and just dance for an hour. It was fun, liberating, and a great workout. Post- 4/3
2.)* OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC- https://www.oldtownschool.org/ Although I went there for a world music/dancing event, the range of events and classes they have there absolutely blew my mind! They have music, dance, and theatre classes. And so many concerts and different styles of music almost every night! One of my top finds this year. You gotta go. Post- 11/26
1.)* SUMMER DANCE- http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/dca_tourism/Chicago_SummerDance.html I count down the days til this comes around every year!!!! This is my favorite thing in the world. Every Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun in Grant Park, a dance style is featured. Like Willowbrook, there is a lesson for an hour and then there is live music for the next few hours where you can show off your moves. Here is why I love it- it’s so diverse. It’s not as though it’s just swing and salsa, I learned African Dance , Bhangra, Klezmer, and Zydeco. They have belly dancing, step, fox trot, and dances I’ve never heard of. I also love it cuz it’s free. Post- 9/10
LET’S GET PHYSICAL-
5.) DART LEAGUE- http://southsidedartleague.org/ What can I say, It’s fun to throw pointy steel objects while drinking beer. Post- 11/12
4.) BEACH BOOT CAMP- http://rocksolidhealth.net/ No one likes to work out (unless they’re nuts). But you know what makes working out awesome? When you do it on the beach in perfect weather while watching the sun rise. It was a little pricey to do and parking in that area sucked, but Blair is worth it. I would do bootcamp for an hour and then yoga. I felt so strong and healthy. Post- 7/9
3.) BEER ‘N’ BIKES- http://www.goteampete.com/bike-tours Pete is the fiancé of Saya of my fave Mac’n’Cheese Productions. So naturally, this event was going to rock. We biked to different breweries throughout the city and learned about (and drank) beer. And shout out to my new favorite beer- 4 Paws. Post- 4/10
2.) DIRTY GIRL MUD RACE- http://www.godirtygirl.com/ This is a ladies only obstacle course. And it’s about girls getting together, having fun, and being healthy, it’s NOT a race. It IS a 3 mile journey of crawling through mud, climbing over walls, and jumping through tires. I might of messed up my knee for weeks, but I did it, I loved it, and I was a muddy, sweaty, mess! Post- 8/27
1.) GEOCACHING- http://www.geocaching.com/ This is awesome, free and a real adventure that you can do anywhere. Using your GPS system, you go find a hidden treasure in a secret place. It can range from easy to hard. We ended up under an expressway, in a riverbank, a golf course, climbing trees, and trudging through mud all to find a box with a couple plastic toys. We didn’t care, it was a hilarious old school scavenger hunt and a really great way to enjoy and explore nature. Post- 8/20
LET’S LOOK, LISTEN, AND LEARN!-
5.) THE PAPER MACHETE- http://thepapermacheteshow.com/ you can go to the Horseshoe on Saturday Afternoon and watch this live, entertaining broadcast of a radio show for free! There’s a live local band and a variety of entertainers who comment humorously or profoundly on that week’s news worthy events. Post- 8/6
4.) DISCOVERY CENTER- http://www.discoverycenter.cc/ This place on the north side offers classes in everything in the world! I’ve taken fencing, burlesque, poker, and canoeing. They’re reasonably priced, but they’re not the most high quality classes in the world- I think they sacrifice quality for quantity of classes. Post- 4/16
3.)STORY NIGHT- http://www.uncommonground.com/ Uncommon Ground is a fabulous restaurant with tasty food that you can enjoy while listening to people tell stories. The performers are heartwarming, funny, true, creative and overall entertaining. And I do love a good story. Post- 8/6
2.) IGNITE CHICAGO- http://www.ignitechi.org/ Yet another thing indirectly related to Mac’n’Cheese, and directly related to Team Pete of Beer and Bikes. ANYONE who has ANYTHING that they are passionate about can get up on stage and talk about whatever they want for five minutes, while presenting a related slide show. It can be serious, informative, funny, personal, or whatever. I learned so much about so many different things. It was truly the meeting place of some of the brightest and best of Chicago. Post- 6/25
1.)* DABBLE- https://dabble.co/ Want to learn something new and interesting, but you don’t want to commit for 6 weeks or pay a lot of money? This is the best thing ever! Nearly every night of the week a class is offered for like $25 (more or less). The classes range from pottery, woodworking, beer brewing, business startups, etc. I went to a healthy eating one, clay jewelry, and yes- glass blowing!!!! Best idea ever. Please check this out. Post- 9/17
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS!!!!
I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about these because we ALL know what goes on at summer street fests, state, and county fairs. But I want to list them for you anyway, because even though they’re kind of all the same and have the same ingredients, it’s because those ingredients make up a recipe of delicious fun!
10.) MILWAUKEE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL- http://www.milwaukeeavenueartsfestival.org/ Decent art festival in Logan Square. Post- 7/23
9.) INTERNATIONAL WORLD FEST- http://www.visitlonggrove.com/event/long-grove-international-worlds-tour/ Long Grove village is this quaint little olde time-y village, and over Labor Day weekend they celebrated world cultures with food and music (read: European culture). Post- 9/10
8.) IRISH FEST- http://irish-american.org/ North West side of the city. All things Irish, all year round. Much food and drink, dance, music, theatre, and culture. Post- 7/31
7.)IRISH FEST – http://www.chicagogaelicpark.org/ Yes, I went to two Irish Fests. This one was in the South Suburbs, also all things Irish, all year round. Post- 6/4
6.) TASTE OF RANDOLPH- http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-taste-of-randolph-street-event-3 Ridiculously expensive, outrageously crowded. But the tastiest food and awesome bands. Post- 6/18
5.) TASTE OF ORLAND PARK- http://www.orland-park.il.us/index.aspx?NID=919 This was the shocker festival of my summer. Out in the south suburbs I found this fest. Friends, unlike Chicago fests, I had like four things to eat and ohhhh 10 drinks for like $30!! And parking was free. And the music was great. If you want to do the “food festival” thing this is tasty, cheap, and not overly crowded. It’s worth the trip. Post- 8/6
4.) RAVINIA- http://www.ravinia.org/ THE music fest of the summer. Always buy lawn seats (for like $15), bring (alcoholic) drinks and lots of picnic food. You can go for the big shows (I’ve seen Hall and Oates, Blondie, and Pat Benatar) or listen to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (I heard Tchaikovsky this summer). It’s a little far (Highland Park) but the perfect thing to do on a Sunday afternoon or Friday or Saturday night with a group of your friends. Post- 7/31
3.) PIEROGI FEST- http://pierogifest.net/ This is a wacky fest! There’s every kind of pierogi you can imagine, and because it’s in Whiting, Indiana it’s pretty cheap. But since it’s the only thing happening out there it also gets insanely crowded. It is the campiest, kitschiest fest I’ve ever been to- with the most hilarious parade ever. And lots of polkaing! Post- 7/31
2.) LAKE COUNTY FAIR- http://www.lake-county-fair.com/ Pretty much the same as the Wisconsin State Fair, only on a smaller scale and cheaper. Oh, this is Lake County Indiana. I saw pigs race, petted bunnies, ate fried cookie dough but passed on the fried bubble gum. Post- 8/13
1.) WISCONSIN STATE FAIR- http://www.wistatefair.com/ My brother and I are bonkers for state fairs! Like Pierogi Fest, state fairs are the essence of all things campy and kitschy and fried. We saw diving dogs, a cream puff eating contest, blue ribbon winners of animals, flowers, and food. We ate fried beer and fried stuffing. Awesome. Post- 8/13
OUTRAGEOUS AND UNIQUE EVENTS-
11.) CHIDITIROD- http://www.chiditarod.org/ I actually really loved the event itself. It raises money and food for food banks. People get dressed up in outrageous costumes and race through the city with extravagantly decked out shopping carts. Sabotage and silly behavior is encouraged. I volunteered and was unhappy with the lack of organization. I would not volunteer again, but the event itself is a must see. Post- 3/7
10.)A CHRISTMAS STORY FEST/THE DILLINGER MUSEUM- http://www.southshorecva.com/about-south-shore/indiana-welcome-center/ I’m not sure it would be worth driving to Hammond for ONE of these things, but the combination of Christmas with a gangster was just so wrong that it was right. Post- 12-10
9.)HAUNTED HOUSE- http://www.reapersrealm.com/ When’s the last time you got REALLY scared? There are some good haunted houses around. I mean, crazy scary. Yes, the prices and lines are scary too, but Halloween is once a year! We went to Reapers Realm which was great but my connesseuir brother said you should all go to Dungeon of Doom, Basement of the Dead, and Statesville prison. Post- 10/30
8.)ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL- http://chicagozombie.com/past-events/4th-annual-andersonville-zombie-pub-crawl-april-30/ Let’s face it, for some weird reason, zombies are trendy and there are zombie events ALL THE TIME. I chose this one. There were hundreds of zombies walking around- and drinking heavily- all over Andersonville! And shockingly, I got hit on like crazy looking completely grotesque. Either I make a hot dead woman, or dudes were just uber wasted. Post- 4/30
7.)EL CIRCO CHEAPO- http://www.elcircocheapo.com/ In a loft on the west side, there is a place where circus performers test out new acts on an audience that pays very little for tickets to the fantastic show. Be sure to buy floor tickets! Because like Ravinia, the cheaper seats are actually the best seats. Also feel free to bring booze and snacks as you watch performers fly through the air. Post- 12/3
6.)SCAVENGER HUNT- http://www.watsonadventures.com/public/location/chicago/ I was actually pretty impressed. This place has themed scavenger hunts in cool places all over the city. We went to the zoo and found clues and took wacky photos. And it was only like $20. Post- 10/15
5.) HORSE RACES- http://www.balmoralpark.com/index.cfm Somewhere between Indiana and the South Suburbs, you will find Balmoral Park. It costs NOTHING. In fact, I actually won $30! You don’t need to know a damn thing, and you can make bets for as low as $1. It’s great to do with friends. You can drink, snack, catch up, and every 15 minutes you can place a bet and watch a horse race. I really liked this a lot. It’s a pleasant, cheap, easy, fun afternoon. Post- 6/18
4.)CIRCUS CLASS- http://www.actorsgymnasium.com/ I learned how to walk on a ball, ride a unicycle, fly on a trapeze, and walk on a tightrope. Kind of. I actually slunk shamefully away after injuring two teachers and my pride. But it’s still super cool. And it’s in Evanston (read: expensive). Post- 4/16
3.)* SEXY SPOOKY TOURS- http://www.weirdchicago.com/ I’ve actually been on a few of their tours. I learned tons about Chicago history, got to drink on a bus, and went to a dominatrix’s house. They have sex tours, ghost tours, gangster tours…..Awesome. Posts- 4/23, 10/30
2.)*KINGS SPA- http://www.kingspa.com/ This place was nuts! It’s in Niles, open 24/7, and you can go for pretty cheap (or expensive if you do the add ons). There are three pools and a sauna you get naked in. Then in the co-ed (non-naked) portion there’s all these rooms (salt, gold, amethyst, ice, etc.) and you just go sit and relax in them. You can eat in their Korean cafeteria, play games, lounge in their beds, or go to the movie theatre. It was a trip! A very unique experience. Post- 11/19
1.)*HOUSE ON THE ROCK- http://www.thehouseontherock.com/HOTR_AttractionMain.htm This is a road trip (about 3 hours to Spring Green, WI), but it is the most weird and wild place you can imagine! It’s a bizarre house, built on a rock. But after you tour the house you begin going through this wacky maze-like museum that takes hours to go through and includes a life sized whale, suits of armor, dollhouses, streets of yesterday, and carousels with creepy dolls. My favorite part- rooms filled with instruments that, for a few tokens, will play themselves! It’s so crazy! Post- 7/2
THE “DON’T BOTHER” CATEGORY-
8.)GALOS SALT CAVES- http://www.galoscaves.com/ I had to check out these salt caves on the northwest side of the city. They’re attached to the back of a restaurant and for a small fee you can sit in them and soak up their mystical powers. I didn’t feel any different. I just felt embarrassed when I fell over some people and got bored after 10 minutes and began to play with the salt and eat it- just to make sure it was real. Post- 7/23
7.) Nia- http://soulisticstudiospa.com/index.html Yeah, it was weird hippy dancing where the teacher told us to skip around the room and say “Hi, my name is____ and I love to skip!” and then sit on the floor and just laugh maniacally. Caveat- I was told she is not the regular instructor and it is not normally so weird and I should try it again. It did seem to have potential…. Post- 10/8
6.) HOW ABOUT WE- http://www.howaboutwe.com/ Great idea: a cheap dating site where someone suggests a cool idea (like “let’s go to the top of the John Hancock for a cocktail” or “let’s go to zoo lights”) and if you’re interested, you email the guy/girl and get to know them by doing the suggested date instead of scrolling through endless profiles. The problem is, a lot of people don’t get the concept and I didn’t get a single date out of it. But, that’s my experience. I think as far as dating sites go, conceptually, it’s one of the better ones if you like online dating. Post- 2/21
5.) SERBIAN FEST- http://www.stelijahhall.com/serbfest.php It sounded like the most interesting fest until we walked into the church basement where there was one craft table, one food booth, an accordion player, and like 20 Serbians looking at us like “WTF are you doing here?” Post- 7/31
4.) LOOKING FOR LOVE DATING GAME- http://www.chicagostagereview.com/?tag=collaboraction I didn’t get it. It was supposed to be a live dating game show. Sounds awesome, right? The hostesses were WASTED, there was this unfunny female comedienne who got into a fight with an audience member, one of the participants didn’t show up, and the game was just nonsensical chaos. Almost so bad it was good. But not quite. Post- 3/27
3.)SPEED DATING- http://www.hurrydate.com/ I think the speed dating fad is so five years ago. I signed up for the event FOUR different times. Cancelled every time due to lack of interest. Once, me and four girls showed up and NO boys came. Finally, when one DID happen, it was seven girls and four boys- all of the guys were the most socially inept morons ever! It was so painful. I didn’t chose anyone, I ran away as soon as it ended. Granted, they DID give me a free pass to an event every time one got cancelled, but why would I want to go to an event no one’s at?!?! Post-6/25
2.) EIGHT AT EIGHT – http://www.8at8.com/ Great idea: 4 guys, 4 girls go to dinner and see what happens. Here’s the problem: it’s like $500 for five dinners! And you still have to pay for your meal! Here’s the scam: if they don’t match you for a dinner, they’re supposed to extend your membership by a month. Guess what, I had to contact them THREE times to say “you forgot to extend my membership”. You gotta watch these guys or you’ll lose your overpriced dinners. I had nice dinners- with the girls that went. The boys? I gave my number out to several guys and the only one I got a date from was a total douchbag that kept trying to ply me with drinks and touch my boobies ( see 5/28). But who can blame him? Posts- 1/30, 7/23, and periodically throughout the year.
1.) LOCATION BASED DATING- http://www.skout.com/ Ewww! Ewww! Gross! Nasty! It’s supposed to be a way for people to text each other (using this phone app) and be like “Hi! I’m down the street from you, wanna meet in the coffee shop down the street?” But instead, every night my phone started blowing up around 10pm with dudes asking me what I was up to. It should be called Location Based Booty Call. I even engaged a couple guys in an attempt to try it out and they harassed me for weeks after I stopped talking to them. And I stopped when after exchanging a few texts they started with the whole “Mmmmm. You’re going to bed, can I cum?” Really? After three texts? Come on, woo me a little. Post- 10/2
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS AND STATS-
I went to 61 events.
Got 2 speaking engagements out of the blog
I made several new girlfriends and we went to many blog related events together. I also rekindled some old girlfriend relationships.
I went on 7 dates (two good, three horrific, and two “meh”) and rekindled things with the “dark horse”.
The weirdest things that people searched and were led to my blog: “Serial killer Chicago meat grinder” and “Guinea pig licking sexy girl”. He must have been so disappointed to see that it was just Chicago’s Social Guinea licking the wall of the Galos Salt Cave instead of bestiality.
According to that “stat monkey” thing, I got 4,200 views in 2012!!!! Thank you everyone- friends and strangers, followers and one time visitors for spending the year with me. And thank you for giving me a reason to go out and be Chicago’s Social Guinea Pig.