Category Archives: Signs

Tom 365 – August 7, 2016


This pretty much says it all. 

Tom 365 – July 26, 2016


If you found yourself in this line at U.S. Cellular Field today, you bought tickets from a secondary source like Vivid Seats or Seat Geek, and you tried to enter using your phone rather than a printed paper ticket. Sports and concert venues do not have any responsibility for tickets sold on the secondary market, and they cannot reprint tickets you did not buy directly from them. You need to direct your complaint to the company you bought the tickets from, not the box office.  Buyer beware. 

Tom 365 – July 23, 2016


No hair cut today.  I am just a fan of the old style barber pole. This one was in downtown Plainfield. 

Tom 365 – July 18, 2016


Final day of the great college road trip. 


Seven schools in five days. 2,100 miles driven, and 71,000 steps taken. 

Tom 365 – July 17, 2016


Today’s campus visit?


Clemson!

Tom 365 – July9, 2016


Sting and Peter Gabriel at the United Center. 


Really excellent show. 

Tom 365 – July 5, 2016


It’s a sign!

Actual tacos cannot be far away. 

Being Liberal Does Not Make Me Un-American

On a good day I have been called a bleeding heart.  On a good day.

There are groups that use terms like “Freedom” or “Patriot” to portray a notion that their ideas and opinions or more American than others.  They self proclaim that they are the true Americans, and that those who do not think the way they do are somehow Un-American.

On a bad day I have been called a Communist or a trader or things much worse.

Being liberal does not make me un-American.  I enjoy baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie.  And although I do not drive a Chevrolet, I do drive an American made automobile.  Ironically, I drive a Jeep Patriot.  My wife and I both drive them.

Jeep Patriot

My stance on certain hot political topics are certainly more to the left than many of these self proclaimed patriots, but these viewpoints do not make me some sort of enemy.  The idea that only people with a certain point of view can be considered true American is the opposite of what this great country was founded to protect.

Our political landscape continues to get more divisive, and we have created an all or nothing environment where differences of opinions are no longer tolerated. Just like the vanishing middle class, a middle ground in all matters of policy no longer exist.  Those who do not conform to the ideas of either side are considered evil or depraved.  And it is this take it or leave it mentality that has created a world where we can no longer have a civil conversation without name calling or finger pointing.  It has created our current election cycle.  It has created intolerance and prejudice.

There was once a time when we welcomed contradictory views.  We had conversations and debates, but in the end we also had mutual respect.

That is gone.

Being a liberal does not make me un-American.  Like many other Americans, both liberal and conservative, I enjoyed a cookout and fireworks while celebrating our Independence Day.  An American Flag flew outside our home this weekend.  A flag that I am very proud to display and honor.  A flag that stands as a symbol for all Americans.  Not just those who claim to be patriots.

American Flag

Happy 4th of July to all.

Tom 365 – June 16, 2016


Our local Jewel did a nice job with their Coke display. 

Tom 365 – June 13, 2016


Sometimes, the simple things in life make me the happiest.  Like finding a hand written note on my desk at work on Monday morning. 

Love you too, Babe.