But Dana is voting for Preckwinkle.

I keep hoping there’s a real human on the other end,


"Zodiac" by Robert Graysmith.

…David McAninch’s Duck Season, and I’m now on to a book I should’ve read a decade ago, back when I was writing The Roberts: Robert Graysmith’s Zodiac.

Might have to read Susan Kelly’s The Boston Stranglers next,


Exhibit Q: 2016 - 2019

As many of you know, in January, we adopted a new addition to our family. Though he had previously been known at the shelter as Punky, we quickly renamed him Exhibit Q.

Almost immediately, we noticed that something was off with Q. He barely ate, and rapidly began losing weight. We would later find out that, in the weeks before we adopted him, he had lost more than two pounds over a span of six weeks. When we took him home on January 19th, he weighed around seven and a half pounds. Today, shortly before we put him down, his weight had dropped to just below five.

We adopted Q more than a year after we lost Meatshake. He was never meant to be a replacement for Meatshake, but rather a continuation of the Shady household pet legacy. Pets aren’t meant to replace the ones that came before them, and just as Q never filled the void that Meatshake left in her absence, our next cat — and there will be a next cat — will never replace Q.

Exhibit Q was a part of our family for just 55 short days, but we’re grateful for each and every second we got to spend with him.

Tonight, our house is a little more quiet, a little more empty, and a little more sad. But that just shows he’ll always be a part of our family.

Sleep well, Q.

He loved salami,


February 19th, 2019: Katherine Bryja Shady

February 19th, 2019: Justin Robert Shady

February 19th, 2019: Grey Danger Shady

February 19th, 2019: West Rebel Shady

February 19th, 2019: Mr. Fabulous

February 19th, 2019: Heisenberg

February 19th, 2019: Exhibit Q

Three-hundred and sixty-five days later.

Again, we’re doing something like this.

Nine years worth… and another one next year,


PS: Here’s what the big picture looks like.

So. Great.

And thanks to Erik and Robyn for sending the best Valentine’s Day cards ever.

I over-thought it.

That cipher admittedly took me a lot longer than it should have,


Still totally feel that way.

…I wrote for the current issue of Chicago (and recently teased here) is finally online, so check it out here.

Better late than never,


Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern-day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.


“That was an awesome fart, by the way.”

– Stranger, who I didn’t realize was in the stall next to me while I was standing at a urinal in Buffa’s bathroom in New Orleans, 1/12/19

It was impressive,


We love us some Averhoffs!

…for visiting!

More soon about what they left behind,


That man was never seen again.

That’s both an Addams Family and Silence of the Lambs joke,


"A Dreadful Fairy Book" by Jon Etter.

…on getting his first book published!

A Dreadful Fairy Book is the first installment in a trilogy of books from Jon.

Pick up your copy here.

I got to check it out early,


PS: To be clear, Jon’s book came out last November. I’ve just been shit at posting.

Old Poop!