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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,


Old Poop!