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Posts from May 2012

Beware of the Clark & Devon Meter Reader

It’s one thing to get a ticket when you fail to put any money into the meter, and another when you incurred the expense of paying to park, but you simply didn’t buy enough time. A surge of self-righteousness still overcame me –self-righteousness that inflicts those of us who know we did something wrong, but want to blame someone else. In this case, I started wondering why the police had to penalize residents who were trying to keep their money within Rogers Park, doing business locally. “Home Depot, Lowes and Menards (competitors to the local hardware store, with locations outside of the community and the City of Chicago) have large parking lots. By ticketing Clark and Devon customers, the police are driving us out of the community, and store profits to the national franchises and corporate shareholders,” I thought.
Posted by Mike G on May 21, 2012 |

Major Gloating

For the full season, Glasser led the Scots with a .408 batting average and 74 total bases. He belted four home runs, the second highest total on the team. He also recorded a key save against Hamline in regular-season play. Before the start of his junior season, Glasser, like many in Minnesota that winter, reached a breaking point with the seemingly endless winter. “In February last year, I took an old softball bat and used it to bust down a big snow bank by my apartment,” he said. “It took about a week or two of hard swings to batter the bank down. All those hefty swings helped me quadruple my home run output.” He paused and added, deadpan: “to four.”
Posted by Mike G on May 11, 2012 |

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Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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