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Fireside Restaurant and Lounge Brunch

Come with Sue and Patti to the Fireside Restaurant and Lounge for a Labour Day Brunch. The have a Bloody Mary bar that sends Patti and Sue into a frenzy.

This is a pre-LudyPalooza warm up.

5739 N Ravenswood
Chicago Il



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The Seeley Street Pub

A place to have a cold beer, a few shots, and a small frozen pizza. Just throw the peanuts shells on the floor; the beer wench will clean them up later.

Remember that “Anything worth doing, is worth doing in excess. Moderation is for monks!”
(or Janis).


Adventures in Putin Put-In-Bay

Put-In-Bay Ohio

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Happy Happy Birthday


Mackinac Race 2018

Turning Point

Update: Monday 2:00 AM
At this point in time, Bill is about 12 miles behind the leader and is 1 1/2 knots slower. With only 75 miles to go, I predict he will not finish in the top 3… but, in racing, there are a lot of ways for the others to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory..

Speed: 5.0 knots @ 334.1
Position at: 22 Jul 2018 22:45 CDT
Lat/Lon: 44° 38.67 N, 086° 23.18 W
DTF: 110.3 NM
6th in Beneteau 40.7
108th in 1st Racing Mono
60th in Mackinac Cup

note: the red line is called the “rhumb line” which is the shortest distance between the start and finish line. The boats are moving at 45 degrees to this line because they cannot sail directly into the wind. The wind is blowing directly down the rhumb line. Once they pass the dot on the rhumb line, they will move a lot faster toward the finish sine the wind will help them instead of opposing them. [rhumb in French means rum]


Hippy Dippy Birthday Boy


Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams – Cape Cod

WARNING:   Not Suited for All Audiences – View at Your Own Risk !
                     The Ugly Pants are Back !

The Benker Tag Team:

Sue creates a diversion:

BonBon Makes Off with Lobsters and Glasses:


Mikey = Granddaddy

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Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club Regatta

2018 Heritage Cup Regatta – May 17-19
First Place


Shout Out: Birgit Mansfield, dog groomer

By Alexandra Kukulka•Contact Reporter
Pioneer Press
May 16, 2018, 2:00 PM

Birgit Mansfield is the owner of The Complete Dog. The dog grooming business has been operating in Northbrook for about 20 years. Before opening the business, Mansfield worked at UPS and held other jobs. She has one son, two step-daughters and five grandchildren. Mansfield lives in Northbrook and grew up in Chicago.

Q: How do you enjoy owning The Complete Dog?
A: I love it. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I like working with the dogs.

Q: What inspired you to open the business?
A: I got a divorce and I had to do something. I always wanted to groom. I went to school to learn how to groom, then I opened this shop.

Q: What does a rough day at work look like?
A: You can get a dog that’s a biter. It doesn’t happen often though.

Q: Do you have a favorite dog breed?
A: People ask me all the time, “What’s your favorite breed?” Here’s an example. I always said I didn’t like chihuahuas and I have two chihuahuas. I said I didn’t like pugs, and I have a pug. They find you when they need you.

Q: Who do you look up to?
A: My mom. She just passed away six months ago. She was a strong woman. She was a single mom with two kids. She came here from Germany with my dad. They got divorced, and she learned the language and did it all.

Q: If someone wanted to make you a birthday dinner, what would you like?
A: It would have to be some kind of seafood or vegetable something because I don’t eat meat. And a bottle of wine.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Hopefully retired living on the beach.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who lie.

Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for the community?
A: Life is too short to not eat the cake.

Shout Out is a weekly feature in which we get to know and introduce our readers to their fellow community members and local visitors throughout suburban Chicago.