DAN MORAN: On Dec. 7, 1941, they were men in their early 20s who had grown up during the Great Depression and joined the Navy from places like Charleson, W. Va., and Casey, Iowa. Seventy-two years later, they are living the life of retired gentlemen in and around Lake County, and their memories of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are razor-sharp.
DAN MORAN: To paraphrase John Lennon, bad traffic is what happens to you while you’re busy taking alternate routes. And so it was that I found myself caught the other day in a truly thick traffic jam that apparently is the current norm for commuters in and around Libertyville.
DAN MORAN: Perhaps you saw the headline over the weekend about the Illinois Tollway estimating that only 1 in 20 motorists on its roadways observes the 55 mph speed limit.
DAN MORAN: I think we can all agree that it is good that this delayed Thanksgiving is a rare thing, because Christmas season — the real Christmas season, not the one defined by when they start playing Mannheim Steamroller 24/7 at the malls — ends up getting the bum’s rush when Nov. 1 falls on a Friday.
DAN MORAN: It is now Thanksgiving, and I am reminded of the words of wisdom my father-in-law imparts every year after the first round of food has been completed: “What does ‘being full’ have to do with anything?”
DAN MORAN: Ah, the college years, when every weekend more or less became a three-day weekend, starting with Thirsty Thursday.
DAN MORAN: Here we go again with the whole “Hunger Games” thing. Where have you gone, Harry Potter?
DAN MORAN: Earlier this fall, my daughter asked if she could have a trampoline for her birthday. I gently but harshly told her no. Why? Because trampolines are giant liability generators.
If we need to lift our spirits as the north wind blows, the Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan is here to provide just that: “Holidays with the Three Bully Goats Gruff!” makes its live, on-stage debut this weekend in a run that will extend Saturdays through Dec. 21.
DAN MORAN: If you’ve been in the working world long enough, you’ve muddled through those times when a co-worker drives you not only up a wall but through the drop-ceiling.
DAN MORAN: If you want to get a sense of the generation gap created by half a century, ask a recent high-school graduate if they know what major historical event occurred on Nov. 22, 1963.
DAN MORAN: It will be four years ago this winter that the old YMCA building on the corner of County and Clayton streets in Waukegan started showing signs of life, with the lights of the Rhythm Academy of Dance emerging from what had been a mostly dark block of brick.
DAN MORAN: In the aftermath of a tragedy, social media continues to be a blessing and a curse for a community attempting to seek justice, solve problems and process grief, all at the same time.
DAN MORAN: Last weekend’s musings in this space about the great deals at the soon-to-shutter Kmart in Round Lake Beach — check out the Crocs before they’re gone — caught the attention of a reader who has heard a rumor about post-Kmart life for the space.
DAN MORAN: Under normal circumstances, phrases like “Store Closing Sale!” and “Everything Must Go!” are good things for a consumer, especially when they come with exclamation points, which indicate an enthusiasm for giving you stuff on the cheap.
DAN MORAN: Halloween 2013 is more than a week away, but we must prepare for it immediately since Halloween Trick-or-Treating no longer follows the international calendar.