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  • The health insurance blues, Part I

    If you’re anything like my father, what I’m about to say will put a chill into you: From the age of 22 to 37 my wife and I didn’t have health insurance. And although a risk, I can honestly say it was the best money never spent. Granted, those were the carefree days of young adulthood where health concerns were of little worry, but ever since getting health insurance three years ago, I’ve never been more scared in my life that something will go wrong. And this is not a case of superstition. I’m not worried that now that I have health insurance I’ll get sick.

    I am worried, however, about dealing with health insurance.

  • My (mostly) open-door policy

    A few weeks ago, back when it was warm enough outside to keep the front door open and let the wind flow through the screen door, I realized I had a true problem.

    The workday was over, I was making a sweet potato quiche for dinner, I had Sam Smith songs playing from my iPhone, and I had the house to myself.

  • My, myself, and I and some guy named Scott Rhuin

    Have I ever told you I have an alter-ego? No? That’s probably because alter-egos are not something people usually advertise about themselves. Of course, my alter-ego isn’t really an alter-ego. At night, after I put away my Sun Day work, I don’t don a cape and mask and bodysuit and hit the streets of Huntley fighting crime in the name of vigilante justice. I don’t have a split-personality disorder. For better or worse, my actions are all my own (sometimes I wish they weren’t). I do, however, have a pseudonym, and his name is Scott Rhuin.

  • What we don’t talk about when we talk about running

    I have been a runner since I was in middle school. Although I never joined track or cross country, and I rarely participate in an organized race, I run almost every day. I run for the peace of mind, the endorphins, the challenge. I run because I love it.

  • Fair? Who wants fair at a carnival?

    It was the late 80s. The guy wore a battered leather vest straight over tattooed skin that featured things I can’t repeat or describe here. On his feet were Converse sneakers that were maybe once white but were now nicotine yellow and fraying to bits, the famous Converse logo chipped away somewhere in the thousands of miles he walked. He squinted against a smoking cigarette tucked into the corner of his mouth. He had shaggy hair, a shaggy goatee, and a voice that sounded like rusted pipes grating together. With it he said things like, “My blind grandma has better aim than you.” He was working the ring toss at my church carnival, and this guy was my hero.

  • My oh my, the millennials…

    The other day, I ended up in a curbside conference with my neighbor, and the topic of millennials, or The Millennials (always spoken with a downtrodden voice and a headshake), came up.

  • Putting socks on a baby and other surprisingly difficult tasks

    I’ve come to realize that the middle of the day is the hardest part when it comes to parenting. And by “day” I mean a full twenty-four hours and by “middle” I mean those hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. when he’s awake. Those are the hardest. The other twelve, when he’s unconscious, are a breeze.

  • The plate debate

    Illinois license plates have arrived, and they’re already sparking debate.

    Have you seen them yet?

  • Moon with a view [update]

    On August 1, The Washington Post said it will be the most photographed and most internet-shared event in human history. Recently, Google created a map simply to chart the flood of search inquiries for this upcoming event. Even my most recent Uber driver and I had a conversation about it.

  • Okay, fine, I have a problem

    When it comes to reading, I promise you I’m the strangest reader you’ll ever meet.

  • A Prime opportunity

    When I finished writing my last column, I didn’t have any real plans to visit an Amazon Books store. I didn’t even know where in Chicago the Amazon Books store was.

    A week later, after wandering around Chicago’s north side, I stepped out of an Uber with my friend at 3441 Southport Ave, Chicago, and there it was.

  • Honesty is always the best policy

    Some of you may have noticed an important name missing from the list of people who work for the Sun Day on this page. That name is Carol Baffa, who recently retired from her position as an advertising representative after four years of service.

  • Amazon’s sales techniques have no ‘Borders’

    In a world with increasing digitization, it’s always noticeable when trends go in the opposite direction.

    Recently, Amazon opened its first physical bookstore in Seattle. This March, Amazon opened its first Chicago store, bringing the reality close to home: the internet and the real world continue to merge.

  • Voice of Democracy

    “My Responsibility to America”, as Winston Churchill once said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” America is a great country and citizens cannot rely on others to take the role of responsibility on for them. I believe that my responsibilities to America include understanding the past — how America became a great country, the meaning of the American flag, and what it means to respect the people who fought for this wonderful country.

  • Laboring with Centegra

    My son was born at the newly opened Centegra Hospital Huntley on November 15, 2016. In terms of labor and delivery, my wife’s was a breeze, delivering a healthy baby with a 9.9 apgar. Little did we know the true labor wouldn’t begin until after his birth.

    I’ve had a professional media relationship with Centegra for almost ten years, either reporting on their various advancements/events (primarily their efforts to open a hospital in Huntley) or working with them on an advertising level, as they were once a Sun Day client (their advertising has since been ejected from the Sun Day). In that time, I’ve learned that Centegra is really good at marketing.

    And they have an excellent rally cry.

  • Stepping away from the ordinary

    If you’re anything like me, you love the comfort of routine: visiting the same coffee shop every morning, driving the same stretch of road to work, putting on the same jacket when you step out the door.

  • After seven years, it’s time to get ‘funner’

    You may have noticed something different about the Sun Day this edition. It has a new and refreshing look to celebrate its seventh anniversary! But like “new” and “refreshing” things, it’s actually, in many ways, a throwback to the Sun Day’s original design. Maybe not exactly a throwback to the original design but definitely a throwback to the original idea, which I’ve never put into effect.

  • Disney movies can be my guest anytime

    When you’re reading this, I’ll have already sat in the movie theater, sang along to “Be our Guest,” and re-experienced childhood all over again. Yes, I’m talking about seeing the much-anticipated remake of Beauty and the Beast. Confession: I’ve had my tickets since January.

  • A little powwow about political correctness

    The other day, I was writing a sentence in which I used the term “Indian style” to describe a way someone sat. I haven’t used the term in years. Then a little voice inside my head said, Wait a minute, Chris. You may want to go online and check this out, because things have changed since you were a boy. ‘Indian style’ may be offensive nowadays.

  • Goodnight, iPhone

    Many of us are guilty of it.

    Going to bed, but not really going to bed; there’s always that last-minute check on your phone or tablet, whether it’s to browse Facebook, check an email, or scan the news headlines one more time. And it never ends well.

  • Sometimes the movie is better than the book

    When it comes to books and movies, most people (who read) generally agree the “book is better than the movie.” That’s because it’s amazingly difficult to trim an 80,000-110,000-word novel down to a 90-120-page screenplay without losing the story’s oomph. And while I generally subscribe to the idea that books are better than their big-screen adaptations, I’ve found it’s not always the case.

  • Here’s what you can do while waiting for the chip reader

    What did we do with all of our free time before the advent of the chip reader? Those extra thirty seconds of wait time while the machine reads the chip in your debit or credit card can seem endless.

  • And this is why I don’t talk to strangers

    Shortly before my son was born, it really sank in that my wife and I were going to be his primary role models for a number of years (and hopefully someone he bounces things off for the rest of our lives). The insight made me take stock of myself. I’ve done this before for numerous reasons, and it’s always an uncomfortable process, but unlike other times, I knew this time someone was going to be learning from me. Certain changes had to be made.

  • 12 things you didn’t know about the holidays

    A few fun facts that you might not know about the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

  • Being a father is its own kind of labor

    If you’re an astute reader (I’m guessing most of you are), perhaps you noticed something strange about the cover of this edition of the Son Day. Oh, there it is again. Did you catch it?

  • You don’t have to be a sports fan to celebrate Cubs’ win

    I’ll start by saying I don’t have a fondness for sports.

    This might seem blasphemous with the Cubs’ World Series victory still lingering in everyone’s headlines and hearts. But wait, it gets better.

  • 5 Tips For Effectively Debating Politics At Your Next Party, Wedding, Funeral, Workplace Function And/Or Family Holiday Gathering

    As has been the case since roughly February 2015, it’s an election year. But not just any election year! This is the most important election in the history of the country [since 2012, anyway], and the stakes will never be higher [until 2020]. It’s a showdown between the candidate who singlehandedly can save the country and the candidate who will lead us to levels of ruin not seen since [insert name of the last President you didn’t vote for] was in office, and everybody is talking about it.

  • An open letter to those who need a little space

    A few weeks ago, I gave my heart to a plain white desk I bought from Amazon Prime. It’s a tiny wooden one, and I had to “build” it myself when it arrived in the mail.

  • Waiting for a baby to be born is a real drag … of time

    If you tell me I have nine months to finish a task, my first response is, “Nine months? That’s it? How about nine years? Can I have that?”

  • Coffee talk

    Being a writer, I’m always on the hunt for creative inspiration. Being a latte-loving writer, I’m always at a coffee shop listening to what I hear going on around me, whether I want to or not.