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Jul. 15 2010 - 10:48 am | 36 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

An Unexpected, Unpaid Vacation

Tuesday morning, I woke up to discover that my computer had lost its mind. A blinking question mark greeted me when I tried to start it up, and when I took it in to be repaired, it was discovered that my hard drive has died. It is currently being put to rest, and in the meantime, I have no regular access to the internet. It’s driving me mad. In two to four days, I will be able to blog regularly again. My editor, Josie Raymond, described it to me as an “unexpected, unpaid vacation.” I can’t say I’m enjoying it.

I may have a post this afternoon, but it depends on the length of the line at the library. See, Fox Chicago, the library really is important.

See you soon, blogosphere.


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    Chill! You’ll come back even better for the rest.

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    I'm a journalist living in Chicago writing about poverty and public housing. I don't come from the streets - I grew up on a farm. But I'm passionate about urban issues and getting to know people who are completely different from me. I'm quirky, funny and friendly.

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