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Chicago is Still Earning it’s Title as The Most Corrupt City in the Nation

The Windy City has a long history of corruption. From gangsters of the 20’s to politicians today, not much seems to have stopped the cities appetite for income. 

Recently, Chicago passed two laws that work together to tax all streaming entertainment as well as the purchase of intangible goods such as cloud storage space. While states like NY and California are getting headlines for pushing taxes that control detrimental social choices (taxing emissions and soda pop) Illinois is allowing Chicago to make a clear and undeniable money grab with their new tax. [More]

One Less Veal Cow

This summer I have been doing a fair bit of camping. More camping than I have probably done in the rest of my life combined actually. That being the case, I decided to stop by Runnings to grab a few things this evening. As I was headed into the store I noticed a baby calf coming out of a small sedan.

I couldn’t help but think about all the possible scenarios of how a calf could have ended up in the parking lot of an outdoors supply shop. As I perused the isles I started to forget about the calf and the two girls outside with it. [More]

Wine Ice Cream in NY

You may have had wine ice cream before, but what you might not know is a little ice cream shop in Central NY had to fight so that you could! In fact, to my knowledge, this is the only place that makes wine ice cream. It gets shipped across the globe! I had had it before, but recently had the chance to go visit the ice cream parlor in person. It’s not all that special looking, and it does close pretty early, but it’s worth it.

The ice cream that the freeze and ship tastes the same as the ice cream in the shop, but for whatever reason the texture changes. [More]

Maine – Blueberries & Lobsters

When I told people I was going to Maine, many of them replied about always wanting to go there. I found it a bit funny at the time because I’ll be honest, I didn’t know much about Maine other than they have lobster and good water. With expectations that low it’s no wonder I loved my stay in Maine.

sarah kohl travel maine acadia national park

The most obvious stop that I had to make was in Acadia National Park. If you’re not familiar with it, Acadia is the only National park in the north east of the United States. The next closest ones are in Ohio and Virginia. [More]

Music, Money, & Mental Health

Growing up I listened to a lot of oldies music and one of my favorite bands was The Beach Boys. I’ve watched a lot of movies that detailed the band’s rise to fame. I was familiar with their abusive father, the infamous “hermit crab” swimming pool incident and the fact that Brian Wilson was being manipulated later in life through misdiagnosed mental health issues. The movie Love & Mercy was still a shockingly good depiction of Brian Wilson’s life crisis.

It’s no secret that he struggled with recreational drugs when he was wiring albums like Animal Sounds. [More]

Reflecting on Life While Reading about Brains

One of the books I’ve been reading has been an exciting look at how the mind thinks. It’s called, Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. I suppose it’s not everyone’s “cup of tea,” but it’s validated a few things I have been told over the years.

Has anyone ever told you that you need to laugh more or smile more or just project a happier persona and you’ll be happier? Yeah, I always thought that was a bit outlandish, but it turns out science backs this up. [More]

Memorial Day: We Will Not Forget

I had to chuckle a bit to myself the other night when I went to pick-up pizza from a local pizza joint. There was a flyer there advertising that Memorial Day weekend they would be serving foot-long hotdogs. The ad read simply, “May 25th 2015, Footlong Hotdogs, Memorial Day” with the sub-text, “We will not forget.” I love this pizza place, but even I can tell that last phrase makes this a  slightly strange ad.The ad itself made me chuckle. The use of such a powerful statement to sell foot-long hotdogs did stop and make me think for a moment. [More]

The Circle of Life Within Any Group

It’s interesting the things I remember from college. One of my less-than-favorite classes brought up a concept that has been fairly important to me even years later. The theory was that every group goes through four stages. Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. They should be pretty obvious by the name, but what I have found interesting is how it’s applied to nearly every grouping of people I have ever known.

Just so that we are all on the same page, the stages refer to a group being put together (by any means) then experiencing conflict. [More]

Building Relationships with Online Dating

Online dating is becoming increasingly more popular. Answer some questions, like some photos, and sooner or later you’re bound to find true love, right? I’m skeptical though I know plenty of people who have found their significant other with the help of dating sites.

There are a few things that everyone knows about dating sites. First, there are tons of fake female profiles and a lot of effort goes into trying to convince men to pay for subscriptions to services so that they can get at these women. This is just something we have to accept. [More]

Tennessee – Moonshine, History & Nature’s Beauty

mountain overlooking Gatlinburg Tennessee

The Volunteer State, Tennessee! After a beautiful drive back over the Appalachians I have arrived.

This little town in Tennessee is worth mentioning (and stoping in!) Gatlinburg, TN is one of those little holiday towns. Their biggest seasons for tourists are summer and winter, but there is plenty to do in their off season. The first place I headed to was the Hollywood Car Museum. I mean, with my all-time favorite Fast and Furious car (Mitsubishi Spyder) out front how could I resist?

fast & furious car museum car and cute girl sarah kohl gatlinburg tennessee

I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t think everyone my age would appreciate as many of the cars as I did. [More]

NC Needs to Learn How to Pay Taxes

So I spent awhile in North Carolina and I generally enjoy the state. I did find myself some ticks and fire ants, but by far the most annoying thing about NC are the roads! The low taxes here have left highways in terrible shape (I’m looking at you I-40.) In one stretch, they carved the dotted lines out of the pavement and painted new ones a few inches away leading to an eternally bumpy drive.

Of course, they had some great parks so not all of their tax revenue is missing. For instance, Pullem Park had a tiny train, antique carousel, great food, and a bunch more. [More]

North Carolina the Tar Heel State

Yeah, people in NC don’t even know why it’s called the Tar Heel State, but if you’re supposed to celebrate dirty feet here then I think I did it right.

I’ve spent some time in North Carolina before, but this time I decided to visit a few new places. The first stop was Carolina Tiger Resuce. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s certainly worth a stop. The tigers tend to end up here after their owners realize they can’t care for them. That includes drug dealers who want a status symbol, delusional families who believe they can handle the commitment of a wildcat, and people from the entertainment industry who can no longer make money from owning their tiger. [More]

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