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Writing Prompt: Think about the town where you currently live: its local customs, traditions, and hangouts, its slang. What would be the strangest thing about this place for a first-time visitor?

With over 200 neighborhoods Chicago really is a city of neighborhoods, and as you can imagine every neighborhood has their own customs, slangs (depending on where you are language) history and hangouts. I think that’s one of the things that makes this city so great. Let’s take a look at how some of them got their names; Bronzeville: This area on the South Side was apparently named by Chicago Bee theater editor James J. Gentry because he said it reflected the skin tone of its residents. Hyde Park: Paul Cornell (Born in 1822 of a distinguished New England family)was a cousin of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University came to Chicago in 1847. A lawyer and entrepreneur, he became friendly with many of the leading citizens of the rising new town. On the advice of Senator Stephen Douglas, he invested in land south of the city. In 1853 he bought 300 acres of lakefront land–and named his purchase Hyde Park, after the London park.

Bu on to a question, I don’t think the traditions OR slang is more prevalent until you remove yourself from the area and move somewhere else. When I was 11 years old, my family moved from Chicago to Milwaukee, WI and to the average person someone would think that it’s not that far.. true it’s a little over 100 miles. BUT as soon as I got there people instantly knew that I “wasn’t from around here”. The most glaring difference is I came from a place where they called it pop and I moved somewhere that called it soda… walking around Fristsche Middle School and asking for where the water fountain was got me the nastiest glares, one girl actually said, “what you meant to say is where is the bubbler” It wasn’t until I was older that I realized there was a reason behind it…. and it was all about branding.

Back in 1889, a man named Harlan Huckleby designed the very first bubbler. There were other types of drinking fountains in existence, but this design was unique. It had a spout that shot a little stream of water about an inch in the air so people could slurp it up. Eventually this device was picked up and patented by what was then called Kohler Water Works and today is the plumbing fixture giant Kohler Company of Kohler, Wisconsin. Kohler also gave the new product its name and The Bubbler was born. The original Bubbler designs still exist. You can find some near the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison.

So there you have it… not only was I infringing on an important part of Wisconsin history…. but it was a major branding faux pas.

Until Next Time….

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Friend Makin’ Monday


If you’ve taken part in Friend Makin Mondays before then you are familiar with the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to read and comment on a couple of other posts.

This week’s random questions come from me….  if you some topic/question suggestions for FMM, please email your ideas to Sarah at sarah@losingweightandhavingfun.com…So let’s get started

1. If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be? Wouldn’t it be fantastic is I was allergic to processed sugars… I think this weight loss thing would be soooo much easier.

2. If you sat next to Jesus on a bus, what would you talk about? Well obviously I would want to know why he was on the bus, then I would ask

3. If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now? On some private island enjoying life with my family.


4. If you had one day to live over again, what day would that be? To be honest I don’t think that I’ve come to that day yet (since I’m not married or have children), I think I would have a better answer if I was toward the end of my life

5. If you could eat your favorite food right now, what would it be?


6. If you could learn any skill, what would it be? I would love to be fluent in a few languages, Spanish and ASL would be the ones that I would start with….

7. If you were sent to live on a space station for three months, and could only take three personal items, what would they be? My iPod, a way to communication with the outside world and my blanket…

8. If you could buy a car right no (money no object) what would it be?  Lexus RX Hybrid.



9. What’s your favorite cartoon character and why? It would defiantly be Bobby Generic because he had his family are totally adorable… plus I used to love Howie Mandel (I don’t know it was a phase)


10. Does your name have a special meaning or were you named after someone special? Well I was named after my father who’s name is Tyrone…. BUT Tyra  is a variant of Thyra . My name has Scandinavian. German and Old Norse roots.It means Thor’s fight or light. Without my mother knowing it she names me after a Danish Princess

And since we ended with Princess Thyra, I’m gonna go Danish and say, Indtil næste gang

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