Monday, January 1, 2018

Dibs! - A Chicagoland New Years Post

Yes, as a former farm dweller, Chicago was the last place I thought I would end up.  Until I married an Illinois native that got his dream job there (wherein he leaves me to fly to China and South Africa and Austrailia on business about every other week :-)  What we do for love . .

But I've grown to love our life.  We live in a turn of the century home in an outlying village that has almost no crime other than the occasional garage break-in, a few small and quaint local businesses, and it's surrounded by park system on three sides, which is a great gang buffer (especially with rivers as most of them don't know how to swim).

That being said, as we ring in the New Year, a smile for your Sunday. Here in Chicagoland, there is something known as "dibs" wherein after you spend an HOUR digging your car parked in front of your house out of multiple feet of snow, you block the spot so you have a parking space when you get back. It's also legal, some wordage to the effect in the city code. It's considered rude to do it unless there is a boatload of snow, it must be a spot in front of your house, and slashing the tires of someone who moved your blocks is considered rude, even in the worst of neighborhoods.It's like our hotdogs, pizza, and Cubs, there are some things you just don't mess with if you are a local. We are lucky in that the original owner of our 100+-year-old home bought two lots so we have a large side yard on one side of the house with a driveway, though we may clear a "dibs" spot for party guests for New Years.

Some of the "dibs" seen around the city still crack me up. Happy New Year everyone and thank you all for your growing friendships this last year.

If it looks like a 60's shower curtain, even more the better. 
 Want to bet that is electrified.
 Unfortunately, now the chickens have gotten out.
 Zep isn't a poison unless you drink a gallon but I like how he thinks.
 If that's full, that IS going to get lifted in 5 minutes.
 My personal view on ironing.
 Yes, Jesus Saves - the ORIGINAL Dibs
 Use Grandpa's Walker because being old in the winter isn't hard enough.
Sam's parking spot. 
 My kind of guy.
It's not like we vacuum or anything.
 That girl that dumped me after the State Fair won't care.
Just another day in the neighborhood.
 I made my child dig my car out.
 Don't' go out half dressed to free your car.
 My roommate doesn't think much of my musical talents.
And my PERSONAL favorite (because what's a gal to do with a Leonardo DiCaprio life-sized cardboard figure).


  1. Hari OM
    Good to have fun in the snow...8*> YAM xx

  2. LOL....Great idea!!
    Thanks for the New Year giggles!
    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!

  3. BOL, Momma told us about dibs. She learned when she lived in Chi-town.

  4. We know the power of Dibs cuz our mom told us about it when she was growing up. In a house of 5 kids (northern Indiana), if you called Dibs on your spot it was respected by all others.

    Happy New Year! May 2018 be the best year yet!

    Stay Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. I'm an only child...never had to call dibs but on the other hand anything that got broken was either me or my dog. LOL
    Hugs madi's mom

  6. OMD - those are just hilarious. It reminds Mom of scenes in Boston. We loved the ironing board, Mary and Joseph, and the walker the best!!!

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  7. LOL BOL! We're glad we don't live in the City!

  8. Those are all very funny. We're glad we have a driveway and double car garage to park in.

  9. BOL!!! I loves them all! Ma and her brudder used to call Dibs all the time....though she mostly lost. (little sister thing...unless the peeps MADE him give in ☺) Anyhu, I do loves that...peeps just don't respect the on street parkin' in most cities, I likes your style!
    Ruby ♥

  10. So did you have to have a Dibs? I love all the different ways people called dibs.
    Mom Kim

    1. We have one of the few houses on our street on two lots, so we have a large driveway and parking pad in front of the garage.

  11. Gotta love those 'dibs' spots during snowy weather Here's to a pawsome 2018!

  12. My favorite was the Mary and Joseph dibs. I grew up where we had a lot of snow, but I never saw anything like this. Of course, it wasn't quite as bad as Chicago!


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