Archive for the ‘Chicago’ Category
Sunday, January 1st, 2023 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Though frequently referred to as “little Chicago” by folks from Illinois, the “Cream City” (so called for the hue of the local brick) has a distinct culture and identity.
A case in point, Milwaukee water fountains are called “bubblers”. And the local NPR radio series answering listener questions in Chicago called “Curious City
” (on WBEZ) in Milwaukee entitled “Bubbler Talk
” on WUWM. The origins of this odd term and public radio series offers an interesting dive into Milwauke history
. Read More
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Saturday, October 15th, 2022 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
That’s right, “Milwaukee or Bust”
. So, while not literally driving a beat-up Model-T cross-country for the promise land, echoing back to 1930s Dust Bowl days, the metaphor helps dramatize my move and internal travails to find a new home. Temporarily living in “God’s Country” (as my cousin’s refer to Wisconsin) shifted my mindset, which has evolved over the past couple months as a post-pandemic, 50s-something.
My June blogpost “Exit Chicago”
detailed uprooting myself from Chicago to try out Wisconsin while still buzzing back to the city one-day a week for appointments with Back to Natural Health
and catch friends. Read More
Posted in changes, Chicago, COVID-19, exit Chicago, Milwaukee, moving, Oak Creek, Patrick McBriarty, Treatment | 5 Comments »
Sunday, June 19th, 2022 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
It’s been too long, since Thanksgiving that I sent an email update. Much has happened.
Most dramatic on November 30th Jim Sugrue and Doc. Lynda probably saved my life by getting me to Illinois Masonic Hospital. I was unable to think clearly or form words and later learned low-sodium spurred by a second bout of Covid (Delta or Omicron, who knows?) and my mistakenly pushing too much water. This gave me a front row seat to learn the old adage is true: Ignorance really IS bliss, for I didn’t suffer and have only fleeting, dazed and confused memories of the initial 36-48 hours. Read More
Posted in Chicago, COVID-19, exit Chicago, fitness, Illinois, IVM, Long-Covid, Patrick McBriarty, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Fast approaching a year of dealing with Covid I am finally starting to feel better thanks to a friend of a friend and a Nobel prize winning substance, known in medical shorthand as IVM. My journey is not over, but IVM has offered a major path to recovery which has been thwarted from the start
. This is my story…
Mid-morning on March 23, 2020, I was knocked down with fatigue, slept for 2-1/2 hours and awoke to a growing malaise and brain fog. Read More
Posted in Chicago, Coronavirus, COVID-19, cycling, fitness, Germany, Illinois, IVM, Long-Covid, Patrick McBriarty | 1 Comment »
Sunday, January 17th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
So, I’ve been hoping for the energy, ambition, and a conclusion to write this. Instead thoughts, sporadic notes, and an initial draft in October marinated. The last few months repeating my experience to friends finally prompted me to follow-up to my previous two posts from 2020. The short story is I am still not fully recovered after eleven months.
The past year started nice enough with several warm days to ride outside in January, which was unusual for Chicago. At the end of
February, I traveled to Tucson for a training camp with the Johnny Sprockets Cycling Team
and returned March 6th. Read More
Posted in Chicago, Coronavirus, COVID-19, cycling, EPO, EPOBoost, fitness, Long-Covid, Patrick McBriarty, podcast | 6 Comments »
Monday, May 4th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
So, if you read my last blog post
you already know my experience getting knocked down with Coronavirus (now officially, SARS-Cov-2). My original reaction to Corona hit on Monday, March 23 with serious fatigue. I found out later from a doctor’s comment it was symptomatic of becoming hypoxic – like the altitude-sickness experienced by mountain climbers. However, they plan and train for it as part of the climb. I was in my third-floor condo on the couch, a mere 620-feet above sea-level. Read More
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Monday, March 30th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
I am not going to get all “soap-boxy” about what should have been done to combat this pandemic. Plenty of that can be found elsewhere, but suffice it to say face masks are a good idea
. In Czech Republic they have used them quite successfully
to curb the spread of the Coronoavirus (COVID-19).
In my case, I believe (without readily available tests, still unconfirmed) I came down with Coronavirus last Monday (3/16). I have no idea where or how I got it. Read More
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
So New Year’s Resolutions . . . Have you broken yours yet? So far, I’ve both broken and mostly stuck to mine, as we humans love contradictions.
Normally I am not a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy, but this year I felt the need for something different. I had been cycling the last couple years with a group that became a team with uniforms, sponsors, and an executive board last fall. Composed of late-20s and mostly 30ish-year-old riders I enjoy trying to keep up. Read More
Posted in Chicago, Chicago, fitness, Patrick McBriarty | 1 Comment »
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
HAPPY NEW YEAR and 2020 no less!
It’s hard to believe an entire decade has just slipped by. Reminds me of shampoo. Not the 1975 movie with Warren Beatty. Of course, now I have completely dated myself, even though I did not see it in the theater, rather on TV a few years later. Anyway my point was, losing a decade is like shampoo because it slowly sneaks up on you, using a little each day, then seemingly all of a sudden… Bam! Read More
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Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Three weeks ago, relief at arriving in sweet home Chicago turned to frustration and boiled over into anger. I was traveling light, without checked luggage, just a carryon, so you’d think getting home should have been easy, right? Sure, my tolerance for foolishness was not high having awakened at 6 am in Germany (11pm CST) for a 2-1/2 hour train ride and nine-hour flight to Chicago. Landing at O’Hare I was excited to be almost home – or so I thought. Read More
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