The Social Dilemma

We tweet, we like, and we share–but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.

Q-tips say: Yes, Yes, see it. Documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

“The Social Dilemma” goes the extra explainer-mile by interspersing the interviews with P.S.A.-style fictional scenes of a suburban family suffering the consequences of social-media addiction. There are silent dinners, a pubescent daughter with self-image issues and a teenage son who’s radicalized by YouTube recommendations promoting a vague ideology.

Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook, delivers a chilling allegation: Russia didn’t hack Facebook; it simply used the platform.

“The Social Dilemma” is remarkably effective in sounding the alarm about the incursion of data mining and manipulative technology into our social lives and beyond

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Loch Ness 9/8/2020

This British family-oriented romantic adventure centers upon an American researcher’s hunt for Nessie, the reptilian creature said to inhabit the icy depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness. Dempsey spends a long time scanning the depths of the lake with sonar and finds nothing, until he comes across his deceased predecessor’s camera. This movie touched some very interesting factors about the mystical Loch Ness Monster. Ted Danson stars as an US scientist who travels to Scotland with the agenda to prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster. This movie was easy going and interesting,

Q-tips say: See it! You will enjoy this movie. The movie is easy going & interesting. No killing, violence, modern day drama events. Liked the story and the fine touch of humor. The real star of the movie is the young girl.

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GINO’S NORTH PIZZA – EDGEWATER -Loyola U. 8/2020 – Indoor dining & C-19 takeout

GINO’S NORTH PIZZA -1111 West Granville Ave., Chicago, Illinois  60660, (773)465-1616

  YES, YES, YES, say the Q-Tips – Do yourself a favor and go during the Christmas holidays, they decorate, decorate & decorate.Image result for gino's north at christmas photos

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No, not related to Gino’s chain restaurant.

9/4/2020 – update:  Indoor dining.  They have done what a restaurant is supposed to do re C-19 regulations. Yes, even the statue is wearing a mask. Went again for antipasto, thin crust pizza & garlic cheese bread and wonderful drinks by Gen.

Our first visit during C-19 – take out only – pizza was good as always.

Pizza as well as Pasta, Sandwiches, Salads  and more.

Q-tips say:  Going to Gino’s North is like going to “Cheers,”  without Norm at the bar.

Check their website because the “kitchen times” have changed on some days.

A great local place to eat, enjoy sports on TV, or just sit and enjoy the people you are with.  Good pizza, great drinks and service. Gen, our waiter is great!

Our extra thin crust pizza & drinks were absolutely delicious, as are the sandwiches.  Stop by and say “Hi” to the best bartender ever, Gen.  Better yet, stop and order a drink from her and enjoy!  Frank, the cook, is no longer there.  Too bad –  I wish Frank well & much success.

A regular face is there cooking on Fri. Made a good thin crust pizza and shared a salad.

Mrs. Q says: Go and enjoy, we do.


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Shaw’s Crab House 9/2/2020

SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE 21 E Hubbard St | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312)527-2722 –

Photo of Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, IL, United States. Lobster Bisque...up close (and personal) with herbs..look closely!

Lobster Bisque

Photo of Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, IL, United States


After a long walk along the “Riverwalk” we decided to walk to Shaw’s.  Each Q started with a cup of  “Lobster Bisque ” and ordered  West Coast oysters.  Then Mr. Q had their delicious Sautéed Maryland Soft Shell Crab garlic butter. Glad the Crabs were still in season.   I had the delicious “Tuna Tartar.”   What a great day, drinks( Happy Hour beer) and meals.  We did NOT have to “Shuck” our own Oysters. Yippee!               YES, their “Happy Hour” is back again!

Previous review – Due to C-19 they are not doing “Oyster Happy Hour” yet. Shaw’s has some of the best Oysters/Clams the Q’s have ever had. It is “Oyster Happy Hour” (1/2 price) between 4-6 everyday so get there there early! Our waiter was great and made great recommendations. Fresh, Fresh & Fresh were the Oysters, delicious Bisque Soup, bread,  and dinner entrees.

Q-Tips say: Shaw’s is one of the best Seafood, Sushi & Steak Restaurants around Chi-Town. The cost of the Oysters are on the high side but if you go for the “Oyster Happy Hour” they are more reasonably priced. You don’t find Seafood any fresher than at Shaw’s. Mrs. Q says:  It is one of the BEST not the CHEAPEST – but worth it. With a Discount coupon from Lettuce Entertain You and a Gift Card from American Express made for a very reasonably priced enjoyable meal.

Best Lobster Bisque Soup and awesome Sauteed Soft Shell Crab.

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CHICAGO RIVERWALK – 400 E Lower Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL,

Q-tips say:    Mrs. Q says:  The Riverwalk is open.  The downtown area  & Magnificent Mile is safe.  We saw many of our Chicago’s Finest patrolling the road  & sidewalks. We enjoyed our walk on a beautiful day.  Not many people there and yes, Restaurants are open and following C-19 guide lines. People are trying to be careful by wearing mask & doing “social distancing.” The “Boat” rides are operating but not many on the ride & they are following C-19  guidelines.

The design plans include conceptual ideas for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street with distinctive identities and purpose, thematically named:  The Marina (from State to Dearborn); The Cove (Dearborn to Clark); The River Theater (Clark to LaSalle); The Swimming Hole (LaSalle to Wells); The Jetty (Wells to Franklin) and The Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake). Thanks to Major Rahm Emanuel for extending the Riverwalk.

Go and do the Riverwalk.  Walk and enjoy the many aspects and outdoor dining or have a drink.   Also take a “water taxi” or  “river boat” or “architectural boat rides” and learn about Chicago.  Rahm Emanuel would run the Riverwalk every morning before reporting to his “Mayoral duties.”

Evening view  of Marina Towers from the Riverwalk.

Walkway stairs to Riverwalk.
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Water Taxi

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A2- Lead your company/ team, Learn about #Conversational Leadership and grow.

Heroic Voice Academy by Sean  9/2/2020–     Sean Adams
Often keynote presenters forget there are human beings in the audience and focus more on the message and less on the audience. This is a mistake, always start with creating connection with the audience.
I love the opportunity to get on stage and share an important global impact mission with a large audience.
Especially when I am able to take the time to really create connection so my message is not just heard by the audience, but I am connected with them and they are inspired and empowered to create their own global impact.
Sean Adams shared a post: Right now there is a lot going on in the world. Http:// We are still in Covid. Kids are going “back to school”. The crazy heat wave here in California. The democratic convention is about to start preparing for the November Election. There are still protests. Some police departments are seeing a mass exodus in staff. etc. When you have an offering that can help “everyone” how do you be all things to all people during all of this. The Answer? – You don’t. Just be yourself. The right people who need the right things from you will find you if you stay true to a clear vision, your values and hold to your vows and consistently show up! #communicationskills #communicationtraining #elevatorpitch #beaheroicvoice #communications #leadership #leadershipdevelopment
Heroic Voice Academy by  Sean    8/5/2020
When you are in conversation do you answer exactly the question you are asked or do you take the time to really listen and answer they “Real Question” being asked?
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It is important when you are in conversation with someone to be able to listen carefully for the “Real Question” being asked and answer that, and not the question being asked.
People are not always good at formulating the question to illicit the answer they want, so it is up to you to listen carefully and reply accordingly.
How well do you listen for the “real Question”? let me know in the comments below!
Heroic Voice Academy by Sean  8/4/2020
Here at heroic Voice we believe in getting in the communications training gym every day so we are prepared for any conversation any time, no matter what may come up.
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Here at heroic Voice we believe in getting in the communications training gym every day so we are prepared for any conversation any time, no matter what may come up.
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Do you need to have important conversation that need to get an outcome at the end?
I already know the answer is yes.
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Master Conversational Leadership skills to create connection, build relationships, and generate ROI

LinkedIn’s “Emerging Jobs Report” cites three leadership skills essential to the future of work: Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration.

Our 1-day MasterClass in Conversational Leadership elevates your skill sets in Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration:

  • Compose messages that communicate trust.
  • Deliver messages that create connection.
  • Build long-term relationships with stakeholders.
  • Generate presentation ROI to fuel your mission.

You will learn how to:

  • Use active listening skills to identify the “Real Question” being asked
  • Organize a personal library of your knowledge, skills and experiences
  • Use storyboards to answer core leadership questions
  • Deliver your messages with professional speaking skills
  • Connect with the hearts and minds of your audience
  • Deliver presentations that generate money, support and positive reputation

Over the course of the day, our executive communications coaches will provide:

  • Accelerated learning tools to optimize learning and maximize retention
  • Experiential exercises to fast track your mastery of new content
  • Professional-level feedback to fine tune your message delivery skills

By the conclusion of the program, you will:

  • Compose a Personal Introduction. Effectively communicate your personal brand in conversations with key stakeholders.
  • Discover your Communication Profile and learn how to relate to the various communication profiles in your audience.
  • Compose one Leadership Presentation (Training Presentation, Sales Presentation, Company Town Hall Presentation) to elevate your reputation.
  • Learn Professional Speaking Skills (Connection Triangle framework) and consistently create connection with your audiences.
  • Network and collaborate with fellow Global Impact Leaders to accelerate your path to achieving your mission.

The capacity of your mission depends on the capacity of your voice. Develop your Heroic Voice into an instrument of change and take on any mission of global impact.

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Fisherman’s Friends 9/2020

A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Q-tips say: See it. It will take your mind off what is going on in the world today. If you’re looking for a feel good, sweet romantic comedy that is based upon a true story – this might be the one. Good story + good music = good time.

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Not a stranger

8/2020- Three 12-year-old boys play a game in which they spy on an interesting stranger. Their latest target, an aging former high school teacher, befriends the boys and helps one deal with the death of his father. However, the friendship is threatened when the police suspect the man of wrongdoing.

Q-tips say: Think EVERYONE should see this movie. People are so quick to judge people. This movie is a lesson in not jumping to conclusions about someone, until you know more about them and their reasons for their actions. However, parents do need to be sure their kids are safe, so learn about the people the kids interact with & see.

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Pearl’s Southern Comfort Food Rest. 9/10/2020

PEARL’S Southern Comfort Food Rest. –  5352 N Broadway St., Chicago,  – (773) 754-7419

Update: I know I said,”NEVER AGAIN,” but the manager, Matthew, contacted me & wanted to know what my concerns were.  So yes, we went back and had good service/drinks & food. Pearl’s is complying with all the Covid 19 regulations needed for a restaurant. The other half had: BLACKENED CATFISH – Catfish fillet, smothered collard greens with bacon, and beans & rice.  I ordered:  SMOKED HALF CHICKEN – Smoked in house until juicy and tender, served with BBQ sauce on the side & housemade pickles & hand cut fries. Food was good. They are open earlier for take out but indoor seating/eating begins at 5:00. So if you have a yearning for New Orleans environment/food, Pearl’s Southern Comfort Food is the restaurant to try.              PS: They serve Pimms.

NEVER AGAIN. Decided to try Pearl’s again during C-19. Called several times, no answer. Looked on internet to make sure they were open. Yes, open at 4:00. Walked inside & it was empty, bar stools on top of the bar.  Asked the woman sitting in the back by kitchen if they are open & can you order a drink since no one was behind the bar. Answer: Yes. She kept sitting in the back by kitchen.  The other half went to pay for parking & came back in and we were deciding where to sit since every table was available. A man came up to us from the kitchen and said they are open for take out now but we would have to wait till 5:00 to eat there. The other half said, “why didn’t someone, like the women, come up to us & tell us that before we paid for parking?”   The man turned round and walk briskly back to the kitchen & the woman just still sat back there on her phone. BTW: Neither one was  wearing a mask.                       WE WILL NEVER GO BACK TO PEARL’S.

Went to Calo’s where they treat customers like royalty & with respect.

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Rip’s Tavern– 311 N Main Ave, Ladd, IL 61329 (815) 894-3051,  Accepts Credit Card: Yes, but has an ATM machine Parking: Street- not a problem. Attire: Casual, Good for Groups: Yes,  Full Bar. Outdoor eating. Following C-19 regulations.

Q-Tips say:  Go and Enjoy! Went with long time friends. Doing this Chicken Run for 13 years now and counting. Yes, it is a little less than an hour from Chicago to Shorewood and then another 45 min.s to Rip’s, but worth the drive because of the chicken.
They farm their own chicken and it is moist and tender. There’s no sit down menu at Rip’s. You order while standing in line: chicken strips or quarters of light or dark meat, hand-cut french fries, pickles or fried mushrooms; as an appetizer, there are “crumbles”–fried bits of batter. The chicken is superb, moist and tender, with a light delicate flaky crust.  Yes, depending on the day, there is a line waiting clear out the front door.  So grab yourself a drink and stand in line with the others and talk, wait for your turn or go on Sun. when they open early.  The Q’s started our visit with long time friends at their home in Shorewood, Il and then drive to Rip’s.  Great friends, visit and great fun meal. Started with the Crumbles, the breaded droppings from the cooking chicken, pickles to cut the grease, an order of the mushrooms, beer and then the delicious chicken. The chicken is cooked fresh while you wait and comes pipping hot to the table over a piece of white bread to soak up the dripping, with fresh cooked fries.   No silverware, only if you ask for it, but plenty of napkins and no handy wipes.  Service is excellent & very well organized.  The cost was very reasonable.  The bill came to around $25.00 per couple. We ordered 4 orders of chicken, 2 orders of  mushrooms, and two pitchers of beer.  One of the least expensive and tasty meals we had in a long time.

Mrs. Q says:  The crumbles and pickles starters would not be everyday eating for me but our once a year visit to Rip’s is a treat.  Looking forward to next year!  Glad I don’t have a cholesterol test tomorrow. Eating a lot of Chicken lately, afraid I might start to Cluck or lay an egg! Same time next year with these wonderful friends.

A bit of History:
“Rip” Gualandri founded the tavern in 1936, and “there have been lines clear back to the corner” a block away for four decades. “If you’re in a hurry it’s not the place to come.”  Has always been inexpensive “Cheap and good. Still is.”  Rip’s is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for private parties. Other days it’s open only for dinner, but the restaurant still goes through 4,000 pounds of chicken and 3,000 pounds of potatoes a week.

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