Top 10 Quotes for 2015

Here are my top 10 Quotes of 2015:

No. 10:

“Give me my phone! I need to find dildos!”

– Matt G.

No. 9:

“I’ll go on Tinder and swipe you.”

– Patrick F.

No. 8:

“But if a girl says she knows how to castrate a bull, you walk away.”

Jenn B.

No. 7:

“Do you know how I know they’re Korean? It’s cause they have so much food! It’s like I’m going to my in-laws over there!”

– Matt C. @ Mancation 4: No Dying Allowed

No. 6:

“The way I go for woman is the way I play Crossy Road: I’m super aggressive and then I get hit by a car.”

– Matt G.

No. 5:

“The way to anyone’s heart is pizza.”

– Sara W.

No. 4:

“I’m either drunk or hungover. I’m not sure which.”

– Megan S.

No. 3:

“You can always count on Pham for suggestions of ways to make bad life choices”

– John M.

No. 2:

“Being in a committed relationship is so great until you realize you can’t actually lie about keeping your Lenten fast anymore.”

– Karen P.

No. 1:

“I swear he’s [Pham] more normal.”

– Megan S.

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Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas!

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Relaxed and at Peace

2 and a half years since I started to plot my departure, I was finally about to say goodbye today.  It was bittersweet.  I knew my time was up and I was ready for something new.  However, it’s hard to say goodbye to all those whom I’ve worked with for the last 7 immediate years and 14 years total.

And yet, when I drove to work today, I was at peace.  And when I left today, there was no regrets.  It was time.  I tip my hat off to my now former colleagues.  Thanks for the memories.

Empowerment Through Fear

Pump.

Lift.

Pump.

Lift.

Pump.

It’s been awhile since I touched you.  I’ve often looked at you with a lingering stare.

Lift.

Pump.

I miss you.  I want you, but I’ve been afraid.

Lift.

Pump.

Lift.

I’ve been afraid that I would get hurt again.

Pump.

I’ve been afraid to get back on you.

Lift.

It’s not like I didn’t want to be one again.

Pump.

But as I get older, I’ve begun to examine my mortality and it’s been hard to be reckless once again.

Lift. Pump.

And yet, we weren’t completely reckless.

Lift. Pump.

Together, we were free.

*     *     *     *

And so, I lifted my bike on my shoulder and walked it down the back stairs.  Tires freshly pumped.  Lights on and brightly blinking.  Click, click of the gears as I walked to the alley. I raised my right leg over the blue frame.  With a breath, I lifted myself on my bike and pedaled.  The wind whispered softly in my ears I pedaled down the orange glowing alley.

Nothing could have prepared me for this moment.  After being hit by car while riding my bike (in a bike lane) last July, it’s been awhile since I could get myself to ride again.  And not just ride along a trail, but truly ride.  Ride and be free.

And this moment, as my legs powered through each pedal, I haven’t felt this free and empowered in ages.  The bike became an extension of my body and my blood flowed through the bike as if we were one. I finally felt free again.

I caressed the blue frame that I loving call my Tardis.

“It’s good to be back,” I said to her as we zipped through the dark streets of Chicago on our new adventure.

Top 10 Quotes of 2014

Here are my top 10 Quotes of 2014:

No. 10:

“I’m a chronic over wiper.”

Jenn K.

No. 9:

“Don’t throw peanuts in my mouth.”

– Pham

“Well, I don’t eat [penis], so how would I know?”

– Sara W.

No. 8:

“I threw up and it was purple everywhere!”

– Matt C.

No. 7:

“Has Miss Piggy ever looked this good?”

– Mark U.

No. 6:

“No, it’s not your Dick [the Elephant Towel]. We share Dick.”

Jess G.

No. 5:

“If I have to get down and dirty with a princess, Ariel. If I want to go exotic, Jasmine.”

Jenn B.

No. 4:

“Don’t be weird, come to my bedroom.”

– Anne P.

No. 3:

“The vagina gift it’s a family gift.”

– Pham

No. 2:

“I thought selfie meant masturbating.”

– Dan C.

No. 1:

“After two beers, my English is perfect!”

– Pawel Z.

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The First Time I Experienced Racism

I was a senior in high school and my computer class drove to St. Joseph’s College in Indiana for a programming competition.  We were the only school that came from Chicago.  Most other schools were from central Illinois & Indiana.

Prior to the competition, my classmates and I were huddled around a cafeteria table cramming for the exam.  Everything looked normal to me. High school students working together trying to help their school win. Until I looked up and happen to turn to my right.

A young male, who had the attention of his classmates, said the words, “Damn those minorities.” And proceed to point his finger as if it was a gun, triggered, and shot it in my direction.

That was the first moment of my life where I truly saw race for the first time.  That male student was white.  Heck, everyone in the cafeteria was white except for my school.  There was 4 white, 3 Asians and one Hispanic.  We were the only diverse team in the competition.

I turned to my friends to see if they saw what just happened, but they were too focused on ensuring that we would compete well.  And we did.  We finished in second place.

But to this day, I still don’t understand how or why the color of my skin brought so much hate to that teenage white male kid that he wanted to kill me over a computer programming competition.

I was 17 and that was when I experienced racism for the first time.