...I just took up a 2nd job waiting tables a few nights a week at the Marion Street Cheese Market. The customers are great, the food is fantastic, and it gets me out of the house, so I love it. I also do a bit of writing, acting and occasional public speaking.
I'm practically a lifer. I spent the first 18 years of my life in River Forest, the next twn or so years in Evanstin and Chicago, and have been back in OP since 1990 or so. We've rented, we've been homeowners, we've used both private and public schooling. I've been carjacked (that's the worst thing that ever happened). My favorite grocery stores are Fairshare and Trader Joe's.
What else is important?
I've never attended a Village Board meeting or a District 97 or 200 meeting, though I feel I should since these boards -- especially the Village board -- often makes such boneheaded decisions that the rest of us have to pay for.