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*He is not a secret agent. Not at all.



I have been out of the greater Chicagoland area for about two years and, save for the temperatures that will freeze your clothing solid around your body, I miss it.

I take no small amount of pride in the fact that Chicago is Gotham City. It was my pleasure to go downtown with an out-of-state friend or two or three a couple of summers ago and dine on the Chicago River and witness some filming for Batman Begins.

Bears in the playoffs is cool to me. I don't generally follow sports, but whenever a hometown team started doing well, I took a look. I didn't jump on the bandwagon, but I liked seeing the Bulls n-peat and watching the Cubs

I am, however, grateful for a couple of things.

One is the pervasiveness of WGN (albeit in SuperStation form) on the nation's cable systems which allows me to watch Chicago's Very Own News At Nine. DVR'd and ready for me at my leisure. Also, a newscaster with a name like Jackie Bange...heh. Doesn't quite beat WMAQ's Dick Johnson. I know. Juvenile. What of it?

Secondly, there is one exactly Portillo's outside of the greater Chicagoland area and it's just up the street from me. If you know Northeastern IL, you know Portillo's. If you don't, you're not paying any fucking attention. Dogs. chili cheeseburgers and prohibition era decor. It looks a lot like the one I used to frequent in Vernon Hills and tastes exactly the same (the food, not the...yeah).

All I need now is to pick myself up one of those stylin' Chicago Police jackets. They had them in The Alley last time I was there and I knew I should have gotten it then. That was getting close to some while ago now.

All of this has led me to my next spec pilot. It'll be a cop show. Yeah, there's never a shortage of cops shows, but I've always wanted to see one that uses the character of the city of Chicago as a...character. Homicide did it with Baltimore. I want to do it with Chicago.

I'm not in any rush to get to it. I'm always trying to keep a decent rotation going in the specs and so first up is to finish my Dexter spec. I've got another spec in mind after that, but Area Three is working itself out in the background.
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