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~A boostable feast~

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bigshoulders.city is a :chance: Chicago-focused Mastodon instance with a friendly local timeline and simple rules.

DM me for an invite if you're a current, former, or future Chicagoan (suburbs included :ctapurple: :ctayellow:).

I'm shouldering all costs right now, so if you like what we're doing, you can also buy me a coffee :darkmatter: at ko-fi.com/dowson.

Thanks! We :pizzaheart: you.

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Hi! I'm Alex, and I created bigshoulders.city. I've lived in Chicago since 2010, and went to undergrad at Roosevelt. I met my wife Sydney in Chicago, too.

I've got a dachshund named Dill who's a dead-ringer for the Portillo's mascot, and I'm into dancing to soul 45s at Danny's, drinking coffee at Plein Air, and smelling every flower at Gethsemane.

Feel free at @ me with any admin-related questions, invite requests, or for recommendations of things to do around the South Loop.

uspol, morbid Show more

A political science degree is the only kind that makes you less qualified to talk at a bar about the subject you studied than if you didn’t have the degree

“On the child exploitation side, as an [undercover employee], I have to put the pervs on standby,” an agent in the southeast region said in the report. “This puts children in jeopardy.”

This "Agent in the southeast region" is absolutely and literally Patrolman Mancuso from A Confederacy of Dunces

Eyebrows on fleek, girls on film, pervs on standby

The last thing I read before I take off has implanted the phrase “I have to put the pervs on standby,” permanently into my consciousness. abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/fb

“Ummm, Venwhom?” — a line that Jenny Slate probably says in VENOM because why else would you cast her

I’m in a lyft home. For some reason I am flying to Boston again on Friday, when the forecast is low of -9, high of 2.

The last thing I read before I take off has implanted the phrase “I have to put the pervs on standby,” permanently into my consciousness. abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/fb

“Ummm, Venwhom?” — a line that Jenny Slate probably says in VENOM because why else would you cast her

My brain is completely ruined after spending more than 24 hours either in an airport or on a plane in the last two days and I’m mostly thinking about hosting parties where I have friends improvise live scores to movies we’ve never seen

Toto is perhaps the best band with the most bad albums. Chicago is also up there

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The Train song that interpolates “Heart And Soul” is absolutely the worst song I’ve ever heard

Delayed four hours, flight possibly cancelled, but there’s WiFi and I’ve got my switch so I guess I’m gonna find out what this “Undertale” is all about

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bigshoulders.city

bigshoulders.city is a Mastodon instance for Chicagoans current, former, and future.1 Its name comes from Carl Sandburg, who once compared ships pulling out to “mastodons, arising from lethargic sleep.”2

Our goal for bigshoulders.city is to build a community of friends and neighbors across the Windy City. Toot your pho place recommendations, meet-up ideas (like at the mastodon exhibit at the Field!), pothole gripes, creative dibs, and cross-town baseball taunts—whatever you want, as long it abides by our short and sweet content policy.

For now, membership in bigshoulders.city is subject to approval. if you don’t have an invite or referral, email our admin with a Toot-length intro.3

Membership is also free: hosting, administration, and domain registration are provided by our admin. Right now that runs about $100 a year, not counting labor. You can buy him a coffee if you like.

Boundless credit to our sister instances in Portland and Philadelphia for inspiration.


1. For the purpose of inclusivity, bigshoulders.city includes greater Chicagoland in its definition of "Chicago," though you personally should never do that.
2. From “Docks,” in Chicago Poems, 1916. Rejected URLs included noketchup.dogs, woptheb.am, dibs.team, and malort.report.
3. No more than 500 characters.