May 1

On May 1, 1995, Marco Buscaglia realized he needed to buy a birthday gift for his wife's birthday, which was the next day. He went to Kmart and bought some macaroni, some cardboard, some paint and some yarn. With those materials, Marco made a cool illustration of a house and a heart and a moon, along with the words "I love you!" in macaroni, which he painted in yellow, blue, red and orange. He made a border out of yarn and signed the back of the illustration. When Marco gave it to his wife the next day, she told him "Great job!" and stuck it with magnets to the refrigerator.

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April 19

On April 19, 2001, Marco Buscaglia took his grandmother to the Jewel on Foster in Chicago so she could pick up some groceries. Afterward, he took her to Mr. K’s on Harlem where she bought him dinner. He had a BLT and a Coke. She had a Reuben. When the waitress asked Marco’s grandma how she liked her coffee, Marco answered for her like he always did when she was asked that question, using a variation on a joke from the movie "Airplane."
"She likes it black, like her men,” Marco said.
The waitress laughed, as did Marco’s grandma, although she did think back for a few seconds to her brief but torrid love affair with Chicago mayor Harold Washington back in 1984, as well as the two-week fling with Scottie Pippen in 1993.

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April 18

On April 18, 1974, Marco Buscaglia was running around outside in his backyard with his younger sister when he tripped on a baseball bat that was rolling around on the patio. Marco passed out and had hallucinations that he was a five-year-old boy running around outside in his backyard with his younger sister when he tripped on a baseball bat that was rolling around on the patio. When he came to, he thought to himself “What a total waste of a hallucination.”

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April 17

On April 17, 1991, Marco Buscaglia drove to Micheleo's Pizza from his apartment on Linden Street in Normal, Ill., to pick up an extra-large pepperoni pizza and one of those liters of RC Cola that kind of looked like a carton of milk. While driving back to his apartment, Marco accidentally spilled the RC on the floor of his VW Fox, causing it to smell like RC for the next 17 months. Worse yet, when Marco ate the pizza later that night, he had to go out to the parking lot to lap up some RC off the floor mats when he was thirsty. 

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April 16

On April 16, 1982, Marco Buscaglia watched the last four innings of the Cubs-Pirates game while eating a package of Buddig corned beef and some Ritz crackers. The Cubs lost 7-6 in 12 innings, which wasn’t much of a surprise.

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April 15

On April 15, 1985, Marco Buscaglia couldn’t find his Algebra 2 book while getting ready for school. After frantically searching through his room, the basement and the front room, Marco saw the book in front of his dog Gypsy, who was sitting at the kitchen table working through some of the problems on page 176.
“This is some serious stuff,” said Gypsy.
“You’re telling me,” said Marco. “I don’t even get it.”
“Tell you what,” said Gypsy. “When you come home, I’ll help you. We’ll figure it out. And we’ll go over 'The Sun Also Rises' again, too.”
“Sounds great,” said Marco. “I’m so lucky to have such a smart dog.”
“You bet you are,” said Gypsy. “Now let me outside. I have to go shit in the backyard”

 

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April 14

On April 14, 2012, Marco Buscaglia dropped his youngest daughter off at dance rehearsal. To pass the time while she took two classes, Marco walked to Caldwell Woods, which was only a few blocks away. Marco walked down a side trail for about 30 minutes, stopping when he came upon a small cottage. Marco thought it was highly unusual to see a cottage in the middle of a forest preserve on the Northwest Side of Chicago. Still, he was thirsty and considered knocking on the front door to see if the owner would give him a glass of water. Marco decided against it when he saw an elderly man with wolf-like features sitting on the front porch, picking his teeth with a machete. 
“Just keep walkin’, fella. Unless you want something,” said the wolf-like man. 
Even though he was very thirsty, Marco decided didn’t want anything, so he turned around and walked through the woods, back to his daughter’s dance studio, where she was just getting out of class.

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April 13

On April 13, 1992, Marco Buscaglia wanted to put $16.42 of gas into his Volkswagen Fox at the Shell gas station at the intersection of River Road and Oakton Street in Des Plaines, Ill. When Marco went to pay, he realized he only had $11.17. Marco threw the money at the cashier and yelled “SUCKER!” as he ran back out to his car and sped off, eluding the cops for more than 15 minutes through the streets of Des Plaines, Park Ridge and Niles. Marco eventually drove back to the Shell station after finding a five-dollar bill and one quarter in the cupholder. “Here you go,” he said to the cashier. “Sorry about that.” “Sorry about what?” said the cashier. “It’s pre-pay, jackass.”

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January 9

Marco Buscaglia created a document and named it “DO THIS!” on his computer at work, leaving lines for 100 tasks. The first task he typed was “Put hooks on wall in front closet.” He never put up the hooks. In fact, he never added another task to “DO THIS!”

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January 8

On January 8, 1974, Marco Buscaglia wet his pants after his older brother stood outside their bedroom door and held it shut, saying Marco couldn’t come out until he sang all 99 verses of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”

 

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January 7

On January 7, 2012, Marco Buscaglia sat next to a guy on the train who was wearing a fur coat. Marco thought about saying "nice coat" when they both got off the train at Clark and Lake, but the guy also had a walking stick that looked like a giant cobra, so Marco just kept his big mouth shut. 

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January 6

On January 10, 1977, Marco Buscaglia thought about reading “The Hobbit,” which his father gave him for Christmas. Prior to that day, he had read 32 pages and still had no idea what was going on so he put the book back up on the shelf, let the dog out, poured himself a bowl of Honeycombs cereal and went into the basement to watch “The Banana Splits” instead.

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January 4

On January 4, 1978, Marco Buscaglia decided that he would own a pizza place when he grew up, hoping to outdo his younger sister Marisa, who had told him earlier that she wanted to be a “McDonald’s lady.” When Marisa learned of Marco's plans, she cried, complained to her parents and stormed into Marco's room and screamed "No one will eat your pizza because it WILL TASTE LIKE GARBAGE!"

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