Saturday, July 18, 2009

Life in Chicago

Well it's not like I have just been sitting around here, folks! And you know I'm working on some (outside-of-work-work) work projects (that I love!) when I take a study break to write here.

In a vague/vain attempt to fit in here or find a niche, I have:
  • joined and then reluctantly un-joined a gospel choir (only b/c of scheduling! I will rejoin in a month, i love being a methodist - don't get creeped out, i could care less if you worship cheddar cheese squares every Sunday, I'm just saying. Methodists. It works for me. I still would kill to start an acapella quartet or duo...y'know in my free time)
  • joined a Go-Go dancing group
  • took up flamenco
  • re-launched guitar lessons
  • bangs
  • lived in Lincoln Park for 3 weeks, Logan square for 5 months, and now will be in Andersonville (IT IS THE CUTEST) until the winds finally blow me out of this town
  • been to like all the record stores ever and they're weird (and i haven't found one where they have turntables so you can listen to the records before you buy them WTF)
  • While i lived in Logan Square, got to know the owner at Rosa's and he is great and a total bad-ass italian conga player
  • soul night at The Hideout and Dannys = :/ (you really can tell folks who didn't grow up with the music, they dance completely wrong...personal opinion, and I'm allowed it)
  • decided where/whats as far as graduate school goes...GRE and GMAT here i come
  • I saw Rahm Emanuel in a coffee shop
  • Met some Dap Kings (who bought ME a drink! hehe!) and one Shay J, and all i have to show for it is a pencil drawing of the Hollywood Bowl. In other words, all i have to show is amazing. All I have to remember is amazing-er.
Only thing left on my list here really is to figure out what the deal is with the Numero Group.

And I'm looking forward to Whuffaoke coming to town next Thursday! We will sing.

Chicago on the whole is not singing to me. But I'm trying to focus on listening, b/c maybe it's a song I've never heard, and it has to grow on me. The effort of really owning a city and all it has to offer may be too much to ask from me for this town. I sound so grouchy! I'm keeping an open mind, especially since the weather stays over 55 degrees most days now. That makes it easier. I really have had fun. Just not fun owed to Chicago being Chicago necessarily. Maybe that's a detriment of a Big Town, and neighborhoods that would rather be a part of Chicago than a part of themselves. THEORIES! I got'em.

To be fair to Chicago, I also got to spend some seriously magical QT with some friends of mine who come to town (as my grandma Nannie, who used to live more or less in Englewood for like 1 year in 1939 or something, says - "Oh Chicago ...it's really a better place to visit") ...from varied locales - St. Louis to DC to Brooklyn ....will you be NEXT to spend 7 hours drinking beer and dancing with/for me?

B/c that is **my** regional specialty and it is what we would do if you came to visit.

also, MAJORA CARTER, please recognize

3 comments:

Phil Novara said...

Love and hate in Chicago. The weather is the toughest battle. I say keep trudging through, and someday u may find yourself back in STL!

I have to agree about the neighborhoods, they seem all too much of a big picture. Less about being individuals like the drastic differences in St Louis.

7 hours of drinking? Going on 8...catch up:)

phil@urbanbacon.com

Lolololori said...

Yes, but you must start drinking when it is dark, and dance the sun up. That is the way to do it.

So glad I'm not the only one who get's weird generic vibes from Chicago, too. I think about the boroughs of NYC, the crazy oasis hoods (and boroughs) of STL...

& I know I will find myself back in StL. It's part of my grand scheme. I need humidity and rivers. Also, I'm immune to mosquitoes, so really evolution is calling me to be nearer to bayous. This I believe.

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