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Monthly Archives: September 2009

I saw a guy riding the El train like he was standing still.  He just leaned against the wall reading a book.  People were falling over with every turn and stop and I didn’t even see his weight shift.  It was as if he found some gravitational dead spot in the train.  To say I was impressed with a slight man-crush is an understatement.  God speed Master Train Rider.

COPS IN A HURRY:

We were walking down the street when seven cop cars came speeding past us.  After a few moments another cop car came by bringing up the rear.  Derek suggested it was a race and that guy was losing do to a faulty short cut.  I figured they were just radioed about a close out sale for donuts and fascism. GOT ‘EM!

DRIVING DOWNTOWN:

Is it as bad as everyone says it is?  Not really.  You get used to it pretty fast.  Adapt or die I guess.  The trick is to constantly stay aware of everything at all times because anything can happen.  I’ll give you a quick example: I was in the right lane when the light turned green.  The cab to my left sped out in front of me and made a right turn through the intersection almost hitting three people crossing the street.  I had never seen that before.  In that moment I learned another lesson: cabs do whatever they want, whenever they want.

I dropped Trish off at her work downtown this morning.  While waiting at a stop light I noticed what looked to be snow falling on the car in front of me.  I thought “That’s impossible…but this is Chicago…”  I looked up to realize it was suds falling from a window washer twenty stories up.  There isn’t an amount of money you could pay me to do that job.  I’d rather fight Kimbo Slice in a backyard.

I’m so proud of myself.  I got out and walked around downtown for a few hours.  I’ve been meaning to do this for 3 weeks.

Interesting Things I saw:

I saw a homeless man shouting at the top of his lungs “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” over and over again…kind of an odd way to get some change but I give him points for originality.

Someone spray painted “forgive” on the side of a building.  Okay.  I forgive you.  (sigh) He’s right, I feel better already.

Under the steps to the El there were about a hundred pidgins huddled together.  I guess they were trying to get out of the wind.  It was awfully windy.  Either way it was gross.

Found a cool little comic shop on the corner of Madison and Michigan where I picked up the newest Invincible and Kick-Ass.  These are by far my two favorite books right now.  You should read them reader.

Chicago Art Institute:

I got to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for about 10 years; I just went to the Art Institute of Chicago.  That’s all.  I just went.  I can’t explain how enjoyable it is to be able to walk down to one of the best museums in the world when you have some spare time.  *BONUS* I also got a chance to run through the new Modern Wing.  I think I might devote an entire post to this later when I can go back and take pictures of the cool stuff.   And just in case you were wondering, yes, modern art is still mostly wierd and terrible.

I figured I’d start a blog because my favorite person in the world has a blog, Ricky Gervais.  Anything I can do to be more like that man I do it.

CHICAGO UPDATE:

As most of you who are reading this know I recently moved to Chicago from Oklahoma.  I’d like to say the change was drastic but it wasn’t.  I will say that the waiters in Chicago suck.  They all act like you’re putting them out by showing up to eat.  I don’t want it to sound like every server in Oklahoma loved their job, but I have yet to have a good server since I got here..oh know, I’ve digressed…

What I was going to say is I’m settling in.  I still don’t have a job which sucks, but I’m trying to change that situation everyday.  All in all, I love Chicago.

POINT OF THIS BLOG:

My first goal is to try and do a new blog every week that will contain drawings and videos and thoughts and stuff.  It might be about living in Chicago and it might not.  I’m hoping for it to be a place where I can sum up each week and try to get a better understanding about life.  Join me, won’t you?

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