My first impression of Chicago? Holy Batman, look at them potholes! If you don’t, your car bumps, bleeps and yells at you. Upon sharing my amusement with a local, he whispers, “well, Chicago’s still a bit corrupt.” And I think again of Boston … as I’d been walking earlier, I kept picking up silent allusions to Boston (a building, a scene, lots of brick, etc.) and here’s another link I write down in my mental notebook. In Boston, the word on the streets has been that the Big Dig failed in large part due to mob involvement and I wonder if there’s a similar link between construction and corruption here in Chicago. On a funny note, while doing a quick search to confirm the spelling of potheads and potholes (all one word or hyphenated) I stumble on a funny memoir about a man who dedicates 8 years of his life to cataloging all of IL potholes, discovers new passion in his life and falls in love. Individually, they are evil, but as a collective whole, they can be good. Does that substantiate the theory of emergence? I’ll spare you a fanatic rant on emergence for the time being … but if you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend checking it out.
Luckily, it snowed last night so the potholes will be temporarily packed and forgotten about. I also got several recommendations from some locals yesterday, so looking forward to an exciting Tuesday!
- Rock and Roll McDonald’s – yesterday
- Wicker Park – yesterday
- Ice Skating in Millenium Park – today
- Free Museums on Tuesday – today
- Hotdog Stand – today
- Drinks on 98th floor of Hancock Building – today or tomorrow
- Call Heather (friend of a stranger) for lunch or shopping – today or tomorrow
- Pick up film and compare proofs against film, settings and filters – tomorrow