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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Home* Sweet Home*
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Magic Numbers
As I am planning to move next month, I have been digging through the apartment, purging the pointless and organzing the important. And I'm getting a bit nostalgic for the Chicagoland area. Here are some of the things I'll miss:

1. Hot dogs with a whole bunch of shit* on 'em. Especially from Portillo's and Spankys.
*mustard, hot peppers, onions, relish, celery salt and a big dill pickle on a poppy seed bun. While we're on food, Chipotle, Jimmy John's and Lou Malnati's pizza as well)

2. Four distinct seasons, none of which are all too hot, even if one is really cold with lots and lots of snow. But it was fun to have sports writers with snow shovels digging out my car once a week after work.

3. The cute little girl with bells on her ankles who hides behind her mother's skirt when I see them in the laundry room. And also the effiminate Courtney, this tall fellow who works in the office and is also in the laundry room a lot. He has 100 bright yellow towels and folds them meticulously straight from the dryer.

4. Baseball, baseball, baseball. Most days you can watch two games a day, even if one of those is the Cubs. Plus whatever's on national tv. Living in a World Series champion town really was exciting.

5. Paper wad fights at work.

6. Packing the cat in the car and taking a road trip to St. Louis.

7. Riding trains. The parks downtown. Skyscrapers and museums, not that I saw them all that often.

8. Everyone here thinks I have a Southern accent and have taught me new ways to say "sausage" and "garage key."

9. Definitely the Steelers bar. And The Official Bar in Elgin, where my picture is on the wall, and I have the jukebox memorized.

10. I can choose to embrace or to ignore the giant mall in my backyard.

11. Everyone here had just learned to spell my name.

12. With O'Hare and Midway, you can always fly somewhere for pretty cheap.

13. The libraries are freaking awesome. Seriously.

14. Free guitar lessons from Jamie and hanging out at the shop of the most bad-ass airbrush artist in the country.

15. A best friend who likes Family Guy, good movies, thrift stores and yard sales, roller coasters, beer, road trips, crossword puzzles, books, John Prine and Grateful Dead, Mo, and everything else that is great about this world.

16. Coupons! Not only can I pilfer coupons from four different Sunday papers, but they mail me coupons for stuff in the area literally every week.

17. Ikea. I may have to spring for furniture made with real wood now.

18. My apartment faces West, and in the evenings that I get to be home, everything glows pink.

19. I kind of like the central time zone, now that I've gotten used to it.

20. Chicago pops up in a lot of rap songs, and I could always relate.

Posted by lpaz at 1:03 AM CDT
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Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 2:55 AM CDT

Name: "Ro"

Speaking as a native Chicagoan (a real one, not some wimpy khaki and blue blazer burby):
1) Bring some Portillo's down with ya. Actually, I bought some Vienna beefs at Target here. Also, there's a Matt's Chicago Dog here, owned by a burbie. BUT NOT AS CHEAP AS IN CHICAGO! If you haven't already, try Home Run Inn on Arlington Heights Road (or the original in my nabe on 31st St. in Chicago)
2) Bring your allergy meds. This place is notorious for wreaking havoc on sinuses.
3) I'm sure you'll find quirky folks whereever you wind up, even the suds n duds.
4) Hope you like the Braves. Most days, that's the only baseball on TV. Knights, a White Sox club, arekicking ass this summer.
5) We throw ketchup packets.
6) Like this town needs another cat!
7) *sigh* now I'm homesick. What's this about a Pink El line??? I'm sure that's going over well in my old barrio.
8) Down here it's 'cue for barbecue.
9) Another Steelers fan? You won't be alone on Sundays.
10) You can try to ignore SouthPark, but it has a Maggiano's and a Cheesecake Factory. Yeah, go ahead and try.
11) Good luck trying to get folks to spell your name right around here. I should know.
12) Cheap airfares? Charlotte? HAHAHAHAHAHA
13) DNA on the libraries here. (does not apply to me)
14) Ask about Woody and the Lugnuts when you get here.
15) Is this Fisch?
16) I don't think I've ever seen anyone use coupons at the Taj MaTeeter. You'll see why when you get here.
17) Closest Ikea's in Atlanta. No word on one coming here, but we are getting a Crate and Barrel.
18) Charlotte has a pink building in SouthEnd, but the architect swears it's 'desert rose.'
19) Eastern time zone sucks, especially in Sports.
20) Never heard a rap song about Charlotte. But folks around here a big-time Clay Aiken fans.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 3:07 AM CDT

Name: "Luke"
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Congrats on the new job, Lisa! I have family in N.C., was there for high school and college. You'll find things to like down there, too. Not to worry.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 11:06 AM CDT

Name: "Lpaz"

We thew ketchup packet here, too, until a little incident involving some splattered ranch sauce dried us up.

 If it's any consolation, I can both spell and say your name, I think.

And No. 15 was about my friend Wendy; Fisch is miserable at crosswords.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 11:09 AM CDT

Name: "Lpaz"

Luke, Come visit! We'll golf on Christmas. Or something I'm good at: Have a catch, maybe?

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