I am back. A few weeks ago I decided to start “digitizing my life” by scanning in drawings and photos. You saw a little bit when I posted the drawings on my last post (was that my last post?). Anyway, scanning everything and uploading old movies and turning tape cassettes into mp3’s took way longer than I originally thought. I ended up basically spending every waking hour trying to get it done before I left to Chicago. Well the good news is that I did it. The bad news is that my writing, both on the blog and off, suffered tremendously. So we’re back now. I will post some of my scans at a later date but for now, I kinda want to take a breather from all of that. But for good measure, and to prove I am not lying, here is a sneak peek:
I am in Chicago.
So yeah. It’s great to be here. The flight was relatively painless. I spent a lot of the trip reading some X-men comics by Grant Morrison and trying to watch episodes of Doctor Who. It was a pretty nerdy trip. The lady next to me kept looking at my iPad comics and videos in fascination, not because it was an iPad but because I was using it for such geeky means. I arrived in Chicago and mentally went back to Maryland almost immediately. The feeling, the smells, the humidity, all reminded me of the time I spent in Baltimore. That nostalgia combined with all the pictures I’ve been scanning lately really made me miss good old Maryland. I took a cab into the downtown area and got all checked into my apartment.
The two security guards at my apartment were both very nice ladies. One of them was eating a yogurt and showed the tiniest bit of sass, which I hope develops into almost sitcom proportions where we are constantly having adventures and she is constantly shaking her fist in the air and shouting “1804!”, which is our apartment number.
I spent most of my first day making trips between my apartment and target. I would try and think of everything but couldn’t seem to remember the little things, like rings of a shower curtain. Oh I bought the shower curtain but I guess I just assumed magic would hold it up.
We tried to catch a showing of X-men: First Class last night but instead learned three lessons.
- It’s very hard to find a theatre in Chicago when your GPS keeps thinking you are out in some suburb of Illinois. We easily spent an hour walking around looking for this theatre. The irony was we could see it for at least a forty-five minutes but it was on the other side of the train tracks and we couldn’t figure out how to get over there.
- Movie tickets are really expensive out here! 12.50 a ticket. 10.00 for a matinee? Holy moly, my wallet is going to feel the heat this summer. Yowza!
- Get there early. The show was sold out. Buzzkill. I was even wearing my X-men t-shirt. Nerds finish last, I guess.
So I stayed up late last night, setting up my room and watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm with my new roomies, Chad and McKay and then it was off to bed. Thus is the new life of Chicago. I only own one thing of food currently, Marshmellow Maties. Argh, this pirate is going to be hungry tomorrow.
I think night time will be the worst for missing my wife. As you know, or don’t know, she stayed back in Utah to manage the farm. Those cows aren’t going to milk themselves. But as I climbed into my bed, (and I do mean climbed, this thing is like four feet off the ground) I really missed my wife. The mattress is bad and the bed is small and lonely and I wished she was here. I’ve learned that for as much as I miss everything else, like my family, the mountains, and water that doesn’t taste like a hobo’s spit, just having my wife here would make this place feel like home. So if I stay in Chicago or go somewhere else, the one thing I am going to make sure of is that I take her with me.
Please take a moment to clean yourself up. Your tear-stained cheeks and shaking as you weep for the beauty of my words are making everyone around you nervous.
I will put some pictures up for you all to see but for now, suffice it to say this one will have to do.
This rainstorm started and trapped us in a McDonald’s. It was crazy, lasting for about an hour then sunny skies for the rest of the day. Better start packing my umbrella.
It’s great to be back on the blog. See you in a few days! So to speak.