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September 2, 2010

Back to real life after a deliciously decadent and thoroughly delightful trip to Chicago to visit my cousin and college roommate. I also managed to sneak in a visit to Hubby’s great aunt, who lives in Evanston. How nice it is to be close to people you love and with whom you have such history. Becca and I have known each other for 12 years, since freshman year in college!

Sarah and I rode bikes to the beach on Saturday, two firsts for me. I am not an urban biker, though I do own a bike. New York is rather hilly and I’m afraid of getting run over by the crazy drivers here. But Chicago was a piece of cake to navigate since I had a guide and there are bike lanes everywhere.

I hadn’t spent much time in Chicago before, though I had visited previously. What a great city! There are trains that run all night, and buses and zipcars. Holy moly, New Yorkers, you can totally live there without a car. Plus, cost of living is no joke. Seriously, it’s like the whole city is on sale. AND everyone is so considerate. Servers were unbelievably friendly. Drivers waited for me to ineptly cross the street on my bike. Pedestrians let me pass before they opened their car doors. The only people who seemed friendlier in New York were, surprisingly, the TSA workers at the airport. O’Hare was busy and it took at least 20 minutes to get through security.

I love New York. It’s great to be back. But if anything ever happens to Hubby, I just might pick up and move to the midwest and find myself in Chicago long-term.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Becca permalink
    September 2, 2010 7:48 pm

    I obviously don’t want anything to happen to D, EXCEPT for him to have a change of heart, start hating NY, and want to move here. We could be neighbors!

  2. September 2, 2010 11:09 pm

    i agree with becca on the hoping-nothing-happens-to-hubby tip, but should you find yourself in chicago, we would welcome you with open arms.

  3. September 3, 2010 9:33 am

    Good to see you writing again, Betsy. Chicago, like New York, is a mythical city.

  4. Julia Bates permalink
    October 9, 2010 5:51 pm

    Branch office? Better place to raise a family? BAck to the old Bates ancestral roots? Close to Iowa and Miksch roots? Has possibilities. Does have lake effect winters and mythic wind blasts! Probably won’t be under water if climate changes does a biggie on the coast?

    I’m so sorry we didn’t get to come up this weekend. But I will persist in my projects here! Hugs.

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