Saturday, November 15, 2008

The First Sip

A sip: 1) to drink a little at a time; take small tastes of
2) to take in, absorb

Every city has its highlights and its quirks, and most importantly, every city has a personality. Is the personality defined by the people or the city? That's up for discussion.

One thing is certain: Webster and his dictionary could never define a city's personality in a matter of a few sentences. You may be able to Google "Chicago" and learn about the history or collect data on the number of neighborhoods, people or political issues, but to truly understand Chicago, you need to become a Chicagoan - bright red license and all.

You need to trade in your car keys for a CTA pass. You need to stand at the bus stop or the El tracks in the dead of winter, with 25 mph winds, as the snow is whipping at you on all sides -- and still be excited about the weekend. You need to spend Tuesdays at North Avenue beach with your best friends playing volleyball teams who insist on wearing speedos or rec specs as their uniforms. You need to experience Toro Sushi and all the amazing rolls Mitch has to offer. You need to buy the old lady cart and continuously promote it as the best purchase of your life. And you need to accept that unless you're a trader or have won the Illinois lottery, you probably won't be able to afford to buy even a one-bedroom apartment until you're at least 30.

The point is, I've created this blog in attempt to define Chicago as I see it; to give Chicagoans, future Chicagoans or just far-away friends small sips of my everyday thoughts and occurances in the Second City. 

So come back often, take it in, absorb (respond) and enjoy!


jenny1521 on November 15, 2008 at 10:29 PM said...

Colleen- I am so excited to read your blog! First entry and I'm hooked! I will be a regular reading from Kansas City... I promise!

Kate on November 16, 2008 at 9:50 AM said...

Hi Cuz! Love that you are a blogger now! Let me know where you got the background for it! Kate needs a bit of an update on hers!! - Anne

Kate on November 16, 2008 at 9:51 AM said...

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Christina on November 16, 2008 at 7:16 PM said...

This is so awesome! You have truly lived up to being a CITY gal! I can't wait to be a follower from Cincy.

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