Those who have followed me for a while know this about me. Well–impulsive me is about to sign a 6 months lease on an apartment here in downtown Chicago. This place is BEAUTIFUL. The views–breathtaking. The neighborhood urban but quiet. I saw two coffee shops in the immediate vicinity, a grocery store on the other side of the park and I was told Target is on the other side of something they called the Ped-tunnel (I probably got it wrong–but it’s a tunnel you walk through to get to Target! 🙂 )
Anyway… I’m in the city this weekend. I like the city–not love it. It’s still an anomaly to me. I’m still trying to figure it out. It’s very different. As far as I can see there are no hints of L.A. here and that’s not a bad thing at all. I was just telling one of my friends that I think it’s a good thing. I’m uptight and demanding but very laid back about it–that’s LA… They’re laid back but busy. It’s more like L.A. in the way that there’s a mixture of ages. But not in the way that the people here are perfectly content with say… eating at a table alone–enjoying their solitude in public. No banging on the computer or plugging away on their cellphone or reading on a device… They are content with just sitting there, eating and living in peace. I like that. A lot. But I’m still trying to figure it all out. Maybe I will in 6 months. We’ll see and you’ll be one of the first to know…
Oh, and I love the gothic architecture that intermingles with the modern. One look and I thought the city was a bit ostentatious. Especially with the revolving doors in every building. And then I ask the guy at 7-Elevn, what’s up with the revolving doors… He said they install them because of the wind. He didn’t like being asked. And he was like “you’ll be okay…” Rude. He said this to my back. I was done after he answered the question That’s one thing–they don’t like questioned or criticized about their way of life. They seem quick to get defensive. But I’m L.A. which means I don’t give a care… In that way, I’m good for them… LOL! Some people call us fake because of our ability to smile and move on–but it really is the process of not letting ourselves be affected by someone we’re never going to see again. It may have something to do with hardly ever seeing the same person twice. I mean, I used to frequent a Trader Joe’s in Westchester and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one shopper twice.
But I’ve learned something recently while being faced with writing the next book in LOVE in the USA series… I can’t reject one extreme by being the extreme of the opposite. There’s a middle ground. The normal middle… I think that’s what Chicago is… This middle that I didn’t expect it to be! It all came about so naturally–Daisy and Belmont solidifying their bond here in the “normal” city… 🙂 I’m learning something–changing in this process… I love it!
Now PLEASE don’t let me run into any male types that may have seen me naked a handful or ten handfuls of times while living in L.A. Which is one reason I’ve been avoiding this city. Like I said, in LA you it’s rare that you run into anyone twice–even someone who’s seen you naked (unless you call each other and make plans to see each other–clothed or otherwise)… Hopefully the same applies here.
So here’s the view from my hotel room–6 months in Chicago here I come!