I have returned from my previously touted trip to Chicago and as promised would like to share with you some of my lessons and observations from this experience. Here they are – in no particular order:
1. People in Chicago drive better. I did not see the things that happen on the streets of Baltimore happening there- and there are more people. Go figure.
2. Most people truly are who you think they are- I hung out with many different people in a variety of settings- all of whom I’ve had numerous and varied conversations with. I had formed my opinions but ventured forth with the knowledge that I could be wrong. Was I? Not at all. If anything the good qualities that I was pretty sure were there were magnified and there were no negatives of note. Am I saying these people have no bad points? I’m sure they do. I am saying that I thought they were great and that is who they turned out to be. Am I saying that everyone on twitter is wonderful? I most certainly am not. I am saying that in life and in the virtual world I surround myself with people whom I think are “good people.” In this case I could not have been more right.
3. Flying out of Midway airport on a Sunday morning (no matter how early) and only arriving an hour early (well 55 min to be honest) is not necessarily a good idea. (I made the plane but my bag didn’t. Thus, my return trip to the airport this afternoon.)
4. Folk in Chicago are busy as hell! I’ve never had so many people trying to “make room” to see me. Some succeeded, some didn’t. All kept in communication. On the other hand, I ran into a person or two whom I didn’t think I would have the opportunity to see this weekend. That’s always an added bonus.
5. If you put the right mix of women together with good food and drinks on a Thursday night you will have a show worthy of taping. (too bad you missed it)
6. The Chosen Few house picnic brings together entire families. I attended the picnic a new friend who ran into at least 10 cousins. (lol @ Tamika)
7. There are a lot of men named Shawn /Shon/Sean in Chicago.
8. Brazenness can be taken to extreme degrees if you have the cajunas to carry it off. (ode to the “gentleman” in the sheer nylon shorts- or maybe it was a skirt)
9. If you can get children and animals to fall in love with you, you must be okay (ode to Nia (little girl) and Nino (dog) )
10. If someone wants to see you they will drive the streets to find you. 🙂
11. There are too many “if you come to Chicago you have to do’s” for me to fit it all into one three-day visit.
12. The Chicago skyline is absolutely awesome.
13. It’s not always the people you plan to meet, but the add-ons who you may have the greatest connection with.
The above list includes a lot of brevity, but on a serious note I owe a huge word of thanks to my twitter of friends of Chicago. You guys have welcomed me with open arms and adopted me as daughter of the city before this trip was ever booked. Meeting you was a joy and a pleasure. The warmth, the ease of conversation, the suggestions of what to do. I love all of you for the way that you extended yourself to me.
My intent out the gate was to be open to the possibilities. I didn’t fight very many ideas. Disappointments were taken in stride. Moments of joy were amplified. My faith in human nature and the absolute goodness of most people has never been stronger.
God is trying to tell me something. I hear ya. Celebrate the good in people.
Spread love….peace and blessings.