CHICAGO IS VERY GRAND RAPIDS
JULY 4, 2006 2:27 PM

I have only been here a few days, it still seems like I am just visiintg. It's difficult to get settled in a new apt. and I am still without a mattress so sleeping on the couch perpetuates the "crashing in chicago for the weekend" feeling.

Michelle and Rowley invited me over for a beer the first night I was here. It was good to see them, and some others from the Grand Rapids contingent. We briefly talked about how Chicago is just as accessible or inclusive as Grand Rapids, in the sense that it is fairly easy and affordable to make something happen. We will see how true that is - all this free time on my hands I have already been plotting some possible action. Realizing the crepe a-go-go maybe just one of these actions.

One of the best things about Chicago is its flatness. I have been able to ride my new bike everywhere and do it quickly. It has a little odometer, but needs a battery. I would feel safe in saying that I have been riding at least 10 - 15 miles a day, no problem. On Sunday, I decided to take leisurely ride to Wicker Park to peruse Quimby's, where I found a book by Grand Rapidian Jeffrey Brown. Returning from Wicker Park, I stopped by the corner store, VAG Foremost Liquors, to get some beer. And guess what I found there!?

When I got home I sat out here:

and read Unlikely where I found a panel that mentions Tim Novak, who was my nextdoor neighbor until last week - as well as mentions of Kava House, the Intersection and Whirlwind Heat.

Later that night, my new roommate Abby sent me a text message letting me know she found a place that sells Vernor's in Chicago.

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