Living in the South

Best things about living in the south: fried okra the weather the wonderful people I've met (they don't necessarily come after okra and weather, but I just had more okra today, and it's really on my mind) fried lots of things, actually sweet tea the weather: it's worth mentioning again, as it is the middle [...]


The Rain Here

It rained here the other day with such big, round drops, that a person could walk five paces in between getting wet. But that was just one rain. The big-drop rain doesn’t seem to be the dependable personality of the rain here. The one constant I’ve seen so far is its ability to both approach [...]

Winter: Out Of Order, Please Have a Different Season Instead

I would like to begin by stating that I enjoy nice weather.  I'm a huge fan.  And I certainly don't want to come off as a complainer about the recent situation.  After all, a person who's recovering from the flu has no business being outside when it's a typical January or February day in Chicago, [...]

I don’t think I’m getting enough respect in this relationship.

So if a Chicago winter is like being punched in the face, then a Chicago summer is like being pinched in the ass.  Just last night as I waited for the train, shivering in my winter hat and scarf, Chicago was definitely punching me in the face.  This Memorial Day, weather forecasters are predicting some [...]

28 is the new 50

Could it be? Could it be that my body is growing accustomed to the winters in Chicago? ...perhaps my soul will follow... Today, 28 degrees feels feels light, happy, un-oppressive What's the word? WARM Yes, 28 feels warm. Is this what love feels like?  Or have my priorities changed?  My standards gone?  Is this just [...]

Chicago’s Weather

When I moved to Chicago in the summer of 2007, excited midwesterners bopped all around me continuously exclaiming, "Chicago's summers are wonderful!" and "Oh, the best place to be for summer is Chicago!!" I had just moved here from Seattle where the summers are pleasantly moderate with no humidity.  Combine that with mountain air and [...]