Monday, September 29, 2008

Spot the split infinitive!

Chicago.

I had forgotten how much I love Chicago. I didn't realize how much I missed the smells, the sounds, the tastes, and the sights.

Going to the cemetery to pour Pepsi on my great-grandfather's grave and Coke Zero on my great-grandmother's grave probably symbolizes the bond I have with the city pretty well. I've never lived there, but it's where my family came from. I'm the only person with my name to not be born in Chicago. I feel at home there. I'm comfortable on Pulaski and confident Downtown.

Sure there were constructive purposes for going there. I visited Northwestern University. I made up my mind not to apply to Northwetsern University. I saw the Bears beat the Eagles 24-20. I rode in a truck with Wisconsin tags (they gave me peanuts; I was happy). I watched some good TV and got to skip a bit of skool. Those are all reasons enough to go.

But sometimes reason enough, well, is reason too much.

28 comments:

dema miranda said...

You are shunned, RT.

I'm glad you had fun, though:)

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

Why am I shunned?

C'est pas juste!

mle said...

Isn't the north just...I don't know...more comfortable. I'd give anything to be in Wisconsin in about a month. The leaves don't change colors here. They just die. The leaves up there turn the trees into torches or red, orange, yellow, turning green and rich brown. Now you know why a huge pile of leaves is so much fun.

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

I always thought big piles of leaves were sort of... nasty. In my experience they're always either like wet plastic bags or like crumbly potato chips.

Your colors remind me of Karma Chameleon.

Blub said...

Found it!

I always thought our leaves were pretty nice for our city. At least it's sort of colorful...

Cully said...

Yeah. The smells. Definitely the smells. :P But you poured SODA on your ancestor's GRAVES?! Either there's some wacky tradition at work or you're a loon. And nowhere is better for leaves than Vermont. But if you come here we will mock you behind your backs. Flatlander leaf-peepers.

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

What are you calling me a flatlander for? I'm from Utah.

Cully said...

Are you from New England? No. Flatlander. See, you have mountains in your state while we have our state in the mountains.

Cully said...

No offense intended.

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

Haven't you ever heard of the freaking Rocky Mountains? You know, the ones that don't entirely fit in the United States? They certainly put any New England mountains to shame.

dema miranda said...

You are shunned because you were close and didn't try to come by and see me. HEY FELLOW MEMPHIANS! IT'S SEPTEMBER, AND I'M WEARING A SWEATER! :)

dema miranda said...

By the way, "to NOT be born in Chicago."

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

Dema wins because she was the first to actually indicate the split infinitive itself.

I didn't have time to come. I knew I wouldn't be able to. There was no "try" to come. Heck, you didn't even know until I was home. I didn't even know until like a day or two before anyway.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. New England. Yankee!

Sorry. I just say that cause everyone here calls me a yankee (a wisconsinite? Please.) Cause everyone knows the only yankees are native to new england.

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

People call you a Yankee? That's strange.

I always thought it was Wisconsonian, pronounced like Smithsonian.

Cully said...

Yanks, ftw!!! Hey can I can you "Johnny Reb"?

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

No, I'm freaking from UTAH! Utah didn't even exist during the Civil War!

Blub said...

I'd just like to add that Atticus made my day today.

Blub said...

Oh, and I'm sorry for not wanting to spoil the game for others.

XD

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

He's being more than a little obnoxious.

I had stronger words to say, but well, cupcakes, eh?

ashleybee said...

I've always wanted to go to Chicago. Someone take me!

mle said...

You know, RT, too many cupcakes...

Hello? We are WisconsiNITES. Forget the Smithsonian. And yes, people call me yankee. When Ms. Johnson heard the other day, she retaliated strongly. It was great.

And I better not hear anyone call me "Johnny Reb." Ugh. Technically, you are a yankee in my definition.

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

I stand corrected. Geez.

Are you calling me or Atticus a Yankee?

Cully said...

I'm cool with being called a Yank. And by the way, sorry if I'm being obnoxious. I'm not doing it on purpose.

dema miranda said...

Ah, name calling is great, is it not? (*sarcasm*sarcasm*sarcasm*)

hehe:)

mle said...

I'm calling Atticus a Yank! He is, officially.

Dema, it's not name-calling if it is an exact definition! (And if it's not offensive. But who cares about the other person's feelings?)
(*sarcasm*sarcasm*)

RT (Panzer Time!) said...

Did you guys know that my brother's tried to get into Civil War reenacting several times? He had a uniform and everything. He was just always too young and had insufficient transportation.

Anonymous said...

dry leaves are tree poo
and they make me sneeze
summer is much better.
You can call me johnny reb, I don't care.
I've never been to Chicago, but I'd like to go. Hey,! I get out of school the 24th of November! hope to see ya'lll there!
-alyssa