Just some tilt shifting fun. I don’t remember which camera took this shot, but I do remember climbing these lighthouse stairs until I wheezed (and then preparing to fall forever if I tripped as I descended). Taken in Daytona Beach, FL USA
I’ve been putting off this particular post for a few days now because I’ve been perplexed. Yes perplexed. I’ve been baffled sky high. Just how do I write about writing without wanting to write? Continue reading
So at the beginning of Labor Day weekend in 2009, Chris and I were looking forward to sinking into plush materials and keeping our eyes closed for the entire three days, but our spontaneous matches struck the sandpaper when we rolled out of bed on the first morning. We poured our cardboard coffee, brushed our teeth in a daze, turned on the tube, and then snapped our fingers.
“Let’s hit Chicago.”
And why not? The place is only six hours away. We were kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner. The car was packed with snackies, our torn backpacks were stuffed with as many clean clothes as we could find, and then the apartment doors were locked behind us.
We didn’t have a whole lot of cash for the trip. We didn’t even have a hotel room ready. We just pumped the Celica full of gas and switched on the GPS.
Despite being incredibly underplanned, that trip turned out to be one of the best times of my life, and I’m sure the spontaneity had something to do with it. Since then, our Labor Day Weekend ritual is and always will be, Chicago.
And here are five good reasons why:
The bean is only one of the many different artistic sights that the viewer can toy around with. There are also thirty foot tall Marilyn Monroes, LED fountains, Beatles paintings in the bathrooms, and parks filled with sculptures that are great for creative shots.
Throughout the four times I’ve stayed in Chicago, I’ve made a few mental notes:
*There is a Starbuck’s at every street corner.
*Comic book stores still exist.
Not only is this my favorite place in Chicago, but this is my favorite place in the whole world.
I love it more than my bed.
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Reason Number Four:
To quote my character Ashton Byrne:
“Chicago pizza is a ‘when in Rome’ shindig. If you’ve never had a bite of that deep dish saucy goodness then it’s time to revise that bucket list ’cause those cardboard wannabes’ll never taste the same again.”
Also, if you go to a little place called Gino’s East, you not only get to eat Chicago pizza, but you get to write about it too.
Just listen to the music and the traffic in the city…
how can you lose?
With its taxi packed streets, seven story malls, miles of sail docks, beaches, and sky high skyscrapers, The Windy City is definitely the place to be eccentric.
And if all else fails, you could always try to cheat death in the Willis (Sears) tower.
Where is your favorite place?
Since I have about two classes left before I walk across the college stage with a degree I’ll probably never use, I’ve decided to utilize one of my “freebie” classes as a fun break between the big stuff and have enrolled in digital photography. It seemed a little useless at first as I swore to myself I’ve learned most of the material from my grandad and that this would be nothing more than a breezy A, but believe it or not it’s been a climb over a downhill roll. I get chills thinking about how much I’m going to learn.
Inspired, I’ve decided that I’m going to have a little fun with my on-the-side photography and have begun to make a list of certain “challenges” I want to give myself such as:
So yesterday, I decided to tap into one of these challenges, and went “window shopping.”
I’m always open for encouragement and improvement.
If you have a comment, go for it.
If you have a compliment, go for it.
If you wish to tell me your eyes are bleeding, go for it.
Lastly, if you have a challenge for me, please comment below and I will get started!
Since I was fifteen years old, Chris has inspired me to roll out of bed every morning and be. This guy is my number one fan and has read every single one of my novels and every single revision of every single one of my novels, and every single poem/short story/random jazz.
Chris: thanks for showing me I’m awesome just the way I am.