Friday, July 27, 2007

Cabin Weekend

Does anyone know how to make gorp?

I’m going out of town this weekend. The Robowriter’s group is heading up to a cabin in Wisconsin, somewhere near Madison, for a writer’s retreat. That means we’ll be quietly writing out the words to kumbaya. I’m actually looking forward to getting out of the city. The last time I was outside of Chicago for any significant amount of time was in May for my grandmother’s funereal in St. Louis. That doesn’t really count though. I don’t think I’ve left Chicago for pleasurable purposes since Christmas.

Not that I’m tiring of Chicago. I love living in this city. I was just thinking about that yesterday on our mandatory work-related boat cruise. A bunch of coworkers and I were sitting out on the deck looking at the city from Lake Michigan. I couldn’t help but marvel; Chicago really is a very beautiful city.

Quick side note: if you ever have the chance, take the Spirit of Chicago boat cruise. They have four singer/dancer types called “Spiritainers” who put on a floor show for everyone. It’s the most awkwardly entertaining thing I’ve seen in a while. The food was okay too.

But sometimes you just got to get away from the noise and the commotion. I was born and raised in one of the furthest Detroit suburbs – really more of a small town than anything although it was rapidly growing – so there’s still a part of me that likes being surrounded by trees and tucked away from all of the traffic and congestion.

I’ll try to update the blog while I’m up there, but there may need to be a brief hiatus so I’m not promising anything.