Hi, folks! I’m traveling through the Midwest for a few weeks and therefore foregoing my usual posts. Instead please enjoy these “Top Ten” highlights from my trip so far…

10. The rental car guy booing me after I told him I live in LA.

9. My father bogarting the ice cream that our waitress gave to my eight-year-old nephew for his birthday.

8. The playing of “Taps” before the Soldier Field 10. Cue the waterworks.

7. Getting high-fived on mile nine by a little girl encouraging me to keep going.

6. “Cubs win! Cubs win!” Also, realizing that at any given time eighty percent of Chicago residents are wearing Cubbie paraphernalia.

5. Paying $3.85 per gallon for gas. Now considering relocation to Michigan.

4. Kayaking the Rogue River (and tipping over into it).

3. Remembering how crazy Chicago weather is! Came into town on a Thursday… Forty degrees. That Monday… Ninety degrees. And thunderstorms so insane that even my own father – born and raised in Chitown – instructed me to pull off the road.

2. Remembering how crazy friendly Midwestern peeps are! Many smiles, multiple conversations with complete strangers and even a handshake from some random dude in a coffee shop.


1. Seeing my wonderful friends and family… Much love and many thanks to my parents, Mila, Gabriel, Sue, Steph and Phi, Mrs. Wong, Susan, Ana, Treneka, Jenni and Heather for an amazing first week!

Image: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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4 Responses to “On The Road Again – Part One”

I’m loving your delight over Midwest surprises like friendly strangers, nature you can interact with, cheap gas and unpredicable weather. Perhaps you should change your blog subtitle for the next week to, “Tales of an L.A. girl in a Chicago world”!

June 3rd, 2011

That’s a great idea! BTW, I should have added an honorable mention: my fantastic cousins sending me off in style to Chicago! 🙂

June 4th, 2011

I didn’t know you were traveling! Is this road trip style? I love the top 10 (high five on mile 9? Love it!) and I look forward to more posts 🙂

June 7th, 2011

Thanks, darling! It’s partly road trip; spending time both in Chicago and a few surrounding states… Been thinking of you during it, too! Can’t wait to catch up on your adventures as well! 🙂

June 9th, 2011