“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.” – Geroge Bernard Shaw
“We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.”
– Tennessee Williams
“Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy”
– Michael Ondatje
I spent part of my morning on Capital Hill in Seattle chatting with a friend while enjoying both her and the atmosphere at Bau Haus Coffee. I know it’s über trendy and all and typically I avoid such places, but I gotta say, they have damn fine coffee and the art and books made me feel like I was in my own house. Okay, I’m sold – just this once I’ll frequent the trend….damnit.
I also tend to have a small fascination with graffiti. Not the graffiti that has no real meaning mind you, but the words people feel they need to share with the world on the bathroom wall or likewise. I wonder how many other people have lingered on the pot for a few minutes after piddling, just to finish reading the wall….or was that just me?
I find when I ask people what they think of Chicago they either love it or hate it. There is no in-between when it comes to Chicago; like when I ask someone what they think of San Francisco or Miami. They either say, “I love Chicago, what a great city” or, “It’s too hot and sticky in the summer and too damn cold in the winter. I hate it.” Personally, I’m of the loving kind when it comes to Chicago. Would I live there? Probably not. It’s too big for me. However is it one of my favorite cities to love up? Yes indeed.