September 26, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
I'm currently blogging from inside a hotel room in Bloomington, Illinois, where I'll be spending the rest of this week attending a Web conference for work.

I took a plane from Seattle to Chicago this morning at 8:45 a.m. pacific time, and then from Chicago to Bloomington, ariving at the hotel at around 5 p.m. central time. The flights weren't too bad (I sat next to a very interesting 70-year old man who chatted about politics and corruption for duration of the Seattle-Chicago flight), and I think I'm less freaked out about flying than I was before today. That's good, because I have to fly home, too.

Between Chicago and Bloomington, the scenery from the sky is exceptionally dull. Flat, boring, nothing. And apparently, the only thing worse than seeing flat, boring, nothing from the 16,000 feet in the sky is landing in the middle of it and having to stay in it for 4 days. Because that's really what this place is. Oh, and lots of corn, apparently.

Hopefully the Web conference is entertaining.
np category: personal


Luke said:
Ha ha, I when I read, "flat, boring, nothing" I thought of a Sinbad stand-up act awhile back. He was funnier but said that, "birds were just falling out of the air because they had nothing to land on..."

I forgot you were leaving this week for that conference. I hope you have a good time!

September 27, 2006

sheila said:
As a former resident of Illinois for over 10 years, I sympathize with you over the flatness. I like the Midwest but driving through Illinois is dull. Come on down to Alabama where there are pretty green rolling hills over most of the state.
September 27, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Well, I think I'll still prefer western Washington State, where we have forests, snowy mountains, and the ocean all within two hours driving radius. If nothing else, Washington has variety, and I think that's what's lacking here in flatland.
September 27, 2006

Mark Glesne said:
Enjoying my home state?

Haha. I, like Sheila, am also a former resident of Illinois (11 years). There are parts that are indeed boring, but don't let them taint your view of the state as a whole. There are some great people and some great cities in that state!

But then again, who am I to talk... I moved.


September 27, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Well, I'm stuck in Bloomington-Normal, which is like... Pleasantville. I'm not going to have an opportunity to see the rest of the state while I'm here. Isn't most of it flat, though? It's really the flatness that gets to me. The skyline is missing mountains, which I'm so accustomed to seeing.
September 28, 2006

Mark Glesne said:
Yeah, it's a pretty flat state. But it's good for you to get out of your comfort zone... you liberals need to expand your horizons.

::wink wink::

September 28, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Right... because 1) I'm a liberal, and 2) I'm not the open-minded one.
September 29, 2006

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