We piled into the van and headed up to Chicago late yesterday afternoon. Trudi wanted to get going earlier, but I had done nothing to pack, so I held up the departure. We drove two cars to Kansas City and left the Insight at the Kansas City airport for Catherine, who flew in last night to be with her mom for Christmas.
I like driving at night. That being said, yesterday seemed long. It’s a 9 hour drive, going good, but the last couple hours were a struggle. We didn’t get here until nearly 2 am. I am way under slept and wasn’t on my A-game for driving. Trudi is still recovering from a bad case of the flu, so she slept most of the way. It was really frickin’ cold too. Sometimes approaching -10. When I’ve been hanging out in the 20’s, it seemed awful.
Today is the only day I go out into the fray and shop. I like the ritual. It is really more people watching than shopping. I really like people watching. I pretty much hate shopping. I’m not really a shopper. I know what I want or need, and then buy it. I do like shopping with other people that like to shop, but that is more of a people watching deal and not really a shopping deal.
I really only spend time in the Chicago suburbs at this time of the year. I’m up here a few times a year to race, but not usually for an extended time period. This people are very interesting. Many seem like clones of each other. It is sort of like Mayberry. Everything is in such perfect order, all the walks are shoveled, the Christmas lights perfectly placed, etc.
I’ve been sitting at a Starbucks across the street from Trudi’s mom’s, trying to get a coffee from the last 30 minutes. The waiting line has never been less than 10-15 people. I refuse to wait in line that long, just for a cup of coffee, so I’m just sitting, waiting patiently. Well, maybe no so patiently.
The jacket of choice here is a black North Face jacket. It seems like every other person has one on. My brother told me a few weeks ago that The North Face had something like 40%, maybe more, of the outdoor apparel market. I told him he was full of shit. But, up here, they have close to 80% of the jacket market.
You know, this was all starting to sound all too familiar, so I did a Google search of black North Face jacket and Steve Tilford and I got my last year’s post on the very same thing. Same things actually. That is one of the “problems” of doing this on a daily basis. It is hard trying to remember what I’ve posted before and what I haven’t. I’ve been doing this pretty much daily for a while. Thousands of posts, which seems crazy strange when I write it. I’m not really sure why I started this. I actually didn’t, my friend Vincent Davis made the website. But, I’m not sure why I bought in. I think it is sort of like Forest Gump, when he decided to run. I think I just started posting daily and do it, just because. And I’m sure that eventually, I won’t feel like running anymore and will just stop cold turkey.
Okay, enough of this rambling. I have some serious people watching to get to. Merry Christmas Eve!