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Was talking to my parents about my drive to work each day. There's a big highway that goes all the way around the city, and there are two that go right through the middle. I go right through the middle. Yes, I could drive around the outside, it'd be a little longer physically but there'd be a lot less traffic so the time element would be about the same. But for some reason I don't really mind the traffic in the middle of the city. I sort of like it. I like six lanes full of cars, the sparkling headlights in the morning, the quick lane changes and merges and the whole bit of it. I think it's interesting. I like seeing the sunrise reflect off the tall buildings downtown. I like being a part of all the humanity.

They reminded me about how much I'd always loved really populated areas. when I was 14 I went on a mission trip to Chicago and came back proclaiming that I was in love with that city and had to grow up and live there forever, it was my dream. The buildings, the people, the L, the whole bit was just so captivating to me I felt like I was being called there. So what happened? I kind of settled for Wichita. Nice enough place to live. It's a real city, after all. Low cost of living. Money to be made. Nothing huge to take over but we'll survive.

It all got me thinking about it again. I've never even been to new york or L.A. even though I'd really like to see them. I'm not sure I really want to live in Chicago anymore... what would I do? How could I afford an apartment? For $400 a month in Wichita, you get a nice 700 square foot one bedroom with a walk-in closet. For that much in Chicago I think you get a van down by the river, but I'm not sure if even that's possible.

I'm comfortable. I guess maybe some comfort won over my ambition. My parents acted like they were so happy I'd gotten those crazy "must move to an enormous city and conquer" ideas out of my head. Really I haven't though. they're just different. more grown up I guess. conservative. I'm not really sure how to feel about it all.

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angry_amy
Feb. 8th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
funny how our perspective changes as we get a bit older.
aparecida
Feb. 8th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
I always wanted to get the hell out of Kentucky and go to a big city. More and more, though, I'm realizing that I do like it here -- I value the friendliness, the familiarity, the lack of pretension. I value being relatively near my parents a lot more than I used to. I suppose I'm also less interested in the glitz, in being one more face in the crowd. And I'm a lot more practical now than I was about costs of living, the fact that it's simply much less expensive to go to school, work, and live here than it would be in a major metropolis.

good entry.
feanelwa
Feb. 8th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
Go and visit New York and LA. I've been to LA and I live in a different continent to it. It's, um...hot and less grainy than it looks on TV, was I think my first thought. And the swimming pools. Everywhere seemed to have one. It was also kind of like London...you could drive around the corner and one minute you were in a big rich boulevard, the next in a beaten-up old street with kids playing with yo-yos on concrete doorsteps. And the sand. I was used to beaches being cold places with pebbles, or hard coarse sand that stuck between your toes with the water. Not Santa Barbara. The sand was so hot it burned to touch, and you stepped into the sea, stepped out, put your foot down and it was dry. Like stepping on hot snow.
imcrackinskulls
Feb. 8th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
visit as many places as you can. real education comes through experiencing people and their customs. imagine if nasa got comfortable w/ staying on earth?
you'll be amazed at all that's out there. :)
homunculus
Feb. 8th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
i also love the big city. but i'll probably never live there because i'm scared to death.

i'll probably still end up living in a van down by the river. lol
dorkboysayswhat
Feb. 8th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hey guess what I've got nothing else to talk about boy I'm interesting
So I go to college in St. Cloud, MN, and have for the past two years. For two years before that I worked on a high school diploma there. There's a reason you've not heard of it. 60'000 people, 80 miles from Minneapolis. But the next six months or so I'll be spending on an exchange program to China. I've been here since Jan. 21 in Beijing's little brother in the closet, Tianjin. This city is the size of NY and it's by a stretch among the top ten in China. Now, before I came, I was thinking I might be okay settling into life in someplace like St. Cloud or Witchita.

In short, fuck that. Sure being in China is thrilling, but lots of it is being near so many people, looking out my window and seeing dogs and cats and four people's front yards, having 15 or 16 restaurants within walking distance, hearing four or five different languages spoken just in my building... There is a shooting range where I can fire off M16's an hour's drive from here, Beijing (a bustling international center) is an hour and a half's drive from here, there are GORGEOUS temples and churches and mosques and shrines, there are men and women selling everything from carts, there are three supermarket/malls within walking distance.

I'm constantly asked to go do something into all hours of the night. I'm always around someone, there's always something to do, always work to do and interesting people to meet. So far In three weeks I've met a member of the international chess team, a model, a stockbroker, chemical engineers, television producers, and dozens of university students with loads of different interests. One guy likes cars a LOT. Another knows American basketball like an encyclopedia.

Don't you dare settle for Witchita until you've tried the real thing. You hear me missy? Huh?
ex_cerebrate131
Feb. 9th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
Curiously enough, I really rather liked Wichita when I was there last year. Both in general, and certainly in comparison to the large cities I've been in over on this side of the pond - so that I'm actively wanting to move there.

Visa issues notwithstanding, of course.

(And the attractive house prices and cost of living don't have anything to do with it. Never.

Well, hardly ever.)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
city gal
i'm not there yet, wish i was, but it seems to me that i just love the cities too damn much. Maybe it's because most of my friends live in minneapolis (WOOT!!!!) or maybe because i'm just not that mature yet, but whatever it is, i think i do want to stay in some city, but money would get in the way. Pity, everything (it seems) has to do with money. i better get some...
blakechorusgirl
Feb. 13th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
I'm a city girl
I'm all about the cities. New York is like heaven. I'm going to L.A. next spring, you should go, too.
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