America, I worry about you sometimes.

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Dear Texan Chick Whose Name I Have Forgotten,

I didn't expect us to stumble into any deep conversations while we were pretending to look busy at the commercial shoot last Friday. I was game for a bit of small talk. Heck, I even had a snippet of chatter planned about the weather.

You, however, decided to discuss the fact that I was visiting from Chicago. It probably would've helped if you knew anything about Chicago.

"Is that the place with the arches?" you asked sincerely.

I stared at you in disbelief. "No. That's St. Louis," I responded patiently. I didn't even bother explaining that it was one arch, not several. Unless, of course, we were talking about McDonald's.

"Oh. Is that nearby?"

"Well, umm . . . Not really. It's on the other side of the state. And across the state border."

No arches, silly.

You still seemed lost, so I mentioned the Sears Tower and then trailed off into an awkward silence just before the camera crew swept through our office. I fidgeted with my pencil until they left, and then breathed a huge sigh of relief when I heard someone yell "CUT!"

Anyway . . . I'm writing to tell you that I'm sorry for bolting out the door so quickly. I'm sorry that I probably wrinkled my nose when you assumed that I knew nothing about cheerleading. (I was a cheerleader in junior high and high school, when I wasn't busy teaching my Calculus class or knitting my way through AP English.) I'm sorry for snickering at your lack of knowledge about prominent cities in the United States of America. Most of all, I'm sorry that I didn't kidnap you and take you on a road trip right then and there.

Hopefully, we'll meet again, and I can help undo years of brainwashing. Lesson #1: St. Louis and Chicago should never be confused. Ever.

Until then, have a lovely life, my dear.

Much love (and much concern),

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

Things I love about Chicago:

1. The Golden Gate Bridge
2. The Statue of Liberty
3. Arc de Triomphe
4. The Colosseum
5. Mt. Fuji (OK. So this one's just outside Chicago, but close enough)

That's definitely my top five.



Tsk. Tsk. Such a wonderful opportunity to really screw with a mind and you missed your chance....



I enjoy it when you post about stupid people. Then again, I enjoy pretty much anything where smart people make fun of stupid ones, so....yeah. You go, girl.

I like the new look. It's very wintery. Themed webpage design is cool. I'd probably do it with my blog, if I knew enough of web design to do it. I'm still stuck in the 90's of web design- I can bold text, make it blink, and create tables. I really should get around to learning PHP and CSS and Ajax and whatnot. Maybe I'll make starting on that my winter vacation task.

I took a gander at your new Flickr shots. For all the ranting about how happy you were being there, there isn't one picture of you smiling, just one of you looking possibly sad and one of you looking definitely sad. Where is this fabled smiling Rachelskirts?



Thursday's Child - Hahaha. You made me giggle out loud.

Fuse! - Umm . . . Well . . . The blatant ridiculousness of it all stunned me. *cough*

Tez - I'm glad you like the new look! It took all of fifteen minutes to do. Just had to switch out a few colors here and there in the CSS and carelessly slap some snowflake brushes on the header image in Photoshop. I'm hoping to please the snow gods enough to get a blizzard this winter. I'd like to make a bunch of snow goons.

Also, I really wish I had taken more pictures while I was in Texas. I either forgot because I was having too much fun, or I left my camera with my suitcases because I was having too much fun. I was pretty much smiling non-stop, though. My cheeks still hurt. *happy sigh*



Seriously. Chicago and STL should never be confused.

I love my city (chicago) and it is all kinds of awesome, minus the winters. Even with the winters, it is so much better than St. Louis (even though I have never been there, haha).



Jamie - Even if St. Louis was equally awesome (which it wasn't when I last visited), that's no excuse for confusing the two! Seriously! I even remember reading an entry from Overheard in New York that quoted a guy as saying that Chicago was "that city in Boston, right?" Because, clearly, that makes sense.

Basically, Americans could stand to be just a bit less self-absorbed and a bit more educated. But hey, that's just my opinion.