I was relaxing at my local watering hole, when my drinking buddy on the next stool spoke:
“Why are we sitting here?”
“What do you mean? We’re here to drink 90-proof antifreeze because it’s cold outside.”
My buddy stared at me.
“No, I mean why are we in Chicago?”
Now, I did the staring at him.
“We’re in Chicago because we live and work here. We are Chicagoans.”
“But the weather is miserable. I hate it.”
“You don’t like Chicago?”
“Every winter I hate it.”
“How long have you felt this way?”
I signaled the bartender for another round of drinks.
“I’ve felt like this all my life. That’s why I blame my grandfather.”
“Yes, because when he came to this country he got off the train at Chicago.”
“But that’s silly.”
“No it isn’t, if it wasn’t for him, I could have been born in California, and I could have been a Hollywood type of guy.”
“You wouldn’t want that,” I smiled.
“Why not? Warm weather and bikini clad dames all year long. It beats this cold weather we have here four months of the year.”
“You don’t want to live in California. They have mud slides and earthquakes.”
My buddy looked very pensive for a couple of minutes.
“Then I could go some place else.”
“Maybe down south, like Florida.”
“Florida? You don’t want to live with all those old retired pensioners wearing loud colored clothes, and bent over walking with canes and crutches.”
“Florida doesn’t have earthquakes.”
“No, they have hurricanes.”
My buddy looked confused.
“Maybe Arizona and hot places like that.”
“You go there and every morning you’ll have to shake your shoes for lizards, snakes and all manner of insects. Also there are Indians there. You never know when they will start scalping again.”
“Then, I’m stuck here in Chicago with you. I hope you freeze before I do.”
“Not if we keep doing what we’re doing now.”
We both laughed and I shouted:
“Bartender, more antifreeze.”
Funny! Having lived in Chicago, I can identify. An exciting city, but huge weather swings. I remember rainy springs when I didn’t see the sun for weeks on end!
I really enjoyed this! A great little ‘slice of life’ tale – amusing, yet plausible. Nice work, Dave.
I with your buddy. Chicago isn’t alone with the cold winters, how about Minneapolis or Duluth or Buffalo. I’d rather live in Las Vegas it’s warmer there, there’s lots of pretty women and the drinks are cheaper, I think I’ll go there now and warm up bye for now. LLC Jim
Certainly puts you off visiting Chicago if that’s representative of the people there! With this and the earlier post about the Picasso sculpture, I don’t think you’ll be getting any commissions from the Illinois tourist board anytime soon.
Chicago is an exciting city, but like every city it has its seamy side.
Over all, it’s a great city to live and visit.