Tuesday (5/5/09) 6:01pm - ... wherein summarizes the Chicago trip.
Here's my coverage of the Chicago trip:
* Day 1
* Day 2
* Day 3
* Day 4
Generally, I'd call this trip a success.
It was great to catch up with so many people. I hadn't seen apthorpe
since six months ago. I hadn't seen Martin since college. I hadn't seen Chris since high school. And I only see Hartwell briefly during either Thanksgiving or Christmas, depending on the year. Frankly, the trip felt a bit like the end of Animal House
, with the freeze-frames and the explanations of what finally happened to everybody.
I got to do fun touristy stuff. Yes, people made fun of me for writing up such a detailed itinerary
, but by god I got to see some good improv shows and complete the holy Chicago food-trifecta of hot dogs, pizza, and Italian beef sandwiches. I was never at a loss for stuff to do.
The dancing part of the trip -- my ostensible purpose in going to Chicago -- wound up being a bit of an afterthought. I didn't dance at all on Thursday, and only for a couple of hours on Friday and on Sunday. Saturday was the only time I stayed through 'til the end.
Honestly, I feel okay with that. I had a pleasant-enough time at the dances, and there were a few people (like potatogunr
) that I got to see again after a long absence, but it was mostly a roomful of strangers, and I always feel a little 'meh' about dancing with a roomful of strangers.
I traded dance time for doing-lots-of-other-stuff time, and that's okay.
As for future trips, I think I'll continue to apply the three big criteria to dance events: (1) Will I know people there? (2) Is it somewhere I want to visit anyway? (3) Is it free of competition/performance stuff? ("Yes" answers mean I'm more likely to go.)
I don't know when I'll make it to Chicago again -- my friends there are great, but I found the city a bit intimidating and sad.
At this point, my plans are to sit around the apartment, recover from this latest cold, and not travel anywhere for a while.
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