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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

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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