Into The Wild Blue Yonder I go!

by joesloanie

I woke up this morning and looked out the window like I always do. However, instead of the usual tree-lined Ann Arbor I’m so accustomed to seeing, today I find myself peering out over Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Let me back up for a moment.

So, I graduated from Eastern Michigan University this spring with a degree in PR and have come up with what I think is a glorious idea.

This past Saturday I packed up all my worldly belongings, stuffed what I could in my Saab, and set off on a cross-country trip in search of a challenging and fulfilling career in the world of public relations, with stop #1 being Chicago.

Before I left, I hopped on Facebook and searched for friends and family who live in the places I have chosen to visit during my trip. I sent messages to everyone I know along the route, telling them of my plan and asking for help finding shelter while their city. This worked really, really well. As of now I have a place to stay in almost every city I will be visiting on my way from Ann Arbor to Topanga Canyon, CA.

So, back to Chicago.

I had a wonderful time visiting my cousin Rocky this past weekend. Rocky has lived in Chicago for several years while working for Trunk Club, a company that uses personal stylists to deck their clients out in fashionable, high-end clothing. He graciously opened his home to me, a very nice apartment on the 9th floor of a building that overlooks downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Rocky's place in Chicago

Rocky’s place in Chicago

Saturday night we went out for dinner and drinks and let me tell you, Chicago is a blast! So there I am in some random bar in Chicago and within about a half-hour I notice someone who looks really familiar. I take a closer look and sure enough, it was Elliot Bancel. I’ve known this guy for YEARS! Smiles and hugs quickly followed. What a small world, I love it!

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

On Sunday, Rocky and I hit the town to see the sights. I saw the big silver jelly bean, the huge fountain from the intro of the T.V. Show Married With Children, Wrigley Field, The Magnificent Mile, and tons of other fun Chicago stuff. My hamstrings are killing me. In the evening I met up with my wonderful and beautiful friend Sarah Marlow who just recently moved here. Sarah, Rocky, and I went to the roof to relax for awhile, then Sarah and I went out and got pizza at a quaint little place, the name of which I forget.

The Jelly Bean Thing

The Jelly Bean Thing

Well, it’s time to head off. My next stop was going to be Kansas City, but in discussing my route with Sarah last night I decided on a more straight-shot west, passing through Omaha on my way to Denver.

Thanks to Rocky, Sarah, and the city of Chicago, my trip has started off wonderfully. On to the next one.