We then drove east, for 2,146 miles or so, ending up in Chicago on a lovely sickeningly humid 99 degree day.
During the drive and on my subsequent stay in the midwest, I made a few discoveries:
- The area around Lake Tahoe is beautiful.
- You can't drive 87 in a 75 zone in eastern Nevada.
- People in Utah really are Mormons.
- Liz Phair is amazing. Yes, even her new stuff.
- I make really good mix CDs
- They should call me Mixmaster Fahm
- The best soy mocha in the world can be purchased at a gas station in Salt Lake City.
- There's a great college radio station in Lincoln, Nebraska.
- Iowa and Western Illinois? Nothing!
- Illinois in general and Chicago in particular has no infrastructure. That's what you get when you keep electing corrupt politicians.
- In the 5 years since I was last there, Hyde Park (in Chicago) has been gentrified beyond recognition. This is not a bad thing.
- When I'm tired, I should just sleep.
- Casy the cat has a good solid purr.
- Public Storage employees can be bribed.
Because of unforeseen Public Storage-related delays, I was late for my flight. I drove like a maniac from Hyde Park to Midway, filling up and returning my rental car in a brusque manner, running through the airport like USC's Reggie Bush in the Fresno State game, eluding would-be tacklers. Luckily, my plane was delayed in taking off because of a lightning storm. Ninety minutes on the tarmac. It wouldn't have been so bad if, before going to the airport, I hadn't gotten my shirt soaked moving my cousin's stuff out of storage, necessitating the borrowing of a T-shirt from my cousin. And the T-shirt he gave me, the T-shirt I wore during my mad rush to the Gate A18? This one.