Chicago and Connecticut 


The other day, I applied for a job in Chicago. It would be a step up from my current job and would be at a prestigious library and museum. The only thing is that I only know two things about Chicago: I’ve seen the musical and my mother says it’s the murder capital of America. Actually, I know a few more things, such as the gay section is known as Boystown, and Chicago sits on Lake Michigan. Also, I read Boy Culture which takes place in Chicago not that I remember that much about Chicago from the book. I’ve also never lived in a big city before. So help me out here. What should I know about Chicago?

Also, I’m back in Connecticut today. Travel arrangements were a pain in the ass without a director, but I finally got them finalized. I’ll be driving much of tomorrow, but I will be spending the night in Connecticut before I drive home on Thursday. It’s going to be a long two days. I don’t mind driving, but I really don’t like driving by myself, especially early in the morning. I like to have someone to talk to as I drive. But being by myself, I’ll probably either listen to an audiobook or listen to NPR.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

2 responses to “Chicago and Connecticut 

  • Steve Davis

    Magnificent Mile tulips 🌷, Grant Park and beautiful! I wouldn’t hesitate to live there if I wasn’t already in paradise in Seattle!

  • Will

    I have lived in Savannah, Atlanta, Chattanooga, London, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and rural New England. Of those, the place that I liked least was Chicago. It was cold. On the first week of June one year, I was driving through though the Chicago burbs and snow flurries were hitting my windshield. Did I mention that it was June? Chicago was unfriendlier than any of the other cities in which I have lived. The gay scene was not great (though in fairness, it was the early 1990s and AIDS was at its height and some of the friends I made in Chicago died). Coming from the Deep South (born in Savannah), I was surprised to be in a big city that seemed more racially divided than anywhere I had lived previously. The crime rate then was horrendous. I knew no one who had not been robbed. This is just my experience, but I was so happy to get out of the town after 5 yrs. there. Most people will probably comment that Chicago is wonderful. Have they lived there though? Read only the ones who have lived or live there.

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