Wisconsin! Chicago!

Wed 8/29/2007

Well, I am back in the Midwest again, for the first time in a really long time. I was debating whether or not to update my blog... It's been nice, not being quite so "connected" the past few days, but I know that things are going to be completely crazy and hectic when I get back to New York, so this will be one less thing I'll need to worry about. So without further ado, here is a quick recap!

Besides a slightly hectic day of travel on the way out, my trip to Wisconsin was so so great. Paul and Alison's wedding was one of the best I've ever attended. They did it at this little bed and breakfast place outside of Madison, right on the edge of a corn field, with green rolling hills in the background. After weeks of rain the weather cleared up and it was a perfect evening. I got to see a lot of old friends from Oberlin, the music was great, the food was great, we had a bonfire, everything was relaxing and enjoyable. It was just what you'd want a wedding to be. I couldn't be happier for Paul and Alison.

So then Sunday afternoon I took the Greyhound to Chicago. It was oddly reminiscent of a similar bus ride I had taken to Chicago during my first year of college, to visit my high school friend Isaac. Actually, A LOT of this trip has been loaded with nostalgia... I guess I didn't really realize how much time I have spent in Chicago, but it feels very familiar and I know certain areas of it pretty well.

Anyways, Charlotte and Ed picked me up and took me back to their beautiful apartment. Ironically, they had just gotten back from a trip to the East coast, so we took it easy my first night here: eating food and catching up and playing Harry Potter on the Wii (SO COOL!!!)

Tuesday I went to Chicago Comics and Qumiby's to drop of Phase 7 #011. Then I met up with my old buddy Ezra and cross-hatching virtuoso Laura Park to do some drawing (and/or GEEKING OUT).

Then that evening Ezra and I walked downtown to meet up with Charlotte and Ed at Millennium Park to see a free jazz concert at the INCREDIBLE Jay Pritzker Pavilion (shown here in various stages of lighting through the performance). Talk about an impressive outdoor music venue! There are these MASSIVE steel tubes crisscrossing over this gigantic field, with speakers hung from every intersection, not to mention the breathtaking Frank Gerhy backdrop. And the concert was pretty great too! I love me some Jazz music.

Today Charlotte and I walked along the waterfront (passing Buckingham Fountain pictured above!) and ended up at The Field Musuem where we saw "Sue" (the most complete T-Rex skeleton on Earth) and a BUNCH of other cool stuff. Then we went to her massage therapy studio, where she worked on my drawing hand for half an hour (which helped loosen it up a lot, and is something I should probably get done a lot more often). We wrapped up the day eating dinner with Ed and our friend Dan, who I hadn't seen in a while, and his girlfriend Mary. We played a board game involving trains... Mary and I tied for the win!

Tomorrow I'm going to try and catch up on some drawing for Papercutter #6 (SO... FAR... BEHIND...) and then spend some more quality time with Ezra before I head back to New York for what is shaping up to be the craziest September EVER! But more on that later...

For now I'm doing my best to enjoy the rest of this break, as it looks like the last one I'll be able to take for a good long while...

6 comments on this entry

Wow! You have really long arms.

greg Aug29

you are only 2 hours from my lovely home in Elkhart, IN. Have a great rest of your trip.

Jewett Aug29

BANZAI!!!

Alec. Aug29

yeah he does! but it's weird how quickly you get used to the sight of alec plucking migrating seabirds out of the sky.

laura Aug29

You can box with God!

Arlene Aug31

I would also like the readers of Alec's blog to know that he gave one of the best wedding toasts EVER!! Thanks for coming Alec, it was so much fun to have you.

Alison Sep05

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