Better and worse

good kidSo far, there are things I miss about “back home” — not people, I miss everyone — but, things that give me little pangs of homesickness. But, then I find something that’s “better” than back home and I think, OK. We can do this.

People discipline their kids here. And, the kids listen. For example, at our pool, if a child is screaming too loudly, or splashing — their parents go “ssshh” or “OK, I warned you. Timeout time.” And, the kids actually respect that without question. It’s amazing to actually be able to enjoy the pool without earbuds up all the way. I literally almost fell out of my chair the first time I witnessed it. I leaned over to see what the kid’s reaction was going to be and when there was none — I lost my balance a bit. Back in NY, I’ve had many community pools where this simply did not happen. Kids ruled the pool and all adults there had to deal with their bad behavior. So, better.

A really good news site. I love the Chicago Tribune. It’s kind of like the TU. It has a great layout — it’s easy to navigate and all the info you want to know is right up front. But, I don’t live right in Chicago. So, for the suburbs, I have TribLocal or the Daily Herald. I got so excited when I saw the DH had blogs. Then, I clicked on it and found out they’re all about sports. ALL OF THEM. I even tweeted the DH to ask why they don’t have lifestyle blogs. I got crickets back. So, worse.

I miss Hannaford. And their sushi. Don’t judge me. I’m not a huge sushi person — I hate sashimi (it’s a texture thing) — but I enjoyed Hannaford’s tempura and spicy tuna rolls. And, I found their store incredibly easy to navigate. Stores here aren’t laid out with a good enough flow, it seems. But, you can buy alcohol in supermarkets, here. One-stop shoppin’. So, worse. And better.

That bandana ain’t gonna do NOTHIN’.

Bottle return. Illinois doesn’t have bottle return. Very worse.

The town we live in has a park district and huge fitness facility. Much like the YMCA. The yearly membership fees are half of what YMCAs back home are. And, for us — it’s less than a mile from our home. Better better better BETTER.

There is no helmet law in this very bike-friendly state. It’s great to see so many bikes out and about. But, it’s weird to see motorcyclists and bicyclists without helmets on. They don’t look fully dressed…and also, they look stupid. I can’t believe there’s no helmet law here to begin with, but I also can’t figure out why people don’t wear them anyway. Like, congrats bikers, there’s no fine for not wearing a helmet. EXCEPT THERE IS DEATH. So worse I can’t believe it.

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2 thoughts on “Better and worse

  1. A.T., congrats on your “new” life changes!!!! Been a long time since I’ve commented on something you blogged about….did you do better/worse on deep dish vs. panned???? walking downtown Chitown reminds of a mini- NYC with alot less walking….wait till you see, if you already haven’t, the Chicago River on St. Paddy’s….glad I found your blog!!!

    • Thanks, DS! We have been to Chicago and enjoyed it very, very much and I agree — it’s much more laid back than NYC, and less congested! I love me some deep dish pizza…but I have to say, I think I like a “normal” pizza better!

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