Notes on the Midwest 📂
(More draft cleaning for @aprilkquiohI's #draftmas cleaning house) I grew up in St. Louis but moved to San Francisco 17 years ago. I visited Chicago & Indianapolis recently, and they reminded me so much my old hometown. Here's what got me nostalgic.
- •The crisp Fall/Winter airCold, brisk, super clear with out any haze. I miss that!
- •The brick buildingsI forgot that bricks are what everyone uses to build things in the Midwest. In California it's stucco.
- •The size of everythingSo big. So tall. So wide. The restaurants seem gigantic! The rooms are huge everywhere we go!
- •The friendlinessMidwest friendliness. It's so weird. Folks talk to you. Randomly. They say excuse me. Or sorry. Or thank you.
- •The Midwest portionsBig and bigger. Except for the fancy fine dining Michelin star restaurant we went to where we paid a ridiculous price for dinner that didn't fill AJ up. We had to get wings later on at the hotel bar. I guess some things are the same everywhere.
- •Pop, not soda or Coke.Though we actually called it soda in St. Louis. But we heard the word pop fairly often. You NEVER hear "pop" in California. It's soda.
- •You DRIVE everywhere.Sure you also drive everywhere in Los Angeles. But in SF you walk or take MUNI/BART or Uber. Not so much in the Midwest. Walking is just not done.
- •Long desolate drives on the highway with acres of grass and farmland.I'd call it bucolic but really it's just boring. But comfortably so.
- •Everyone is so tall!The average height is like 6'0" for a guy out there. In SF it's more like 5'8" or 5'9".
- •Everyone seems so white! Or black!But very few Latino/Hispanic or Asian. I forgot what it's like to be the only Asian at a coffee shop or restaurant.