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    Just moved to Chicago

    hey folks!
    my name is zack and i just moved to chicago to start teaching at colmbia college chicago. i'm not too much of an internet forum user....mainly from seeing too many arguments between people online. i'm certainly not against online communication, it's just not really my thing. and i hate all the abbreviations.

    i've been a bike commuter and a teacher since the late 1990s and i've played in a handful of punk bands over the years. i spend way too much time thinking about bicycles and transportation because i've been working on a book about bike culture & car culture for quite sometime now. i actually posted a survey through one of these pages during the winter and didn't realize the etiquitte involved with posting messages, etc. **** happens, i guess. like i said, i'm not used to this format of communication. regardless, it was cool that so many people emailed me responses and it's been helpful to have other people to bounce ideas off of. thanks!

    chicago has been ok so far, but despite the bike lanes, i've never been around such crazy drivers in my entire life. the 5 or 6 way intersections are insane as well....you can't tell if someone is veering, turning, turning sharply, etc. i love riding in traffic, but i'm pretty psyched about having the bike path option.
    however the wind from the lake is intense! it was like riding through jello. uphill.

    after the school year gets rolling and i get this book finished, i'm planning on getting involved with transportation advocacy and environmental justice issues. i think there needs to be far more collaboration between cyclists and people trying to address the transportation needs of people of color. however, i need to get to know the city better before i get myself involved in any activist groups. i don't know my ass from my elbow yet (in terms of the local culture, subculture, etc.)

    i've found these forums to be interesting places for discussions about cycling issues, and i've learned a lot from reading people's responses to advocacy issues....even the tiresome debate about bike paths and vehicular cycling.

    that's about it. take it easy, and maybe i'll see you on the street (or in the classroom....or at a show....or at a demonstration).

    z

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    Welcome, Zach.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Greetings and salutations, Zach!

    I agree with your take on forums...I tend to read a lot more than I post...

    What do you teach at Columbia College?

    I have been considering applying to CC-C's Master's Program in Creative Writing and would love your take on the school.

    I'm originally from Chicago, well a 'burb - Cary - and still have plenty of relatives in the city, so attending a program (if accepted) at Columbia College would be quite grand.

    Thanks for the info et je vous donne un chaleureusement!
    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." - George Carlin, 1937-2008

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    Hello speckdog, you will probably start missing Seattle soon...if you don't already.

    Let us know how the book comes out.

    Welcome to BF (even if it is a little late)!

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    Welcome to BF and Illinois. You are probably teaching close to E. Congress and Michigan Ave. so the lake winds will be strong.
    I was at Columbia College last fall for a Regional SGA meeting.
    Born Again Bicyclist! I found my Faith.

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    Welcome to BF speckdog.
    -a fellow Chicagoan
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    Hey, I'm at Columbia for the next few years at least. What do you teach there?

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