Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:51Ten Things I Never Knew About Bike Commuting in Chicago Until They Happened To Me:
No. 1: Rush hour on Lake Shore Bike Path is just as insane as rush hour on Lake Shore Drive.
Bicycles may not be two-ton death traps, but the cyclists are weaving in and out among the other bikers and rollerbladers, trying to speed ahead just as much as the cars are.
The situation is worse in the summertime when you add drunken beach bros to the picture—huge groups of oblivious, sunburned juiceheads trying to cross the path to the beach while cyclists are zooming to work.... Bad news.
No. 2: Cyclists are as big of jerks as car drivers.
This is a continuation of No. 1. Car drivers cut each other off and, yeah, it’s annoying, but it’s probably not...
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:03One of the hardest things about becoming an informed individual and forming new opinions is facing new convictions. It can feel so good to stand firmly on an issue and let the world know you think shooting polar bear cubs is just the worst!
But what about when that opinion needs to be reflected in your life?
What are you doing to keep the baby polar bears from getting shot?
How do your opinions manifest themselves in the way you live? This is when a conviction actually matters, and I’ll be the first to admit it can be hard to reconcile what I say with what I do.
The most current example of this deals with the controversy concerning Rihanna and Chris Brown’s ongoing relationship. Allow me to outline the nature of the conflict for...
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:02Most people who have traveled by plane have made a mad dash through the airport at some point or another. You know what I’m talking about, right?
I’m not referring to that brisk stride when you feel as if you should be walking more quickly than usual, but aren’t fully committed to a jog.
I’m talking white-knuckle grip on all your belongings, desperately hitching up your pants as your feet fly across those moving walkway things, mowing over any patron who dares to stand in your way, laughing maniacally as you race toward your gate, letting out a fierce battle cry when you successfully board the plane just as the jet bridge pulls away.
Oh, what’s that? I’m the only one who has done this?
Well, I guess the best I can do...
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:20Does anyone remember my friend Elle? I can’t recall if I’ve written about her, but I know I’ve mentioned her in conversation; she came to Hillsboro for spring break two years ago and met a bunch of my friends.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Elle, you’ll want to visit us in Chicago ASAP. She is, hands down, one of my four favorite people on campus. She is short, has long, brown hair, is studying to be an elementary school teacher, is always giggling her “Elle” laugh, saying very, very funny things, and generally making everyone around her feel happy to be alive.
And now she’s my roommate! I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome to my previously stressful apartment situation, really. Elle’s roommate...
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:08I’m currently in Milwaukee visiting Chelsey, one of my former roommates and current best friends. She and I have a lot of personality quirks in common, including the fact that we happen to share the throne as the Queen of Incentives.
One thing we discovered when we lived together was that we had similarly strange study habits. Neither of us are procrastinators, possibly because we have both been known to reward ourselves for every teeny, tiny homework goal we reach.
We would set goals for even the smallest tasks so that we could enjoy rewards almost all the time. This may seem distracting, but it kept us motivated and constantly moving forward.
Some of these incentives made sense and were perfectly normal:
“You can check Facebook...
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