For the record, I am a curious person by nature. I actually like this attribute to my personality, although on more than one occasion it has gotten me into some trouble.
Well, over the weekend, I decided that before I went to work, I needed to go visit one of my favorite City Vegan restaurants. I got on the Kennedy, and headed downtown. The weather was warm, my windows were down and I was enjoying a wonderful drive downtown. As most Chicagoans know, this is not a normal thing…to be enjoying a drive down a Chicago Exressway. But there I was, on a Sunday afternoon enjoying my drive.
I spotted something curious up ahead. It was a regular family mini van, but it had some sort of drawing all over it. I inched my way closer, and even changed lanes to try to see what this writing was all over a family van. I squinted my eyes, took off my sunglasses and maneuvered to get closer to see what this was.
I finally was able to get close enough to see a drawing of a ship being tossed around on a stormy sea. And there were words…I had to dodge a Silverado to get closer to read them. I squinted my eyes in the sun, and looked really close, trying to make out what they words were. Finally they came into focus, and it made a little more sense to the pictures that were on the side of the van. “Ancient Mariner”
I snapped a picture really fast, because my curiosity had increased even more. What did “Ancient Mariner” mean? I hadn’t heard of it before, but with the way that every window on this van was decked out, I knew that it must be something. So, I stopped off at a Starbucks, pulled in to use their wifi and Googled it. I had to find out what it meant. Was it a band? Was it an art display? What was it? I had to know…
I would have never guessed what it finally turned out to be. It was a poem! The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
And as I turned from Google to YouTube, sitting in that Starbucks parking lot, I realized that it’s true, you do learn something new everyday.
But how many times do you learn something like that on a Chicago Expressway?
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