I left Columbus and headed back into the dome of the Midwest.
Let the corn begin.
We drove through Indiana
and past miles and miles of wind farms--
before we finally reached Chicago:
|Chicago from the megabus.|
This time, Chicago wasn't a stranger. In fact, given the short time I've known it-- it felt weirdly familiar. Like when somebody hugs you the first time you meet them-- and then you run into them three weeks later-- and even though you haven’t said a word since, it’s like you’ve known each other your whole life.
From Union Station, I headed straight to Bucktown, Phil's hip neighborhood.
My impression of Bucktown in the two shots I had time to take:
Nostalgic hipster art.
In Bucktown, I reached the home of comedian Phil Biedron, the original megabus master.
|(image borrowed from http://www.philbiedroncomedy.com/)|
Since April 2011, Phil has been booking $1 megabus tickets for his comedy tour of the midwest (Phil's blog: Midwest On 25).
Postcards of all the places he’s been (many visited via megabus):
|This was unfortuantely the best Iowa City postcard that Phil could find.|
This postcard is from his fateful trip to Iowa City, where he helped spark the Great Megabus Adventure.
Phil’s very goal-oriented.
Phil’s other wall:
|Goals accomplished so far:|
Finish a rubiks cube (start 2/4/11 end 5/12/11)
How many licks to the center of a toosie pop? (304)
Vegetarian for one week (11/1 - 11/8 2010)
At 7:28, Phil and Meg dropped me off at the Apollo theater before speeding off to an audition. Jake handed me a program, took my bag off my shoulders and ushered me to a seat front-row center.
The Great Megabus Adventure culminated unexpectedly in a night of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and a strong sudden desire to visit Memphis.
|(Photo borrowed from http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/)|
Followed by beers with Meg and Phil.
STAY TUNED FOR: the startling conclusion, my return to Iowa City.