Chicago vs. Kalamazoo
It’s Thursday night but it seems like this week has lasted for two. I’ve made the decision to move back to Kalamazoo. I love living in Chicago but Meredith is going back to Kalamazoo College after a horrible stint at Columbia and she means more to me than any city.
It came down to evaluating what my life would be like if I stayed in Chicago vs. Kalamazoo. Chicago is buzzing with possibility, but all of it theoretical. I know it’s here somewhere, but it might take me a while to find it. The things I’m excited about and exist right now are in Kalamazoo — Moped Army, friends, 1977 Mopeds, motivation, and spare time.
I really enjoy how much there is to do in Chicago but lately I’ve been feeling like I’m just passing time, entertaining myself through the months. There’s enough to partake in that I don’t find time to do my own thing. Maybe it’s all the newness that distracts me, maybe you have to block it out. Either way I’ve come to terms with the move, and I’m looking forward to it. Chicago is still here for me, and now I know it better than ever.
Meredith moves in April, I’ll be going in June.
There’s been a lot of debate and discussion about the closing of The Space. Eric mentioned on his weblog and duplicated in my previous post’s comments that we knew it was coming—and I guess we did. I’d heard the rumors and concerns months ago, but figured that it was being dealt with by those in charge. Perhaps it was a symptom of the collective’s lack of defined hierarchy—I don’t know.
Now isn’t the time to place blame or point fingers. I agree with Eric though that maybe we shouldn’t deify it so quickly like has been done with so many other closed Kalamazoo places. I’m as guilty as anyone of reminiscing about Kalamazoo’s “great and gone”.
The thing that’s remarkable is my memories of all things Kalamazoo, past and present, involve roughly the same group of people. I know that when something else starts up, those people will be there to support it. They weren’t just “Comet Kids” or “Space Kids”, and generalizing the Kalamazoo independent/creative community to a single location is limiting.
I’d like to officially say thanks to everyone that made The Space exist. Now that you have the experience I hope you use it to try again. I’d like to be a part of whatever happens now. See you Saturday.