Sunday, January 27, 2008

Should it have been obvious?

Sometimes, when something is gone, I don't notice it's absence right away. Even if the impending absence is very noticeable.

When I first started going to the United Center I always felt a sense of sadness when we would be walking from the parking lot to the building because I could see the old Chicago Stadium. Every time I went to a Bulls game, Blackhawks game, or a concert, there would be just a little bit less of the building I loved so much. First I noticed some holes, then just a skeleton of a building, then just a few walls, finally a pile of rubble.

Then, one day, I went to the United Center and I didn't feel that sadness. Why? Because Chicago Stadium was gone. No walls, no rubble, nothing. Just an empty lot. It didn't hit me until I was inside the United Center for a while that Chicago Stadium was completely gone. I noticed the demolition in detail, but the first time I went past it and it wasn't there, I didn't notice the absence.


I had the same experience last night. My boyfriend and I went to a local bar to celebrate another step on my way towards graduation. We were in the bar probably a good half an hour before I saw gentleman get up, go outside, and light a cigarette. And then it hit me. We were in a dive bar, and I didn't smell smoke. Up until now, when entering a bar, the first two things I noticed was the smell of beer and the smell of smoke. But I didn't even notice the absence of the smoke smell until I saw someone go smoke outside. Given how much publicity the smoking ban got, one would think I would have remembered that upon entering the bar. But no.

It's odd how the absence of something so familiar can go unnoticed.


Anonymous Bill V said...

So, so nice not to be bothered by the smoke. I have been noticing how nice it is, all of the places are just as crowded and smokers are even making new friends as they hang outside for a few drags.

12:42 PM  
Blogger redhairedgirl said...

It is nice. It was nice that yesterday I was able to wear the hoodie I wore to a bar on Saturday. Normally it would have smelled like smoke and I would have to wash it right away.

2:37 PM  
Blogger lucy said...


6:10 PM  
Blogger redhairedgirl said...

You need to come back and visit so we can go back there together. They have DeVotchKa on the jukebox! Well, you know, I think it's one song on one of the mix CDs on the jukebox. But still!

10:06 AM  

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