How can I say this nicely? I like you Chicago, I really do, but lately you've been scaring the bejesus out of me!!! In a few short weeks I will graduate and head back to Michigan (before I set out on my next great adventure) and I can honestly say I won't miss you much! Yes, I will miss my friends and the fun times we've had... but gosh darn it... you are scary... and I will revel in the safety of my hometown and other future destinations!
Personally, I have seen enough pictures of crying families on the cover of the RedEye because their babies were shot in a park somewhere in Chicago. Let me tell you, that is a depressing way to start the day.
I have received enough emails from campus safety about muggings around campus. However, I must admit the one that really scared me was the armed robbery - where they hit the girl with the butt of the gun just a stone's throw away from my apartment. At least they didn't use the gun to shoot her, they only hit her with the butt of the gun and there were no serious injuries from the attack.
Last Friday the story in the newspaper about two young twentysomething girls out on the town celebrating a new internship, when some disgusting human being came up to them and struck them both in the head with a baseball bat from behind - so he could steal their purses. Seriously!?!?!? Guess what scary dude, I am sure the ladies would have handed over their purses to the scary man with a baseball bat if he had just asked!!! What is the point in smashing in their heads you sick *&(*???
Scary scary scary! To put all the violence in perspective the other day my co-worker told me that there have been 113 murders in Chicago so far this year, which is a bit high for this early in the year. All in all, this is scary.
Bringing things back to a little to close to home, the other day my roommates friend (who is also our neighbor) was walking home and she was cornered by 3 guys. They surrounded her and had her backed into a wall - so there was no way for her to get away and they they asked, "What are you gonna do? Huh? What are you gonna do pretty girl, you gonna call the cops?" She timidly replied that she didn't know. To which they laughed and said, "I just wanted to see if you'd talk to me" and they walked away - leaving her shaken up but untouched and unharmed. Sick &*^%s!!!!! Thank God they didn't hurt her, but come on we don't need sick bastards out there trying to scare the crap out women! The world is scary enough as it is!
So in conclusion, dear Chicago, please try to be less scary! I would greatly appreciate it!