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Behold! I can breakdance. NOT WELL by any stretch of the imagination, but I can do it. Sorry you only get to see my freestyle…I don’t like putting up pictures/videos of other people without their permission, and considering that my blog isn’t something I generally bring up in casual conversation, I had no desire to ask Cute Hip Hop Boy if he’d be cool with me posting the whole video. Thus, I’ll only embarrass myself in front of the whole Internet (just imagine everything I’m doing, but more and better. That’s what his freestyle looks like. He’s a much better breakdancer than I am)
2. On Tuesday, all of Chicago was abuzz over this “massive snowstorm” we were getting. AccuWeather kept blowing up my phone with Winter Weather Watches/Advisories, business were closing early, all sorts of snow plows were put on the roads — it was serious business. As it turned out, this storm was the biggest we’ve had of the season. It dumped…5.4 inches on the city of Chicago.
Now, I’ll admit that I was raised on the other side of Lake Michigan, where its magical warm water powers provided us with ample lake effect snow from November through March for much of my formative years, and perhaps this has warped my perspective on what constitutes a snowstorm. But 5.4 inches? Really? Anything less than 10 inches doesn’t strike me as a huge, newsworthy deal, and while I know that any sort of winter precipitation can wreak havoc on the roads, blah blah blah, I’ve got to say that I’m not particularly impressed by this “record-breaking” weather. Remember that one time only two years ago when it Snowpocalypsed?
Yeah. That was impressive. 5.4 inches: not so much.
3. At long, long last, it’s finally book club weekend again! I’m a little unsure on how the timing is going to go for me, as I know I have a 5K that morning and think I’m supposed to shoot photos at another event right after my 5K. I’m hoping to get out of that photo shoot, though. Fortunately, I think everyone in book club is a runner to one degree or another, so hopefully showing up unshowered and in running apparel won’t cause too much judgement if I do have to go to this event
Anyway, this month we read Unbroken.
Unbroken tells the simply incredible story of Louis Zamperini, an extremely fast California runner who ended up serving in the Army Air Force during World War II. Throughout his service, Zamperini survived many obstacles against unbelievable odds.
Unbroken was equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring. Zamperini’s story is just unreal and took me on a huge emotional roller coaster (tears may or may not have been shed on the CTA while reading on my commute). The book really made me think a lot about the devastating effects of war and put a distinctly human face on World War II. I, of course, studied World War II in history classes in school, but there’s a big difference between reading the detached, factual this-is-what-happened textbook account and the emotionally charged, this-is-what-happened-to-these-men-and-their-families biography account. This book really hit me in particular due to the ages of most of the servicemen. A lot of the men in the book are in their early 20s, which was just a terrifying thing to think about as a 22 year old. Every guy I grew up with could’ve been in Zamperini’s position if we had all been born 80ish years earlier, and it was really tough to try to imagine what it would be like if most or all of my guy friends were out fighting in a war where so many people died.
Unbroken is a bit on the long side, but I highly recommend picking it up if you have the chance. It’s a beautifully written book and something I think many people could benefit from reading.