Bike stolen in Hyde Park. Chrissie talks about graduating, sewing, and being sleepy

By , May 11, 2009 8:40 am
Chrissie live from your TV set

Chrissie live from your RCA TV set

Former Los Angeles resident, now Hyde Park townie and University of Chicago senior Chrissie escaped her Sunday night cramming to chat with us and avoid reading Chapter 7 of “Grimoires: A History of Magic Books”. One of the 15 people who does not study Economics in Chicago, Chrissie is currently attempting to graduate with a degree in History and Philosophy of Science. When she is not busy acting out Plato and Socrates debates like a Paul Begala-Tucker Carlson death match, she spends her time doing Anusara Yoga, sewing (she specializes in Macbeth outfits), and ballet – she actually danced La Bayadere and Cinderella. We hope our interrogation does not prevent her from marching this June…but we could probably use some interns to help us get our act together.

Some ice-breaker/get to know you questions we asked Chrissie –

People think I am sleepy, however, it is only because I’m a varsity napper

Los Angeles is unreal – Sarah Silverman did a 10 minute long private stand-up routine for me the last time I was there while having lunch, but the shoes don’t matter because everyone drives anywhere…I can wear 7 inch heels whenever and walk barefoot on the beach.  In Chicago I wear Bean Boots during the Winter – they’re good for snow and rain.

When I applied to the University of Chicago, I had to write an essay about mustard.

The first thing I did when I moved to Chicago was: buy a coat…that only lasted until mid-Fall…then I bought a portable space heater that I carry around with me.

If I were a pothole I would fix myself immediately, they are the worst! Last year I messed up my car’s axle when going over a bad pothole.

My thesis is on normative medicine regarding sex determination, I hope they don’t ask me when I had a sex change when I defend it.

After I march in June I’ll be living the dream in a beach house in Los Angeles and applying to architecture school

My phone is a iphone, and I hate how it’s not also a (real) lighter. Maybe we can get the Amish to help…

Best question asked during a job interview “you know my wife is also Asian…what part of the old country are you from?”. My tip for those looking for jobs is don’t compromise.

Do you have a bike? It was stolen :( but the one I had I got from Working Bikes. Did you shop at the stolen bike store? You know, like Craigslist?

We talk to too many people up in the northern end of the city…so we were hoping to get some good things to do down in Hyde Park…but Chrissie gave us more things to do up in Lincoln Park!

Favorite hangout place in Chicago: recently – the Butterfly Conservatory at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Skylark, or my bed with its Tempur-pedic mattress

Things any incoming University of Chicago freshmen should know: live off campus as soon as you can, spend a lot of time finding fun things to do in the rest of Chicago before school gets hard!  Leave Hyde Park for lunch and do your furniture shopping at the Cheap Store on 79th and Stony Island

When I am broke I go to the Lincoln Park Zoo or walk the Bloomingdale trail

Top bookstores in the city – my old place of work–57th street books!! Also The Seminary Coop, both in Hyde Park

My favorite drink is Rosemary Pear Vodka at otom

I go crazy when I hear anything from soul night at Danny’s Tavern

When I have friends in town from LA I bring them to Avec and a show at the Steppenwolf, because people out there think the Midwest doesn’t have good food or culture, but it clearly does.

I like watching burlesque shows, and they usually have a good one at the Blue Bayou starring Michelle L’Amour, whom I took dance lessons with. Good places to take dance classes in the city are Ruth Page and Lou Conte.

In between classes, I either put basil, garlic, and white pepper on some Annie’s mac and cheese from home or stop by Maravillas, a Mexican place in Hyde Park, on the way home.

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