My vat of nutritive fluid is located in central Illinois. When we were first moving here, I would tell people I was moving to Illinois and they’d say, “Chicago?” When I said I wasn’t moving to Chicago, they were clearly all out of ideas. I think most people have a hard time coming up with place names in Illinois that aren’t Chicago. People talk about Peoria a lot but not as a real place. Springfield is, of course, where the Simpsons live.
The other thing I’d get when we were moving here was “Oooh, it’s so flat there!” This coming from people in Louisiana. Yeah, it is.
People also think it’s preternaturally cold here. That’s because Chicago, being on the lakes, does get very cold. However, I’m only a couple of hours away from Chicago and we don’t experience anywhere near the bad weather they do.
People in Illinois think they don’t have accents, but we get a lot of those nasally Chi-cah-go accents in this town. It’s kind of funny.
It was no surprise that Lincoln’s on our state quarter. If I had been able to pick, I would have had Al Capone and Michael Jordan playing basketball, with one riding a bull and one riding a bear, and Lincoln as a referee.