I’m On A Boat!

IMG_8264As a recent graduate, I spend a lot of time debating the differences between “job-searching” and “unemployed”. I could sit here discussing semantics with you, OR I could fill you in on one absolutely amazing aspect of having such an open schedule. That museum I’ve never visited? That tour I’ve never gone on? That park I have always passed but never stopped into? I’m using my summer in Chicago to catch up on all of the cultural attractions I’ve been missing during the daily grind. Not only is this proving incredibly enjoyable, but it’s also a great way to gain inspiration for future projects.

For example, I recently went on an architectural boat tour of the Chicago river that blew my mind! Sitting on a boat for 90 minutes with nothing but a tour guide blabbing away and the sun beating down on me seemed like a horrible idea at first. Almost as bad as being shoved into overly air-conditioned small, confined spaces on a boring house tour (those of you who are not traditional house tour people, you know where I’m coming from). So what made the difference? The tour guide. He was cracking jokes, making quippy comments about the Chi-town political scene, and told a few scandalous stories involving mistresses and opera houses. He even gave us big chunks of time (10 minutes or so) to just enjoy the views without him “blabbering on,” as he put it. The boat was a double-decker and also had a floating bar! In conclusion, museum tours should include:

  • A tour guide that relates his or her topic to the modern day
  • The ability to get up and move around
  • A balance of talking and time for reflection
  • Booze

Pretending to be a tourist in your own city might be exactly what you need to jump start that next creative idea! Go find a boat, cave, park, museum, library tour today!


About catebay

Informal educator working in the world of art. Interests in public programming and community advocacy. Loves learning about people, collecting blue mason jars, and consuming Swedish fish.
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2 Responses to I’m On A Boat!

  1. Mary Case says:

    During my three stint in NYCity at the IBM Gallery of Science and Art, once the exhibit was up, I had the better part of about four weeks in each cycle to do what you are doing now, Cate, explore the city. If we were doing Japanese wood block prints, I learned how to use chopsticks, read Tales of the Genji, went to the Japan Society and everything else Asian I could fit into my schedule. This went on for three years and was my finishing school.

    • catebay says:

      What wonderful experiences! I find that I learn the most while out and about. Even yesterday, while I was attending the Taste of Chicago (a large food festival), I stumbled upon some very interesting access initiatives for those visitors with wheelchairs/strollers/etc. Blog inspiration, access inspiration, program inspiration… I couldn’t ask for a better summer “off”.

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