chloe has a lot of feelings

i'm abby. chloe is my cat. she has a lot of feelings and likes to express them by stomping and yowling and flopping on my bed making extremely teenaged sighs. i also have a lot of feelings, but i express them by reblogging a lot of things!
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“Artemis Bock, proprietor of Chicago’s oldest occult shop, had been a fixture near Lincoln (FAFJKDSAF;FADJ;SADF) Park for years before I had ever moved to town. The neighborhood was a bizarre blend of the worst a large city had to offer marching side by side with the erudite academia of the University of Chicago. It wasn’t the kind of place I wanted to walk around after dark, […..] cheap apartments that were flying gang colors on the windows nearest the doors”

FUCK YOU, JIM BUTCHER. You have obviously never actually lived in Hyde Park. I bet you just walked around a little bit — maybe you walked along the edges of Washington Park, maybe you walked down 55th until you hit Cottage Grove. Did you walk along 53rd St and decide that this was “the worst a large city had to offer”? What made you think that?

Was it the Starbucks on the corner? Or the farmers market that happens every Thursday morning in the summer? The Aveda salon? Treasure Island, the expensive “European food market”?

Or was it the back door Latino club that sells empenadas and Latinoamericano magazines out of the back door every afternoon? The smoke shop with the cheap weaves on Styrofoam heads in the window? The crappy Mexican food shop that sells huge burritos for a buck? The 24 hour cheap grocery by the bus stop, where I bought my yogurt from because I couldn’t afford to shell out 5 dollars on fucking yogurt?

Was it the Black people, Jim Butcher? Did they make you feel unsafe?

You know, given my previous experience attempting to read Jim Butcher’s work, the above does not surprise me.

jim butcher should have just set the dresden files in milwaukee, since that’s the city he actually knows. that said, i lived in hyde park for six years (so i remember when the ~european food market~ replaced the never-stocked co-op grocery). when i finally moved out, it was because in the past few months, my car had been broken into twice, at least two women had been badly injured in muggings right outside my apartment complex gate (and it took my landlords almost a week to wash the blood off the concrete, which was SO much fun for my ptsd), i’d had a peeping tom and an attempted break-in at my bedroom window (not counting the bird that flew into my room after the landlord installed my a/c), the buzzer didn’t work, the gates didn’t lock, and the building was falling apart. so, um. it’s entirely possible to feel unsafe in hyde park without being a squeamish tourist who dipped a toe into 55th street.

(via cabell)

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