Inhibition: If I attend will I be pressured to “sign-up” or contribute to a cause.
Betty’s Response: I hope so.
Experience: This past week Betty and I rode downtown to the World Fair Trade event held at Daly Plaza. As of 2011 Chicago is recognized by Fair Trade Towns USA as the largest fair trade city in the U.S. Therefore once a year Chicago joins over 1,000 cities around the world to celebrate and bring awareness to fair trade and the choices we can all make. Vendors displayed clothing, accessories, handbags, scarves, dolls, instruments, body products, and textiles to name a few (http://www.chicagofairtrade.org).
What I Didn’t Know: First of all I didn’t know this organization existed, http://www.chicagofairtrade.org. Second, I felt no pressure to join but immediately wanted to support what’s logical, humane, and responsible. I chose to purchase a throw recycled from the saris once worn by the Indian women who make them (www.motifltd.com). Each sari throw is of course unique, very soft, and best yet permeated with hope that comes with economic opportunity.
What I do know: The evolution of the works on paper, photography, and paintings of Christopher Wool at the Art Institute was incredibly inspirational. I especially love, and can relate to, the point of reference he works from…
I also know that Lockdown Bar and Grill has some seriously tasty burgers and a delightful beer menu (Tuesdays 1/2 price burgers)…
and last on my way home, as Betty and I rode past Logan Theater and noticed that the documentary, Ty’s List was featured at 7:30 it’s best to pull over. Lucky me, it’s 7:26 and I see a film, made by friends, honoring Tyler Lorenzi who died at 23 in a tragic boating accident but during his short life inspired all those who loved him to embrace life as an adventure and live it to the fullest! Beautiful! (http://www.tyslist-themovie.com)
So a big extension to all from Betty and me…GET OUT THERE AND SHOW ME WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW!!!