Russia to Chicago With Music
Did I happen to mention to you guys that
a family member bought me a new computer for Hanukkah this
year? Well, I used to give all my business to Fulton Computer
here in Gloversville, NY. But I couldn’t help it,
it was a gift. And let me just tell you how fast this computer
seems to work.
Just to get technical, it’s a 2.13
GHz processor with 40 GB hard drive and both a DVD player
and a CD burner. See how easy that alphabet soup flows for
me? I have to say that the sound system is totally awesome.
It has a 50watt speaker system with a bass woofer that makes
it seem much bigger than it is.
Now, when we were in Chicago over Thanksgiving
visiting with my sister, we happened to be in a cab and
heard this great jazz station. We also heard that it was
available on line. The website is www.wnua.com and I highly
recommend it. What’s really weird is hearing the Chicago
weather forecast and updates. They are also an hour behind
us, so when they do time and temperature, I’m always
surprised at how early it is.
I’m not usually a jazz fan, classical
music is my choice. But once I heard the station I was sold.
When I first heard the station, we were in a cab coming
from the airport. Our driver was from Russia. And I kept
asking him questions as to why his family moved here.
His English wasn’t the greatest, but
from what I understood, he wanted his children educated
in the states and felt they would have a lot more opportunities
here. Although he worked long hours as a cab driver, and
found the city of Chicago strange as a native of Belarus
in Russia, he used a map and found our destination with
no problem and seemed glad to be here.
Evidently, there’s a lot more opportunity
here than back in Russia. He talked about waiting in long
lines at the market and when you finally got to the counter
there were few choices. It’s interesting to hear about
our own country from a foreigner’s perspective. I
guess sometimes we don’t know how good we’ve
got it here.
Think about all the space we have even in
our own homes. He was talking about having three families
living in one apartment back in Russia.
So my trip to Chicago gave me new perspectives
on my homeland as well as my musical venue.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"