[M.M.X.I.V. 93] So near yet so far

I live on the ninth floor of my building, in Evanston, Illinois.  (Actually, I have previously posted some pictures of the view in other blog posts, but this time it will be only words.)  My room contains a single window out to the outside, looking toward the east.  Consequently, there are some days where I will wake up to a magnificent sunrise.  This is also true because if you sent a crow from my window, it would have to travel only about a kilometer and a half to reach water–Lake Michigan!

Unfortunately, I am so near, yet so far to the lake.  The view of the lake is obscured by several things that meet the horizon before the lake does.  The most visible obscuring factor is an apartment building that has at least a ten-by-ten matrix of windows, and the bricks in a not-so-red color, with a rectangular prismical penthouse, probably only with mechanical parts.

Prior to this apartment building is a parking lot for the retirement home, The Mather, and a strip mall that includes a dry-cleaning business.  I can see this region much more clearly than I will be able to in a month or so, as they are made visible by the dormant trees that have shed their leaves.

In front of the trees are railroad tracks, as Chicago Transit Authority Purple Line trains roll to the north or the south every five to fifteen minutes.  The closest station is within eyeshot of the window, at about the ten-o’clock position.  A canopy covers the platform, and I often hear the <DING-DONG> “Doors closing.” canned announcement when working at home, or having fun at home.

The view to the north… WHOA!  Thunderbolt!  (I’m writing this as it is raining and a thunderstorm is brewing… might as well describe the weather too!)  The skies are grey, and unlike some times, there is no gradient (wait, wait, wait.  Never mind–the gradient is approximately equal to the Zero Vector–the color is approximately constant to my untrained eyes.)  Raindrops race each other on the screen on my window.

When looking to the west, my building looks like a “T” as seen from below.  My room is situated such that when I look to the south, my only view is the vertical part of the letter “T”.  To the north, the neighborhood to the west of Northwestern University just appears to be a forest, as the trees largely dwarf the houses from a distance.

On the far horizon, before the lake barely enters my view, is campus on Northwestern University.  The most visible buildings from my vantage point are the Kellogg School of Management, Deering Library, Garrett Seminary, and two cranes in areas of the new music building and parking garage, on south and north campus, respectively.

It has become a view that I have gotten used to.  The interesting thing about these writing prompts is that sometimes it allows you to appreciate things that you take for granted!

Oh, and given the name of the Daily Prompt, I must mention something that is in my WAAAAAY front yard.  About eight miles west of my apartment, in Morton Grove, Illinois, is Oliphant Avenue.  Therefore…


(How many pies and rotten tomatoes am I going to have to duck for that one?)


Today is the ninety-third day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes thirteen weeks and two days.

Here are other addresses to the post, as of 08:45 Central Daylight Time on 5 April 2014:

  1. Misconceptions About Women: Clothes | She Writes
  2. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Journeyman
  3. when your body senses | y
  4. action | yi-ching lin photography
  5. Looking out my back door: Spiders in the Toilet. | fibijeeves
  6. The Match (Part 3) The Note | The Jittery Goat
  7. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  8. Voices | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  9. Achtung!! | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  10. DP Daily Prompt: Out My Back Door | Sabethville
  11. of obsessions | Anawnimiss
  12. The door within a door | Kate Murray
  13. Through my back door | One Educator’s Life
  14. Daily Prompt: Out my back door | Love your dog
  15. Would martians like my chairs? | The Flavored Word
  16. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | nowathome
  17. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  18. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/prompt-back-door/Our Back 40 | Living and Lovin
  19. Between Windows… | The Pagal Banjaara
  20. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Life Confusions
  21. Come Play on My Island | pandora’s island 2
  22. Mother Nature Likes to Play Tricks on us – WANGSGARD
  23. You can take the girl from the country, but not the country from the girl | marjanitalarosa
  24. Through My Back Windows | Awake & Dreaming
  25. Dreary But Encouraging Day | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. Daily Prompt: Looking out my front door | That Montreal Girl
  27. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Yet to Know | Shawn Daily
  28. Someone « Averil Dean
  29. Daily Post Prompt: Back Door | thoughts and entanglements
  30. Potential, patience, plumsauce fairies and piccadillies in a winter and boy’s wonderland « psychologistmimi
  31. Sunrise | Vampire Maman
  32. Our Backyard | wisskko’s blog
  33. The View | Flowers and Breezes
  34. Yikes! | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  35. Daily Prompt: Looking Out My Back Door | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  36. My back yard | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  37. The Garden… | Haiku By Ku
  38. Lookin’ Out My Back Window | Random & Real
  39. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Life is great
  40. The Setting Sun | Green Embers
  41. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Elementary Verse
  42. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | A Mixed Bag
  43. Spring Residence for Mr and Mrs Mallard | Prompt Me Please
  44. I’m a back door man | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  45. Thoughtful Thursday – Honoring Aida Cruz, not Bill Gates | Emotional Fitness
  46. Handsome Fellow | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  47. The View From the Back Window
  48. Lookin’ out back window | Random & Real
  49. Looking back | Mindful Digressions
  50. A Dialogue | Views Splash!
  51. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Bob’s Blog-O-Rama
  52. Lookin’ Out My Back Window – (Daily Prompt) | Roving Bess
  53. The Walls That Are | That Ms Know It All
  54. Daily promt – Looking out my back door | myjourneyeveryday
  55. Daily Prompt: Being Descriptive! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  56. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | My Atheist Blog
  57. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ out my back door « MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  58. My Back Yard, Then and Now | A mom’s blog
  59. Blooming Beauties | LenzExperiments
  60. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Po’ Girl Shines
  61. Night View | The Living Mirage
  62. Looking for Hope | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  63. View of Spring (Daily Prompt Challenge) | Ana Linden
  64. Out Past the Back Glass (A Poem) | meanderedwanderings
  65. Mountains on her brow | thejimmieG
  66. Outside my back door | mombox
  67. The House Party – Compass & Quill
  68. Doooo Doooo Doooooo Looking Out My Back Door | The Shotgun Girls
  69. Empty out there | A picture is worth 1000 words
  70. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Basically Beyond Basic
  71. Putting the ‘Bad’ into Badminton | Gluestick Mum
  72. Defenceless | vic briggs
  73. Out My Back Door | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  74. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | ~Tiger lily~
  75. A source of embarrassment | Willow’s Corner
  76. Daily prompt: Never mind the view, feel the footprint | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  77. CCR Baby | Thinking Diagonally
  78. LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK DOOR | robinbenjamin4
  79. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Oh Danny Boy!
  80. Lookin’ out my back door | Passionate about Pets
  81. Daffodils | Overcoming Bloglessness
  82. Only the Blind May See | Lady J’s Library – The Desk of Julia Dina Blackowicz
  83. Daily post: Looking out our back door | Barbara Pyett
  84. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | Ramblings of A Nonsensical Nerd
  85. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | SIM | ANTICS
  86. LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK DOOR | Shetall says
  87. Come, stand with me | Emovere
  88. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  89. Lookin’ Out My Back Door | The Nameless One
  90. Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  91. Take a Look out the Window… | Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink
  92. Gizmo. | Trucker Turning Write
  93. Out my back door | Sharon’s meanderings
  94. interweb | Just Thinking
  95. My Back Yard | My Author-itis

17 thoughts on “[M.M.X.I.V. 93] So near yet so far

  1. While reading your description of the view from your building I could actually visualize it. I’ve been to Chicago many times and have seen all those places they are beautiful.


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