I am always happy when people decide to move to Chicago, especially young people. They are usually bright-eyed and ambitious and believe that they can achieve their dreams here. We Chicagoans always welcome these types with open arms. I met one such person tonight at my local watering hole-23 years old and his first night in the city as a resident (a cousin of a friend). He was thrilled to be here and anxious to get started on his future. The first thing we Chicagoans ask folks like this is- "What do you want to do?" Well, this guy was pretty focused, "I went to school for English, and I wanna write comedy." Well, he is in the right place for that. Given that he demonstrated a good sense of humor, we offered him all our connections in the theater and comedy communities. He was shocked. "What? I just came from Kansas City, nobody would do this for me there. They'd tell me I was stupid for dreaming. Why are you guys being like this?" Easy answer, because people in this city helped us when we were chasing our dreams too. We want everyone to be their best. If we can help out, we will. I had a nasty bruise from hockey and one of my friends commented on it. The new guy says, "Whoa, you play hockey? Wow. I would love to, but I can't skate." I said what all my hockey buddies told me when I started- "The only person who says you can't skate is you. No one is a natural skater. It's a learned skill. If you want to play, we'll help you learn to skate." He seemed shocked. "You're serious?" "Of course. No one will get down on you for being new. We'll help you as much as you need and nobody will ever be crappy to you while you're learning. We all went through it, and we all looked dumb at one point. It's a tough game, but you can learn it like we all did. But we will work you hard." His eyes lit up, "Dude, I'm there!" So we exchanged numbers and he is coming to a practice skate this weekend. I'm pretty sure he'll be hooked on the game. This is a universal theme in Chicago with regard to anything. If you want to do something and have passion, there is someone here who will help you get there, as long as you work hard along with the help. And yes, you're allowed multiple failures along the way. This is how we build strong businesses, by working together and learning together. These are strict Chicago values. It's why this town is so beautiful and the jewel of the midwest. Do we have problems? Sure we do, like any big city. But get anyone from any part of the country to come here, and they're amazed at what we have built. My friends who visit from NYC are always jealous. I love this town. Where I came from (Ohio) no one supported anyone. It was sink or swim. If you could not do something all by yourself, you were s*** on. If you weren't great at a sport, no one helped you get better, they left you in the dust and walked away. That attitude helps no one in any way. Ohio is going down the tubes. We're better when we are working together. I live by this philosophy and am glad I live in a place where others share it. Shouldn't this be what we all are working for? In my experience, conservatism works against these things and calls them "Socialism". I call it just being a decent human being.