Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Anonymous
    April 17, 2009at12:27 am

    who are these people?

  • Sadie
    April 17, 2009at7:27 am


  • Sid
    April 17, 2009at8:33 am

    competitive eaters?

  • Val
    April 17, 2009at9:41 am

    Sid is correct.

  • Jen
    April 17, 2009at3:29 pm

    I think I recognize them from….Kristal Square Off? Is one Joey Chestnut? Or maybe Deep Dish?

  • Walter
    April 18, 2009at7:51 pm

    So what’s mohawk dude’s training regimen like? I want details here, stalker.

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