Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Walk About Wednesday on the shore of Lake Michigan!!
Every few years. DL and I like to head for our favorite big city: Chicago!
It’s our favorite for many reasons: plenty to see and do, mostly accessible by public transportation or on foot;
the fun and fabulous Navy Pier;
a great lake breeze;
and it’s always nice to be surrounded by people who talk like me!
On this trip, I met my blogging friend Marianne from We Band of Mothers. We walked around the city, and then she took my up to the Signature Room at the top of the Hancock Building, where one can get the best views of the city. Actually, the ladies restroom has the best view. That’s where these shots were taken. I’m glad the men’s restroom wasn’t the one with the best view---that could have proved embarrassing. (I’ll also note that it was good planning on someone’s part; if I know anything about guys who’ve had a few drinks, I can see the temptation to wave your boy parts at the street below. Women wouldn’t do anything like that, mainly because they don’t have boy parts.)
(we were a little difficult to get in the photo together because she is tall and I am squatty.)
(PS: this was an EXCELLENT drink that I believe I have copied and I will publish the recipe soon!)
Marianne and I walked a lot, which was great—the weather was hot and sunny, so I lost a few pounds and my pedometer was grinning at me (fitbits make faces!) and we stopped by a very cute firehouse next to a park. The firemen went out on a call, so we sat on the bench and chatted. Marianne’s husband is a city fireman, so she knows all kinds of lore, like how the firehouse is public property and they have to let you used their bathroom. Then the firemen came back and Marianne bought me a t-shirt. Firehouses sell t-shirts to pay for incidentals and things the firemen need for the firehouse. If you get a chance to buy a fireman shirt, do it!
(This fireman was closer to my size. He had just graduated from training, and he was very nice. I read a book once, back when I first graduated from college, that said firemen make the best husbands. I CANNOT for the life of me remember the name of it. If I ever do, I am going to send a copy to Marianne.) DL was at the Museum of Science and Industry, so he didn’t have a chance to see me hanging out at the “hose house,” which is probably a good thing.
That evening DL and I went to see our young friend, the lovely and talented Sarah Barnhardt, perform at Second City! I gotta love a gal who goes for it!
(Would have loved to visit with Linda this time, but she was busy WRITING HER BOOK! Jealous, party of one!)
Of course we had to check out the place where former Second City/future Saturday Night Live stars got their inspiration.
…as well as pay homage at the home of my favorite dish towels. (Don’t let DL fool you, he LOVES C&B and we have to try out every sofa.) They were playing tunes from Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life, one of my all-time favorite albums, so of course I had to sing. I do that a lot in retail establishments.
It was a great long weekend for a walkabout!! We’ll be back in a couple of years, Chicago!