So the day started off pretty awesome… Found some cock roaches crawling in our hotel room… Maybe that’s why the room was only $61 after taxes….
We had a short drive to the windy city. Only took us about 2 hoursish. The coolest part of that ride was we passed thru a humongous, and by that I mean really, really, really big, wind farm. That is a modern marvel of modern engineering, yes I know that was redundant. They as quite awesome to look at and know that they are trying to help save what form of a planet we have left.
Once we got there we got inline for our tickets to the skydeck. Its the tallest building in the western hemisphere, or so said the website. When you get there you literally take elevators around the building (well up and down… Elevators that go around the building would be awesome). You go down to the basement to get your tickets then up to the top. 103 floors up and only 60 seconds in the elevator. Once at the top we could only see about 5-6 miles in each direction, not a perfect weather day for Chicago. The view was still beautiful. You can see the majority of the city and the, for lack of a better term, sea port for lake Michigan. While on the 103rd floor they built in these state of the art glass boxes. You actually stand in a glass box that projects 5′ off the side of the building and you can look straight down…. It was quite freaky and awesome all at the same time. While standing there you get is feeling that the floor could give out any minute. Needless to say I took quite the group of pictures, I’ll post them later, so I can make some awesome panoramas of the city. Also got TJ some more shot glasses for his collection.
After we waited in line again to get down from the top floor then back up to street level, all by elevators, we started to walk to millennium park. On the way we stopped at Al’s beef. They won awards for their beef and hot dogs in a multitude of magazines. I ordered 2 Chicago style dogs. Luscious Vienna beef dog with mustard, Chicago style relish, peppers, and celery salt… Holy Jesus, I still have Niagara falls going on in my mouth just thinking about them. Little did I know when ordering that both came with a side of fries. Clearly I wasn’t thinking when ordering and forgot a drink, but let’s be honest when you put something that delicious in front of me I might forget everything else. Now, frankly speaking (pun intended?), I am not a huge hot dog fan. I mean I love the occasional dirty dog from NYC, and my grandparents and parents can make a mean onions in red sauce BUT hot dogs aren’t my thing. But once I bit into that mound of deliciousness everything was right in world… And yes I ate most of my 2 orders of fries…. Ginger and Mary Ann both ordered a double dog. 2 of those same glorious Vienna beef sticks all on 1 bun covered in mustard. According to them it was defiantly an award winning stick of beef. (twss)
After that lovely and ultra satisfying lunch, we went to millennium park. The giant Lima bean!!! That thing is awesome and fun to look at. It reflects the view of everything around it and distorts it all at the same time. Quite amazing, again pictures to follow. We also checked out the huge amphitheater thingy, not really sure what it’s called but I think you get the idea. Then went down to the water… Let me just say that lake Michigan seems to be the sailing lake… I think I would need like 40 sets of fingers and toes to count all the sails boats docked… Pure craziness.
While at the docks we saw that there was a storm coming, so we decided to high tail it up to wrigley’s field so catch that photo op. Being that it was 6 miles away we caught a taxi with a lovely man from Romania. Anyone know of any single ladies in Chicago for my man Gabriel? We should hook him up, he’s been here 6 months and a joy to drive with. So we caught our pictures, while it was raining and then we figured we should hit up the next leg of our journey… Ohio.
After an odd train ride, which entailed a really hot girl falling on me, and me making some quick witted “frank” style jokes, we got back to the car, Mary Ann called to cancel the hotel in porter Indiana. Let me start by saying that the cancellation said we had till 5pm central time and it was only 4:02 pm central time. In typical italian fashion I would be screaming at the guy on the phone, but Mary Ann kept her cool. Let me take a second to talk about the Indian fellow on the other end of the line. He kept saying please hold one moment, I’m just checking on that… He said that like 15 times or about 9 minutes…
Now off to Sandusky… Callahan auto here we come.
Please hold one moment, I’m just checking on that….