Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The Colocs, Reunies

Well please excuse the delay in coverage of Meg's and my reunion on Sunday.  I've been otherwise occupied.  Heh.
 
Sunday was a beautiful day, and I woke up bright and early to hop on the South Shore to downtown Chicago.  For all of my readers who don't live in this area, the South Shore is this great little train that costs $9 one way and takes you right into the heart of downtown Chicago.  No traffic, no tolls, no expensive gasoline, just sit back on the dirty uncomfortable seat and enjoy the 2.5 hour ride.
 
At least, enjoy it until someone throws a pen at your face.
 
Yes, someone threw a pen at my face.  While the actual intentional throwing was never confirmed, it hit my nose so hard that I have to think there was a little plotting in there.  But since I had my eyes closed, we'll never know.  I just gave the man my best "go-to-hell-and-somersault-25-times" look, a la Akyaa (but no Ghanian accent), and went back to dozing.
 
So here are the highlights of the day, post-train ride:
 
Meg and I meet up at the Randolph St. Station.  Embrace.  The hetero life mates, together again.
 
Walk through the long station and underground parking to Michigan Ave.
 
Chicaaaaaaaaago!
 
Check out Millenium Park, which is just now opening, 4 years late.
 
Decide to come back later to check things out.
 
Head to Bennigan's for lunchies.
 
Put our name on the list for a table sur la terrasse and attendre un peu.
 
Discover that there are FRENCH PEOPLE there!  Waou!
 
Get a lovely table in the shade and have a good American meal.  Well, I guess it's an Irish style restaurant...so have a nice Irish-style American meal.
 
Order our lunch and ask for incredibly complicated changes and substitutions.  Cause we can.
 
Flag down waiter and demand free refills.  And more water.  Cause we can.
 
Leave Bennigan's and head down to the gigantic bean.
 
Get distracted along the way by the big people fountains.
 
Enjoy watching the kiddies play in the water, but get freaked out by the moving faces.
 
Move on again toward the bean.
 
Decide there are too many people around the bean, so sit down in the shade instead.
 
Make our way toward the waterfront.
 
See Navy Pier in the distance.  Decide to walk there.
 
Walk and Talk.
 
Talk and Walk.
 
Decide Navy Pier is much further than originally thought.
 
Sit down for a rest.
 
Decide to head back toward Millenium Park and get a drink instead.
 
Pop into Cosi's.
 
Snag a table on la terrasse.
 
Sip beverages and people watch.
 
Make our way back to Meg's car.
 
Court has a joyous reunion with her posters, which she has not seen since France.
 
Say our goodbyes.
 
Meg leaves.
 
Court heads back out to Michigan Ave.
 
Court buys coke.
 
Court finds train.
 
Court grabs one of the last seats left.
 
Court watches the mob of Cubs fans pack on.
 
Strange lady comes and sits down.  Pulls out a smelly container of yogurt and begins eating.
 
Court tries to breathe through her mouth but keeps forgetting.
 
Strange lady finally puts smelly yogurt away and pulls out bag of nuts.
 
Strange lady eats bag of nuts and pulls out a smelly health bar.
 
Court shoots mental daggers at Strange Lady with smelly food.
 
Strange lady eats health bar and it appears that she is now out of food.
 
Strange lady gets off at next stop.
 
Thank God.
 
Court stretches out.
 
Court notices guy in front of her, apparently rocking out to his headphones.
 
Court then realizes guy is not wearing headphones and is just rocking out.
 
Arrive in South Bend.
 
Thank God.
 
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It was a joyous reunion.  There will hopefully be another before I head down to Tex-ass, and before Meg heads over to Ireland.  But, if not, we'll always have Strasbourg.
 
 
 
 

2 Comments:

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Meg (because I refuse to make an account- matter of principe!)

We can't spend a day together without anything interesting happening, can we??? Hehe. Maybe next year will be boring.... yeah, right. We'll just have to wait and see.

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Meg (because I refuse to make an account- matter of principe!)

We can't spend a day together without anything interesting happening, can we??? Hehe. Maybe next year will be boring.... yeah, right. We'll just have to wait and see.

 

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