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Jul. 22nd, 2009

01:12 pm - Back home from Chicago!

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Did I mention a week ago that I was visiting Chicago? Yea, even so soon after Anthrocon? It seems I didn't.

Well anyway, I visited Chicago for a week and hung out with timmowarner and qaianna, and I just got back last night. That's why you didn't hear much from me lately. Chicago was fun, and we did lots of sightseeing and foodeating. Here's a day-by-day summary:


Tuesday, July 14: Flew to Chicago while watching "The Nomi Song" on my DVD player and rented an SUV. Don't worry, it was a hybrid. We were going to need an SUV because Qaianna is very tall and doesn't really fit in my Yaris. We checked into the Hyatt Woodfield, the same hotel that MFF was held in until last year. They've redecorated the place!

Wednesday, July 15: We drove to Rock Island in the Quad Cities to pick up Qaianna. Then we saw "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". Spoiler: Snape kills somebody.

Thursday, July 16: We went to the Museum of Science and Industry. There was a huge model train set connecting Chicago and Seattle by rail. I didn't realize the two towns were so close! Then we went to White Castle, and then I learned how to play Munchkin.

Friday, July 17: We hung around Schaumburg and went to Woodfield Mall. In FYE, over the store sound system, I heard the bonus remix tracks they put on the end of the 25th anniversary rerelease of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". The remixes SUCK! "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" featuring Fergie sounds retarded started, and Kanye West's remix of "Billie Jean" is heavy and thudding. Imagine MJ forced to wear lead boots. The third remix was of a song from a different album that I'm not familiar with, but I bet it sucks too.

Saturday, July 18: We went to Navy Pier. It's an actual pier, with an amusement park on it! There are rides, shows, restaurants, boat tours, exhibition halls, and other attractions. We went through the Funhouse Maze (I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been so tired at that point), we took a boat tour and saw the skyline from Lake Michigan, and we rode the Ferris Wheel (which is constantly moving slowly and you have to get on and off while it's moving). Then we went to Glenn's Diner, a restaurant that serves seafood and cereal. There was a long wait for a table and another long wait to get our food. But my swordfish was sword-delish, and it made quite a sword-dish.

Sunday, July 19: We went to a couple of geeky toy stores (HobbyTown and White Wizard Toys), got some Krispy Kreme doughnuts, played Ninja Burger, and ate dinner at Todai just before closing. I parked on the wrong side of the mall, and when we came out of Todai, the mall was closed down and we had to walk around it! Then Timmo patched his iPhone into the hotel TV and we watched some Rifftrax shorts.

Monday, July 20: We visited the Sears Tower, the tallest building in America, and got in line for the Skydeck. We had to wait in no less than six long lines just to get to the elevator! Oh, apparently the building was renamed the Willis Tower four days before we got there, but most Chicagoans won't accept this new name. Then we ate dinner at Olive Garden. It was weird to be there without Babs, and to be there while the sun was still up! But I found a new thing I like: the stuffed mushrooms. Yum!

Tuesday, July 21: I flew home while watching "The Big Lebowski" and got home late.


So how was your week?

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From:frostyw
Date:July 22nd, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I had the house and the office to myself as both my parents and my boss were on vacation last week.

Ninja Burger is a fun game. I also have the expansion for it as well.

Munchkin's easy enough once you understand the concepts of "kick down the door", "looking for trouble" and "looting the room".
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From:timmowarner
Date:July 22nd, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Bizarre!

That's almost exactly what I did last week!
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From:rikchik
Date:July 22nd, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I think I went to Navy Pier about 13 years ago - they had a Virtual World franchise so I got to play the battle mech game, and I wore my tie-dye Animaniacs shirt and had someone yell "Hello Nurse" at me.
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From:orv
Date:July 22nd, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I visited Chicago a few years ago. I kept getting Blues Brothers deja vu while driving on Lower Wacker Drive.
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From:wildfox34
Date:July 22nd, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
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I seem to end up visiting Chicago every month. As matter of fact, I was in the Chicago area on the 18th. The local furry group was having their monthly softball meet in Lombard. Had a great crowd for the meet too!

I was supposed to visit Navy Pier a couple years ago in a non-furry related trip, but that got canceled due to some drama with my roommate's family and his father's mother.
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