Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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Originally uploaded by wordnerdy.
so, i'm back from chicago and happy to be home!

chicago was pretty fun and all--highlights included seeing barack obama (pictured! drool!) and david sedaris (hilarious as always!), catching the tail end of the pride parade, going to some pretty cool ALA sessions, wandering around the city, getting a photo with people in cat outfits, and eating lots of yummy food (especially at the vegan/vegetarian chicago diner)--not necessarily in that order. there were a bunch of things stef wanted me to write about in my blog, but i don't really remember them all now. stef's kind and hospitable brother, who lives near oprah's studio, was nice enough to host us for many days, so big props to john.

we spent friday afternoon at the museum of science and industry, which besides being sort of lame was obviously cruel to animals (i swear one of the chicks in the hatchery was dead, and erin raised the important point of "where do they take the chickens when they grow up?"). i think we were too tired from walking in the hot hot sun to fully enjoy the place, or maybe it was that the good exhibits cost an extra 12 dollars. screw you, science and industry museum!

other things we did this weekend were mentioned above, more or less, and maybe i will write more later, or maybe my travel companions will add comments of their own.

anyway, photos are here. sadly, some of my pictures from the weekend (like the waiters serenading maureen last night b/c it was her birthday) did not turn out, and flickr apparently had some issues uploading 84 pictures at once so some tags and titles are missing. be sure and scroll through to see several pictures of mr. obama, who was an amazing speaker, and to see erin with a sword.

9 comments:

pinky pinkerson said...

it sounds like you made the most of the trip!

and i've been to the chicago diner several times - they are legendary for their poor service. i hope you didn't get any of that.

wordnerdy said...

oh, definitely not! our waitress was really nice, prompt, etc, and even took that picture of me and erin.

we did have kind of bad service at the pizza place, but i think there was only one waiter working and he seemed pretty confused, so we didn't hold it against him.

i enjoyed chicago but i am very glad to be back home in nc!

mrlunch said...

Winfrey & Obama in 2008!!!!
There is no way they could lose. The Chi-town all stars would crush the competition.

Glad you had fun on your trip--sounds incredible. I love that city.

Just wanted to say your blog is one of the best. Recently, I was having a hard time finding something good to read and thought I'd call or email you for a tip. Then I remembered your blog! Anyway, now I have a list of 6 or 7. If only I could read as fast as you...

wordnerdy said...

i don't know if you noticed this from the pictures, but we were staying right down the street from oprah's studio (there are a couple shots of harpo doorways/parking signs). heh. i liked barack obama but after seeing him speak, i was just overwhelmed with his awesomeness. he really is an amazing speaker.

anyway--nice to hear from you. :) let me know which books you read! and i'm sure that i read so much b/c i haven't got much else to do, so you should be glad you don't get through as many books as i do. :)

wordnerdy said...

er, to clarify my above comment: "i liked barack obama BEFORE I SAW HIM" but then after i saw him i realized how truly awesome [in the old-fashioned sense of the word] he is.

pinky pinkerson said...

I LOVE the day of the dead cake. And I chuckled at the LV cake-in-progress.

wordnerdy said...

yeah--the cakes at that place almost made me want to have a wedding!

dc nahm said...

Shit: I read that comment and I was expecting a George Romero's "Day of the Dead" cake. That would be truly awesome. I would vote for it. Of course, then the cake would become embroiled in a scandle and I would have to be ashamed of it and this post would come back to haunt my own presidential aspirations.

wordnerdy said...

i am sure they could make a zombie cake if you asked, and try to keep it scandal-free . . .