dandaman Posted April 5, 2009 Share Posted April 5, 2009 It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time. --Mark Twain Well, it's been only about a month-and-a-half since my last trip report, but this time it was a hell of a lot different of circumstances -- some for the better, others not so much. My visit to Chicago was the result of a lot planning and patience on the part of our music director, so that we might compete in the Windy City. Granted, the Canadian nationals were being held in Toronto this year (and Ottawa last year) but we more or less agreed that we'd all been there before and Chicago would have been a better experience. And boy, what an experience. Giant city! With a Ferris wheel in the middle! Live jazz! Authentic deep-dish pizza! Trains everywhere! Exceeded exclamation point bandwidth! As usual, I'll post with a heavy helping of pop culture references, gratuitous that's-what-she-said jokes and unexpected delays between installments. Enjoy. "...And it was the BEST trip to Burger King ever!" Day 2 hopefully tomorrow... stay tuned for Navy Pier, live jazz, and a donkey! "Uhhh... so, hey, shot in the dark, you wanna... do somethin' sometime?" Just look at the sheer SIZE of his lance! (For the record, he managed to get it through a set of strategically-placed rings. I won't even touch that one.) Time slows down whenever he rides by... "My Little Pony, Apocalypse Pony, punish mankind for their siiiins..." Oh Em Gee! See, I intentionally take blurry photos to keep you guessing. Medieval Times dinner or Iwo Jima reenactment? The world may never know. "OFF WI' HIS HEAD!" "Hasn't started yet, Dan." "I know. Just practicing." So the whole thing with this is that we happened to sit in the section with the most handsome knight of the six. I'd made a comment along the lines of "Dude, I don't care if I'm straight, there's one guy that would cause any man to switch teams..." and it just kept snowballing from there. Final stop of the night, Medieval Times dinner... where it was all about RED-AND-YELLOW KNIGHT! "Hi... I'm art." I don't know, man... I just don't see it happening. BLASPHEMER! HERETIC! SLANDERER! "They're getting away, Captain!" "Not on my watch. FIRE THE TORPEDOES!" The lights flashed... the gates came down... the train passed by... and I JIZZED IN MY PANTS "Baroo... I am not a crook pretending to be someone who's not a crook!" (Though I might bash my camera in the kneecaps with a tire iron if it doesn't stop taking crappy pictures in cloudy weather.) "We're on a bridge, Charlie!" I think city council decided to have a little fun with confusing tourists when they designed the Hancock Tower over there to look most similar to the Sears Tower... Grainy Myspace stalker photo! I'm 1000 feet above the ground, but I've got both feet (and hands) clinging on for dear life. I may be a coaster enthusiast, but I'm still pretty afraid of heights. Not even porcelain deer can take that away. El Train FTW (Seriously, Chi-Town is a rail enthusiast's dream. You could barely look anywhere without finding an El, Metra, Amtrak or freight line.) "Now what else could make our city more artist-friendly? Well, how 'bout that old black tower?" "Chicago may seem uncomfortable and unwelcoming at first, but with a little effort... and some attractive porcelain deer..." It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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