September 22, 2009

Because Caffeine Is Important In My Life

I nearly forgot to blog this, then read this post by Laura and for some reason it reminded me.  No idea why.  No stabbing was involved in the making of this post.  

We got to Chicago an hour earlier than I thought we would. (those fun little things that download from airlines to your computer calendar... yeah... they stay within the same time zone so when you look at the times on the calendar they don't adjust for losing an hour - I miss those things - I am lame like that)

So after we got to the hotel and checked in, the first place we headed was Starbucks.   I don't generally head out the door first thing in the morning so I find travel early in the day to be very exhausting.  Extra caffeine is necessary.  Very necessary.

It was a gorgeous day and there were quite a number of people out and about.  The Starbucks closest to us was at Division & Dearbourn - think busy - especially Division as it's a major East-West. Although Dearbourn is no slouch either.  We're crossing with the green and in about the middle of Division when we hear a girl shreaking off to our left. 

Of course everyone looks that way.  We do too and keep walking.  The shrieks resolve to a girl (maybe early 20's I don't know didn't see her too well).  She's running down the sidewalk on Division.  She's wearing what looks like a bathing suit with a strapless sundress over it.  She is barefoot.

She's screaming and waving her arms "Help me!  Help me!"  Over and over while running flat out.  She gets to the opposite corner from where we are and, without stopping or looking, proceeds to dash diagonally across the intersection to the opposite sidewalk and up Dearbourn, exactly where we had been walking 30 seconds earlier. 

She's damn lucky she wasn't hit by a car.  Just sheer luck that it was a switch over time and no one was jumping the light in either direction. (almost a miracle by Chicago driving standards - I think the drivers even heard her yelling and wanted no part of her - especially adorning their front bumpers).

Oh... what was she running from?  Right behind her leisurely pedaling their bicycles were 2 Chicago cops.  They weren't chasing her down so much as following along until she ran out of steam. 

Everyone saw the cops, shook their heads and went about their business.  We laughed and went in to get some lovely caffeine. 

Welcome to Chicago. Heh.

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September 20, 2009

Back

Exhausted.  Had a great time. Didn't look at anything online including email or websites so I'll be playing catch up for a few days - don't care.  It was nice to get away from the inbox and nearly all the ridiculous news of the world. Heh.

BTW. You should know, we increased the coolness factor of parents everywhere by hanging out with the kids at several bars around town.  The only thing I would have done differently would have been to purchase earplugs before hitting the final bar where the decibel level was off the charts. 

Now I need to rest up from the long weekend.

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September 09, 2009

University Administration in Action is a Scary Thing

First - set down the drink. 
Second - swallow.
Third - read on you should be safe enough now.

Via my wonderful friend Mirm we have this absolute gem of a post by the Cranky Lit Prof. 

What are you waiting for?  Click the link!

 

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