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Sleeping in Chi-Town (Day 5)

If you haven’t read the “locked out” post from earlier today, please do if you wish to laugh hysterically.

After FINALLY leaving Peoria at 4:15pm I headed out for Chicago. I still was a little paranoid about having been locked out but talked a while to Kristen and then to the family which helped level me out.

This…

goes here. And that about sums up Illinois for the most part. Well, even the midwest. You can add in soy too, lots of that!

From a distance, Chicago was hazy (and up close) but maybe it’s just the day? Once I got closer I smelled that industrial/urine smell you smell in the elevators for the Metro in DC?

Anyways, it’s HUGE. I’ve never been here and I’m sure (as long as I’m kind of dry) tomorrow should be lots of fun :-)

I arrived in Chicago at Dieter’s fancy little pad. It’s a brick building, but real nice inside. I think the oven hasn’t been used recently, cause the first time I tried to cook a pizza, it didn’t quite work, but 2nd time was the charm. Go figure?

Thanks to GuysEatingStuff for the shoutout. I’m going to see what I can find to eat in Chicago tomorrow…. hmmm… mmmm….


Locked Out in Underwear!

You expected stories from my trip, and here is #1. Oh dear.

Sooo, funny story. Was getting ready to head out of Will’s place, and was doing laundry/cleaning and missed throwing a can into the recycling bin in the garage. I didn’t want to let the dog out, so I closed the door going into the garage behind me (cause it was unlocked all weekend, and I just figured that was the case). So I turn around to go back in and… door is locked… Shit! This sucks.

To make things worse, I was about to go get some laundry out of the dryer inside so I was currently in only my underwear… and I was now locked in the garage… GREAT.

Luckily, I found Will’s motorcycle pants lying around and a dirty t-shirt. Better than just underwear if I was to go outside? I figured the best. So I opened the garage, and walked around the house, tried all the doors… no luck. I came back in and figured I could pick the lock? I looked around for something and then saw a droor that said “picks”. Whoa, awesome! Unfortunately I have no idea how to use one, so I tried for a quick minute, and then accepted my failure. I didn’t want to break a lock in this whole embarassing process. Now, when I was fiddiling with the lock, of course someone is walking their dog by, and I say “hi”. Akward… anyways, I give up.

It’s 11:30am… Will comes home around 5? I only have to wait 5+ hours, and I avoid public embarassment, and don’t cause any damage. I lay around for an hour, soak up some sun… this isn’t working. I came up with a good idea, I could call him… IF i knew his number… and IF I could actually make a call. I heard the man across the street talking and decided to go over and introduce myself and explain the situation. He realized I was the guy who had the Virginia car this weekend and luckily believed my story. I then went in and had a little conversation while he booted up a OLD Windows 98 computer and used dial up. I even saw a blue screen of death… but… this is my only option.

So, I am pleasant with him, he’s very kind to allow me to use his computer and I find an email from Will with his cell phone number. I call him and he tells me how I can get in! Yay! Saved! So nearly 2 hours after I am locked out, I get back in. So, now it’s 4pm and I’m heading off the the grocery store than Chicago. CRAZY!


What is going on? Day 4

I fudged the dates with blogger so that the days will stay in order. The following two post are both brand new as well! (Within the last 12 hours)

Not too much to report for day 4, and not even any pictures, except for being hungover, helping Will’s friend Emily pack her moving truck, A delicious Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard, A delicious home cooked meal from Will and Elizabeth, and the viewing of a great movie!

I’m not a movie buff, but Dark Knight was pretty amazing. Heath Ledger was outstanding, and it was just well put together. Oh yeah, and has ANYONE ever seen a movie staring Morgan Freeman that wasn’t good? He’s one of my favorite actors just because he never lets you down.

So it turns out that 3/4 of the way through the movie, the movie theatre was struck by lightning and power went out. Mildly annoying, but wasn’t too bad. I was really just totally amazed by the quality of the projection (being the geek that I am). I don’t see movies much, and certainly not at decent theatres (ones in “rural” Virginia), but this was really good quality, and used some sort of DLP projector. I will definitely have to get myself an HDTV at some point to just zone out and watch pretty things on a screen :-)

Today I am headed off to Chicago after laundry is finished and a few errands! Thanks “Dieter” for letting me stay at your place!