May 26 - 28 Long Grove, IL ~ Karen and Mike

Trip Start Mar 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 03, 2008

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The WINDY CITY lived up to it's name.   I could not believe that the
end of May, I was experiencing such blustery weather.   Karen and I
wrapped in fleece and gloves for a tour of downtown Chicago.   First
stop The Bean.   No wait... first stop getting off the train was at
Caribou's Coffee for a little java bean.   Yum!   Then onto the Bean.  
This was too much fun!!   If you haven't been there, please make it a
must see, a huge reflective bean.   It will bring out the magical child
in anyone.   We took so many pictures of us playing at the bean with
the Chicago City Scape reflected in each of them.   Mary C met us for
lunch and then more photo ops and playing at the bean.  We are easily
entertained and this was the perfect play spot.   We even crawled under
and took pictures laying on the pavement and begged strangers to "take
our pictures".  

Mary had to go back to work, but my fellow
Sag, Karen and I continued on a downtown tour.  Highlight would be the
chocolate store that loaded us up with free candy just for the asking.
Leaving the store, we are standing at a red light with all of the other
pedestrians and a girl beside me is on her phone telling someone that
she wants some candy.   Fresh from the candy store, I hand her a piece
which she readily takes.   

I really noticed that Chicago was
different than my expectations.   In my 20's, I worked for Hertz
reservations and I hated talking to anyone from Chicago.   What a
delight to find such warm  people with easy smiles and conversation.  
Every other block held someone wanting you to sign a petition for their
cause and even with shakes of the head and no thank you's, they were
pleasant and unobtrusive.  It was a nice surprise.

Our final
stop downtown was to American Girl!   This wasn't around when I was a
child, but I knew all about it from when my daughter was a pre-teen and
then my godchild.  Such fun, to become a child again and go through the
store looking at all of the dolls and wardrobes.  We searched out our
own "just like me" doll and delighted at the "twin" dolls.  What a
great marketing scheme.  What little girl doesn't want twins and AG
gets to see 2 dolls instead of 1.   Genius.

Karen and I had only
met once before at the infamous TerrieStock and I loved getting to know
here and her husband Mr Mo.    (aka: Dorothy and Superman)   I stayed
in the pink princess room, how could I not feel special?   Mr. Mo won
my heart when he took all the mugs that I was collecting for Bethany
and packaged them in an easy to carry crate.  

This was a short but delightful visit!
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