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I forgot this from the trip…..

I just remembered this little tidbit from the trip….while I was on the Indiana Tollroad in the huge rainstorm that I told you about in the last post..(just look down…it’s easy), I had just cleared a group of cars and it was great to get out of the spray since you couldn’t see a thing. Well…I’m in the left lane, starting to make some pretty good time and came on an Explorer that was in the center lane of three, I’m probably 5 or 6 car lengths back and a deer comes flying over the center dividing wall and lands in my lane. The guy in the Explorer locks up his brakes and starts to swerve toward me….I see his headlights pointing at me, the deer is staring at me (in that split second), and the only thing I can think of to do is floor it…..worked out pretty well….

June 13th

Well…was going to write when I got back into GR last night but by the time I got the wreck unloaded, laundry in the washer, and my first drink, I just didn’t feel like it. The trip back from Chicago was interesting; at least crossing the Indiana toll road where it was raining so hard it was just about black at 6 pm…and then you had the idiots in the left lane (yeah, the one that I own) going about 45 on the e-way and plugging up the whole works. That continued onto I-94 (the rain and the idiots) so I just had to slow down and let the traffic clear before I could get going…needless to say there was no record time for the 184 miles…maybe next time.

All of the walking we did gave me blisters and re-injured my shins so I’m a little sore today but the ibuprofen seems to be working…going to take today off and just watch racing all day along with a few naps…I am old after all…more later…

June 12th

Well…slept a little better last night since my daughter gave me some prescription sleeping pills to try….that or the beer worked. Just trying to get moving to get ready for the USA England match this aft….and need to pack my stuff up so I can take off after the match. I am kind of looking forward to getting back to GR but I’m not as antsy as I thought I’d be…well, not now, since it’s the last day. Yeah, I know, I’m a pretty screwed up individual if I can’t enjoy hanging out with my daughter…but I really do think it’s the whole getting used to being alone thing….who knows? Going to watch the last half of the Korea/Greece match so I’ll end here…maybe more later when I get back to GR, my couch, and manhattans…

June 11, part 2

Well….it has been kind of a long day but had quite a bit of fun….my daughter and I rode our bikes from out here in the west side of Chicago downtown to the spice shop; the last time they were in GR they brought me some great spices like Jamaican Jerk spice and one called “gateway to the north” which is a maple flavor with some kick to it. I had to buy a big bag of each since I use them on almost everything and it was only about 20 bucks for both and a new one that has lemon and lime flavor. Can’t wait to get home and cook some chicken….

Then we came back here and took the train downtown and saw the end of the Blackhawk’s parade and some fireworks they had on the river on the way to the blues festival at Grant Park. Didn’t stay too long since it was really hot and we were drenched before we even got there. Plus, all the walking used new muscles that now hurt like crazy and I have blisters on my feet even with wearing my running shoes. Oh, well….going out for sushi for dinner in a few minutes and then not much else since we are all kind of worn out. Probably not more later but I promise more after I get home tomorrow evening…it’s going to be manhattans when I get back…

Oh, and I promise some topical outrage or some more life stuff that is not as mundane as I’ve been writing lately…

June 11th

Well….I did get a bunch of music ripped last night but didn’t sleep very well….never do when I’m away probably because I don’t travel much anymore. It has stormed here in Chicago already this morning, and there is more coming to look at the radar, so the blues fest may be out. Not sure what is on the agenda for today if that goes away but I’m sure we can find something to do; need to say away from downtown, though, since the Blackhawks are having the Stanley Cup parade today. Don’t know why I’m so uncomfortable staying in my daughter’s place but I think it’s that I spend so much time alone now that it is strange when I’m with people for extended periods of time. Trying to just live in the moment and enjoy the time here and I hope I’ll be more successful doing that later today and early tomorrow…but I will be going back to GR Sat aft….more later….

June 10th part 2….

Well…made it to Chicago pretty easily…almost without a map but not quite…have already fixed my daughter’s bike (put new fenders on it) and walked to the hardware store to get some parts. The car ran great all the way here…I think better than ever and turned over 280K on the way here…now if the duct tape will hold up on the door and windshield post back to GR, I’ll be pretty happy. Looking at her music collection right now to see what she has that I can rip…more later…

June 10th

Well…it was good to see the Blackhawks win the cup last night but I think the parade is going to screw up my going to the free blues fest in Millennium Park since the route goes right by it….maybe it will be fun to see it but probably not. I’m sure we can find something else to do until the parade is over. Getting ready to go out for coffee…more later…

June 9th

Well…taking it easy today since I’m getting ready to travel tomorrow and don’t want to be hungover going to Chicago. I know, it’s not like I’m going to Europe or anything and the way I drive it only takes about 2 1/2 hours to get there from GR…but I’m trying to cut back on the booze for a while to avoid all those empty calories. More later….

June 8th

Well…had an almost normal night last night, since it was Monday, out with G for a few beers and then back here to watch the Obama’s speech from K-zoo…the wireless was down but got that running this morning so I can get back online. Not a lot to say right now but I will give a heads up that I’m going to touch on how aggrieved religious folks seem these days….I don’t understand why it is so important for them that other ideas be stifled…why do they feel so threatened?

That might be the topic today but who knows? Haven’t read the papers yet and there may be something else that will arouse my ire or nothing…you’ll just have to come back to see..you know the regular schedule..work out, bike, then write…more later…

June 7th

well..there was Sunday Funday yesterday out to Logan’s with K, V, and C,….had fun but no winnings at Keno. It was nice to get out after being home here for 5 days…man, I have to start finding things to do. It is weird that one of my sons is going through the same thing right now. I am getting excited about going to Chicago thurs and it looks like the weather is going to be good for Thurs and Fri but storms on Sat, but that’s okay since I’ve decided to come back Sat after the game. The funny thing is that when I talked to my daughter yesterday, she had already figured out that I couldn’t stay Sat night….but I look at it as giving them some time to have to themselves after having me there for two nights…and there are things I need to take care of here that I can only let go for a couple of days. And, you know how it is, I sleep really badly here…being in a strange bed just aggravates that problem. When I used to travel for work, I never really adjusted to the new sounds and had to use earplugs to sleep at all.

Doesn’t look like there will be much to do this week until I leave but I do have to check out the wreck to make sure it will make it…yeah, it’s really old and I may be able to get it to 300K miles before the body falls off.

I promise I’ll have some topical stuff later after I read the newspapers this morning…after all, the outrage is still bubbling under the skin and I need to get some of it out…not all, since I find that it powers me at times…more later