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Monday, September 5, 2011


My husband and I took the train into The City.

Everyone calls Chicago 
That distinguishes it from all of the other cities, I guess.

The train was crowded.
I sat next to a giant sunflower seed eating gerbil.
She was disguised as a woman.
For 1 and 1/2 hours
this gerbil/woman
methodically ate sunflower seeds off of an actual sunflower head
which she held in a bag on her lap.
1. Pluck seed
2. Put seed in mouth
3.Crack seed with teeth
4. Fish seed out with tongue
5.  Chew
6.Spit shell in hand
7. Deposit shell back into giant Sunflower Head bag
8. Repeat

The amazing part is that it had - rather - a rhythm to it
Not once.
Although, surprisingly enough
she was able to continue talking.
It was oddly fascinating.
And disgusting all at the same time.
Not as bad as the time I rode the train and watched a man shave.
Or, as my friend observed-
watched a man clip his toenails.
It's FUN to ride the train into

We walked to the Wrigley Building
(The building that gum built)
Yes, folks, I'm here to educate you
To see a large crowd of people

No.  Those are just skyscrapers.


Can't tell?
Wait.  I'll get you closer.

It'a a giant 26 foot statue of
Marilyn Monroe
From this scene in Seven Year Itch

I don't know why she's there.
It's Chicago!
We do things like this.
Taking wedding pictures under the 
Amazonian Marilyn is apparently
another thing we do.

We also like to set babies down next to the giant foot
stare, gawk and laugh at Marilyn's "nether regions."
Every man there HAD to stand under her dress and look up!!
It just had me and my husband laughing our heads off.
My husband refused to stand under her dress and point
so that I could get a good picture.

The artist had the good sense
to paint undies on our dear Marilyn.
I knew you'd want proof.
So, I took a picture.

She's pretty cool in a Sci-Fi sort of way.

We left there.  Found some cool beverages.
AND - decided to take the river taxi to China Town.

I took some nice photos of the river while we waited.

The river taxi drops you off at a nice little park in China Town.

We walked from there to the restaurant and had a fabulous dinner!

We ate too much.
Had a great time.
Missed our train by 1 MINUTE!
Had to wait 2 hours in the train station...
But, it was a perfect day.
A beautiful day.
Cue Bono


Mac n' Janet said...

Went to Chicago a few years ago and really liked it. Didn't see Marilyn though and definitely didn't know about a water taxi to China Town, thanks for the trip!

Cameron said...

Aw man! First the blown tire...then missing your train by a minute! Yikes!

Maybe you shouldn't leave your house?
But, then again, you couldn't show us proof of a gigantic Marilyn showing gigantic whitey tighties...cuz you know we wouldn't believe you otherwise...haha!

I love the sky in your just lokks like a perfect day! So glad it really was :)

Terri Kahrs said...

I'm finally plugged back into the Matrix after a long weekend, and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a humongous statue of Marilyn . . . . here!!!! Holy Cow! She's awesome!!! I'm sorry to say that I've never been to Chicago, so I really enjoyed the tour, Kathy! And, BTW - I think that it's funny that you stood underneath to take an "undies" pic while your husband decided to be a "good boy"!!!! LOL!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

In the Light of the Moon said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time and creating wonderful memories with your friend.I think I would have gone a little crazy with the gerbil/lady chewing on her sunflower seeds.Heehee.Hugs,Cat

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

I love Chicago. I've been there at least four times, all to the Magnificent Mile and then the outskirts like Jolliet to look for a house (although I never did end up moving there). I ate at Gino's East often, and Billy Goat's (and of course messed up my order and the chef scared me to death) and I just love it!

Ann said...

Your Chicago photos are wonderful and fun. We haven't been there for the longest time! Been meaning to get to a Cubs or Sox game. Hubby and I spent the past weekend in northern Colorado with a day trip to Laramie. Visited the Wyoming Territorial Prison--what a place!