Kurt McKee

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Comedy of Errors

Posted 22 August 2005

Yesterday Amanda and I went into downtown Chi-town for some end-of-summer outdoor stuff, since it won't be warm for much longer here. However, most of the afternoon seemed to be spent either riding public transportation, or waiting for it.

We tried to make it out to Chicago's Airshow. The airshow ended early, however, so we arrived just in time to see large crowds leaving the lakefront (an estimated 2 million people attended the event). Disappointed, we turned to a nearby ice cream truck to lift our spirits. No sooner had I asked for an ice cream sandwich when a police officer hustled up and loudly announced "He's closed. May I see your license and registration, sir."

Turns out the truck was parked one foot from a fire hydrant. Surprise!

So, off to Navy Pier. Unfortunately, nothing caught our fancy, so we decided to take the trolley system to get to Grant Park and its magnificent fountain. We figured out we'd have to take the blue trolley to the red, and the red to the green. We got off the blue trolley just in time to be the only two people who couldn't fit on the first red trolley. When the next one arrived, the driver slowed down just long enough to yell that he was full and this was the last run for the day.

Well! off to the Red Line. We took the train to Grant Park and snapped some photos of the fountain, and then headed back into Evanston.

Highlights of the day:

  1. Amanda got to ride the L, which she had never done before.

  2. We saw the fountain on one of the last warm, sunny days of the summer.

  3. We saved a baby possum which had fallen into a trash can.

  4. We shooed off a cat that was harrassing a poor baby mouse, although the mouse was definitely not going to survive on its own -- it didn't even know to run away from us.