1.27.2009


The only U-Boat in the U.S.


The train exhibit. That's the Seattle space needle in the background.

The Indiana dunes at the train exhibit. Kayakers in the foreground. It's a model of where I got hurt, actually.



More kayakers and trains, this time they're running whitewater.



The sub again, with torpedo.



Gauntlets.




The view from the John Hancock bar.



Dragons at Macy's.



The bean.


Had a great weekend with A. in Chicago. We started at the Art Institute, where we got to see a bunch of paintings I'd only read about, including Nighthawks, which I love. Then dinner at Russian Tea Time, along with a flight of house-flavored vodkas. It was fun, though a lot of the meal was pretty meat-centered. Fun place though; it was fun to see the staff greet all the regulars. Then to the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building for a drink and a view. Then to Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind; a great presentation of 30 plays in 60 minutes. The show was great; they could get a surprising amount across in the course of 2 minutes.

We couch-surfed, crashing on the couch and floor of a benevolent stranger. In the morning, we had a great, cheap breakfast at one of Obama's old haunts, and then it was off to the Museum of Science and Industry. We got to walk through the only German U-Boat in the U.S., which was fantastic. The museum is great; we got to go through a coal mine, play with ship's rigging, and see a giant, giant model railroad. It was a great trip.




In other good news, my replacement crankset finally showed up. Had a couple of great rides today after I got everything bolted together. Chatted with the owner of the bike shop, bought some booze, drank lots of coffee, got some work done. Tough to complain.