Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Hired Man goes to the big city

It was kinda like "Goober Goes to Chicago." Every once in a while we have to load up and head into a metropolis just to see how the other 90% lives. Well, we just got home from one such foray. (I drug along the Missus, the daughter and son-in-law, and two grand kids -- 1 and 3 years of age.)

Transportation was provided by Amtrak and then Megabus on the return (look it up - ) Our hotel was of a class that was clearly above our station in life, but it had excellent views of the Chicago River and the skyline of Chi town.

Well, we just had an excellent time and nearly froze our collective hineys off. Boy Howdy, was it cold. (When was the last time you heard Boy Howdy'?) We had two and a half days in town, but ran out of time quickly. Here is what we saw:
  • Millennium Park
  • Macy's Christmas windows and Santa
  • The Science and Industry Museum (5 stars)
  • The Shedd Aquarium
  • The German Christmas Market
  • "Precious" at the Movie Theatre
  • Quite a lot of town thru the taxi window.
Here is what we learned:
  • Those city fellers sure know how to charge a lot. (Or, as they say in the country, "They's real proud of their stuff.")
  • No matter where you are you can get a taxi quick.
  • There is a real good reason that they call it "The Windy City."
  • Big Cities are really kinda neat -- enough to spend up to two and a half days.
  • There sure are lots of things to see and we'd like to go back again once we save up some cash.
  • It is so much fun to have a Christmas break with family.
  • Little grand kids are wonderful but very tiring.
The trip got us in the Christmas mood, so we are sending along a heartfelt "Happy Christmas" to everyone.

From down on the Bluff, The Hired Man

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