Thursday, July 17, 2008

Windy City Road Trip

I'm back from Chicago and the whirlwind trip my friend Allison won to go see the Giants play the Cubs at Wrigley Field!

Friday July 11 - Cubs 3, Giants 1
The morning started with a City Segway Tour of Chicago (that's the same company I'll be working for here in SF).  

After seeing the sights we headed to the Red Line to take us to Wrigley.  Our favorite quote of the trip came from a woman standing at the platform. When she heard the announcement that the next train would be an express to Fullerton, she clapped and shouted "Haaay, that's my stop!" I've never seen anyone that excited about MUNI.
The Giants lost yet we braved a visit to the Cubby Bear, where we commiserated with other Giants fans and listened to a rather annoying victory song "Go, Cubs, Go".  

Not ones to wallow in sorrow or waste any time, we finished up the evening with a Second City show, pizza and dancing!

Saturday, July 12 - Cubs 8, Giants 7
Off to a slow start, we made it back to Wrigley for game #2.  The Cub fans next to us were entertaining, but by the bottom of the 8th with the Giants behind 7-2, we decided to leave and go get some deep dish pizza.

While riding the bus away from Wrigley, the bus driver asked two guys who boarded if the game was over.  "No, it's tied 7 all in the bottom of the 9th."  WHAT??  Yeah, the Giants scored 5 runs in the 9th inning.  Five!  After riding further away and kicking ourselves for leaving, we jumped off the bus, got in a cab and drove back to Wrigley.  But once you leave, they don't let you back in so...
we rolled into Goose Island Brew Pub to watch the rest of the game on TV. Sadly, the Cubs scored in the 11th inning.  Not only did we lose, but they had to play that song.

On to Millennium Park, the bean, the Crown Fountain, some bizarre acrobatic show of sorts and a late dinner.

Sunday, July 13 - Giants 4, Cubs 2
For the first time of the weekend, we were there for the entire game and the Giants won!  No irritating song and no overwhelming crowds at the Cubby Bear!  We were able to eat a Chicago dog (which has tomatoes on it - what the hell?) and then dance up a storm with a guy from South City - viva la south side!

Gino's deep dish for dinner and then bowling with Jennifer Hudson!  Well, you know she was there with some people, we were there and frankly, I wouldn't have seen her at all if Allison didn't say "That was Jennifer Hudson" as we passed her outside. But you know what.  Jennifer Hudson was  holding a pair of 10 Pin bowling socks and I have a pair now too - so I was practically bowling with her.

It was an exhausting but fabulous trip.

Coming next... recap of the 48 Hour Film Project that I'll be participating in this weekend!

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