Chicago’s River Walk

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Saturday a friend and I enjoyed the Chicago Architecture Center’s Riverwalk tour. Although the weather was supposed to be warm and sunny, we had a day with threatening skies and temperatures in the high 40s. It’s a tour you want to do on a fine day.

Our docent was knowledgeable and explained the history of the Riverwalk, which used to be a commercial and industrial area. Then the space just wasn’t used. Now several areas between the bridges have been developed into “rooms.” So one “room” houses eateries, while another has water gardens for educational purposes. Another “room” is for performances with the idea that a boat with a band or entertainers can dock and people can sit and watch.

The tour ran 40 minutes and was cut a bit short due to the weather. Just as it ended, the rains started to pour. While this tour isn’t as information rich, I did learn a few things and enjoyed the stroll.

Tickets: $26, which is pricey compared to their other tours since our tour didn’t cover much distance and was only 45 minutes long.

(Our tour was free because, I guess, it’s a new tour and the docents needed practice.)

 

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Discipline & Freedom

I was intrigued by this PragerU video because my high school’s motto was “Responsible Freedom.” The idea was that in order to be free, you must be responsible or you’ll lose your freedom. Also, if you don’t have responsibility you aren’t really free.

This video doesn’t really touch on that idea till the end when he talks about ownership. The message here is good even for us who don’t enter the military.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about going to a party for my niece’s birthday and nephew’s confirmation at my sister-in-law’s brother’s home where I got to see his newest additions to his menagerie/home. Marty now has a cavy named Bucky and a hyacinth macaw named Baby Blue. For years Marty has had an aviary in his basement. I never even heard of these species till yesterday.

Saturday I had lunch with my old friend Luzanne. It’s tough for us to find time that’s good to meet so I’m delighted that we succeeded. After lunch we took a free walking tour of Chicago’s Riverwalk given by the Chicago Architecture Center. Though rain cut the tour short, it was a fun experience. Afterwards I took Luzanne to Uniqlo, which she’d never been to before. She loved it. I’m cheered as I’m a big Uniqlo fan as they have quality basics for good prices. They have lots of sales, so if you see something great there, wait a week or two because it’s sure to be marked down.

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Another bird in Marty’s basement aviary

I was delighted by Doris Day’s Lucky Me and disappointed with the film Like Someone in Love. There’s no love in the film and if you watch I just bet 12 minutes from the end you’ll be urging the silly girl to go see a doctor and for the girl or old man to “Call the police!” which any sensible person would do. Ugh!!

I’ll watch more Flambards episodes to counteract the disappointing effect of Like Someone in Love. 

I’m reading a biography, geared for children, on E.B. White. I’m learning a lot from this charming book on the author of Charlotte’s Web. 

As I can’t go on forever with just a part time library job, I applied to the Census office for work a few months back. Now they’re hiring and I just had a phone interview and job offer for full time work. If it makes sense for you or someone you know, people can apply at 2020Census.gov/jobs. Pay is above average and varies according to locale.