First I have to start with a positive...I always try to start with a positive before I say something really negative! A year or so ago, Keith and I were talking about visiting Chicago and I was excited because I've never been, so I googled "Chicago Tourism."
I was saying "oh look, we can do this...we can do that...etc" Then, I saw it, in big bold letters..."PROUD HOME OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA" eeeeeeerrrrrkkkk (squealing tires in my mind!)
"We are NOT going to Chicago! Screw it, if they are his proud home, he can have them!" And, I haven't looked at their site again, until tonight, as I was doing "research" for this posting. Good news! (Shocking too!) They are no longer the proud owners of the president! They don't even know the guy now! He's not mentioned anywhere on their site! No mention of Rahm Emanual either! Or Rod Blagojevich! That place is a hot bed of strong political leaders! (oops! I meant to refrain until at least the next paragraph!)
Since I already started on my negativity (with humor, of course!) I'll dive right in! We got lost in Gary, Indiana and maybe got off on the wrong foot with Chicago. I actually took video and made several comments to the kids about their fabulous refinery vacation!
As we drove farther and longer, I made the comment that I've seen horror flicks start like this...the unassuming suburban family, driving through the industrial ghetto, in their minivan...
Sounds like a scary movie setting, right! Well, apparently I drove it home because Hadley wrote in her journal about her trip to Chicago and she wrote "I didn't know Chicago was so ghetto." I may have given the wrong impression! By the time we got to the sears tower, Hadley was humming Tupac!
There were no "Welcome to Illinois" signs anywhere, not that I blame them! They were probably all at the shop getting the "home of Pres. Obama"removed from them!
If all of that wasn't frustrating enough, the toll booths nearly put me over the edge! OMG! I have NEVER seen so many toll booths in my life! argh! Every few miles we had to cut across six lanes of traffic to get in the far right lane, (while needing to be driving in the far left lane) so we could pay toll! $1.60 are you kidding me?!?
Just in case you don't understand the toll booths, they offer help!
Unfortunately, they didn't offer any info on $4/gallon gas, an air strike on Lybia, or a complete government shutdown, but they can tell you how to give them your first born for the privilege of driving on their 50 year old roads!
As if they are trying to soothe the savage beast a little, they have signs up all over the place that say they are resurfacing a 50 year old road. Seems to me, they should have started on that mess a long time ago! Are they also implying that the toll booths are strictly for the contribution to the resurfacing project? Wouldn't it have been quicker to forgo the toll booth building and get right on the resurfacing project? Cheaper too, I'd say! Yes, thank you Chicago, this sign makes me feel all better about your crappy roadways! Now, explain Obama!