Monday, June 15, 2009

Think They'll Know Where This Boy's Got To Go

Chicago was a smashing success. Well, except for being booked in two hotels over two nights and staying in neither of them. In fact, one hotel, The Inn of Chicago (Motto: We Don't Need, Nor Do We Want, Your Business), was overbooked on Saturday night. The Hotel Yorba this place was not. Maybe overbooking is common for hotels, but if so, you really need to be able to put your customers somewhere nearby.

(Do Not Attempt To Stay At This Hotel)

Again, it was Saturday night. We were a group of 12 with 4 rooms booked. It was 4:00 pm and we'd been drinking since 10 am. The first hour we sat and waited, we were assured we'd be getting a room at a nearby downtown hotel. After another hour we were told we'd have to stay near the airport. Which was not what 12 drunk people who were working on about 3 1/2 hours of sleep with 2 vehicles holding all of our gear a block away wanted to hear.

We ended up staying at the Hotel Sofitel near the airport. But not before 4 hours had passed and we got the Inn of Chicago (Motto: We're Poorly Run, Yet Surprisingly Expensive) to pay for our cabs to the new hotel and got our rooms paid for. We also drank much of the booze at the hotel bar on their dime, which was nice. But we were robbed of a fun night in downtown Chicago by the aggrevation. I wasn't involved in the booking, but I'm assured that those who were will not let this bullshit go.

On the other hand, the Twins won on Saturday. Wrigley Field is a wonderful place to watch baseball, and I recommend it no matter the Cubs' opponent. Our upper deck seats near the right field foul pole were still pretty good.
Kubel hit a home run literally out of the park right past us. It landed on the street outside of right field. Some kind passerby threw the ball back into the park, which I thought was quite nice.

That's a shot of Nick Punto on 1st Base. I figured it may be the last time I ever see it happen, so I took a picture. Actually, it was funny because my Brother ripped on Punto through the first 2 innings, and some Twins fans in front of us defended Punto. Punto then ripped a nice single, and didn't even slide headfirst. My Brother was crushed.

Anyway, some things I learned on my trip:
-Booking a hotel room is only a suggestion
-When the hotel gives you free drinks, it's time to go top shelf
-Chicago deep dish is highly overrated
-Cubs fans and Twins fans can both agree that the White Sox suck
-This is the coolest bar name ever

So, despite the hotel problems, we had a good time. I'm just pissed on principle. And I must say, I do love Chicago's train system.

Your Blue Line leader.

17 comments:

Swiftee said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in my home town, stool, too bad you didn't have time to stop by the 1st district office of CPD...now *those* boys could show you some *real* thugging!

You also should have taken the opportunity to ride the orange line...rail travel at it's finest.

BTW, "deep dish" pizza was invented to identify the fag in the group (it's *real* popular in Wrigleyville, I hear), regular guys get pizza the way it was meant to be; thin crust.

jth said...

I booked a room at Inn of Chicago and had nearly the same experience. Except we wound up at a hotel across downtown. I was better at being obvious that I'm inconvenienced, I guess, or the manager I worked with was more competent, as I had no problems with cab fare. I did not, however, get free drinks at their bar on their dime. You win.

DiscordianStooge said...

I'm with you on the pizza, swiftee.

MNObserver said...

As much as it pains me to say it, Swiftee is correct on the thin crust pizza. Any Southsider (a place where Swiftee and I share a common heritage) will tell you that. The closest thing to it in these parts is, of course, Chris & Rob's, where I can feel I am back on 95th Street after a day at Riverview Park. But Swiftee is as usual full of it on his incessant and obsessive focus on homosexuality and its supposed markers.

I will survive the remainder of the day secure in the thought that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Swiftee said...

Pipe down NOb, the men are talking...go iron some shirts!

DiscordianStooge said...

swiftee, pride of conservatives and Christians, everybody!

Swiftee said...

Heh. Stool's gettin' all sensitizzle....you must have just finished an *extra* deep slice, my man!

Swiftee said...

BTW, we Christians like nice, crisp cuffs and collars to wear to church to pray for your black, heathen souls; so don't be shy with the starch!

DiscordianStooge said...

Gay jokes and telling women to shut the hell up. Welcome to the modern conservative movement.

MNObserver said...

Ain't it great, Stooge? Remember, Swift is a guy who thought he could turn his enlightened views into (a) a seat on the St. Paul School Board, (b) raising children who wouldn't end up in disciplinary seg in prison screaming epithets against dear old dad to the empty walls, and (c) helping the Republican party regain some tiny bit of power.

Oh, but a man can dream, can't he?

Swiftee said...

Hey, stool; speaking of gay jokes, did you hear the one about the gay pedophile running for Saint Paul School Board?

Yup, the DFL's favorite connoisseur of public porn perusal, Al Oertwig, is running for the SP school board again.

Oh, wait...I suppose mocking the Democrat party isn't very funny to you two, is it.

Well, no worries, I really didn't think it was anything to laugh about either.

MNObserver said...

See? Like I said, obsessed.

Kinda sad, really.

DiscordianStooge said...

Yeah, it's sad.

Oertwig is a pedophile? Should I even bother to ask you to back that up?

I know he was caught viewing porn on library computer. I wouldn't vote for the guy due to that.

Mock away, swiftee. There's not much else for you to do.

Swiftee said...

You wouldn't vote for him??

Homophobe!

Don't be a hater, stool.

DiscordianStooge said...

You got me swiftee. You're really clever. Did you get k-rod to help you with that one?

Swiftee said...

Yeah, stool; that's it. K-Rod does all my writing....oh, hell, who am I kidding, right?

SoK-Rod has a long term contract to do all my thinking and talking too.So now that it's all in the open, go in and wipe your face with a nice, cold rag, and you'll feel a lot better.

NOb? Where's my shirts?

DiscordianStooge said...

Hey, it wasn't up to your usual standards. No need to get all defensive. At least you don't write in all caps.