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Chicago: What It Was

Saturday afternoon, I boarded a plane back to my beloved Chicago . After utterly failing to take advantage of my cheap first class upgrade, I landed in the Big Town and picked up my rental car, an absurdly gaudy 2010 Mustang convertible, and headed to the fashionable north side home of zulkey and her husband Steve. After a lovely dinner at Charlie’s with kphipps3000 and editrix26, we retired back there to view The Room, a stupendously awful movie made a few years ago by some sort of low-rent Eastern European bass player/coke dealer named Tommy Wiseau. I highly recommend it; those of you who think they just don’t make utterly incompetent, delightfully awful movies like they used to are highly encouraged to give it a whirl.

Most of Sunday was spent at the abode of my next hosts, picodulce and doraphilia, who are always extremely kind and welcoming. They had a barbeque to commemorate my visit and the birthday of dammittim, and to my great delight, rum_holiday and her husband Doug were also there! The only thing that makes a visit to Chicago better is the presence of my old pals, so this one was awesome indeed. (Also, Norman and Dora’s dog Otis is a champeen.) Dora claims that I got polluted and macked on one of her friends, but I only remember the getting polluted part of that. That night, we did something else, but I was too drunk to remember that either.

Monday, I headed downtown to pay a call on the A.V. Club office, and a bunch of us went to Hot Doug’s, arguably the finest dining establishment in the history of food, for lunch. (I also subjected Keith and Scott to my ridiculous car, for which I am deeply sorry.) Then, it was back to Norman and Dora’s to get some freelance work done, and generally take it easy before the Jeopardy! audition.

I wrote about the big day here, so I won’t repeat myself; I’ll just say it was a pretty good time, and I’m glad I did it regardless of whether they ultimately pick me to stand tall before the Man Named Trebek. My flight home was uneventful, unless you consider four gate changes and a nearly four-hour delay eventful. All of you who I saw when I was there, you’re the salt of the earth and I miss you; anyone I didn’t see, well, hit a brother up one of these sometimes.

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solipsiae
Jun. 3rd, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I miss you.
ludickid
Jun. 3rd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Aw! Me too, boogaloo shrimp! What say I come up and hang out for the State Fair? Or...YOU COULD VISIT HERE...on account of house!
solipsiae
Jun. 3rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I know, house AND cats! Do you think you/they'd mind if I brought my doggie down, too?

I want to go tubings.
happinesstogo
Jun. 3rd, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a good time! I'm envious that I wasn't there, but only partially so since I got to see some of those same lovely people just a couple weeks ago. It would have been a wonderful experience to hang out with y'all at that barbeque, though...

And with the car, did you choose that car, or did they just say, sorry, all we have available is this brand new Mustang convertible?
ludickid
Jun. 3rd, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
I have a corporate account, and I usually ask for the best-in-class car, because I don't get charged extra for it. Apparently they had a run on the boring shit, so I got that beast for the same as I would have a Ford Focus or whatever.
janehex
Jun. 3rd, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Last week in Raleigh NC our rental car ended up being the same as our own car (a Prius), so we got the advantage of using hardly any gas, and the weirdness of driving a rental that felt extremely familiar. It was odd to open up the center compartment and not see a pile of coins, ferry schedules, and gum packets.

Good luck on the big quiz show!
ludickid
Jun. 3rd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
This thing was nothing like my car. For one thing, I pretty much HAD to drive with the top down, because otherwise I was too tall to fit in it.
abouthipsanck3s
Jun. 3rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I've known 2 people in the last month to get that car from a rental place. My coworker's was a screaming red color.
ludickid
Jun. 4th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
So was mine!
roninspoon
Jun. 3rd, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Man, the commentators at the AV club are brutal. And horrid potty mouths.
thaitea
Jun. 4th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
It is a pleasure to read your scribblings. I am missing Chicago, and vexed by the hotel's lack of parking validation. Total dickweeds.
zulkey
Jun. 4th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
needs moar briscoe
ludickid
Jun. 4th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Sorry, sorry!

BRISCOE WAS ALSO AWESOME, WHO IS A DOG
feisty_robot
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh man, The Room! What a hilarious piece of work that is. I have been mildly obsessed with this horrible lump of film for a few years, and finally got the chance to see it here in San Francisco last weekend. It was worse and better than my wildest imaginings. "Leesa, you are tearing me apaht!"
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