Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Stagg's best imitation of the guy who is sitting about 30 feet beside/behind him...
We've walked up to our lawyers in the morning (we have all the paperwork done!) and then we walked around downtown for an hour or so, got coffee and donuts...some booze for our picnic lunch. Stagg is on holiday all this week so we're doing all kinds of things. We walked back to Michigan Ave and across Millenium Park, and walked acoss the Frank Gery designed Bridge which double functions as a walkway over a highway and an acoustic barrier of the road noises. Then down to the lake and back over to the Buckingham Fountain...can you see the fountain above? Way back there?
I'm just using zoom for first time today. There can you sort of see the fountain? I had to ditch a lot of photos today because I was laughing about and shaking the camera too much playing with the zoom feature.
Our view during lunch walk. We just sat here and pigged out with our cooler and knap-sack full of picnic lunch. Cheese, olives, hummous, celery, egg salad...yum!
We got "road pops" a couple major sized Smirnoff Ices for our lunch by the lake.
This is Buckingham Fountain, which I always accidently call Buckingham Palace. The fountain just underwent a $25 million restoration and repairs, but when I was googling about the restoration plans, I found this: a website claiming the renovation in 1987 The completed work on Buckingham Fountain is designed to last for a century, far longer than the life of the fountain's original work! What's going on? Maybe Chicago should invoice the Cement company for this new restoration? The renovation was funded by the Chicago Park District, the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund, Lollapalooza, private donations, and the city of Chicago. Click here to see photos I took of the fountain a couple of years ago. I love this fountain!
If you look behind the eagle fountain to the storefronts across the street, you can see the "Artists Snack Shop"...that's where we're going...see pics below. We finished our lake afternoon with a beer and "Italian potatoes" at The Artists Snack Shop.
Stagg is posting some other photos at his blog later this morning...