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Posted on Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Dave!Last night I met up with Jenny at Wicker Park so we could see her friend's band play. The fact that I managed to stay awake until midnight was some kind of miracle, because I haven't had a full night's sleep in over a week. I had thought that I would sleep in until noon this morning to try and catch up, but the weather outside was just too beautiful to stay in bed.

At first I thought I would walk the Magnificent Mile for a bit and maybe catch a movie.

But who could sit in a theater knowing that there's blue skies over Chicago?

Blue Skies Chicago

Since I don't like to shop and don't want to stay inside, what to do?


Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Which was incredibly stupid, because the gusting winds out on the pier nearly froze me solid. Sunny blue skies or not, I had little choice but to dash inside. I hadn't been to the pier in years, and had totally forgotten about the incredible stained glass museum within...

Stained Glass

But the real surprise was upstairs. Today is the opening of Winter Wonderfest...

Winter Wonderfest

They've built a winter carnival inside Navy Pier!

So there I was minding my own business, looking at all the cool stuff at the carnival, when somebody bumps into me.

I turn around, and BAM!!

Scary Ronald McDonald


My total fear of clowns has traumatized me since childhood. Ronald McDonald is one of the scariest clowns ever, so this is like a nightmare come true. I reach for my gun so I can shoot Ronald dead, but then remember that I don't have a gun.

So instead I flee Navy Pier altogether, and decide to go have lunch.

Stupid clowns.

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  1. jenny says:

    OMG!! I would’ve flipped out if I turned around to have Ronald McDonald’s scary face staring at me! You’re lucky you made it out alive!

    And glad you were able to stay awake long enough for the bands – even the earsplitting second one… πŸ™‚

  2. Kenji says:

    Hi. Going to Chicao in Winter ?
    I can not do it.
    I have been in Hong Kong since Dec 6th.
    Very hot, so I wear only T-shirts.
    I finally could visit HRC Peak store at this time.

  3. Tal says:

    Clowns are so harmless. They are probably more scared of you than you are of them.

  4. adena says:

    Did you eat at McDonalds?? πŸ™‚

  5. Laurence says:

    Chicago is beautiful especially with the blue sky…
    A winter carnaval is a nice idea… And the stained glass museum… I love that…

    But, with your photo of Ronald McDonald, do you want that I make nightmares ? I never like clowns, but since the TV movie “It”, I’m enable to see one clown !!! When I write this comment, it’s the night… And now, I don’t know if I will manage to sleep !!!

  6. Tracy Lynn says:

    Clowns are bad news, but they usually hibernate in winter. Now that you’ve shown me that they DO roam during the Christmas season, I’m going to have to recharge my Taser.

    A girl can’t be too careful, you know.

  7. The Chad says:

    you should have at least punched him…or maybe a good backhand?

  8. Yet again, more beautiful photos. I am so jealous.

    As for clowns the only ones that creep me out are the ones that are ‘hoboesque’. We used to have a local clown called HoHo with his own show who had the sad hobo thing going on. SCARY.

  9. Brent Vermilyea says:

    I don’t like shopping…but staying inside can be very fun…especially if you’re afraid of human interaction. I’m glad to see you’re getting a lot out of your new cam. Photography can be a great release.

    Oh, and Mr. McDonald is scary as F**k.

  10. Rick says:

    Clowns eat their young. And everyone else’s.

  11. nancycle says:

    That stained glass piece…Looks strikingly familiar for some reason….. …. Like looking in a mirror! πŸ˜‰

    Clowns eating your brain too huh?

  12. undisciplined says:

    Ronald can’t hold a candle to the clown in Poltergeist. Twenty-four years later and I’m still traumatized!

  13. whoa, Ronald looks even creepier than usual there. what the heck is he doing in a winter wonderland anyway? great pics, though. ya know, ‘cept that last one. πŸ˜€

  14. ms. sizzle says:

    it was all so christmasy and winter wonderlandy until HE showed up. i’d have left too!

  15. diane says:

    *sigh* I love Navy Pier. Did they have ice skating? I’ve sworn every year to go ice skating someplace downtown and it hasn’t happened yet. I haven’t worn my skates since COLLEGE.
    Um, is it me or is Ronald giving somebody “ups” in that picture? SCARRRY!

  16. yellojkt says:

    I’ve learned that blue skies are usually accompanied by brutal cold. In Chicago it has to be worse. The last time I visited Chicago it was the height of the Macarena craze and a mariachi band on the Navy Pier played it continually the whole time we were there.

  17. Kevin says:

    Tal’s full of it. Don’t listen to him/her. He/she is probably a clown him/herself. Trying to spread clown sympathy. Well it ain’t workin’, buck-o!!!

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