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Posted on Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Dave!Argh. Something has gone terribly wrong, because I haven't been able to comment on any TypePad blogs (or even read any BlogSpot blogs) since I got to Chicago. That's kind of frustrating,

Another late night. It would seem that getting caught up on sleep is simply not in the cards this trip. Oh well, last night was time well spent because I met up with fellow bloggers Diane and Kevin at Chicago's Pizza for dinner, followed by a bit of bar-hopping on the cold (so very cold) streets of Chicago. Fun times. Fun times...

Chicago's Pizza
Uhhhh... that clown must REALLY love spaghetti...

And, naturally this morning was another spectacular day, so sleeping in until noon was not an option. Instead I decided to wander down to the Adler Planetarium, where I had never been before...

Adler Planetarium
Wow. This looks like it came out of a game of Myst!

Adler Planetarium
Yeah, baby! I so totally look hot in infra-red!

From there it was off to take in the King Tut exhibit at The Field Museum...

Field Museum Tut!
Ignore the signs! The King Tut entrance is around back!

While waiting for the reserved entry times, we got to say hello to Sue the dinosaur...

Dinosaur Sue
She looks a lot more ferocious in person.

Then Jenny, who is far braver than I, risked getting gored by wild elephants so she could get an action shot...

Jenny Elephants
Jenny makes the perfect human shield when you need protection from wild animals of the Serengeti.

There were NO PHOTOS ALLOWED in the King Tut exhibit, which is a pity because there was some pretty cool stuff in there. Fortunately you could take as many pictures as you wanted everywhere else in the museum...

Field Museum
Ultimate Teddy Bear, Wild Asses, Humiliated Dino, and Plastic Stegosaurus Birth.

Of course, the most funnest thing of the day was when we got orange plastic dinosaurs from one of the Mold-A-Rama machines. I've named mine Spike, which you can see here thanks to the iSight camera on my MacBook...

Dave and Spike

Spike was a little warm and squishy when he came out of the machine, but he firmed up okay.

And thus ends my short time in Chicago. I'd write more about the day's events, but I have to get up insanely early in the morning to catch my flight, and had probably better try and get some sleep.

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  1. Jeff says:

    Sweet! I still have my molded dinosaur from when I there when I was 10, only mine is green. Actually, I’m not sure anyone knows what color the dinosaurs were so maybe they WERE bright orange.

  2. diane says:

    Dear readers:
    Please note that during the course of the night I was much happier than that picture would lead you to believe.
    Good times, for sure. When I have the energy to write my own version, it will include mention of how Kevin and Dave are two of the nicest guys a girl could find herself with while wandering down the chilly night streets of Chicago.

  3. nancycle says:

    When it’s that cold, Chicago needs to be designated as the stop over on the way to Hawaii. Unless of course you are fortunate enough, as you are to have friends to enjoy good/fun times with.

    OK. I’m up at 3:30 to get ready before the taxi arrives. I hope you get to sleep later than me!

  4. RW says:

    Dave. The Mrs and I were at the 12:00 viewing. What time did you guys get up into that? This is spooky.

  5. Dave2 says:

    Jeff… As long as dinosaurs weren’t purple, because I am appalled at the thought of Barney becoming reality. :-/

    Diane… You look happy enough to me! I guess I should have posted the photo of you laughing so hysterically that margarita was shooting out your nose then? 🙂 Thanks so much for the pizza invite!!

    Nancycle… I get a half hour more, so neiner neiner neiner! Have a safe trip! 🙂

    RW… Last entry of the day… the 3:30 showing. While you were cavorting with King Tut, I was at the Alder Planetarium and Jenny was having lunch with Oprah.

  6. jenny says:

    Wow, you’re fast! I haven’t even removed my Mold-o-Rama dinosaur from my bag yet!

    And you just let me know anytime you need protection from stampeding elephants or wild asses – I’m your gal! Thanks for hanging out this weekend – it was a blast!

  7. Dave2 says:

    I’m sure you’ll come in very handy at TequilaCon 2007 PACNW then… doesn’t tequila turn everybody into a little bit of a wild ass? 🙂

  8. adena says:

    “warm and squishy, but he firmed up okay”.

    Nice. 🙂

  9. Bre says:

    Man! I’m pretty jealous – the only thing I can get out of a machine around these parts is a diet coke (without lime 🙁 )

  10. Dave2 says:

    Adena… All without the aid of Viagra too!

    Bre… Yeah, those Chicagoans have all the cool stuff. 🙂

  11. Kevin says:

    Yes, we do have all the cool stuff! Love us for it. Good to see you again, Dave!

  12. That all looks so fun!

    I totally love Mold-A-Rama. We have them at the zoo, and the last time I was there I bought 4 lions in the hopes that I’d get a deformed one like Jaye in ‘Wonderfalls’. Alas, I was thwarted. I’m going to try again next time. Plus the smell of that plastic is good, kind of like old mimeo ink.

  13. Laurence says:

    Great pictures !!!
    This planetarium is fabulous. The green mascot is cute !!!

    The field museum… Wow !!! I don’t know if Sue listen to me but I say hello too to Sue the dinosaur !!! And I don’t forget Spike !!!

    Bonjour Spike !!! The life isn’t too hard with Dave ? 😉

  14. Miss Britt says:


    This post makes me soooo homesick. I love the Field Museum. And The King Tut exhibit is one of my absolute FAVORITE parts (although, it does seem odd that it’s ALWAYS there… and has been, for quite some time)

  15. Hilly says:

    Oh so that’s why you haven’t given me blog lovin! 😉 I actually just saw what you were talking about on Kevin’s blog, but it also showed me a CAPTCHA option so I could post my comment.

    I was telling Kevin that two of my blog crush finalists were in the same pic, which was swoonariffic ;).

  16. Erin says:

    Mold-a-Rama! I fell hard for these on a trip to Chicago in 97 and spent the whole week getting them all over town. I got submarine at the Museum of Science and Tech, a ton of animals at the Brookfield zoo, and a green Brontosaurus somewhere I can’t remember. The Field, maybe? Must go back and get more Mold-a-Ramas! Mine are old and they dry out and get brittle, so they’re all breaking one at a time. Good excuse to go back and visit, I think.

  17. Dave2 says:

    Kevin… And thanks for the ride. 🙂

    Frances… Yeah! After I got Spike, I had a strange urge to watch all the Wonderfalls episodes again! Man, I miss that show. 🙁

    Laurence… Spike survives the trip to Seattle, so I think he will be okay!

    Miss Britt… Actually, you are thinking of the “Egypt” exhibit, which is a permanent installation. The King Tut artifacts are on loan, and will be shipped out in early January. I had previously seen them in Seattle on their first “tour” and again at Expo86 when they were part of the Egypt Pavilion in Vancouver.

    Hilly… I seem to be semi-functional now. I don’t know why my hotel in Chicago was banned from those two sites (and I am sure there are others).

    Erin… The green bronto is at The Field Museum… at least it is now! He’s pretty cool, so I might have to get him next time.

  18. nicole says:

    Ahhh I love the smell of the Mold-A-Rama machines. Reminds me of being a kid.

  19. Miss Britt says:

    I SWEAR the last time I was at The Fields Museum there was a huge deal about the “King Tut” exhibit. It’s been a few years.

    And I vaguely remember it once when I was a kid as well… because I kept waiting to see the actual “king tut” and I was constantly afraid of the whole mummy jumping out at me thing.

  20. Kelly says:

    I’m glad you had so much fun in my home town! One of my favorite memories from childhood was going to the zoo or museums and getting a mold-a-rama animal from each display. The smell was wonderful! I can imagine it now…

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