Saturday, April 24, 2010

Back from Mordor.

Been in Chi-town since Wednesday night, hence the dearth of posts. (And when I say Chi-town, I mean deep in the heart of the O-zone: Hyde Park, treading the turf where the Dear Leader trod.)

Y'know, I don't hate cities. Actually I like cities. I mean, it's not like I live out in the sticks myself.

I think Chicago's a great place. The only problem is, it's in Chicago.


Borepatch said...

Fortunately, they banned all the guns, so nobody'll get hurt. Good thing, too, because it's a really big city. They'd definitely have crime if they hadn't.

Lewis said...

Didn't Eddie Longshanks have a line about "The problem with Chicago is that it's full of Chicagoans?" Oh, no, wait---he was talking about California.

atlharp said...

Wipe twice, flush, and move onto someplace that's actually worth a shit.

You should brought an airsoft pistol and asked a cop if you need a background check for it.

Anonymous said...

If you want to keep up with Chicago from the policeman-on-the-street's viewpoint, check out Second City Cop:

Not a pretty picture.

Being from Chicago a long time ago, it breaks my heart to see what the Daleys, Jacksons, Rezkos, etc. have done to it. Not to mention their evil spawn, the Outfit.

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loren said...

I'm living in Australia now and really miss Chicago's Chop Houses. Prime Rib and 3 fingers of Scotch...ahhh

Mike-ENDOtactical said...

LOL Mordor.

Besides the gun laws and violence, I actually love the city. Great shopping, food, and music there!

The Raving Prophet said...

My wife and I love Chicago- the CTA is fantastic, there's great museums, and it's just a wonderful city.

The problem is that their leaders aren't worth a fart in a hurricane. They're intent on keeping that city (and the rest of the state) as far to the left as possible, and everybody suffers as a result.

rickn8or said...

Did you find yourself grabbing the place(s) normally occupied by your self-protection device(s) and saying "Oh, Crap! Where did I LEAVE it??"

og said...

And there ain't nothing i can do
But keep on
Ramblin on...

Ed Foster said...

Chicago is, from my humble point of view, kind of a small time New York, with leaders who are truely evil, rather than mearly spectacularly incompetent.

You can do what's interesting about Chicago in a long day, or at best a weekend, then be glad to leave it behind. New York takes at least three days before disgust overwhelms interest.

"HOG Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders".

"And having answered so I turn once more to those who
sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
little soft cities".

Not in a long time Carl. It has long since turned into Stockholm on the lake. Sorry.

Mad Saint Jack said...

"No Sir, I don't like it."

Too much traffic, not enough elbow room.

theirritablearchitect said...

"Here I'm thinkin' that's quite a trip and wondering how you handled the airport experience..."

Hundred to one she didn't fly, but drove instead.

If there is one thing she hates more than going into the heart of Mordor, it's having to subject herself to the whims of the effin' TSA goons before getting into the sardine can.

I think she's claustrophobic.

Don Meaker said...

Heck, I work in the aerospace biz, and I hate to fly commercial. A few years ago I had to fly twice a day, almost every day.

Lucky for me it was on the corporate plane. No body scans. No X rays. No separating me from my laptop.

Flying as it should be.

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Frank W. James said...

I'm assuming you drove via I-65? At the 204 Exit you were within a half mile of the west farm and the 'shop' (and where a bunch of 'em stayed when they were deer hunting last fall).

Of course I wasn't there, but you get the idea. About an hour and forty-five minutes north of the cottage.

About as close as I get to Chicago now is the Cabela's just off 80/94 a mile or so short of the state line and that's only once or twice a year.

Chicago is a great place to avoid...

All The Best,
Frank W. James

tom-the-impaler said...

Tell me, did you go to Uno's? Or Malnati's for some Chicago style heaven?

KurtP said...

...deep in the heart of the O-zone: Hyde Park, treading the turf where the Dear Leader trod.)

Did they have it roped off so the great unwashed wouldn't defile that where the Great Won once trod?

JimB said...

I haven't been in Chicago for 30 years. Spent a month there in a training class. While walking aroung one Saturday afternoon saw two cops beating the snot out of some guy they had handcuffed to their patrol call door. Locals passed by without enven stopping to look. Made me determined never to come back.

reflectoscope said...

Good pizza though.


Jason said...

I left the Chicago area four years ago and moved back downstate. Pretty much everything east of Route 59, north of I-80 and south of Lake-Cook Road is "Chicago," as in "Where are you from?" "Chicago." "What part?" "Alsip." Getting rid of the governing class in Chicago would be nice. That would also involve getting rid of all the governing class' relatives, friends, neighbors, business partners, mob contacts, union brothers and the like.

Of course if you do that, the city's empty and they've all moved to other parts of Illinois, which isn't good for the original residents at all. Short of cutting that part of the state out and saying "congratulations, you're a federal territory like Guam or Puerto Rico, please leave the rest of Illinois alone" I don't know what else would be a decent fix for the state's problems. You'd still have union problems in the Quad Cities and southern Illinois, you'd still have Chicago-style social-justice rallies at all the college towns. There'd just be a lot less money to spread around.

Crustyrusty said...

LOL if they answer with anything that doesn't end in "side" then they're from the damn suburbs and don't count.

Only thing left in Chicago that's halfway decent is Bobak's and the pizza joints on 63rd.

Jason said...

To those of us living outside the Route 59/ I-80/ Lake-Cook boundary, it's all Chicago. We'll even throw in Waukegan and Beach Park as a show of good faith. Box it all up and send it on its way.

GeorgeAtl said...

...what Crustyrusty said....
Bobak's is top notch!! I have boucoup brats from Bobaks in the freezer!!