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Embracing Change in Chicago

April 8, 2010

I’m in Chicago, at an inter-faith communicators’ conference that’s all about “embracing change”. I’ve heard some amazing speakers – like Mitch Albom and Otis Moss III – and my head is reeling with just what embracing change means for me personally, professionally, and spiritually. I think I’ve got to process that some more before I blog about it, so for now, I’ll  share more of a random travelogue than any particular deep thoughts swirling around in the grey matter.

It’s been rainy and cool since I got here, and tonight that was excuse enough for me to come “home” early, put on my pjs, and curl up on the couch. But these wandering feet can’t be kept entirely still, even in the rain, so I did manage to do a little sight-seeing in the last couple of days.

First, the view of downtown, from just down the street from where I’m staying.

This homeless fellow caught my attention.

He was deeply engrossed in his book and I couldn’t resist sneaking behind a tree to take a closer look. What kind of book does a homeless guy read?

The Last Man Standing. I haven’t read it, so I can’t say anything profound about whether or not it makes some kind of social statement.

I spent a bit of time in Millennium Park, and… can I just say… even though I got soaked and had to go to the conference banquet with squishy feet and dripping pant legs, I LOVE walking in the rain. Really. Being in a touristy artsy outdoorsy space when it’s raining and foggy and few other people are crazy enough to be there? Well, it just has a special kind of magic. By the time I ducked into Starbucks to warm up over a chai latte, I was downright giddy. Silly but true.

I am SO in love with the giant face sculptures in Millennium Park. The faces keep changing and I could just stand and stare for an hour or two, even in the rain.

Here’s a little sneak peek into the luxury digs I’m staying in. I booked a place through bedandbreakfast.com, and at first I was going to be in a modest little suite. But then I got upgraded because somebody wanted that place for a month. And then I got upgraded AGAIN to their first class accommodations. (For cheaper than I would have paid at the big corporate hotel where the conference is, by the way.) Ooh la la! I feel like a QUEEN!

This is the well equipped kitchen and way down at the end, past the dining room, is the living room. Behind me is the bedroom, and off to the side, an office, an extra bedroom, and a bathroom with a 2 person jacuzzi tub. I don’t think I want to leave!

Just one more thing… this picture almost defies comment.

A BAKERY for DOGS?! I know we’re an overly-indulgent society, but seriously?! If you’ve got a pampered dog, please forgive me. But you know what… when there’s a homeless guy living in a park just down the street, is it really okay to have a bakery just for dogs? (I know, I know – getting rid of one won’t fix the other, but still…)

I may be “embracing change”, but that doesn’t mean I’m willing to embrace bakeries for dogs.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2010 9:25 pm

    I always think that maybe there’s a great way to scam the people who buy stuff like that for their dogs and then we could use the money for something grand. REally, the way Jed eats, he doesn’t know if it came from a bakery or the offal pile. And actually, I am willing to be the offal pile smells better to him.

    Not to say he wouldn’t enjoy his own special place to go for a cup of coffee…

  2. April 9, 2010 6:29 am

    Wheeeee! Isn’t it amazing when those upgrades happen. Like some angels are directing the show just for you. And those face sculptures in the park – I do wish I could see them in person. What a vibrant, if wet, place. I love how you’ve shown us the nitty gritty as well. As for your accomodations – I wouldn’t want to leave either!

  3. April 9, 2010 7:32 am

    You clearly lead a reclusive life and need to get out more — maybe travel some. haha

  4. April 9, 2010 8:32 am

    Oh. My. God. That place is amazing. Sigh… (you know WHY I sigh…)

    BUT…Marcy has already sold seven pieces and tonight and tomorrow night are the “big” nights, so things are going really well. 🙂

    I wish I were there but I’m glad I’m here. 🙂

  5. April 9, 2010 9:41 am

    Oh, what a LOVELY place.
    You didn’t want to invite the homeless man back for a warm nights sleep and a bit of breakfast? ;D
    Seriously. I have a friend who would gladly open up his home to a homeless man he has befriended, but the man will not accept his offer. He LOVES his life. So, my friend brings him pillows, blankets, a warm coat and more than likely a book of two.
    The dog bakery is just WRONG. On soooo many levels.

  6. April 10, 2010 11:24 am

    what a great post. the homeless man; i wish i could talk to him. I used to talk to the homeless guys around my old office building, we were near the local shelter, and I always took the time to say hi and good morning. Homelessness is something close to my heart. Sigh. (and yes, we have a dog bakery here too… no comment. The Trendy Hipsters love that stuff.)

    the pictures are amazing! that suite?!?!? OMG. Lux-ur-y! Holy wow that place is super nuts/awesome. What a bonus for you! (Karma IS sweet, see!)

    Wow. I want to go to Chicago. Heck, a whole crew of us could have joined you in THAT place. Next time! LOL

    Great post Heather.

  7. April 10, 2010 6:44 pm

    I love Chicago. And the next time you go, you must take a few of us with you. There’s certainly enough room in your b+b for lots of us!

  8. April 12, 2010 6:25 pm

    I have to be the devils advocate (even though I think a bakery for dogs and all the fancy schmancy dog ‘houses’ are really over the top) … but at least the bakery provides jobs and income for some people.

    Wow… you could have had a nice party there at that place. Gorgeous.

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