Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year's Resolution

Laura made this lovely arrangement for Jean and Paul



Well, it's that time of year for making resolutions. Do any of you still make them? More importantly, do any of you intend to keep them? If so, check out the website and article below sent in by my friend, Jim. It will help you "stick" to it.


Get a load of this web site: http://www.stickk.com/ And here's the link to the CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/12/30/procrastination.economics/index.html

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Owner at Sam's

Welcome to Andy, the new owner of Sam's Bagels



Goodbye to biker Doug (His Mom gave him a helmet for Christmas, thank God)




Doug and I take dueling photos

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Monday Before Christmas

Another take on Bill, John, Dima, Glenn and Don
  • Glenn's wife, Lolly, wrote this comment on an older blog post. I am reprinting it here so no one misses it: " I just want to thank everyone for the love and support and prayers you have given Glenn and our family. You are all very special people to Glenn. Just knowing you were there for Glenn was enough. It has been a long, hard road for him, but I know that 2009 will be his year!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't thank you enough for loving Glenn just like I do. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,You guys rock!!!!!! Love to everyone, Lolly"

  • Dima reported that when Timmy Kramer came to Sam's this morning, he seemed very confused. Tim has been recovering from a stroke. Dima called Tim's wife, and he was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Please keep him and his family in your prayers this Christmas.

  • Laura came in with a dental appointment on her agenda. Bill W. asked if her appointment was at "tooth-hurty" ( 2:30). This joke went over everyone's head as Laura said her appointment was at 3:30. Hope it all went well.
  • Katelyn arrived home for the holidays, yeah! I wonder if I will force her to watch the corny holiday movies with me shown on the Lifetime or Hallmark channels. I know they all have happy endings and are very predictable, but they are the perfect backdrop to all of the holiday preparations. I would need a support group to end my addiction, except I think they stop showing them come the new year. (My family will be grateful).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Very Merry Sam's Christmas

The stockings were hung by the ceiling with care,
In hope that St. Nick soon would be there.

Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.

Bill, Jack and Don

Bon voyage! Patty opens her gifts as Paul laughs.
We hope you have a great trip to Cancun!
Santa hands out candy canes to Jack and Gladys.

Does my suit make me look fat?

Bill, John, Dima, Glenn and Don. Ho ho ho!

The dolphin balloon (why does Sam's have helium in the back?)

The Fosters tell Santa their wishes.
And to all, a good night!

All She Wants For Christmas is a Card

In the holiday spirit, take 5 minutes of your time and read the story below, then send a card to Hannah. Tell your friends about it, too! Here is a very easy way to make a difference.

LITITZ, Pa. - A Lancaster County girl suffering from a rare, incurable brain tumor is at the center of a widely distributed e-mail that is bringing out the best in many people.

Hannah Garman, 4, lives in Lititz. All she wants for Christmas are cards. An e-mail has been making the rounds, detailing Hannah's situation and asking people to send a card to give her a little holiday joy. Hundreds of people have responded.
Hannah is largely confined to bed and opening cards is one of the few things she can enjoy. If you would like to send Hannah a card, you can send it here:

Hannah Garman
259 North Reading Rd.
Ephrata, Pa. 17522

Hannah's family provided that address to News 8.
You can learn more about Hannah at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hannahgarman.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Which is Why They Call It Crack

(Cited from Dave Barry's blog at http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/)

Feds: Teen tried to smuggle heroin taped to butt
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona Published: 12.18.2008

A Mexican national was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of heroin possession with the intent to distribute.

Julio Cesar Montiel-Posada, 18, was caught Nov. 30 trying to pass through the Deconcini Port of Entry in Nogales with approximately 1.28 kilograms of heroin — nearly 3 pounds — taped to his buttocks, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

Montiel-Posada told customs officials he was going to be paid $900 to cross into the United States with the heroin and then he would be contacted with further instructions.
Montiel is set to be arraigned Dec. 31. If convicted he would face a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Miracle on 34th Street, Hon



  • Happy Belated Birthday to Jeff!
  • Glenn has been sporting "It's OK to say Merry Christmas" shirt and handing out buttons. Mr. Popularity is up to 65 friends on Facebook! To join, just go to Facebook.com, but be careful to set your privacy filters so you can screen out undesirables like us at Sam's.
  • Interesting discussion today. Turns out that men viewed the adjective "prissy" as a compliment (in their eyes meaning neat, elegant, girlish), while all the women had a negative view of the word (more along the lines of "stuck up"). They shortened the nickname "Prissy Patty" to "PP", which seemed even worse. The dictionary definition of "prissy" is "overly prim and precise: finicky". Score Women 1, Men 0.
  • Jean and Paul, not being frustrated enough with FIOS, have now purchased a BluRay player. They are hoping for company to stop by and install it for them!
  • Sue, Dorothy and Pat enjoyed the Holiday Christmas Spectacular at the Meyerhoff, having won free tickets. Performances by the symphony orchestra, Sandy Patty, and the African Children's Choir were wonderful. See it through the 23rd.
  • Don't miss the chance to drive downtown to see the Hampden Christmas lights (700 block of 34th St., between Keswick Rd. and Chestnut St.), park nearby and walk. The street is open to cars, but traffic (on 34th St. and leading up to it) moves extremely slowly. Plus pedestrians, dazed by the holiday lights, make navigating tricky.
Hampden lights

The hubcap tree

The North Pole

The Mom song

(from Pat R. Thanks)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Victoria's Secret Trip

  • This morning, Scott was describing a delicious Attman's corned beef sandwich to Jean. In his state of rapture, he called Jean, "Dude", which made me laugh and registered in my mind as a first.
  • I invited Glenn to join Facebook, and he has racked up more virtual friends in 40 hours than most people attract in a year! For those of you not on Facebook, I will share Glenn's personal info as he listed it. "Political views: Yes Religious views: Yes." Now you know.
  • Gladys and Jack hosted a holiday dinner for their family on Saturday at the Elkridge Furnace Inn and declared it a success.
Here are some pics of last week's shopping spree to Victoria's Secret. If this becomes a new career of Don's (tour guide to the lingerie store), maybe he can offer Jack a job. I hear that Jack is looking for work with good benefits. Thanks to Don for sending the photos.
Don points out the new purchase.

Alonyah and Patty

Don in his natural habitat. Could he loook any happier?
(From John S, some simple math)
Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys there, went out to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf. In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each."

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars!

They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys!

Now you have a better understanding of how the WALL STREET BAILOUT PLAN WILL WORK !!!! It doesn't get much clearer than this.................

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Straight Dope

Saw Glenn this morning and he told me he lost a bundle of money on last night's Ravens game, the game lost in the last thirty seconds. (I blame myself for turning on the TV in the last quarter, think I may be bad luck.) I promise not to watch next week. He strung me along until he told me it was just a $5 bet that he didn't even have to honor. So glad to have the old pain-in-the-butt Glenn back! Now I don't feel bad that Scott told Glenn he was as ugly as ever because he was tired of hearing others tell Glenn he looked good.

Check out the Straight Dope http://www.straightdope.com/ by Cecil Adams, fighting ignorance since 1973 (it's taken longer than they thought). They tackle a lot of very interesting questions. Below is the list of questions that they have refused to answer.

Questions We Refuse to Answer
OK, so we did the "why do we park in the driveway and drive in the parkway" thing. That doesn't mean we're going to answer every crackbrain question some comedian dreams up. In particular, if you ask one of the following, we'll track you down and do things so bad they scare even us.

Why do we need a hot water heater? If it's hot it doesn't need to be heated.
How can we have jumbo shrimp?
Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
Why do our noses run and our feet smell?
Why does quicksand work slowly?
Why are boxing rings square?
Why, when lights are out, they are invisible, but when the stars are out, they are visible?
Why do we call them apartments when they are all together?
If cows laughed, would milk come out of their noses?
Why does Denny's have locks on the door if it's open 24 hours?
Why do ships carry cargoes and cars carry shipments?
When will a building actually become a built?

Send your questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

And here is something I have been wondering about......why do some nouns become accepted as verbs, and others never do? For instance, I can say that I am blogging and emailing........but I can't say that I am "diarying" or "lettering". I can Xerox a paper on the Xerox and fax a paper on the fax, but I can't scale a paper on a scale. I microwave food in the microwave , but I don't oven food in the oven. And while I do shower in the shower, I can't bath in the bath, I have to take a bath. Some verbs are also nouns, most are not. So while this may bore you and also be a bore, it can't annoy you and be an annoy.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What Do Kids Think of Beer?

(from John S.....thanks!)

Sue-----I really enjoyed talking to Glenn this morning about the special on ESPN last night regarding the Baltimore Colts vs. NY Giants championship game in 1958 which is coming up on its 50th anniversary. It has been dubbed, "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and I was lucky enough to have been in attendance for that game. It is the 1st time I have seen Glenn since he became sick.-------John

A handful of 7 year old children were asked 'What they thought of beer'. Some interesting responses, but the last one is especially touching.

'I think beer must be good. My dad says the more beer he drinks the prettier my mom gets.'--Tim, 7 years old

'Beer makes my dad sleepy and we get to watch what we want on television when he is asleep, so beer is nice. '--Mellanie, 7 years old

'My Mom and Dad both like beer. My Mom gets funny when she drinks it and takes her top off at parties, but Dad doesn't think this is very funny.'--Grady, 7 years old

''My Mom and Dad talk funny when they drink beer and the more they drink the more they give kisses to each other, which is a good thing.'--Toby, 7 years old

'My Dad gets funny on beer. He is funny. He also wets his pants sometimes, so he shouldn't have too much.--Sarah, 7 years old

'My Dad loves beer. The more he drinks, the better he dances. One time he danced right into the pool.'--Lilly, 7 years old

'I don't like beer very much. Every time Dad drinks it, he burns the sausages on the barbecue and they taste disgusting.'--Ethan, 7 years old

'I give Dad's beer to the dog and he goes to sleep.'--Shirley, 7 years old

AND THE BEST RESPONSE
'My Mom drinks beer and she says silly things and picks on my father. Whenever she drinks beer she yells at Dad and tells him to go bury his bone down the street again, but that doesn't make any sense.'--Jack, 7 years old

Baltimore County All Honors Concert

Hannah is back from college. Welcome home!


  • Yesterday we enjoyed the Baltimore County All Honors Concert. Sarah and all the kids did a great job! The concert will be broadcast in January over the Baltimore County educational channel.
  • Dr. Mike was a no-show today. Yesterday he brought gifts of candles and scarves to everyone at Sam's. Pat and Patty brought gifts for Mike, but he didn't show this morning. That sparked an impromptu mission to track down Dr. Mike at Spring Grove. We found him thanks to his trusty bicycle parked outside.
  • Don reported that the shopping trip to Victoria's Secrets was a success. Unfortunately, Don was the only one modeling underwear at Sam's this morning. He has enough pairs of holiday boxers to wear them for two weekends.
Baltimore County Middle School All Honors Orchestra Concert program
Dr. Mike reads his poem from Pat in the lobby at Spring Grove

Dr, Mike opens his gifts...and immediately knows which one is from Don

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Edible Wildlife Ornaments

Edible ornaments for wildlife are a great way to feed the birds – and squirrels (whether you want to or not). I was browsing some sites and found these recipes for bird and squirrel-friendly ornaments at The Iowa Outdoor Unlimited Trip Blog at http://iowaoutdoorunlimited.blogspot.com/. Maybe you will have time to make some for our feathered friends this winter. Hang them high enough so my bagel-loving dog won't eat them.

Recipes:

Bagel Ornaments:

Cut a bagel in half.
Smear peanut butter on both sides.
Dip in bird seed.


Suet Ornaments:

Get suet from the butcher. Place in a pot and melt it down over the stove – the pieces of fat that don’t melt will start to fry. Strain out the chunks and allow to cool. Melt one more time and add some peanut butter and birdseed. Allow to cool, until it is soft but not hard. Press into a cookie cutter and place in a freezer then press out of the mold. It is easier if you cut a length of string and squeeze the suet in around the string then trying to add the string later – don’t tie it until you take the ornament out of the mold. Sometimes they come out without a trip to the freezer.


Bread Ornaments:

Cut shapes out of the bread with cookie cutters.
String them up
Allow to dry out.


Garland:

String popcorn, orange slices, cranberries, and apples on a string to hang on a tree.


Peanut Treats:

Get peanuts in the shell (unsalted).
Use a needle and thread to string the peanuts.
Tie a bow with raffia and hang on the tree.


Pinecones:

Take a pinecone and smear it with peanut butter.
Roll the pinecone in birdseed.
Tie with string or raffia and hang on your tree.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Heartwarming Animal Stories

Three Christmases ago, Sarah adopted Lucy the cat. Lucy was rescued from a shelter, and she was a skinny, scared little thing. She spent her first month here hiding from all of us, and she was especially terrified of Sammy, the yellow lab. (Sammy came to our house after Sarah, all of two years old, came home and announced that our single neighbor wanted us to have Sammy. Sammy saw all of the food on the floor at mealtimes with three children and never looked back!) Anyway, Lucy hissed and scratched whenever Sammy came near for months. As you can see from the video below, they have become best friends over the years. This nightly bedtime bath is a fairly new ritual. Prepare to say "Ahhhhh", they ARE cute.

video

(From my friend, Debbie, another dog lover)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.' Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like: When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Santa House

Check out watercolors of Catonsville landmarks at http://www.kellygary.com/catonsville.html. In addition to prints, Kelly sells note cards and calendars too.

The Santa House by Kelly Gary



My friend, Teri, shared this with me: "The wife has been on my case to get the Christmas lights up for a couple of weeks now. They are up now but for some reason she will not talk to me."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Prayer Request

Just heard from Glenn that his PET scan is scheduled for January 7th. He asks that we continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers for good results.

I am home sick with a virus, so I had time today and finally decided to join Facebook. Already have heard from several old friends.....check it out and make a page for yourself. Then we can be Facebook friends too!

Ornaments featuring different historic homes




Catonsville Delft Jars

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

HUGE VIRUS COMING to your computer

(From Pat R. Hi All, checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus. I checked Snopes (URL below), and it is for real.)

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp

Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!
You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with
an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,' regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to let all your contacts know about this. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately.

This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by
Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by
McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This
virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital
information is kept.

Sue adds : I also checked this out and was advised to NEVER click on any link in an email to view a greeting card, reply to an invitation, or check out an ad. Always go directly to the website and click on links there.

IL Governor Charged With Corruption

(From Tom in Las Vegas)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28139155/from/ET/

Having grown up in that state, all of these politicians (Republican and Democrat) are "suspect" in my mind. The article does not mention another detail about Otto Kerner, governor from 1961 to 1968. Before being governor, he also was secretary of state, and in that capacity he was the official responsible for Illinois drivers license fees, etc. After he died in 1976, numerous shoe boxes filled with money were found in his home; the money all related to those drivers license fees. When I was 16 (in 1961), I took the Illinois drivers license test and failed the first time. I then went to a driving school and a few months later went back to take the test again, this time with a group of other people and a teacher from the driving school in his car. While we sat in his car, our driving school guy went into the office building to "speak with" the state drivers license official in charge of that particular drivers license testing facility. We could see into the office window from our position in the car. I swear that I saw our driving school guy pass an envelope across the table to the official (it is true!). After our driving school guy came back to the car (he never said a word about it to us), each one of us (I think that there were about 4 or 5 of us) then took the driving test with one of the officials. All I know is that after the test, I past it this time. You do not have to be a "rocket scientist" to figure that one out (Yeah, I am very grateful that I past the test and got my drivers license, but as far as "offical corruption and Illinois politicians go," you be the judge).

Laura Gets Flamed

video

The Holiday Season Has Begun!

  • Doug actually caught some rockfish on his recent fishing trip and shared his fresh catch. Jean and Paul declared that it was delicious.
  • Heard the good news from Peggy that Gwen is back home and feeling much better!
  • Don takes Patty and Alonyah on the big shopping trip to Victoria's Secret this Thursday. Hope that someone takes photos and keeps Don from trying on the women's underwear.
  • Scott and Ron put up the annual Christmas decorations, so the holiday season at Sam's is officially open. Stop by and sip a hot chocolate on a wintry day.
  • Glenn is coming in most mornings and talking more each day, exhibiting that sharp sense of humor! Keep the prayers coming for a clear PET scan in January.
  • Welcome to new blog readers in Egypt and Brazil. Does anybody have a contact in Antarctica? A blog hit from there would mean that the blog has been read by someone on all 7 continents....and that would make me very happy (crazy maybe, but happy).
Dima flames the top of Don's bagel....can creme brulee bagels be the next big thing?

Don hides more things in the "Purse of Prissy Patty" (say that fast 3 times!)

Dima rushes over to make sure that Doug's bagel is well-toasted.

The Christmas season has officially begun. Don gets his annual holiday boxers from Laura.

Lois and Gene join in on the fun...... so glad that Gene is feeling much better!

Be forewarned that if you stand under the Bageltoe .....you might get kissed!
The decorations were hung by the ceiling with care,
In hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.

Bob White, Supercollector

Bill shared this video about his late brother, Bob. Both of the White boys have a collector's soul. Bill, when do we get to film your basement?

Here are the program notes from the 2004 Maryland Film Festival where it screened:A short tribute to Baltimoreon Robert White--one of the most remarkable collectors of all-time--famous for his collections of shrunken heads, famous hair locks, even Hollywood Oscars, not to mention the greatest private collection of JFK memorabilia ever assembled. He passed away suddenly at 54. He was a gracious and friendly man, and this short reel from a March 1994 visit is but a small testament to his grand vision.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

HUMOR FOR LEXOPHILES (LOVERS OF WORDS)

This was submitted by Pat Richardson. Thanks!

If you're an English teacher, you may enjoy these. If you're an English teacher and find these offensive -- too bad.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.

The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. Then became a hardened criminal.

Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.

We'll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles... U.C.L.A.

The math professor went crazy with the blackboard and did a number on it.

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The dead batteries were given out, free of charge.

If you take a laptop computer for a run you could easily jog your memory.

A dentist and a manicurist fought, tooth and nail.

A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two tired.

A will is a dead giveaway.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

A backward poet wrote inverse.

In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.

A chicken crossing the road is pure poultry in motion.

If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

With marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft, and I'll show you A-flat miner.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The poor guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France, resulted in... linoleum blownapart.

You are stuck in debt if you can't budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia: The LAN down under.

He broke into song simply because... He couldn't find the right key.

A calendar's days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

A plateau is a high form of flattery.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.

Seeing her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

Bakers only trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

Acupuncture: a jab well done.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Chicago Trip Pictures

Decorations near the Water Tower got us in the holiday spirit

My friend, Cindy, was a finalist to win a car at our convention.
Didn't win, but it was still exciting.
Christmas tree at the Intercontinental Hotel (didn't stay here!)

Cindy and Katelyn drink hot tea at the Grant Park Best Western (our hotel).
Note Christmas trees in the background for comparison!

Inside the Palace Theater (had to sneak these photos)

Saw a pre-Broadway show of Dirty Dancing, The Musical . Excellent dancing.
Posters adorn street lamps throughout the city
Deep dish pizza with Katelyn and her friends for a fun evening
Danielle, JC, Cindy, John, Alicia, Kate, Brynn, John

Mickey Mouse lights the trees during a parade on Michigan Avenue
that ushers in the holiday season
Hand on the thigh of Lego Man ......he was a brick house.