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Basking in the Glow

5 Feb

When the calendar says February, the temperature reads 38°, and the sky is blue, Chicagoans are quick to take advantage.

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Being that it is Super Bowl weekend, I thought I’d join the sunshine strollers, interview some residents, and see how they feel about the big game. Needless to say, our team wasn’t even in the running, so I was curious if there was great interest out there.

I headed to Lincoln Park Zoo, a free 35-acre zoo founded in 1868, one of the oldest zoos in North America. First I spotted some lions.

Who are you pulling for today? No comment.

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Do you even plan to watch the game? 

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So I headed to the macaque, thinking he may be a bit more cooperative, but he really only wanted to sun bathe. (And not to worry, that’s his natural face color, not actually a sunburn!)

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How about the rhino? Maybe he had an opinion…

but he only wanted to pose. Such great posture, by the way.

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Perhaps the flamingos? Surely they must be chatting about the game, but no such luck.

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And the ducks? They were having too much fun sliding on the frozen pond to think about the game.

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I walked over to the Farm in the Zoo, but the cows couldn’t be bothered either… too busy enjoying the blue sky and sunny day.

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Even Grant has no plans to get off his horse and sit in front of a TV.

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As we continued walking, a happy thought came to me…

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Who needs football when we are still basking in the glow of last summer? Chicago CUBS, 2016 World Champs. Endless blue sky and sunshine, 108 years in the making. Still basking in the glow…

for a long time to come.

Ciao,
Judy

ps…Len is making pizza and I do plan to watch the game, even if mostly for the commercials!

Chicago Fall Fever – and Cristoforo Colombo

12 Oct

Yesterday, today and tomorrow, Chicago – a great place to be.

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, founded in 1868, and open and free every day of the year,  is a perfect fall destination for:

napping in the sunshine

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swimming with friends

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donning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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and finding every color of the rainbow

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as well as colors that only bloom in the fall

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Sunday morning, the city opened its arms to the 45,000 runners participating in the 37th Annual Chicago Marathon. Near perfect conditions greeted the runners and as always, Chicagoans lined the course to show their support. I live near Mile 10, and the elite runners passed our house about 46 minutes into the race.
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And then there are the slogans –  this one especially good for the non-elites who trudge on long after the official course closes.

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Tomorrow, on Columbus Day, Chicago celebrates Christopher Columbus’ historic voyage to America as well as the Italian American culture so vibrant in Chicago. Monday is the city’s 62nd annual Columbus Day Parade, and this year, the parade honors the victims, survivors and Italian heroes of the Holocaust. In 1938, Mussolini instituted very harsh discrimination laws in Italy, and yet it is estimated that roughly 80% of Jews in Italy survived due to the help and support of many selfless and courageous Italians.

Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.

Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.

Happy Weekend! Hoping yours is colorful too!

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Ciao,

Judy

 

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