Saturday, May 21, 2011

ON THE RIVERFRONT ...

Avoiding the mist that hovered over the lake, downtown Chicago's riverfront streamed with golden sunlight. Surprising, not in Chicago. Anything is possible in this city. As most of you know I had lunch date with the vivacious 80's guru, Nicki Elston, author of Three Daves.

As I waited at Trump Plaza, a text came in and Nicki had a minor issue with the taxi boat. Three texts later we connected. I recognized her immediately and after a bright smile and a hello we hugged. Chatting away, we headed toward Michigan Ave for a wonderfully long lunch.

The hours flew. We talked about EVERYTHING. What a fantastic way to spend the afternoon. If any blogging friends live close by to you, please make the connection. It is SO worth it. Nicki lives only an hour away from the city. Who knows how close our blogging friends really are to us ... we all need to make the effort to find out.

From lunch we strolled back to the riverfront and ended up at Starbucks for a chai tea for Nicki and a green tea for me. Another hour chatting and before we knew it five o'clock had arrived. After escorting her back to train, I went back towards the lake and that infamous mist.

Nicki remembered to bring a camera and we asked a waiter to take our pic. The restaurant has this super cool glass wall and we stood in front of it to take the pic.

Here we are.....  DO SOMETHING WILD AND EXCITING THIS WEEKEND AND LET ME KNOW ABOUT IT!



24 comments:

  1. How cool! Just shows you what a small world it can be.

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  2. What a great meet. I've met several of my blog friends and made friends for life.

    I was due to meet one on a trip to New York a few weeks ago but we had to cancel the trip due to my poor health but it's amazing to think I'd be meeting bloggers across the Atlantic.

    You never know Michael...one of these days I might get to Chicago!

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  3. What an awesome experience! I doubt many bloggers live near where I do in Mexico but so cool!

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  4. Hmm, I've only met one blogging buddy in person -- at a conference. I could imagine running into a few others that live nearby. Might happen some day.

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  5. I think it would be great to find out how the voices of many of our friends sound. I'm glad you and Nicki had such a fun time. Of course, there's something to said for mystery. LOL. Have a great weekend. Mine will be chockful of blood runs, bacterial sampling, fitering, and other blood center mayhem. Roland

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  6. What a beautiful time you all must have had! Chicago is the best city in the world. (Prove me wrong! :0)

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  7. That is so excellent that you guys got to meet! And what an excellent picture! Let's see, do something exciting this weekend... Well I may have exciting news next week. Does that count?

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  8. How cool! What a fun idea.
    This weekend I am going to my cousin's wedding on the beach in Ventura. It will be my 2 daughter's first wedding outside of Disney and they are excited.
    Have a great weekend and watch out for the Rapture!

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  9. Super fun!!! My weekend? Play date with my cousin and her kids. Bridal shower with my mom-in-law tomorrow. Grading tomorrow night. (blech) Two more weeks, two more weeks.... christy :0) so glad you met another blogger buddy!

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  10. I would love to meet some of my blogger friends. Especially ones who do not post pictures of themselves. It makes me think about who they must be. How they act. Do they look like the words they portray? You guys look great in the picture and your narrative of it sounds like the beginning of a novel to me. Well written as usual. As for my fun weekend...well, if I survive the end of the world, I might clean house. I am waiting to see. No sense in doing all that work for nothing.

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  11. Thanks for leaving out the part about how I could've just WALKED along the freakin' river! Haha. We lucked out with that gorgeous day (where we were, at least).

    Thanks for the fun. Hope you're getting a mist-free Saturday. (I'll be posting our pic on Monday.)

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  12. sounds fab - glad you had fun!
    Lx

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  13. WOW! Look at you lookin' all fly and shit! (LOL) Work it out dude!

    I'm thinking of piercing my ears, too. Some bling aughtta make me look wicked sick!

    I so look forward to meeting you someday! Until then, be good and let live!

    McFrosty :D

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  14. Wow, that sounds fun. I'm hoping to meet some of my blogging friends someday.

    .......dhole

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  15. Great descriptive depiction of the city in the country. Haven't been downtown in months though I live about twenty minutes away (on a good traffic day).

    You've inspired to make time to get back up there before the end spring.

    Good post.
    Dan

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  16. New here! Jealous you got to meet a blogging buddy. I'd like to finally meet my critique partner in person. She lives in your city.

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  17. Sounds fun! I have met one blogging buddy - - we met up at a writer's conference. Wonderful. :)

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  18. Great pic! My wild and exciting... so far... GROCERY SHOPPING. Yoohoo. =D

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  19. How fun is that! Glad you were able to get a picture of the two of you.

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  20. Oh yay!I'm so jealous -- it sounds like you two had a great meet-up. Wouldn't it be so cool if we had a blogger reunion somewhere, sometime? And everyone could go and meet? Sigh!

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  21. I'd never thought about it as being a possibility. I can imagine my friends warning me "They could be axe murderers. Don't do it!" Sue

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  22. Great that you met up with Nicki, Michael. Sounds like it was so worth it. What support. Love the pic. Great setting. Also love the way you weaved description of Chicago's mists at beginning and ending. Cool.

    Denise<3

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  23. too fun! And hey! Look at you guys--what a great picture! :o)

    This weekend was bananas. I had nonstop ballet w/the little ladies. Showcase weekend... AAAAND...

    sold the house.

    tah daah~ Craziness begins. ((hugs))

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