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Segway Day! - trinalin thinks things through
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Segway Day!
Although we all got up early today to wish elsaf farewell for her journey home and walk her to the train station, judiang and I returned in order to sleep some more. Heh. (Judi did get her "regular" at Starbucks, but we still opted to sleep in.)

We managed to fart around enough in the morning to avoid having to have breakfast and go right to lunch - Indian Fud to be exact. I looked through my old LJ entries to find the name of the Indian place we went to last year: The Indian Garden on Ontario. We were going to take the bus, but Judi thought it was too cold and we wound up cabbing it.

Turns out we arrived before they were open, so we walked over to Michigan Ave and returned to the Apple store. We watched a neat workshop on Aperture, a photo editing program that looks really useful. But it's $200 (and is it Mac specific?) so I shan't be getting it.

We returned to Indian Garden and had a wonderful lunch buffet. Lots of tasty tasty. Once we'd gotten food in our systems (and spicy food at that) Judi was energized and warm enough to walk back to Millennium Park. We saw several women walking for a 3-day breast cancer walk going on in the city. We wished them luck on their walking and commended them for their efforts.

We were early to the bike center, so we sat and rested for awhile. Then we took a potty break over by the outdoor concert hall. A choir was practicing, so we watched that for awhile before returning for our segway tour.

Judi and I found helmets and signed our lives away before we were given our segways to ride. There were 18 of us on the tour with two really friendly (and knowledgeable) tour guides, Jeremy and Dave. We walked our segways down a hill (the one that I rode up at the end of our bike ride yesterday) and took them over to the "ice rink" (not one in the summer, just in the winter). There, Jeremy taught us how to get on 'em, get off 'em, go forward and back and stop and turn, etc. We had a nice opportunity to learn the ins & outs of segway steering.

One of the first things Judi and I learned about segways is that they're not as easy as they look. If you stay relaxed, it's easy peasy. But I kept clenching my knees and toes while riding which made it harder on my feet. I loved going up hills on the thing - much nicer than a bike! Still, I like bikes better for most of the rest of the riding. :-) As Judi said, when you're on a bike, you can easily put your feet on the ground, but with the segway, when you stop, you're still standing & adjusting to keep the thing stationary.

We toured around the lakefront, mostly at museum campus. I saw stuff Judi's never taken me to. Heh. When I was able to hear Jeremy's tourguiding, I'd learn stuff about the city I hadn't known. He took us to what used to be Meig's Field (now a prairie of wild flowers). I took photos and a video, which I'll paste at the end of this post.

We were pretty tired by the time we returned to the bike center. So we sat and rested some before we headed off to the bus stop nearby. We took the #4 bus back to 13th street, then walked home.

Our original plan (well, Judi's original plan) was to put her new grill together then go to Jewel and buy stuff to grill to christen the grill. But as it got later & later and I got hungrier and hungrier, it looked less & less likely that Judi would be putting the grill together. She finally decided we should go out for supper. I suggested Grace O'Malley's, so we walked there.

We both ordered the Guiness cheese soup as a starter and amaretto sours. I ordered the beer battered fish & chips with the salad & bleu cheese dressing. Judi ordered the chef's Caesar salad with steak. Then we ordered dessert - I picked the pecan brownie ala mode and Judi got their Bailey's cheesecake. Very yummy supper!

We're now watching the Olympics (wow on that 4x100 swim relay!) and geeking. Tomorrow Judi promises to put the grill together, so I guess we'll grill hot dogs for lunch. And then I'll head off to home again, to see my poor little neglected kitties.


Segways R Us
Segways R Us
The last two in this row are the ones that Judi and I was using. :-)
Judi glides on
Judi glides on
Judi gliding around on her segway at the planetarium.
Judi and me!
Judi and me!
Yes, even I rode a segway today! Jeremy, our guide, took the photo.





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Current Location: Chicago, IL

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rembrandt13 From: rembrandt13 Date: August 11th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL!! Just from the photos, I started to write, "You guys are so unbelievably in Chicago!" (I've never been there, but even I recognize the skyline. And the lake is such a pretty color!)

Then I watched the video...and again, wow! As advertised = WINDY!

Once more, however, I'm glad y'all are wearing helmets. Considering my balance issues made me unable to ride a bike the last time I tried (though I'm keen to give it another go now that my muscle/nerve inflammation is somewhat reduced since then), I don't think I'd give segways a try anytime soon.

Then again, if Dubya wasn't capable of staying on one, that kinda compels me to prove I can do so.

PS: The random-Sylv-pic this time was one from Beyond Fear and I immediately was all, "Awwwhhh, evil lil' rapist-murdering boy!" Probably not the effect that was intended, huh? (Not that you would remotely understand what it's like to be so hopeless in this regard, or anything... ;)
elsaf From: elsaf Date: August 11th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Judi looks like she was born to ride a Segway! Glad you had such a good time on them. :-)
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: August 12th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so very jealous of your segway fun! Reminds me of this gem on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTYWLASlzeA :D
the3day From: the3day Date: August 19th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks for the encouragement!

Be assured that the walkers really appreciated it that you took the time to thank them for their efforts.
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