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Chicago and Back
This last week I went to Chicago on some family business. I was gone five days. Although it was not a pleasure trip I did have some time to walk around the downtown area. I was staying in the John Hancock Center. As you can see, it has some pretty stunning views.
The weather was generally good. My understanding is that this was the first nice weather in weeks.
People crowded Michigan Avenue shopping.
Tourists were everywhere. Many people were taking the downtown boat excursion.
And some, like me, went to the Art Institute of Chicago.
It was a busy bustling place.
However the night before my morning flight home, the rain and lightning broke forth with a fury. There were high winds, sheeting rain, thunder and multiple lightning strikes. The next morning the trip to O’Hare International Airport was a slow grind. In several places the roads were flooded and the traffic was backed up for miles and moving at a crawl. I later saw on the news that people abandoned their rides and walked to the airport dragging their luggage behind, trying to catch their flight. Fortunately I had left early and had enough time to make it to the airport.
When I arrived at the terminal, the security check-in line was unbelievable! It stretched down half the length of the terminal and doubled back on itself twice. I don’t know how many hundreds of angry and frustrated travelers were shuffling along in that line. Awful!
Fortunately I had been pre-screened by joining the Global Entry System. I went to the expedited screening line. There were two people ahead of me. I put my carry-on onto the conveyor for the x-ray, passed through the screening device and was on my way. No removing shoes, belts, laptops, coats and hats. Four minutes tops!
So I am back in Florida. I landed just as the storm, now called Hurricane Arthur, was dumping massive amounts of rain on West Palm Beach. For the past three afternoons we have enjoyed our tropical rains. As I write this now, this is what I am seeing.
Time to go home!
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