Two days ago, I posted this wedding video that @aplusk mentioned on twitter. I thought it was a great way for these two young people to launch their married lives together, dancing up and down the aisle with great passion and enthusiasm. Yesterday while I was grabbing my shoes, briefcase, keys and anything else I needed to get out the door for work, I saw a few minutes of their appearance on the Today Show. And now this morning, plopped in my chair in the living room, they re-enacted the whole dance routine on the Today Show. I thought it might be kind of a silly segment, but I was wrong.
One member of the wedding party is now in a boot and on crutches. Ouch. Reminds me of the way I spent last summer after a fifth metatarsal fracture. I wonder if he did it practicing for his after-the-wedding publicity tour? I'll bet we will find out.
The bride, groom and entire wedding party seem to be really personable, down-to-earth people. I wonder where they live, what they do, and what kind of back stories they have. I'll bet we will find out.
Finally, there's this one guy who is Mr. Personality. He hasn't spoken a word on camera, but just watch him gyrate, doing handstands and creating his own version of that Matrix rooftop scene where the Wachowskis had Neo bending backwards at an incredible angle to dodge incoming bullets. This guy can do it! We'll be seeing more of these people who catapulted from normal life into the national spotlight all because of a short video they posted less than a week ago. I hope the crush and craziness of the situation doesn't change them and that they keep dancing through it all.
Even with all my Terre Haute adventures, I had somehow missed the Clabber Girl Museum at Hulman & Company until this weekend. I've passed by the big Hulman building a million times and my grandfather, Bob Arnett, worked there back in the 1930s or '40s. I didn't step foot in the place until yesterday while we were visiting a downtown festival. I looked for my grandpa's face in the handful of company picnic photos on display, but couldn't find him. Pictured above is an old-time kitchen from the 1940s. No dishwashers or microwaves. No doubt ... pretty hard work for the ladies back then.
After "ten years of experiments and discoveries," the brilliant minds at Zubbles have confounded the scientific community by coming up with a way to add bright, lively colors to this mainstay of childhood. That's right, bubbles no longer have to be plain and ordinary, so say the Zubbles folks whose website I stumbled upon this morning. The brilliant blue, red, yellow and other colors of bubble dyes won't stain your clothes, according to the Zubbles creators. We'll have to see about that. I haven't tried these 21st Century bubbles yet, but you can bet that I'm ordering them for the kiddos in my family. Take a look at the pics, videos and info on the Zubbles website.
We figured we would sandwich ourselves in-between the crowds at Taste of Chicago on the lakefront and the Cubs game in Wrigleyville, so we ended up along the Chicago River just off the Magnificent Mile. It was a beautiful, sunny day with a nice breeze, so we walked all along the river, visited Navy Pier, strolled over to the ABC studios, stood under the L, and drank a few Blue Moons at Dick's Last Resort. What a fun place with crazy waiters!
Blue Moon and peanut butter pie ... a tasty combo at Dick's Last Resort along the Chicago River.
We saw everything from blow-up rafts to yachts to kayakers to double-decker sightseeing boats.
City view from 16th floor restaurant terrace at the new Trump Tower. If you look between the buildings at right, you can see Lake Michigan.