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August 4th, 2006
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Thought for the Day:
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are neither crispy, nor filled with creme - discuss!

BTW, Chicago IS the greatest city in the world, as proven by the fact that today I took a day off and got to see Lollapalooza (which was GREAT!) and a Tall Ships display. I saw The M's (disappointing), and then ran into Lilith at Panic at the Disco! (amazing!!! guys in ruffled shirts and velvet with a few naughtily dressed carnival/vaudeville girls and a guy adding some fun on stage, and terrific songs), and then got to see and hear The Editors (great high energy rock and roll). I then got something to eat, because it was about 5 pm. The whole think took place in Grant Park and it had been wonderfully open and easy to get around, but now people were getting off work and it was getting crowded. I thought about seeing The Raconteurs but it was already getting full near the stage and there was still almost 2 hours to wait.

Instead I went to the tall ships - including a 3-master, Gilly!!!! That was the biggest and it was about the size of The Surprise, but the others were smaller. I'll have to write more about it later, though - it was based on a famous ship from the Battle of Lake Erie, which was during the War of 1812. It's just great to walk around and actually recognize the capstan and know that it's used for weighing anchor, and see the stays for the masts, and also know that the topmasts are removable... and, Gilly, there was... damn, what's it called... an air sail?? Something they use to bring ventilation below decks - and that Maturin is always insisting on. First time I've seen one on a hatch! And it used a TILLER instead of a wheel for controlling the rudder - can you imagine that in a ship that size? I learned what a gaff is, and the difference between furling sails and letting out a furl, and remembered where the bowsprit is - *G*. And looked up to see where people sit where the mast meets the yards.

I could have gotten back in time for Death Cab for Cutie, but I was pretty beat, so I came home - got back about 10 pm. I'll probably skip tomorrow - but I'll be going Sunday to see 30STM. They did a GREAT job of spreading it all out, keeping it simple, and everything. I'd strongly recommend to anybody going next year to take Friday off and go that day. *G*

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From:aeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)

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That sounds like quite a ship! It really must have been a treat to tour. {BIG SMILE, REALLY BIG GRIN}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Great fun! And a cute sailor, too. *G*
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From:ninquelosse
Date:August 5th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
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How excellent. If anyone should be on a Tall Ship while they're in town, it would be you.
Two years ago I dragged the family to see the ships - we just walked along the riverfront - and got POURED on and spent the rest of the afternoon huddled inside Navy Pier. So, somewhat understandably, there is some reluctance on the part of the guys to make a second attempt. But I shall prevail! Someday.

Re: Krispy Kremes - I believe one certain flavor is "krispier" than others, owing to a thin coating of sugar icing. These are best consumed the minute they are made; otherwise, the sugary coating dissolves somewhat. I am actually not a fan of the glaze and prefer doughnuts that are not as tooth-clenchingly sweet.
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From:ninquelosse
Date:August 5th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)

haiku, with ironic icon

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Krispy Kreme doughnut
Honey-glazed cavity bomb
Treacherous pastry
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)

Re: haiku, with ironic icon

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Ooooooo....

*in awe of your poetic skills!!!*

Hmmmm....

Krispy Kreme Doughnut
Neither crispy nor creamy
Sweetly melts in mouth
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
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*G* I don't know... the thin coating of sugar icing seems more sticky than crispy to me! But, every once in a while, they are just the thing. And responding to comments about them are certainly not helping...I think my stomache is growling!

I'll be honest... it's not THAT thrilling to see them because (and this is the little child in me complaining) THEY HAVE NO SAILS!!!! *pouts* Of course, they're tied up along the river or Navy Pier, so, of course they can't have sails up! But that does take a lot away from their beauty. I really don't think I would have gotten that much out of it unless I'd read O'Brian and had so much to relate to, such as - "let's see, is there a capstan? Yes! That's for the anchor, which is where? Oh, over there. Good. Let's see... it has a mainmast and a mizzen mast. Good. Hmmm.... what's this "gaffed" mast they mention? *goes to ask sailor* Cool! I guessed right!"

In short, I just realized - it's really for tall ship GEEKS!!! *L*!!! and they do charge to go on board - $12 for a wristband to see all of them. So... you might just want to make a short visit, and walk along the river (the best ones are around Michigan
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
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(oops) Ave, on the south side of the bridge! There IS a little boat that pretends to be a pirate ship (*groans*), so SB might enjoy it. If you walk along the river out to the lake, and turn right (which is also where you buy the wristbands, and they have a few booths and some singing), it's the Royaliste (I believe), and it's the only one there on the lake (other than a few at Navy Pier).
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From:piratesorka
Date:August 5th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you love Chicago. The one time I stayed there for a few days became a very sad and dull visit. I went away thinkiing I'd never want to visit Chicago again...except I did get to go to that marvelous museum with the lions out front...that was very cool.

I guess I'd like to see Chicago again when its not 0 degrees and the person I visit is the right person to spend time with.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I know - weather and the people you go with sometimes make more difference than where you go!

Well, you always have me if you come back again - *G*.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:August 5th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)
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There was no wheel at all? Oooh, I've never seen that. I didn't even know they had.

Music AND ships. Chicago IS the greatest city in the world!

And yeah, air sail. :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I got it right? Yay me! *L*! It looked like a tube of sail sticking straight up out of the hatchway, and then peeled upon at the top, to catch more sail. The folks there say they call it "the nun" (*G*) because they cut the part that peeled open into triangles, and now it looks like a nun's headpiece - *L*!

Yes! Can't imagine such a big ship with a tiller. They have two men on it at all times when sailing, four in a storm. They put ropes on it that go to each side, so you actually hold the ropes.

And I saw an hourglass at one point and asked them if they use it (thinking of the "bells" system); turns out they do, but mostly so nobody has to stay on the tiller too long - *L*! It's new actually, and they turn it when they go up to use the tiller. He also mentioned that they remove their marlin spike and something else when they go to the tiller. The marlin spike is made of iron and can confuse the compass, which, of course, is right in front of the tiller. It's a small log piece of iron that you can tie a rope to so that you can pull on the marlin spike with both hands (perpindicular to the rope) rather than pulling on the rope. Don't think they used them on in the Royal Navy; have you heard of one?
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From:gayalithiel
Date:August 5th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
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I WANNA GO SEE THE SHIPS!!!! *pouts*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 5th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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*rolls eyes* Well, they were in WISCONSIN last weekend! *sticks tongue out!* Awwwww... don't worry. I think that they do this every year now. There's a "flotilla" of ships that go from city to city through the summer, going around the Lakes. So, by the time you've read all 20 books - *G* - you'll get to see them again!
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From:quiet_moments
Date:August 6th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you had a lovely time! :)

Hey, remember the woman who had the little girl with her at ORC and ELF? The one we spoke with during the autograph session, who we said kind of worried us? Apparently she was really being a pain in the butt last weekend at ELF. Link. Creepy! Now that I know what she is capable of, should I ever go to another con I will certainly be keeping an eye out for her. *shudders*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 6th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
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Aaaaargh. I had heard that she might have lied about why the little girl was crying back at that other ORC (apparently the little girl wanted to get held up to the water fountain; had nothing to do with Elijah or Sean). I'll have to go read your link.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:August 6th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
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Aaaaargh. I had heard that she might have lied about why the little girl was crying back at that other ORC (apparently the little girl wanted to get held up to the water fountain; had nothing to do with Elijah or Sean). I'll have to go read your link.

*reads and returns*

Oh my god. Reminds me of the woman who got on stage (before? during?) a talk show that Colin Farrell was at, and later said that Colin really wanted to talk to her, but the guards took her away. *cough* Not the same thing other people described! And, apparently, she's written a book about her and Colin and her and some other celebrity. A completely different world.

God, that's so sad. Poor Billy and Daniel Reeves. The woman writing about it, thankfully, realizes that not all fans are like this, and even went out of her way to say that most LOTR fans are mellow and gracious. Whew!

The one I feel sorriest for? That little girl. She really does seem like a sweetheart, but what chance has she got, between having a manipulative mother, being poor, AND being taught to be manipulative? Scary.
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