How Presidential

May 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

In an event that was appropriate for Memorial Day, Scott and I were able to get a tour of President Obama’s helicopter yesterday afternoon.  An old friend of mine is in the Marines and he was in town for a few days so he offered us a tour since we had the day off.  The tour was supposed to start at 11am but due to political and bureaucratic red tape (shocker) we didn’t enter the hanger until almost 1pm.  There were all sorts of rules (such as no photographs of the aircraft when the doors were open, only one person on the staircase at a time, etc.) and the other Marines who were there had their hands on their weapons at all times.  I guess that was in case I decided to try to steal a pillow or something (which I didn’t! – I promise, FBI!).  I got to see the inside of the helicopter and even sat in the President’s chair!  Fun fact – he keeps hand sanitizer and a box of tissues Velcro-ed to the wall near his seat (fascinating, I know).  Also, there’s no bathroom on board.  There used to be but they removed it for weight purposes.  So even the President has to hold it sometimes!

Don't worry, the doors are closed.

Don’t worry, the doors are closed.

The tour lasted roughly four minutes but even after waiting so long to begin with, I was glad I went.  It’s not like I get a chance to tour such an aircraft every day!  Besides, it was a fitting way to spend Memorial Day and I was glad to hang out with my soldier buddy, especially since it’s been something crazy like ten years (maybe longer) since I’ve seen him.  I was also extra interested in the helicopter because I’ve seen it flying by our office when the President comes to town.  Now I know what it’s like to be on the inside!  Of course, we were on the ground in a hangar instead of hundreds of feet in the air and the President was nowhere near, but that’s okay.  I used my imagination.

The whole experience was very interesting and it served to remind me just how intense the military is.  I mean I guess that should be obvious but the protocols, procedures, rules and chains of command are just dizzying.  Regardless of how I feel about any war, I’m always supportive of those who think it is their duty to serve.  Even if that duty means giving civilians such as myself a tour for a day!

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Jailbreak!

March 18, 2013 at 11:05 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

My capacity for an entertaining and witty blog post isn’t what it normally is today because frankly, I’m exhausted.  My weekend was pretty great but it was also very busy.  I met up with my mom, sister and her friend’s on Friday evening after work and we spent some time at their hotel before getting them tickets to the IU game on Saturday, then we came back up to my neighborhood and had dinner and drinks at a bar until almost midnight.  I was up and out the door by 7:45 Saturday morning and battled trains full of drunken St. Patrick’s Day revelers before having to wade through hundreds of people doing some 7k (10k? 5k? Whatever, they were in my way) race on my walk to the Field Museum.  Once there, I attended a 5 hour lecture on the newest exhibit (I’ll get to that later this week), then I met Scott at Trader Joe’s on my way home so we could do our grocery shopping.  After a quick shower at home I turned around and went back downtown, where I ran around with the girls until we met up with Scott for dinner.  After finally finding a place that didn’t have a two-hour wait, we ate then headed to an Irish bar off Michigan Ave.  We stayed there for a while and it was almost 1am by the time we got home.  I was able to sleep in some yesterday then forced myself to go to the gym before meeting with everyone back downtown once more for more beer and food.  After eventually indulging in some Chicago deep-dish pizza, I made my way home and walked in the door around 10pm.  And now I’m at work, guzzling coffee and in need of a nap.  We all had a great time all weekend long but I’m sort of kicking myself for not using a personal day and sleeping until 2pm today.

Ballsy, that’s for sure!

So instead of writing about anything else, I’ll provide you with this link to an interesting story involving a jail break, a helicopter and Canadians.  Enjoy!

 

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