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20 March 2003 @ 11:53 pm
Adventures in Morriland, Volume 87.4  
Today turned into all kinds of ridiculous.

After I got off work at 7, I went down to the restaurant and bar on the first floor of the building, because one of my coworkers is having his last day tomorrow and they were having a going-away celebration. They'd been there since 5, so I didn't know if anyone would still be there but I thought I'd check. The guest of honor was still there, as was my best bud at work, J, and a couple of other guys. So I joined them. J was drunk off her arse, meaning she was loud, babbling and using the word "fuck" about 5 times per sentence, which was amusing. Eventually the others left and J and I were there talking, when her husband showed up. I've met him before and he's a really nice guy. We had another drink each and talked more, and then headed out - J went home with her hubby, which was nice for me because I was going to drive her home otherwise - no way was I going to let her drive.

So I head out and hear on the radio that there are protests going on, so they've got all of Lake Shore Drive blocked off. Well, hell. How am I supposed to get to the freeway? My only option would be to drive lengthwise through Chicago, not something I really want to do at almost 10 pm. So I go to get on LSD, hoping for the best. It wasn't blocked - much relief ensues. Then my cellphone rings - it's Mom. I kinda forgot that someone might notice if I wasn't home at my usual time. Ooopsie. I reassure her that I'm fine and no, I'm not at the rally as my dad seems to think - just as I hit where the rally actually was. Ah, so this is where they have the road blocked off. Wonderful.

I head a different way and nearly have some drunk/drugged/insane person crash into me as he veers into my lane, then watch as he takes his half out of the middle for the rest of the block. Lovely. And such a great neighborhood I'm in now, too. Turn the wrong way, end up by what looks like Cook County Jail, but really not sure. It has lots of high fences. Go other direction, cannot seem to get on highway from here. Do. not. panic. Drive through neighborhoods of Chicago I have never been in before. Hmm...this looks like Little Italy, how cultural of me. Eventually find my way to the highway, my unerring sense of direction doing its job. Go me!

To sum up:

Newcastles drunk: 3
Cigarettes smoked: erm...7?
Number of times J said some variation of "fuck": At least 100
Number of police cars seen in Chicago: At least 20
Number of protesters I ran over: None, but would've been tempted after that damn detour they caused me.
Number of car accidents: None, thankfully - narrowly avoided one.
Sex had: Zilch. Boyfriend on other side of large body of water. Ocean mocking me. -.-
Going to bed: Now.
 
 
I feel: tiredtired
 
 
 
Callipygian: flashpicklepuss on March 21st, 2003 06:39 am (UTC)
So I go to get on LSD, hoping for the best.

It always starts this way.

I was wondering if you got caught in the whole protester deal. Nice to hear you made it out OK.
Vicki: Nas Alleyhermorrine on March 21st, 2003 12:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it might have been worse earlier, but the drinking of beer saved me from having to deal with that. Ironic, no?
Red-headed Step-Child: This did not go as I planned.....indigosoul on March 21st, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
Another reason to make public flogging legal
I too was trapped in traffic-on the bus no less-by the damn protesters. I nearly walked home-but I was wearing high heeled boots yesterday and I would've been crippled by the time i reached my door.
I find this such a ridiculous display given the fact that it wont change anything...bush is not going to call off the war or be so moved by the public outcry that he changes his mind about Iraq. All it does is irritate the people here. Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity in large groups.

Vicki: Pissed!Ginnyhermorrine on March 21st, 2003 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Another reason to make public flogging legal
I know - I just don't see the point in public demonstrations. Have they ever really worked? Is there a point? I think people should do what they feel is right, but sadly our government is not and has not been listening to us - why would they start now that more people are standing round in the street?
Red-headed Step-Childindigosoul on March 21st, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Another reason to make public flogging legal
Exactly....i see no reason to make such a fuss when all its going to acheive is a criminal record for the protesters.