Friday, June 18, 2010

Will and I and 2 million of our closest friends!

We had quite the adventure last weekend in Chicago! We headed out to Elmhurst around 5 last Friday with the plan to spend the night at Kathy's and then head downtown on the first train at 4:30 a.m. However on the way we were listening to the NHL channel on XM radio and started thinking that we might not get there early enough. I asked Will what he thought about staying up all night at the corner of Wacker & Michigan. He was all for it! So we got to Kathy's and asked her if it would be ok with her to take us to the train station at 10 she agreed so we got a backpack together with blankets, water, and power bars and headed out. We had a mishap and I forgot my phone in my car so we flagged down a cop who went over to Kathy's and got her to bring it back to us. Then we caught the last train for the night at 11:15 and got downtown around 11:45 grabbed a taxi and claimed our spot. Will was pretty nervous because no one else had shown up yet but shortly others were there. Around 2 a reporter came out and wanted to interview everyone and talked to Will for a little while. About 3 we moved to the curb to stake our spot and they came by around 4 to put up the barricades. At 5 it rained for about 30 minutes and we got soaked were freezing. We then stood in place for the next 6 hours patiently waiting. The crowd kept getting bigger and bigger but we had no idea how many were there till they turned the Jumbotron on and we could suddenly see masses of people all the way down Michigan Avenue. The parade was supposed to start at 10:30 and be to us around 11:15 and the rally was to start around 11:30 but of course it didn't start on time. The girl next to us told us at 11 that her brother said it had started finally. Around 11:15 they showed the procession on the Jumbotron, Will leaned over but couldn't see anything about 5 minutes later he looked again and turned with wide eyes and said I can see them! First came the pipe and drums, then the Clydesdale's and then the buses started. First with family and office people then there were the players! We all started screaming and jumping up and down and when the last bus came there was the CUP! I don't think I've ever been so excited! Then we watched the rally where Eddie O introduced everyone, when he got to Rocky Wirtz we all started chanting, Rocky, Rocky, Rocky. Then came the players and when they got to Toews we chanted MVP. It was so exciting and I loved every minute of it. We headed to the train station afterwards and finally got some food and it felt so good to sit down. After we bought our train tickets we went to catch the train only to find out they had left early because it was full. We sat down and waited for the next one which was still an hour away. We both kept falling asleep but finally it came and they packed it full again. We eventually got to Elmhurst where Kathy was waiting. After we both took showers we went to bed and slept for 15 hours! We went to breakfast on Saturday and read in the paper that they were expecting 300.000 fan and got 2 million! Wow! We then headed over to Dick's Sporting Goods and got stocked up on Stanley Cup gear before we headed out to Naperville to go to Penzeys and then Archivers. We started home after that and got caught in some huge storms but finally got home and after a birthday party and dinner went back to bed. LOL

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  1. Wow. How exciting. I'm glad that you and Will were able to go to the parade. You sure sounded very excited about it. So cool. Glad you both had a great time.