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Old 11-12-2008, 05:46 PM   #106
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So, when you use the word "spatula", is that a thing that will flip pancakes, or a rubber thing that will scrape the bowl of chocolate cake batter?

But anyway --- do you have any interest in taking a train out to the western burbs? On a weekend, I could pick you up at the train station (we'd have to brandish a liseuse, to recognize each other) and give you a tour of the world's still biggest operating partical accelerator (http://www.fnal.gov) . We have buffalo and prairie grasses/flowers on site too, if that interests you more than the electronics.

And then a visit to what *I* consider the best pizza around - Pal Joey's in West Chicago. I believe Cthulhu has said he knows their pizza.

Or, to the local restaurant here that serves buffalo burgers, and other sorts of strange meats, if that appeals to you more. (Um, I order the ordinary burger, thank you very much.)
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:51 PM   #107
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Deb,

I definitely want the CERN tour, but not for awhile. Too much to do in the city. For the official meet-up, let's stick with the Borders near Water Tower. Like I said, I have no deadline. I know the holidays are coming up, we can do something when everyone is downtown Christmas shopping anyway, for example.

November 22nd is some sort of a parade, lights, something going on: Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.
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Well, actually, this is the Fermilab tour. CERN is the enemy {holds fingers in front of self in some sort of warding-away-evil symbol}. But, I get your drift. Yeah, I think there are festivities and also lots of window dressing for the holidays.
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I knew that. CERN by association. Sorry!
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:17 PM   #110
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we can do something when everyone is downtown Christmas shopping anyway, for example.
No need to do shopping downtown when I have the largest mall in the U.S. (retail space) 10 minutes from my house.
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:23 PM   #111
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Well, actually, this is the Fermilab tour. CERN is the enemy {holds fingers in front of self in some sort of warding-away-evil symbol}.
Meanwhile, at CERN they complain that you keep sending them broken magnets. Perhaps you could make some to ornament Taylor's fridge? If they fall off, it's not quite so dangerous.
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:37 PM   #112
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Meanwhile, at CERN they complain that you keep sending them broken magnets. Perhaps you could make some to ornament Taylor's fridge? If they fall off, it's not quite so dangerous.
Oh, but it WOULD be quite dangerous. They weigh at least 2 tons each (or maybe it's more) .... If they fell off, the people on the *ground* floor would probably have to worry! I don't know how high up his apartment is, but it would probably fall through all those floors, all the way down TO the ground floor.

@grooks: That mall is where I went last weekend, to get my hands on the latest macbook. I fondled it, then went home and dreamed some more about it ......
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:42 PM   #113
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@grooks: That mall is where I went last weekend, to get my hands on the latest macbook. I fondled it, then went home and dreamed some more about it ......
So when are you buying it?
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:43 PM   #114
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Last night! Should arrive Friday, I think.
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:44 PM   #115
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:04 PM   #116
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You know... ...One doesn't have to be a deranged genius to love super science, but it helps.

Can I get a ticket to tour the world's biggest operational particle accelerator, I promise only to hug it and not in any way attempt to bring it home with me. Though if you have an extra one, I hear they make excellent holiday gifts.

The spatula stuffed stockings were all hung up with care as the tree lined particle accelerator put a warm hum in the air.

I'm not so sure if choosing the 22nd of November is such a good idea for a meet up, particularly if its going to be at the Boarders on Michigan avenue. With the cities festival of lights parade taking place that evening to kick off the official start of the local shopping season its going to be madness in that part of town. This isn't so much a deterrent for me because as a resident I'm used to the madness but I suspect this will not make the experience very pleasurable for those driving in from the suburbs or further.

Then again I could be wrong. Still its something to consider.

Another thing or two or three to consider:

The Chicago Speculative Fiction Community
http://www.chicago-sf.org/

The Neo Futurists (Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind)
http://www.neofuturists.org/

Myopic Books
http://myopicbookstore.com/

I have gotten the impression that you not only have an interested in science fiction, or at very least the late great Douglas Adams but you also harbor a sophisticatedly twisted sense of humor. If so, todays suggested local points of interests should have some appeal.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:20 PM   #117
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All duly bookmarked. Thank you very much! The Neo Futurists is definitely on the list, probably Sunday this weekend, barring anything more pleasant happening. Oh, and the Nov 19th Chicago Non-Fiction meetup.com meetup. Why not? I haven't read the book, but that never deterred me in school.

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Old 11-14-2008, 06:06 PM   #118
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Well, actually, this is the Fermilab tour. CERN is the enemy {holds fingers in front of self in some sort of warding-away-evil symbol}. But, I get your drift. Yeah, I think there are festivities and also lots of window dressing for the holidays.
If only Congress hadn't cut the funding for our big hole in the ground....
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:13 PM   #119
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Oh! I wish I had thought of this earlier (though, if you are broke, it may not matter). There is an SF convention starting today, going through Sunday. Nov 14-16. Just to the west of the city limits -- probably are trains going nearby.

http://www.windycon.org/

Most of the links are on the verrrry bottom bar.
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I know of no "Pal Joey."

He is not known in R'Lyeh.

There is the One Pizza. There is Lou's. They are the keepers of sauce & sausage.

Schaumburg scares the heck out of me.
Had to leave IKEA and go directly to a bar to calm my nerves.

Do all the stores still do the window displays that tell stories in series?

A spatula is a rubber device to scrape batter.
That other thing is a flipper.

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