Review Taste of Chicago

Saturday July 2nd we set out to go to the taste of Chicago. Mode of transportation, the Metra train. It is the easiest way to get downtown when there is a huge event going on. The walk from Union Station to Grant Park was not too bad, but it is still a good 10 blocks.

Let me just say that large crowds amuse me to no end. Seeing people push each other and argue over food or a porta-potty makes me smile. You see people from all different backgrounds having to interact in the same space. Speaking of space, personal space goes from cushy to non-existent once you are in the middle of that crowd.

I had never been to the Taste of Chicago on a weekend and now I know why. The number of people had to reach levels never seen before. It was amazing to see the sea of people with little streams running in all directions. Entertaining, that is the only way to describe the lines for people to get food. *Logtar tip* when in a large crowd try to enter the stands from the sides it seems to get a lot more results than following one of the center lines. It was crazy anyway you look at it.

Was the food good? Absolutely! I had deep dish Chicago style spinach Pizza, boneless ribs, funnel cake, Eli’s Cheesecake, and some ice cream. I wish I could have had more, but it was next to impossible to get more. The crowds did not let up as the day went on.

Santana and Los Lonely Boys were playing for free, the taste has entertainment every single day of the week and it is awesome to get to see big names play for free. I got to listen to a little of Carlos Santana playing, but actually getting to where you can see the show was just not going to happen.

Overall it was a great experience, I recommend it for anyone that wants to have good fun and fun. I do however advise against going on a weekend. If at all possible go to Chicago during the week and try to catch a free concert.

Enjoy the pics.

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Friendship Redux

“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”
– Aristotle

“A true friend stabs you in the front.”
– Oscar Wilde

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
– Henry Ford

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Over the last couple of years I experienced some difficult times, at times it felt like everything that could went wrong, but it was at the same time liberating. One of the coolest things during that time was that had built onto one of my strongest personal relationships, or so I thought. I had finally felt like I had a best friend and that I was going to some day have my future kids call him uncle. I felt like I had a brother. They say all good things come to an end. Sometime last year, our relationship morphed, eventually it became unrecognizable and once again I have another person to add to the list of friends that I had and cannot quite pin point where the relationship went to.

Aristotle speaks a huge truth, and for a while I thought that without my friend I would not have stayed sane during those difficult times. I now feel a lot different, I now feel used, betrayed, ignored and left in the dark. In the past when this happened to a relationship I would internally take all the blame. I did not do enough, I was not a good enough friend, I could have done this or that. This last one showed me tons about all of my misconceptions about friendship.

Since I moved away from Chicago I had kept my friendship with many friends, and surprisingly enough, those that I speak to with the least are the ones that I feel closest to. Also my college friends that I don’t get to talk to that much have been more true to me during all of this time. I am by no means perfect and I am sure that whatever the reason is for the relationship to go sour I have as much blame, but Mr. Wilde says it best, a friend stabs you in the front. If there was an issue then it should be brought up to me, I have no real clue as to what happened and my efforts to find out have proven futile.

Henry Ford really summed up what I feel right now. I know that by reading the first two paragraphs you might think I am sad, or upset about this situation… in reality I am the quite opposite. I am happy, because in Cielo I have found a true best friend. She is someone that truly brings out the best in me. In the past the people around me might have helped me pick up the pieces in a bag, Cielo was the first person that actually encouraged me in a different way to put myself back together.

Life is not easy and friends make it a lot easier to live it, but only true friends do that. I am done with one sided relationships where I am the one doing all the work, I am a good friend and I should be valued as such mistakes and all.

I leave you with Martin Luther King Jr’s quote and ask… what does it mean to you?