|My Edward Hopper scene|
|Peacock Door at Palmer House|
with beer truck passing by!
|Easter Mystery by Maurice Denis|
Now I'm waiting for Annette, my friend and former colleague at Family Literacy, to join me for dinner. She just texted that the rain is too much to walk to the Metra station so her husband Dan will drive her downtown. I have not been overwhelmiingly sure that this is all going to work out which has been part of my stress!
Annette was about an hour late but we were texting back and forth and I had a book to read while sitting near the Monroe Street entrance of the hotel. We walked to La Cantina where I had a reservation that was now an hour past due--but I had called and they were not full. We had ten years of catching up to do--plus plenty of reminiscing and it was a great meal. Dan picked her up again afterwards at the hotel. Ironic that one of Annette's jobs when she returned to Chicago was as a maid at the Palmer House. I remember the call from HR asking me if I could give her a reference. Of course, I could. That job was not a good match for her skills however and she is doing child care again.
We left each other with hugs and "I love yous." I walked back into the hotel with tears in my eyes.
I am about to enjoy my continental breakfast and then will walk to Trader Joes to get my favorite candy bars. There will be time for another hour at the Art Institute this morning--and then the 12:50 train back to Niles.
A foot in front of St. Luke's Episcopal Church-Why?
A postscript upon returning home: Amtrak is great. The senior rate was a bargain, parking at Niles was free, and I even was asked to board ahead of the regular passengers at Union Station. The trip was fast and comfortable.
Brand loyalty is great. I learned that my upgrades and free breakfast and wifi are offered because I am a Hilton Gold member. It's all those Martin's grocery bills--plus we usually stay at Hilton Hotels if it's convenient.
And...sometimes it's so much easier to stay home but I feel as if I have had a very full 30 hours on my Chicago adventure and I will enjoy the memories--as recorded in this blog!