Today was a very relaxing day…we met up with a friend of mine from Gateway College, Tamar Sagil, she took us to a local’s place called Bang Bang. It was very tasty!! We had some biscuits and gravy and pie for breakfast, and the little shop held some ‘bang, bang’ in their food…it was well worth the trip. I enjoyed getting to catch up with Tamar, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow (Sunday) when we’ll meet up again.
After returning from our outing with Tamar, we headed back to the French Market that we found while walking to the Greek Neighborhood on Wednesday, to purchase some Oh Olive. It’s a cool little market with a little bit of everything. Upon leaving the market, it had started raining…a little hard. Luckily Melissa has a built in umbrella in her purse, she was nice enough to give it to me…since my shirt was white. We popped into a Walgreen’s (since there’s one on every corner) to wait for the rain to finish and for me to view umbrellas for my very own self. My flip-flops dried quickly, Melissa’s shoes were a little squeaky but she fit in with the rest of the customer’s that ducked in as well. We had a squeak chorus going on.
We opted out of trying to hit Michigan Ave, since it was raining and went back to the room where I succumbed to a two hour nap. I felt good when I got up, but was wanting food. So we hit the streets. One downfall of being in the ‘Loop’ is the fact that it’s the business district and a lot of the stores close around 6:00, since everyone has went home from work. We hit Ronny’s for dinner, then stopped by the Crepe Bistro for dessert on our way back to the room.
On the way back to the room we passed a family that was getting directions from a lady on her cell phone, she was trying to give them information and get them where they needed to go. We had about five maps between us, I asked to have one to give to them. We back tracked and approached the family and offered the map, they were very appreciative. I was told by my travel companion that I was ‘neighborly’. My only excuse was that I’m from Doniphan. A place that you learn to give a helping hand, or when you see someone in ‘need’ you do what you can to help them out. I hope that regardless of where I go and what I do in life that I never lose the desire to help others. Even if it is to take a picture of a couple in front of a monument so they will have one with both of them in it, instead of two with them separated. Or to give a map to someone that is as lost as I am when trying to navigate the city. It makes them smile…and that’s what matters. Just call me Mr. Rodgers. :)
So far this has been a great vacation, I have to remind myself sometimes of what day it is ~ which is good. But reality is waiting for me tomorrow. I face the fact that I need to hit the books and get into some information for class next semester. Classes start on August 20, I get a little stressed when I think about it…but I just tell myself that I have nine months left. By the grace of God I’ll make it.