Thursday, March 17, 2011

The One Where I Get All Braggy That I Met BeckEye (So There!)

Last Friday Scope, Wednesday and I hopped in the car and headed for the airport. Where were we flying? Nowhere, silly! We were picking up BeckEye, who was coming into Chicago to do St. Patrick-y thingies for the weekend.

Scope had met BeckEye once before over the summer. I had missed out on that meeting back then because I was still stuck in Seattle. My move was delayed a month and a half and, thus, I missed out on meeting BeckEye.

(And, frankly, I’ve been bitter ever since.)


But all that pain was extinguished Friday when we met BeckEye at the airport. I met BeckEye! I met BeckEye!! I MET BECKEYE!!!! YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Ooh. Ooh!!—and there’s more! Not only did we meet her at the airport, we took her out to dinner too!….

BeckEye is exactly as I’ve always imagined her: witty, smart, and totally spectacular! Of course, we spent a lot of time discussing this year’s American Idol contestants. And Paul McDonald’s scary too-white teeth….


BeckEye had brought me the CD I won in her Big Wicked Online Pageant, but—d’oh!—then we forgot all about it again and accidentally left it in her suitcase, so I’m still Big Wicked Online Pageant Prize CD-less. But oh well. No biggie. I shared a big pretzel with her and, please, everybody knows big pretzels are even better than CDs. So, y’know, obviously my life is pretty much complete now. So, that’s good.

*happy sigh*

After dinner we took BeckEye to her friend’s house and headed back home. Then Saturday morning, Scope, Wednesday and I got up early and headed downtown for the big St. Patrick’s Day celebration. First we went to the Chicago River to watch them dye the river green [LINK]. Before the dyeing process commenced, the river looked like this….

Then they started pouring in the dye, which they spread throughout the river by driving a little speed boat around in it….

And when they were done, the river looked like this….

Pretty awesome, huh?! I know!

We attempted to watch the parade, but the crowd was so mammoth that we couldn’t even see it….

….so, instead, we saw festive stuff like this….

….and this….

….and this….

We even stopped in at Fannie May for some uber yummy sugary goodness….

But as much as I love that delicious chocolaty picture up there, my favorite picture from the whole day is this one….


Well, it was a long day and we were all a wee bit tired when we got home. But some of us were more tired than others….



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BeckEye said...

I had TWO CDs for you, because I made you a "Best of 2010" one out of guilt that it took me so long to get you the Halloween one. So, by the time I get these CDs to you, it will be a Columbia House-esque package of 10.

It was great seeing Scope again and finally meeting you and Gwen! Also, that Harry Carey-looking keyboard player at the bra-house made my night complete (as did the giant pretzel). I guess now that I'm hearing the parade was a clusterfuck, I'm not sad that I missed it.

Anonymous said...

Making me miss my old stomping grounds even more with this. Great to see pictures, though. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Oh to be a fly on THAT wall, you guys. :) I hope Gwen didn't learn some new uh....vocabulary and leave with a hankering for gay men.


Dr Zibbs said...

Man you get to meet all the bloggers.

BeckEye said...

I'll have Veggie know that I DID try to watch my language and waited until after you guys dropped me off to go to the gay bar. SO THERE.

Scope said...

I've done the parade in the past, only when it was during the week. And in the Loop. And during my lunch break. But this was my first river dying.

It was great seeing BeckEye again. And you might have gone to a gay bar, but Cora and I took you to the "Bra House"! :-)

SkylersDad said...

I am so jealous! Maybe someday I can travel and meet you folks back there!

J.J. in L.A. said...

I've never had a hankering to go to Chicago for St. Pat's Day...but I'm thinking about it. A cousin is there right now getting dru...I mean, celebrating.

I didn't know that she was going (or that she goes every year) until last w/e, or I would've tried to sneak into her luggage.

Anonymous said...

By the way, Cora, to answer your question from Vegetable Assassion, I don't think there's a state ice cream or cookies for Illiois, but the state snack food is popcorn, and the state fruit is the apple.

Cora said...

@ Joshua: I was begging the Google Gods for an answer to that question for a good solid 20 minutes today, but I think you're right, IL has no official state muffin.

Color me disappointed!

My old state, WA, does though: blueberry. Not too shabby. Guess here I'll have to settle for popcorn instead. *yawn*

Steven said...

You guys (a gal can be a guy) were having too much fun. I'm coming next year. How can I pass up seeing a river of green?

Candy's daily Dandy said...

AHHHHH! I met Becks too!!! I love her!!!

And I love you Collins Crew too! I wanna meet you guys next! We'll come look at schools in Chicago!!

Scope said...


DePaul & Northwestern are fine schools.

Just saying.


Sandra said...

Love that you met BeckEye!!! So cool! I met a blogger friend last summer as well, but we got sloshed so quickly after we met, neither one of us had the foresight to take pictures for posterity. You are much smarter: take pictures then drink.

words...words...words... said...

Now I have met Beckeye through the transitive property!

That green river kicks ass. And so does Veggie's comment.

Anonymous said...

wow! Such great pictures! I love all the St. Patrick's day spirit! And that pic of Wednesday with Scope has to be one of the happiest I've seen of her. soo glad you and Scope found each other! Even if it meant he took you away. ;)

Anonymous said...

Really good pictures, must be something to see the river Green like that.