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06/29/15: I've been taking the train to work for five years now, and I really like it. It gives me a chance to read or listen to music on the way to and from work, and I don't have to fight traffic. It's a little inconvenient in terms of the times the train stops hear home or leaves Union Station, but overall it's a great way to commute to work.
     I'm not usually looking out the window, but every so often I do, and sometimes I see something interesting. The other day, I glanced out the window and saw this food truck parked in the lot behind a big building. If you're not a Chicago Fire (the TV series) fan, this might look like another food truck to you, but this is the food truck that was used on the TV series. The building this is parked behind is the old Ryerson Steel facility, part of which is now home to Cinespace, and some of Chicago Fire is filmed there. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to see that, because when they were filming one of the Transformers movies here in Chicago, I saw crushed cars and a Tokyo bus and other props from that movie in that same lot. But it was surprising to see something from the fantasy world of TV parked along the commuter tracks that I take to and from work every day.

06/18/15: All work stopped this morning around 9AM as everyone started lining up at the windows to catch a glimpse of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade, which was to pass right in front of the building I work in. I had some work to do, so I stayed at my desk for a while longer. At work, I have a program I can use to watch certain TV channels right on my desktop, so I launched that and connected to channel 9, since I knew they were going to be covering the parade live. I just kept working, watching the coverage until I could see the parade turn down the street by my building, then I just walked over to the window and took some pictures. They are from eight floors up, but if you click on the picture to get a larger version then zoom in, you can clearly see the cup on the back of the bus.

     It's too hard to tell from the overhead view, so check this other shot to see who is actually holding the Cup. After they won the final game, Stephie and I discussed trying to see the Cup in person as it makes its way around Chicago. I don't know if I'll get a chance for an up-close look, but I was at least as close as eight floors away!

06/04/15: I was heading back from lunch yesterday at a couple of minutes before 1PM, since I had to attend a meeting at 1. As I was turning to walk to my desk, I glanced out the window and stopped, because I saw what you are seeing here. Yes, it's the Wienermobile parked in front of the Willis Tower. I took this picture, then went to try to convince my boss to postpone the meeting so we could go down and see it up close. She wasn't buying it, and when the meeting ended, the Wienermobile was gone.

     Today I had some errands to run, and one of them took me down LaGrange Road. There's a resale/antiques store there that usually has a row of bicycles lined up out front. I saw this out of the corner of my eye, and had to go around to see and get a picture. It was miniature Wienermobile! I didn't have time to stop to find out how much they were asking for it. Stephie would have killed me if I bought it, but I was thinking it would be a perfect gift for my pal Randy Scuffle.
     Two Wienermobile sightings (sort-of) in two days. What does that mean? We used to see one regularly when I worked in Downers Grove. We figured it was using a local hotel as a base of some kind. It made me want to have a hot dog or two, although I haven't really liked Oscar Meyer hot dogs since I was a kid. I did Google it when I got back to my desk yesterday, and found a job listing to be a Wienermobile driver. How cool would that be?

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