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Apropos of nothing …

I wanted to share this picture with you. My girlfriend and I went out to celebrate her birthday dinner at Jack Binion’s Steakhouse at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN this past weekend.

This is a photograph of my shrimp cocktail appetizer. Is that a gorgeous picture, or what?

I admire good presentation in a restaurant and in my opinion this is the finest food presentation I have ever seen. I almost felt guilty destroying the symmetry when I began to eat it.



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Ever been a tourist in your home town?

I have lived in Chicago for 76 of my 78 years, so I pretty much know the town. Riding my bike on the lakefront gives me a chance to interact with tourists who mostly want directions to our local sights, like Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, etc. This weekend I kind of experienced the ‘tourist thing’ when I took my girlfriend to the restaurant at the top of the Hancock Building  – on the 95th Floor. As you can imagine, this is one of the major Chicago tourist attractions. Also, I hadn’t actually eaten there ever in my life.

For the record, “875 North Michigan Avenue, built as and still commonly referred to as the John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot[6] supertall skyscraper located in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Magnificent Mile district, the building was known as the John Hancock Center prior to February 12, 2018.

“From the 95th floor restaurant, diners can look out at Chicago and Lake Michigan. The Observatory (360 Chicago), which competes with the Willis Tower’s Skydeck, has a 360° view of the city, up to four states, and a distance of over 80 miles (130 km). The Observatory has Chicago’s only open-air SkyWalk and also features a free multimedia tour in six languages. The 44th-floor sky lobby features America’s highest indoor swimming pool,” according to Wikipedia

Herewith some pics of this tourist attraction and out dinner with its attendant fabulous views.


The actual Hancock Building

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