The inconvenience of this election for me (this is not a political blog)

November 3 2008

So this is a purely personal complaint blog entry ... and has nothing to do with my political beliefs or how I am voting.

With the rally for Senator Obama happening at the South end of Grant Park tomorrow night (which will possibility be a victory or defeat speech .. if you really think anyone will call the election tomorrow ... hello 2000), the inconvenience to the folks who live around Grant Park has already started.

First, streets are being closed. The park section that is bounded by Lake Shore Drive, Roosevelt Rd, Columbus Drive, and Balbo is already fenced in for the official 75,000 ticketed guests. Balbo is already closed and Columbus and Congress (from Michigan to Columbus) will be closed starting today after rush hour.

My building, which is just north of Grant and Millennium Parks is also under seige. A parking ban has started that is from the River to 22nd street and the lake to 90/94 ... which I am in. My parking garage is busting at the seams and there are cops and secret service agents EVERYWHERE. I got stopped just pulling out of my building today.

The street cleaners are out and there is security all over the place. Now, I understand this is Senator Obama's hometown and he should have election night festivities here. I also understand people want to be part of event. But right now they are predicting 1 million people in the Grant Park area. We get 1 million plus for the fireworks on July 3rd during the Taste of Chicago. I think 1 million is a low number ... so I have left the city. I am going to stay out in the suburbs until Wednesday.

Those going to the rally - please be safe and don't park in my parking spot!

7 Responses to “The inconvenience of this election for me (this is not a political blog)”

  1. 1) Doug Mahugh says:

    Yeah, sounds like a pain. When I moved to Chicago in '82, people were still talking about the hassles around the Pope's visit to Grant Park in '79, and this is likely going to be significantly bigger.

    Hey, can you rent out that primo parking space?

  2. 2) Andrew Pollack says:

    So sorry that the process for the peaceful transition of the most powerful single office ever held by one person in the history of the world, will cause you difficulty in parking.

    Chin up. With luck you'll make it through.

  3. 3) John Head says:

    @Andrew it is not just parking, its movement of person starting tomorrow around 3 PM. And if all I do is complain on my blog, then that is the American thing to do! :-)

  4. 4) John Head says:

    @Doug now that is a great idea :-)

  5. 5) Erik Brooks says:

    Be thankful that, no matter what happens election-wise, you're in a country where uou CAN just simply get up, drop some bucks and move!

    If you can, definitely let us know how long people end up hanging around... if Obama wins I could see there being a LOT of people there for a good few days.

    Oh, and BTW, I've been meaning to thank you for a LONG time on posting about the Maiden concert a few months ago. I was reading your blog on a Sunday night, and nearly spit up my drink when I read that set list. On my bucket list (i.e. "10 things I'm going to do before I die") #10 was "See an Iron Maiden Concert." I never thought I'd see them perform the 80's-early-90's stuff.

    I immediately checked the Maiden website, and they were performing their last 3 shows in the US -- THAT WEEK! So I called my younger brother (who is an even bigger Maiden fan than me), booked last-minute tickets to a show in Baltimore on Wednesday night, and we flew to the concert. He'd never flown before. I flew us first class and paid for the whole thing (~$2.5k - yikes) as a birthday present to him (his birthday was the following week). At the concert we were just off-center, on elevated seats in row 10. YEAH.

    It was THE most rocking concert I've ever been to, same for my brother, and probably the single most memorable time we've both had together. And I wouldn't have known about it if it wasn't for your blog. So thanks!

  6. 6) John Head says:

    Your most welcome Erik! Glad the Maiden concert was killer ... as much as I hate the reunion or classic rehashes going around these days, that concert was well worth it!

  7. 7) Erik Brooks says:

    That's what was so awesome... it wasn't some washed-up 80's band rehashing stuff because they can't get any play time any other way, or a reunion of people who hadn't played together in 20 years. They were very strong, and you could tell that it was because they are *still* pumping out new albums and moving along.

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