Houston from above shows no ill effects of the Hurricane and on the ground is recovering very quickly as downtown did get some flooding. Some neighborhoods are still digging out but in most of the area you couldn't tell a hurricane hit less than a month ago.
One race fan near the finish of the Chicago Half Marathon was showing a little Chicago love, waving our city's flag. My son, Jono and Sam ran the race, although both were definitely not fully trained for a grueling 13.1 miles in the heat. Still, they both finished and that is a major accomplishment. Having run that race three times in the past, it is a killer with around 8 miles on Lake Shore Drive with no shade. Ouch. Congrats to Jono and Sam and next time, find time to train for the distance. You can only get away with that in your 20's.
Yesterday's post was from a shot looking up at the old Sears Tower. Today, we have a cellphone shot looking down from the 35th floor of the Nuveen Building along the Chicago River. Wonderful view from our office building.
Sure, St. Louis has the Gateway Arch. We have the Golden Arches. A tourist mega and a place for the desperate about to get on the hour and a half-rush hour ride home. Me? I was just walking to the Portillo's across the street.
Stadium #12 (I think) in my pole-to-pole series. Might be the last new ballpark that I get to this season. St. Louis Busch stadium is very red. Nice stadium but I don't like that there is no outside concourse above the first section. Can't walk around the park unless you go inside and underneath the stadium. So, not one of my favorites. But great views all around.
With Irma making landfall in the Florida Keys this morning and the eye likely to bounce up the west coast of Florida, Naples and maybe Tampa are going to be hit. So, my thoughts go out to friends and family along the coast and hope that they are safe and property remains undamaged for as many as possible. If Florida gets lucky the storm hits the Everglades. This shot is from way back in 2012 on Naples Beach. Good luck Florida and parts north as the storm blows through.
Is the Shedd Aquarium taking at shot at Trump? In any case, if you sign up the night before you get entrance for free (well, technically a $3 handling fee) to the Shedd Aquarium during the month of September. Have to take them up on that.
A couple of us were commenting before the Bears game on Thursday how little sports in general change from high school (and sometimes middle school) to college to the pros. The same line ups, the same drills. This is two teams before the cut down to the 53 man roster. Lots of these players will not see the field again. I am not sure who I am sorry for but they at least got to live part of their dream and walk away healthy.
I am very conflicted about watching professional (and college) football. Too many injuries. Here is a proposal: How about Synchronized Professional Football? Four quarterbacks layout four passes to four receivers all at the same time. Probably doesn't have that same snap to it. Oh well, the sport could make to the Olympics!!!