I thought about Mayor Daley - this would be his ultimate stamp on the city. Bring the world to compete in Chicago. Lorrie and I talked about this too - the mayor has made Chicago the cleanest city in America. The transformation has been noticeable. He has added gardens, trees, flowers to the city which really make the city look great. My only "beef" is the "Peggy Notabart Conservatory" on Cannon Drive (mile 6 of the Chicago Marathon) - Peggy's husband Dick was the CEO of Ameritch (a baby Bell) who made Ameritch look good to SBC and sold it to them. He got an enormous golden parachute; much of which was paid for by the taxpayers. Watch Notabart wherever he goes...and hang on to your wallet. I can live with that if the city uses the money wisely.
The mayor added bike lanes - hey, baby steps on this front. The entire area needs wider shoulders, bike paths and better roads - but the mayor was the first to do this. I would ride my bike to work every day, but I have to figure out a way to get to work and back without getting killed.
We have a beautiful city. We are world class. That realization for the general population is a big emotional lift. I can't wait.
We had fun watching the men's gymnastics...I kept saying to Lorrie, "There's something wrong with that guys biceps. I think he got bitten by something because they are swollen." It made her laugh...
You think Beijing is good? Chicago would rock the house. I'd add more but Lorrie needs to log in.