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Captain Goto, Upstairs at “The O,” overlooking Forbes Avenue.


dmsilev, Skybox.


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    Again, brilliant pictures. I especially love the neon stoplight in the first pic.

    Who’s got what going on for the day? Me, tai chi and then a shitload of work. Fortunately, I can do the work on my laptop while watching the games.

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    Mr Furious says:

    Is that glass floor in Boston or Chicago? Either way, I’m not sure I could venture out there…

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    dmsilev says:

    Thanks for posting that. In case anyone is wondering, it was taken from the observation deck at the top of the Sears Tower (OK, it’s called the Willis Tower now. Whatever). They recently installed some glass boxes that extend out a few feet beyond the building. It’s a long long way down…


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    dmsilev says:

    @Mr Furious: Chicago.


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    RedKitten says:

    Yikes — glass floors squick me out. I ventured out onto the one in the CN Tower, but man, oh man…it just felt all wrong.

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    @dmsilev: Sears Tower. Now and forever. Excellent pic. I will have to go there the next time I’m in Chi-town.

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    Cat Lady says:

    As my brother once said when he was little, that Skybox picture makes my wee wee tingle.

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    dmsilev says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Be prepared for long long lines. If memory serves, there were 7 different lines that you had to wait in before getting in the elevator (line for the elevator down to the basement, line to go through security, line to buy the ticket, line to wait to see the silly introductory film…). I think it took about an hour or so.


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    geg6 says:

    The Skybox pic is super cool, but I could never in a million years stand in one. No way. However, that view from the O takes me back as I spent many an undergrad evening upstairs quaffing drafts and eating mountains of scrumptious O fries and having very serious and drunken discussions about philosophy and politics. I know that view like I know the back of my hand. The nostalgia is palpable. GO PITT!

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    Anoniminous says:

    Intellectually, I’m all in favor of the lines in the old Wob song:

    “Chop some wood,
    do you good …”


    I would like to point out Do Not Do This at Home after sitting in a chair all day and without limbering up. Else thou shalt say a Fare-Thee-Well to Thy Back the next day.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    These are beautiful photographs, and this segment is enjoyable and clearly demonstrates the Talent that exists among those who contribute to Balloon Juice. We have previously determined that Virtue attracts Talent, so this speaks well of John Cole, who should consider becoming a Teabagger, in which setting he would surely blossom. Perhaps there he would meet a beautiful woman to care for his dogs.

    But the best picture of the day is on the Drudge Report.

    Good God, what a picture. You would have thought this guy would have learned after the flak he received from the partial bow before his Mohammedan father-figure. One wonders if Richard Daley demands a similar tribute. Plato will now explain why the coddling of persons, regardless of skin color, is bad:

    For all these reasons, Theaetetus, we must admit that refutation is the greatest and chiefest of purifications, and he who has not been refuted, though he be the Great King himself, is in an awful state of impurity; he is uninstructed and deformed in those things in which he who would be truly blessed ought to be fairest and purest.

    In any case, it is good to know that the progressive movement’s figurehead is a moron. Now, in things that are actually news, breakfast today consisted of:

    1. Rice
    2. Olive Oil
    3. Tomatoes
    4. Canned Clams
    5. Lettuce Leaf

    As this CO2 has not kicked in yet, here is a picture of my fire, as I am too much of a cheap-skate to turn on the heat.

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    mommybrain says:

    Ooohh, my stomach lurches every time I look at the skybox. Me no go out there, mommy.

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    @Brick Oven Bill:

    You have some balls, Bill, posting a link to that racist pile of shit you call your blog.

    What do you do on the weekends, follow black people around with your camera and write skinhead copy?

    Over several weeks’ time and two threads, you amassed one comment. Your blog is a failure. You might try pimping it at some Nazi sites instead of around here. Just saying.

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    Demo Woman says:

    The pictures posted here have been great. Sully’s View from your Window pictures have been published and these photos are better.
    Although I am not afraid of heights, there is no way I would get on that skybox.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    I am sorry that your Belief System was challenged AngusTheGodOfMeat, but there is nothing whatsoever racist in those writings. Socialism is the true racism, demonstrating this fact is not.


    Just saying.

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    Captain Goto says:

    @geg6: Go Pitt, indeed!!

    Going to be there tonight…and my fiancee couldn’t find a dinner reservation at any of three different restaurants downtown! So we’re eating in Bloomfield first. Hope we can find a place to park in town…

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    jeffreyw says:

    Gonna go the surf n turf route for dinner tonight, a couple fillets with some of the smallest “jumbo” shrimp I’ve ever seen. Round it out with the third major food group: Ore-Ida french fries.

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    jeffreyw says:

    And just to tease asiangrrl: some red beans and rice

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    Tom Hilton says:

    Yow–serious vertigo.

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    JasonF says:


    In case anyone is wondering, it was taken from the observation deck at the top of the Sears Tower (OK, it’s called the Willis Tower now. Whatever).

    Yesterday, a group of tourists stopped me and asked me for directions to the Sears Tower. After pointing them the right way and sending them along, it occurred to me that the thought of correcting them and explaining that it’s now the Willis Tower didn’t even cross my mind.

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    General Winfield Stuck says:

    After reading numerous winger blogs on the decision to try KSM and others in NY, and seek the death penalty, It seems to me, per usual they are dancing madly around what they are really afraid of.

    Here is Rick Moran noodling around the shape of his own navel again, citing pros and cons and deciding it’s just not worth risking New Yorkers lives, as if wingnuts ever gave two shits about that libtard bastion.

    And there are all the other reasons, excuses, some with some merit of the risk, both politically to Obama, again as if they cared, and the real possibility some lone nut will do some violence.

    But the real reason they object is none of these, of course, nor is it the likely airing of Bush/Cheney’s torture machine. It is the prospect that KSM and others will be found guilty and sentenced to death by the liberal/muslim/weenie/terrorist sympathizing Barrack Hussein Obama. And for several reasons, not the least of which is being out toughed by a skinny black dude. How much thunder would that take away from the tea baggers and neo con war mongers, amongst others?

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    JenJen says:

    J-Mart from Politico just tweeted: “S Schmidt tells me Palin charges “all fiction.”

    That didn’t take long! Of course, all of this coming shitstorm will be excellent news for John McCain.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @dmsilev: I might suggest the other iconic tall building in Chicago as a better view – The John Hancock Center – which sits on the Magnificent Mile right next to Navy Pier. Willis Tower is farther away from the lakefront. The day I was there, the lines weren’t too long at Hancock.

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    dmsilev says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Oh, agreed. The only reason I went up the Sears/Willis is to see this new glass box.

    Trick with the Hancock: One floor away from the observation deck is a restaurant and lounge. While both are typically jammed solid at night, during the day, you can go up to the lounge and look out the windows and nobody will hassle you (though, of course, the staff would prefer that you buy a drink or something). No lines, and no ticket to buy.


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    @Brick Oven Bill:

    Socialism is the true racism

    Jesus, now you think you are George Orwell.

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    Brendan says:

    Holy CRAP Forbes Avenue has changed since I graduated from CMU in ’94.

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    @Brick Oven Bill:

    SociaI ism is the true racism

    Jesus, now you think you are George Orwell.

    (Repost due to insanely stupid mod filter action)

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    @Brick Oven Bill: Damn, you’re windy. You use more words and make less sense than anybody I know. Edit yourself, fool.

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    Every day I post a jigsaw puzzle based on images I find around the ‘nets. Might I use your skybox pic for one? The kind that makes people go “eeep!”?

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