Today I cycled to the Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier to see Twelfth Night, a 12-mile round trip. This is probably my favorite way to spend a Saturday. I do it quite often (see here and here). (This is amazing theater and younger folks in Chicago should know that they can get tickets for only $20 by using the code UNDER35 when purchasing online.)
If you look behind me, there’s another great example of how not to lock your bike – only a u-locked back wheel left.
The show was hilarious – I laughed out loud more than at any SNL-alum movie (though Baby Mama comes close). The fact that it was first performed in 1601 is mind-bendy.
The stage setting was innovate as always: a big pool with wooden planks on it, and the actors went from wading and diving in the pool to hopping up the planks seamlessly. This is genius theatre. And as always, out of dumb luck, we were in the first row inches from the stage, close enough to get a bit wet from the pool splashes and the spittle (boy, do those Shakespearean actors spittle!).
Here is the view of Navy Pier from the theatre’s lobby. I covet Greg’s thick gauge wool zip-down sweater that he found for $20 at the thrift store. Perfect for cycling on a brisk spring day. At the same time, I wish I could grab that Blackberry and throw it into Lake Michigan.
Now a few words about Betty Foy. Love! I was worried that my outfit was a little too Oma, but I wanted to ride Betty because we were running late and the wind was strong. Turns out, Betty loves dresses. As long as the dress is not too long and willowy, she is actually better than Oma for skirts not flying/riding up, I think because of the angle. This outfit turned out to be perfect for cycling – my boots have rubber soles that made good contact with the pedals and my dress is heavy enough linen not to fly up. I had absolutely no wrist problems on this ride and I’m hoping that means the problem is resolved.
I’m getting used to the friction shifters. They’re smooth and nice, but I’m always looking down to figure out which gear I’m in. After another week of riding, I’m sure I’ll get it. Having 24 gears to work with is a real benefit, but that’s a subject for a post all its own.
I hope everyone else is enjoying their Easter/Passover/Pagan/Atheist weekend. Any bikey adventures? Tell us about it in the comments!