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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018

* When I decided to do the Illinois vs. Missouri softball game tomorrow, I figured I might as well take Friday off, too. And then I thought, hey, maybe I should go somewhere cool and take off a few more days. And so the decision was made. After close of business today, I’ll be gone until at least next Thursday morning, but maybe not until the following Monday, depending how crazy it gets in my absence.

Hannah Meisel and Barton Lorimor will be handling blog duties while I’m away. Be nice to them, please.

* The Question: Your summer vacation plans?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Chucky Jay - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:54 pm:

    Vegas later in the summer…but the real question, where in the world is Rich Miller (going)?

  2. - Gruntled University Employee - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:55 pm:

    Spending the first week of August at Raccoon Lake with the family

  3. - Falco Fan - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    Visiting Austria, Slovenia & Croatia.

  4. - A guy - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    No plans. Like you, when it comes along and looks like the time…take it.

  5. - BlueDogDem - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:58 pm:

    Chuck. See you there.
    Hitting the local town homecoming circuit. I love a picnic fish sandwich with pickles and ketchup. Taking in a bit of baseball heaven on the good old am radio.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:58 pm:

    ===Hannah Meisel and Barton Lorimor will be handling blog duties while I’m away.===

    Keys to the Ferrari passed…

    Summer plans?

    Lil busy with other endeavors but probably a sojourn down south… maybe the Left Coast…

  7. - a drop in - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:00 pm:

    Somewhere within a day’s drive with the wife and dog.

  8. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:05 pm:

    Seems like perfect time to party at the Capt Fax Lakefront Compound. Go pontoonin’ around Lake SPI, skinny dip, charge on the Capt Fax Yacht Club account(What was the number). Travel Safe!

  9. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:08 pm:

    Vacation plans: At least one quickie trip, to a place that has moved forward on certain social legislation and has great outdoor places nearby, for the beauty of nature. Just an inexpensive and quick flight away, in this gorgeous country.

  10. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:09 pm:

    ===I’ll be gone until at least next Thursday morning, but maybe not until the following Monday===

    Good. I’ll finally get some actual work done. Lol.

    I am taking the family on a camping trip to the Sandhills region of western Nebraska. It’s part of a large family gathering (my wife is from Omaha). My idea of roughing it is staying in a hotel with no room service, so this should be interesting. At least the kids will have fun horse back riding, tubing on the Dismal river, plinking with the pellet gun, sleeping under the clearest sky you’ve ever seen.

    One extra bonus: I get to play the Sand Hills Golf Club, ranked #9 on Golf Digest’s greatest golf courses in America. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

  11. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:12 pm:

    Staycation. maybe a couple of long weekends visiting family around Illinois and Michigan.

  12. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:12 pm:

    Already drove RT-66 this year to visit relatives. Just finished doing the annual IL RT-66 Motor Tour this past weekend. And I have to go to a car club national convention in a couple of weeks because I’m an officer / on the Board of Directors. Then in the Fall we have a trip scheduled to South Carolina with some friends. So that’s it for the year.

  13. - G'Kar - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:13 pm:

    Negotiate a new faculty contract and if lucky, spend a weekend at the Great Taste of the Midwest Beer festival in Madison.

  14. - don the legend - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    Gonna clean the vest and polish the flair and and take a nice long motorcycle trip with my favorite governor.

  15. - Salukitoo - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:20 pm:

    Spouse and I will spend a couple weeks in Alaska.

  16. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    ===polish the flair===

    Remember, 15 pieces is the minimum, okay?

    Now, you know it’s up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum. Or well, like Bruce, for example, has thirty seven pieces of flair, okay. And a terrific laugh.

  17. - Earnest - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:27 pm:

    Five-day silent meditation retreat. It was a great adventure and unlike anything I’d ever done. I thought it a more prudent way to get some perspective on my life than buying a red convertible and trying to date 20 year-olds.

  18. - John Patterson - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:28 pm:

    Spending a couple days in Bath, IL protecting our great state from invasive carp.
    Aug. 3-4.
    Come join the battle.

  19. - Langhorne - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:28 pm:

    Long weekend in danville. Love the sizzle and pizazz. Crazy nightlife. Hit effingham and taylorville on the way back. Stop in decatur to do shots w sue scherer, and get buddy tats. I know how to vacay.

  20. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:29 pm:

    In three weeks we will be wandering around the Breckenridge, Colorado area. Can’t wait to get there. As John Muir said, “The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go.”

  21. - Flynn's Mom - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:29 pm:

    Lot’s of golfing and a trip out west.

  22. - Honeybear - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    Wanted to enjoy going to grandpa’s lake cabin in Northern Iowa again but the eldest kid is doing AFS in Europe and I used my time for union rallies. So I’ll have to be thankful that I have the day before Thanksgiving this year. We are going to do a Frank Lloyd Wright tour then

  23. - unclesam - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    One week in Virginia; a second week in Wyoming. Places where cellular service may not be the best.

  24. - Big Joe - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:38 pm:

    Just returned from a week in Florida, visiting our son in Miami, and spending a couple days in Key West. Great place to visit. Vegas in the Fall.

  25. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:39 pm:

    Germany, Austria, Hungary and finally Ireland
    Hamburg and Berlin

  26. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:43 pm:

    “Hannah Meisel and Barton Lorimor will be handling blog duties while I’m away. Be nice to them, please.”

    Hannah and Barton are very easy to be nice to.

    “Your summer vacation plans?”

    As always, my plan is to see some of our planet’s greatest musicians perform at some of the best venues in the world — and then sleep in my own bed.

    My God, I love Chicago‼

    – MrJM

    p.s. If you have any interest in good music and good times, you best take a look at the line-up for this year’s American Music Festival at Fitzgeralds —

  27. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    Bucket list trip to Quebec and Montreal. No reason except I have not been there. Tourist traps all the way.

  28. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    Taking kids to Vacation Bible School leaving wife and I alone together to get crazy.

  29. - Get it Solved - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:52 pm:

    Heading to NY to watch the weekend rounds of the U.S. Open. Should be a touch course.

  30. - Slugger O'Toole - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    Minneapolis on 07/31 to see the Tottenham v. AC Milan soccer game. #COYS Go Spurs.

  31. - NorthsideNoMore - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:11 pm:

    Branson in July to get my Hillbilly on !

  32. - Flapdoodle - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    Settle into retirement, possibly buy a new house/relocate in state, spend September photographing in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and around Cooke City, MT

  33. - Huh? - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:40 pm:

    Whatever She Who Must Be Obeyed tells me to do.

  34. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:50 pm:

    Did the American legion rolling thunder ride memorial day on my Indian Chief Vintage

  35. - JoanP - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:52 pm:

    I’m off to Vienna tomorrow for a week of wallowing in architecture and design.

    The rest of the summer, I’ll be home. But Chicago is full of things to do. I expect to be going to a ton of outdoor concerts, mostly classical and jazz.

    @Honeybear, where will you be doing the FLW tour? I’m a guide at a couple of the Chicago area sites. Maybe we’ll see each other!

  36. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:59 pm:

    Traveling out east at the end of the summer to meet my new granddaughter who arrives late August.

    Until then, going to the Yacht Club with Anonnin’.

  37. - dbk - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 5:03 pm:

    Cool things you all are doing, bravo.

    Offspring no. 2 is getting married in late July - I’ll be trying to get the apartment in some sort of shape… meeting with folks, etc.; no vacation this summer, but some trips in the fall.

    Also, following IL politics devotedly … always.

  38. - Captain Obvious - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 6:10 pm:


  39. - DuPage Dave - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 6:26 pm:

    Curse at lawn mower. Drink beer. Repeat.

  40. - Responsa - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 6:33 pm:

    A week at beautiful Lake Margrethe with extended family (Grayling Michigan)

    Also White Sox baseball as often as possible.

  41. - Just learning - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:06 pm:

    I already went to Gatlinburg TN and stayed way up high in a gorgeous cabin. It is still sad to see the fire damage but they have came a long way.

  42. - Plutocrat03 - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:30 pm:

    Two week cycling classes n Germany ending in Munich during Octoberfest, a week in Oshkosh, WI for the air show.

  43. - Plutocrat03 - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:35 pm:

    That would be cycling in Germany. Weird autocorrect

  44. - Mama - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:47 pm:

    ” Great Taste of the Midwest Beer festival in Madison. ”

    Is that Madison, IL or WI?

  45. - Mama - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:47 pm:


  46. - Gooner - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:51 pm:

    Staying home, but this is the first year I have not made big plans for the kids. They have not signed up for a single camp. Instead, I will take extra time away from the office and we will hit the health club for tennis and swimming, we will work on learning to speak Greek, and we plan to spend a lot of time at The Modern Wing of the Art Institute.

  47. - Board Watcher - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 11:26 pm:

    Im guessing Belize

  48. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 11:48 pm:

    Loosey-goosey, but summer starts Friday in Grant Park sneaking in cold beers and stickey weed at Bluesfest.

    After all these years, I’m Bond, James Bond, with the sneaky beer and dope.

    Really, you bust your hump and stick around in this lousy climate all year, you’re a chump if you let anyone tell you how to enjoy decent weather.

    That’s always worked for me, except for a couple of unfortunate exceptions. But, as a white male, I can always lawyer-up, so no worries.

    Mavis on Sunday.

    Like Jubilee Showcase, out on the farm, when I was a baby.

  49. - Commonsense in Illinois - Thursday, Jun 14, 18 @ 7:48 am:

    Duck and Cover…

  50. - JoanP - Thursday, Jun 14, 18 @ 11:19 am:

    =summer starts Friday in Grant Park sneaking in cold beers and stickey weed at Bluesfest.=


    I hate to break it to you, but BluesFest was last weekend, at Millennium Park.

  51. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 14, 18 @ 12:13 pm:

    –I hate to break it to you, but BluesFest was last weekend, at Millennium Park–

    Huh. I guess the cold beers and sticky weed did the trick.

  52. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 14, 18 @ 4:12 pm:

    Note to self that when Rich posts two Questions of the Day on the same day, he’s overdue for his own vacation.

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