today definitely came off to a slow start but boy did it pick up. I started the day with a 3:45am wake up and a 4:30am pickup which dropped me off at LaGuardia at 5:15am. That is where an interesting thing happened. So I didn’t really check to see what terminal I was in, I just assumed it was the delta terminal. But what I didn’t know is that because delta has like 10 flights a day to chicago, boston, and D.C., those flights go out of a much smaller terminal called the Marine Terminal. So anyway after figuring that out I waited for a shuttle and took it to the new terminal. By the way, my parents don’t know this, but my mom will realize it when she reads this, so I am hoping that by putting this on my blog will actually get my dad to read this thing. But before they get a change to worry, I still managed to get through security and to my gate 45 minutes before they boarded. I repeat, that was 75 minutes before take off. So, while I was on the plane I wrote my first blog entry which you might have read this morning, or if you haven’t then you can read it, it’s the post right before this one. Anyway, I landed at Chicago O’Hare, got in a cab, and went into the center of chicago. The rest of my group wasn’t at the meeting place so I had to wait. Which was no problem considering the meeting place was a Starbucks. So I uploaded my first Day 1 blog entry from the morning flight, got the New York Times, and started reading. So then the rest of the group showed up, I said my hellos, and went to our first destination. Our first item was just walking around downtown chicago. So I’d like to talk about a good friend of mine, whose name is Travis Cuvelier. Travis is a republican, a die hard republican. And he is convinces that I am a democrat. I deny it, but that is beside the point. Travis and I love to debate current issues and since we hadn’t seen each other in a while since Travis lives near Syracuse, we spent the first 2 hours talking about the new general in Afghanistan. Next we went to the Navy Pier, which had been turned into an amusement park. We then went on a boat ride in Lake Michigan. Our next stop was some museum. We were there for 2 hours. That was one of the slow moments of the trip. Then we went to eat, and then came the peak of the day. Sears Tower (which has been renamed Willis Tower) is the tallest building in North America. And one of there unbelievable attractions is called skyjack. Basically you go 103 stories high and go out onto a structure with a glass floor. Picture yourself 103 stories high looking down. Now picture yourself lying face down on the glass so you are literally looking straight down. It was awesome. In addition, the weather was great so you could see all of chicago. And for those of you who want to see pictures, they will be on Facebook and Flicker soon, and I will post the links on this blog within a week. Then came Millennium Park. It’s hard to describe it, basically there are a lot of expressions of art, which again have been photographed and will be posted. What you can take from it now was that it was awesome. Then we got on a bus and right now I am on my way to Indianapolis. Tomorrow is kind of a rest day but I am going to go to a baseball game. Then saturday we start the NASC Conference on Leadership and Student Activities. This conference has started out great, and I can’t wait for day 2 to begin (which by the time your reading this will have probably already started)!
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