reply to post by zetabeam
Thank you, Zeta.
Today we went in and out of downtown Chicago- in rush hour each way. 45 minutes each way (with construction zones). Normally, 2 hours each way- 1.5
each on a good day.
The City was moving, but parking lots (normally at capacity) were maybe half-full; we're getting weekly calls from club promoters inviting us to
events to fill the rooms (we used to be active in promotion/booking, etc., as a sort of hobby, so when there's an event we get phone calls). Crobar-
a huge night club we all grew up going to is offering $1 drinks on Fridays with free admisssion (most likely from the economy), but when we drive by
that area, it's DEAD- you can park across the street.
One of our good friends is a model who's all over the world, working. No one's booking- because none of the models/hair/makeup people will fly,
risk illness or quarantine.
It was 90 degrees here today and no one was at the movie teatre, local restaurants- anything- and we live in an affluent suburb, where people are out
all the time, despite the recession.
Two friends who are sisters and nurses at two suburban hospitals have said they're at capacity with respiratory illnessess, and each is taking
vacation time in advance of the autumn season- to the despair of their superiors, as they're needed now.
A former client and friend- an MD/PhD at the University of Chicago Hospital has reported capacity admissions, when I called him yesterday, and many
people are being sent to Chicago's Cook County Hospital, Illinois Masonic, Stroger, Northwestern, etc.
My neurosurgeon, who normally does about 50 procedures a week is keeping nearly full office hours, and only doing critical surgeries, as beds are
needed at the three hospitals out of which he operates.
I have 7 girlfriends who've had their day care centres closed, and have had to take Family Medical Leave from work to care for their kids. Campsites
are closed between here and Wisconsin.
We're in the middle of a terrible heat wave and the City shelters are only about half full.
Chicagoans- talk to me! Our mayor wants the 2016 Olympics and we've nowhere to put the people who would come, but this month I'd say there would be
no problem in accommodating a few extra million people. It's still a functioning city, but there is something REALLY wrong with it.
Again- anyone who knows the city- talk to me
Thanks again, Zetabeam- stay well and keep in touch