Month: January 2018

Outdoor Index

As a runner, training on the paths and streets of Chicago, you are an outdoorsman, monitoring the elements and dressing accordingly.

The winter rule-of-thumb for acceptable minimum running conditions is:
Temperature Above Single Digits and
Wind Below Double Digits
(Worse-case-scenario 10 Degrees and 10 Miles Per Hour

Other factors include the direction of the wind
as well as any precipitation

We recently experienced a 20 Degree Temperatures coupled with 20 Mile Per Hour Wind Speed directly in our face. At critical points of the ride where the street climbed over expressways and the air seemed funneled over the top the of the rise,

Wind Speed over Hills

As we neared the top of the crest, facing the maximum wind speed, it almost stopped us (as if on some gym-machine or training cycle set for maximum resistance)
We barely crawled forward, tempted to stop and walk the bike, almost in tears

The reward was that we arrived at home, even before alternative transportation, would have just departed from downtown on its trip north


Théodore Géricault

Théodore Géricault (1791-1824)
French Painter
Pioneer of the Romantic Movement

The Raft of the Medusa (Le Radeau de la Méduse)

You’ve seen the painting, now see the movie
The Raft of the Medusa (Film)

Still Lifes (studies of severed heads and limbs)
Le Chat Mort (The Dead Cat)

Chasseur and Cheval (Horses and Imperial Horse Guards)

Les Monomanes (Portraits of the Insane)

Died Young (at the age of 32)
Perhaps Weakened by (horse) riding accidents
Buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Louvre Tour

My Louvre Tour

Arrive Early with Museum Pass
Allows you to arrive at any time with priority access
Those who buy a ticket with specific time frame, they have priority
I considered composing the algorythm for the most efficient time to arrive, arriving early, front of line but waiting longer, compared to saving time, arriving later, but being further back in the cue.

We favor being one of the first into the museum in the morning, often the only one in the gallery. I recall approaching the Damu staircase in the Louvre, and there was actually no one in front of me and no one behind me. The Louvre quickly fills, soon occupied by visitors running through the halls to see the Mona Lisa, apparently in a life-or-death situation.

We always go up the the Mona Lisa first for several reasons:
-to come here later is to confront major crowds
-this journey takes you up the Damu staircase, past the Winged Victory of Samarath (at least an equally great work, which I never get tired of)
-in this vicinity are some other iconic paintings, two of the largest canvases in the Louvre, and other popular and large French romantic paintings including those by David, Delacroix and Géricault

Then usually completing Damian Wing (2nd Floor of Italian and Spanish Paintings)

We like paintings so the next stop is the Richileau Wing, 2nd Floor Dutch Paintings including Vermeer and Rembrandt

There are more painting on the second floor of Sully Wing, we we discount at our peril, they are smaller canvases, but there are great surprises

The Two Sculpture Courts: Marly and Puere
Egyptian Court
Outdoor Court and Stairway, perhaps an area for expansion
Michaelangelo and Venus De Milo

The original palace in Sully
The Apartments of Napoleon in Richileu

First Floor of Damion ( )
The First Floor of Sully (African)

Floor Plan

Audio Guides
For 5 euros you can rent a GPS audio guide which tracks your location in relation to featured works. The line to return the device in the same long line for those checking-out devices, which I don’t understand, but it is simple and actually moves quite fast.

Coffee stop at Cafe
Postcards on Main Floor

Red Taxi

The Red Taxi are our Friends!

Generally I’ve considered Taxi’s to be hazards on the street, along with large panel vans (Newspaper and Frito-Lay trucks) Beverage Distributors, ) (whose semi’s are either parked in corner no-parking area or just pulled over into the bike lane, postal delivery and Pace vehicles and some of the ride sharing services Delivery (UPS, Fed Ex, Peapod

Bad Drivers, Ridesharing and Pace Special Services Vehicles
(less likely to make sudden unexpected stops or manuvers, seem to be less likely to just stop in the center of the street, when I see that airport decal in the back

City and Postal vehicles who feel they don’t need to obey traffic rules and stop signs

Large Panel Snack, Newspaper Panel Trucks Beverage Distributors, large vehicles illegally parked and blocking lines of sight at intersections or standing out in street

Inexperienced unpredictable Drivers (rideshare, Pace special services and postal delivery

Delivery Vehicles (UPS, Federal Express and Peapod) stopped in the street, pulled over into bike lanes.

Among these, Taxi’s are our friends
For the most part, they are good responsible and predictable drivers

I recently encountered road rage, which I probably contributed to (I am not beyond admitting that I probably contribute to any accident)
I changed lanes, He beeped horn, I pulled along side, he was aggitated, animated, shouting through the closed window, I pulled in front of him to turn
Then he went crazy, high speed manuvers, sharp turns, sudden stops. He pulled over and came at me. Not a big guy, not a young guy, but doing the scarey-crazy thing, which was very effective.

Fortunately, a red taxicab pulled along side me, rolled down his window and said “Just Move On”. So smart, such good advice, definitely saved me from doing something stupid (I am grateful, and maybe learned something)

As I pulled away, I looked over my shoulder and said “Having a Bad Day?” and he spat-out and some reply about how I could have caused him to hit someone.

The more I think about

Red Taxi’s are our friends
Random acts of Kindness

I Learned, not to elevate the situation
Let them beep their horns
Do not encounter or elevate

Be willing to show some humor
Be More Careful
Don’t do anything Stupic

window, I am on notice.

Drivers on the Phone
Running Red Light