HOG Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders
- Carl Sandburg
Somehow I love this place. I dont know why this place appeals to me so much. I had an afternoon free and instead of being cooped up in a Hotel Room, I decided to go outside and roam around downtown. Although, I was here for New Years eve, I only spent a few brief moments in Downtown, took a peek at Sears Tower for sometime (never visited Sears in my last 6 trips) and left. Never walked around. I always wanted to walk around downtown.
The "W Hotel" is located in W. Adams street bang in the middle of downtown. Once you walk out of it an try and make your way to Madison, you'll find that its an awesome walk. Only if you paused to look up. [Side Note: I saw "State Bank of India" Chicago branch and was totally thrilled ] . I have always been amazed by the skyscrapers. Made me wonder who the hell designed all these babies. There was one building, which sort of curved up like the alphabet 'C'. Except that the top-half straightened up instead of curving back out. Instead of hurrying past it like the way I used to in the past. I stood and gave it a good up-down look like the way Nagesh gives LIC building a look in 'anubavi raja anubavi'. On the whole it was interesting to watch other people sort of scuttle their way through the road, intersections and restaurants when you are just lounging around.
Had dinner in a place called "India Garden". They told me it was Indian food but I guess I'll need a second opinion on that. I seriously think they need to change names of Indian restaurants. I am sick and tired of *.Gardens, the Taj Palace, Bombay.xyz. Its completely boring. Just put in regular names like Muniyandi Vilas, Sher-E-Punjabi, Murugan Idli Shop. But thats like wishing for an apartment complex in the US, which does not have 'Wood', 'creek' or 'villa' in its name.
The Elevator inside 'W Hotel' had glass mirror on its doors. So when the door closes you can see your reflection. I was so unsure of my suit/tie that once the elevator started going down I began to adjust my tie, my collar and then went on to comb my hair and then adjust it for minor touches. The door suddenly opened, the mirror went away and 5 people stood outside gawking at my posture with two hands balancing my hair and face bent forward towards them. While they walked in stifling laughter, I walked out embarassed.