Letter #661: Chicago Spontaneity

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Dear spontaneity,

Deciding to go on a “spring break’ trip 48 hours before departure is the epitome of you.

My life is typically very planned. I thrive with consistency and discipline.

But everyone needs you in their life. Everyone.

I don’t care how disciplined you are, we all need to have some unplanned fun. Everyone.

That’s why 48 hours before departure, my friends and I decided to go to Chicago! Somehow we always seem to land on our feet, find great deals and have a blast in the process. Our Chigaco adventure was no different.

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Roadtrip to Quincy, IL…Home of THE Brooke Ledawn! Road my first train from there to Chicago! Fun couple of days with Brooke and Laine!
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Happy St. Party’s Day from the “green” Chicago River!

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My favorite picture from the trip…thanks Asian tourists for capturing this!
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Oh hey Chitown!!! Kicking on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Tower!
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The Gardens at the Navy Pier…finally a picture without coats! And I had real Chicago pizza today!!
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Navy Pier, Chicago skyline and friends that don’t miss a beat!

Here’s to making mems,

Lover of adventure

Where’s the most spontaneous place you’ve traveled?!

Letter #616: The Grind House

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Dear spontaneity,

The last 16 hours have been the epitome of you. Thunder vs. Grizzlies, Game 4 in Memphis”…and I was in attendance. Last week I was sitting in a meeting. I got a couple repeated calls from friend, so I shot her a text to make sure she wasn’t dying. She informed me she could get playoff tickets for a pretty reasonable price and wanted to know if I was in.

Mind you, 10 days before that I had very flippantly joked that if she could get cheap tickets, I’d hop on Seaport Air (my trusty 8 passenger plane out of Harrison, AR) and come. It would never happen, right?! Now it was time to put my money where my mouth was.

 

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Sometimes it just feels like our personal plane…

Within an hour I got ahold of my roommate and we were in! You see, she just got engaged (congrats!) and we’ve been talking about going to a Thunder game for years. This was potentially our last chance as I move to camp and she moves to North Carolina. We’re both planners. We don’t just decide on a whim to hop a flight for a 16 hour trip. This time, we did!!

6:15 flight. 7:15 land. 8:30 tip-off. Thankfully delays were minimal and Seaport pulled through for me yet again! After getting berated through the streets of downtown Memphis for our Thunder gear, we rolled into our seats at 8:15.

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Definite highlight…live band while waiting in line to get in! Mom & Pops, I found my wedding band!!!

A Thunder playoff game has been on my bucket list since their inception. Just checking things off! The Grind House is full of energy. NBA games are just fun. Lively atmosphere for sure and my boys came out of the gates looking good. After giving up a 17 point lead, it turned into a close game. It was as if we didn’t even really want it. I distinctly remember four offensive rebounds given up in the last four minutes of regulation.

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Not bad for the cheap seats!!

A miracle shot by KD sent it to OT which I was totally OK with to get more of my money’s worth. Turnovers, poor shot selection and too many second chances for the Grizz proved to be too much to overcome. Thunder down 3-1 in the series”…I guess if we get knocked out, I’ll care less about the playoffs as I move to and start camp!

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Game time!
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Walkin’ in Memphis…walkin’ with my feet ten feet off of Beale!

A win would’ve made the trip that much sweeter, but regardless it was an absolute blast. You only live once. I believe in making memories. I need to live in you more often. It’s good to have plans in life, but every once in a while we just need to go and have fun.

Even when it means driving back to Branson at 5:30am and moving to camp the same afternoon.

Here’s to making memories,

Thunder Fan