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A Whirlwind Trip to the Windy City...and Saw Oprah Too.

Posted Feb 25 2011 12:25pm

I like to watch people perform when they are exceptional in what they do. I don’t really have to be a fan of the event…but if it performed with excellence, I enjoying seeing such perfection…a performance at a high level. Where am I going with this?

First…this week was the trip to Chicago with the Hott Wife. As mentioned before I got tickets to Oprah. Not a fan but I got them when I put my name in the lottery at the request of Bren. We…actually, I was awarded tickets to the “a” taping of February 22. It was to be the Michael Vick interview…thus when we showed up I notice a more than normal amount of “straight” guys in the holding room than you would expect for a Oprah Taping. Long story short…Michael Vick did the Heisman Stiff Arm to Oprah cancelling just a few days before the taping….leaving Oprah scrambling…so the first part of the show was we the audience viewing a tape of previous recorded interview with Oprah…and the second half was going live with Oprah interviewing Lisa Ling. After the taping, Oprah made it up to the audience suffering through a tape by hanging around and answering questions for 45 minutes. After that…we concluded our Oprah experience with a trip to the gift shop…and no I didn’t even ask how much Bren spent….I really don’t want to know. As we are leaving the shop Bren suggest that we go stand by for the second “b” taping in the afternoon….another long story made short…we got in as “seat fillers” for 75% of the show…which was nice in that we got out early to retrieve coats and bags and not having to wait in the excruciating line we suffered through at the end of the morning show. This taping was an interview with Meredith Baxter…the mom on "Family Ties"…to be aired March 2. My hot wife had the time of her life…and we headed off the airport in good spirits.

My take on the whole thing? I have never seen such Oprah Worship in my whole life…and no I don’t really like Oprah….I disagree with most of her political/religious views…I believe she does many good things with her money….and watching her with a skeptical eye, believe her to be gracious with her success and feels that she needs to inspire women to be all they can be. She works her butt off…just the recording and prep time of doing two shows a day…and she is exceptional at what she does. Most of her inter staff have been with her 10 plus years….which tells me she probably is a pretty good person to work for…I have to say that we were treated extremely well…and I didn’t even have to tell them I was “Dave Elliott.” ;-)

During our little trip to Chicago...we didn't sit around but went into "the typical Elliott get things done mode." We saw the Blue Man Group....very highlight of the trip. We went ice skating at Wrigley Field...caught the movie "Black Swan." Ate at some incredible restaurants....and of course shopped along Michican Ave. We stayed at a really nice 4 star hotel called Hotel Felix...I think Trump owns it but I may be wrong.

On the training front…I have taken the entire week off. After the half marathon, my sinus cold went from bad to worst…a double ear infection and severe sinus infection…that really left me reeling…

Actually it may have been God’s way to slow me down a bit….the break has been good for me mentally. I plan on starting back full bore next week.

Till next time…Press On!
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