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I can really understand how Dennis Wilson got hooked on boating. I went out on Lake Michigan today with my friend Rudy. His boat was a MONSTER! The engine pipes were as big as my calf! He got up to 35 MPH and it felt like we were going 100! Such a feeling of pure freedom! The lake was a little bit choppy so we could not stay out for too long, but, BOY WAS IT FUN!!! I want to go again before the end of summer, God willing. We met a man named "Brian" that was interested in selling his boat. He seemed really knowledgeable and very nice. We all talked for a while and he showed us his boat, which was really nice. Watching the sunset on the lake was so beautiful. Definitely got bit tonight! DSCN0192.jpgDSCN0195.jpg
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That top photo is very nice, Kaycee!  Beautiful city, Chicago - had our first chance to visit in May...the architectural river cruise alone was worth the trip.  And even SoCal-boy Brian Wilson lived here for awhile.

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Thank you Bugs! Yes, I remember reading that he lived in St. Charles. My brother lives there and it is a really nice area. I was born/raised here so I am biased, but I am thankful for being here. If only I could change the winter!! Brrr...[idea] Summers here are awesome...I had an Aunt that lived in Torrence, CA. I never did make it out to see her. She moved away when I was small. My cousins still live there though. NICE PIC! Every year around St. Patrick's day they put green dye in the river....Alot of people use the river now. It runs all the way through the city to the suburbs so you can go quite far in a canoe. I see the Northwestern students practicing in their canoes out in Evanston. They LOVE it! I am happy to hear that you had a nice time here because we tend to get a lot of bad press because of the "happenings" on the South and West sides. We will welcome you back with open arms any time. The people that live here are very welcoming and genuine...[smile]
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...I am happy to hear that you had a nice time here because we tend to get a lot of bad press because of the "happenings" on the South and West sides. We will welcome you back with open arms any time. The people that live here are very welcoming and genuine...[smile]

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the people of Chicago, Kaycee.  From the train ride to Wrigley (dressed in enemy gear) to the during- and post-concert crowd around Millennium Park, we recall being pleasantly surprised that SO many people were out and in a good mood.  We tried to eat everything we came across (nearly succeeding).  We look forward to going back someday. 

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Wonderful!! Yes...that sounds about right. By May, we all have cabin fever and are SO HAPPY to get out!! Look forward to having you back!!
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Kaycee,
I'm a Great Lakes girl myself, Lake Erie.  So I had to show you my brother Captain Ed's boat.  It's a 32 foot cutter.  He got bit, too.
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He runs his own charter business, teaches sailing, and spends several nights a week on call for a tow boat service.  In action:

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I took sailing lessons myself, but I never practiced or went any further.  Now we just go with Ed.
And yes the cold....you have to learn how to handle it.  A lot of people get cabin fever over the winter because they don't like to go outside.  But we learned to dress warm and get out there on a cold but sunny day.  We'd ice skate on the bay or toboggan down Frontier Hill.  We had a toboggan that held up to four adults or six kids. 
Good times.

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Hi Deb!

Wow! That is a HUGE BOAT! I love the look of the sailboats. They always look romantic to me for some odd reason. I have never been on one, but I would love to go out one! You're brother must be very skilled! You are so lucky to have your brother take you out! Was it very difficult to sail? 

Yeah my absolute best friend in the world is my North Face winter jacket...hehe....
Just like you I can have wonderful winter memories. My neighbor actually used to make a rink in their back yard in the winter. My brothers would play hockey, an I would figure skate with my girlfriend Tracy. I was very lucky because my mom had sent me for skating lessons, so I had a great time skating out there. Also some of the Chicago Park District Parks would also have rinks in the winter. One memory really sticks out in my head. When I was about 7, my mom took me out to the park skating. I was going REALLY FAST and I skated over a hole in the ice. My skate got caught in the hole and I fell FLAT ON MY FACE!! Being a kid, I just stood up like no big deal. When I looked at my hand, there was blood all over my hand. My mother grabbed me and RAN in to the bathroom inside the field house. Turns out that when I fell, my glasses had cut my face badly and I was bleeding profusely. (Back when glasses were actually GLASS). Just missed my eye. I STILL have a scar there. My mom was a lot more traumatized than I was. My POOR MOM!!![frown]

Those are really nice pics! The first one looks like there is a rainbow in the back ground. Nothing like being in Mother Nature!![love]

I made Rudy promise to take me out at least one more time before summer is over. I can't wait to go again!!


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I only went sailing a couple of times in my teens but it was the most wonderful feeling. Spending the first half of my childhood in Montreal, I have many fond memories of tobogganing and being outdoors in winter. This song comes to mind, it's originally from the 20/20 album but ironically, here, is on 'Summer Love Songs'. Enjoy that pine scented air and toboggan! 



And here's another that mentions a winter sport...wait for it around the 1:06 mark! (are these the only BB songs to mention winter besides the obvious Christmas songs? πŸ˜‰ )



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