Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Coyote Road House

"Fucking nurses?"

"Yeah."

"Why?"

"Because they wanted to exercise their Constitutional rights."

"No, I mean why not."

"Why not what?"

"Why did they pull the nurses' permit?"

"Because Rahm Emanuel wants to flex his muscles early."

"What difference does it make, which route they take?"

"Look, they were going to march from the Sheraton, on Illinois just north of The River, and wind up at the Daley Center."

"That's where they have that Picasso thing right?"

"That's right Elwood...."

"No it was Jake. He'd just gotten out of Joliet."

"Fuck you. That's right Jake, it's where they have that Picasso. They were going top march from the Sheraton, ya know, where Bill Clinton fucked all those chicks in '96... while the Convention was going on over at The Stadium."

"You mean the United Center."

"Fuck you. It's The Stadium. I won't help those pricks advertise their airline."

"What does this have to do with nurses?"

"National Nurses United was going to march on Friday..."

"This Friday?"

"...no Mr. Tangential McSidebar. Next Friday. I try to think in advance a little bit, especially about shit like this NATO clusterfuck. Ask anybody, I've been badmouthing this thing for months. Anyway, the nurses were going to march from the Sheraton, up there just north of The River, down into the heart of The Loop, and their march was going to end at the Daley Center...where they have the fuckin' Picasso. They had permission from Transportation."

"What happened?"

"City pulled the permit today. Told the nurses that they couldn't wind up at the Daley Center, which is funny , because it's named after the guy who told the cops, his cops, to beat the fuck out of protesters back in '68...or is that ironic?"

"Why?"

"Tom Morello."

"Who?"

"Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine. He was added as a speaker, and they city thinks the crowd might be too big now for the front yard of the Daley Center...over at Randolph and State,  which is funny because Daley's political organization.... that's Daley The Boss, not Daley The Retarded Son....Daley The Boss had a political organization here that many have referred to over the years as "The Machine" so it's, ya know funny, or, ironic, because they're worried about a guy Raging Against The Machine."

"They pulled the permit?"

"Well, kinda. They told National Nurses United that they can't take that route. Now they have to march from the Sheraton, only as far west as Michigan Ave. and then they have them going south and ending up near the Petrillo Band Shell, which is in Grant Park."

"Grant Park?"

"Yeah, which is funny because that's where Daley and the 'Nam protesters had a little skirmish near Spearman and Bowman in '68, or is that, you know..."

"Ironic?"


"Right. And it's also right near where Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech back in November of '08. I remember that night very clearly. It was gorgeous out. It was like,..65 degrees instead of the normal 30. Yeah. people were happy in Grant Park that night. Now these nurses, and the ACLU, are suing the city over the fucking thing because they don't want to be bumped over to the lakefront near the opening scene for Married With Children."

"Buckingham Fountain. Love and Marriage."

"Right. And that's just Friday. That's just the National Nurses United. Just wait until the real NATO shit starts up on Saturday and Sunday. They'll be thanking God that Obama pulled the G8 shit over to Camp David.""Are you going?"

"No. I'm leaving the city. Actually I've had reservations at a fabulous campground up in Manitowoc County since last fall, but it sounds more dramatic when I say "I'm leaving the city" as if I'm getting out before the hunter gatherers take control. I'm glad I'm not going to be here though. Fuck this noise."

"I wonder why they made them move the gathering place to Grant Park, seriously. Do you really think it's because of the potential crowd?"

"Maybe. Or maybe it's because it's right across the street from Rahm's office and he wants to make this his opening "Fuck you, I run this place" gesture. Either way, I'm planning on having nice quiet weekend camping in the woods of Wisconsin, and maybe I'll make it up to Bailey's Harbor. A buddy of mine tells me I need to check out the steak sandwich at the Coyote Road House."

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