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Happy Holidays in Chicago

CHICAGO TRIP SATURDAY DECEMBER 16

Hey guys…its the holiday season, which means its time for Senior Current Issues (and all the foreign kids) to make the Christmas trek to Chicago.  Every year we do this…and every year we have a great time!  We meet at OHS Parking Lot  (7:00 AM) We carpool (no student drivers) to Michigan City, Indiana.    And then we take the Southshore line train into the Windy City ($9.00 one way).  It drops us smak dab in the middle of town – directly under Millennium Park. We head up the stairs and scatter.  Go where you want.  Have a great time.  Meet back at the train – the return trip will depend on weather and plans.  We will confirm return time prior to going – so parents will know times before we leave.

You must have a permission slip signed and turned into Mr. Wood if you are intending to go on this trip.  I have attached permission slips they must be turned in my Friday December 15.  So far we have two maybe three drivers – that is eleven to seventeen seats.  So we need drivers; you know anybody who wants to go, who wants to drive, we’d love to have them come along.  Please let me know.  First group to fill the spots is Senior Current Issues students.  Second group, non SCI foreign exchange students.  Third group is friends of each.   I will fill seats in first come / first serve order within those specifics.  Get your permission slip in early – I will post on the board in room #112.

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  • We leave OHS parking lot  at 7:00 AM EST.  
  • Take the  9:37 AM CST train from Michigan City.  (10:37 EST)
  • Arrive downtown 11:10 AM CST
  • Return trip 6:22 PM CST (Michigan City – 8:12 PM CST) 
  • Back to Muskegon by midnight.
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  • Mr Wood’s tele – (616) 402-8668
  • Mr Wood’s email – bobwoodmsu@gmail.com

We have drivers – 17 available seats (maybe) – We could use more Drivers

  • Mr Wood – School Van – 7 seats
  • Mr. Lohman – 4 seats
  • Maybe Mr. Tindall – 6 seats

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Chicago is beautiful in the Spring

Guys…we struck out again.  Six to eight inches of snow on the drive to Michigan City.  Winter is going to last for three more months.  But Springtime awaits and we will go to Chi-town then.  I promise.  Meanwhile enjoy Ground hogs day in Muskegon.  Hopefully you can catch one of those little SOB’s and grill him.  Sorry… Chicago trip cancelled.

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Ground Hogs Day Eve in Chicago – A Fat Rat Celebration

OUR TRIP IS ON – to Chicago on Saturday, February 1.

  • We leave Grand Haven at 8:00 AM EST
  • Take the 9:27 AM CST train from Michigan City
  • Arrive downtown 11:00 AM CST
  • Bad weather return trip 6:22 PM CST (arrive Michigan City – 8:12)
  • Back to Muskegon by 11:00 PM.
  • Good weather return trip 9:15 PM CST (arrive Michigan City – 11:05)
  • Back to Muskegon by 1:30 AM.
  • Mr Wood’s tele – (616) 402-8668

OK so we’ve been buried in snow – we were weathered out at Christmas – and it’s been cold as the Yukon since.  Ground hogs day is upon us, and Unknown-1its time for him to see his shadow.  It’s time for us to get out of Oakridge and  go to Chicago.   We meet in Grand Haven (8:00 AM.)  We carpool down to Michigan City, Indiana.    And then we take the Southshore line train into the Windy City ($8.50 one way).  It drops us smak dab in the middle of town – directly under Millennium Park. We head up the stairs and scatter.  Go where you want.  Have a great time.  Meet back at the train – the return time will depend on weather and plans.  We will confirm return time prior to going – so parents will know times before we leave.

WE NEED MORE DRIVERS…if you know somebody who would like to join us please let me know.  Currently we the following open seats…

  • Bob Wood – 4 seats
  • Jeff Lohman – 4 seats
  • Greg Fleenor – 4 seats
  • Michelle Prince – 6 seats

Me and Mr. Lohman and friends always take the El up to our friendly little Thai Restaurant in Lincoln Square; its on the Brown Line  about three miles from Wrigley Field.  We roam around up there for a bit and head over to Andersonville (another cool little neighborhood)…then we take the Blue Line back downtown in the afternoon after it starts to get dark.  We finish with a stroll down Michigan Avenue.

We’ve been doing this for years.  And its a wonderful time…the big difference is that now we must have signed permission slips from parents and we must have adult drivers.  This may complicate things.  We’ve always opened the door for Senior Current Issues students, all of the exchange students, and friends of both groups.  Here’s the catch.  In the past students were allowed to drive if we didn’t have enough adults driving and we did not need permission slips.  Now, students cannot drive and we do need permission slips.

Fortunately, we have drivers this year…I will drive.  Mr. Lohman and Morgan’s step dad Greg Fleenor and Michelle Prince will drive as well.  That gives us  twenty spots. We could use a few more.   If your mom or dad or big sister or brother wants to drive that would be super.  We will have to fill seats in preferencial order –   Senior Current Issues students first.  Oakridge Internationals next.  Friends of the each of the above following…  – so get your parent permission form in and we’ll figure the rides on Friday morning.

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Sunday – Chicago Christmas Trip is Officially Postponed…

I’m so sorry...Me and Mr. Lohman waited and waited and waited for this weather system to move on.  It’s not going to happen.  There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect on the drive to Michigan City until noon on Sunday.  That’s the middle of our drive to Michigan City…with the new rules and all, we have to be really careful that we follow the weather report if ever want to go again.

Mr. Lohman suggested that we go on Saturday after finals (Saturday January 25)…sounds good to me.  Let’s pencil it in.  Maybe more folks will be able to go.  Maybe we won’t have to mess with all this ice.  Please e-mail me if you got this message (bobwoodmsu@gmail.com).  And spread the word – we’ll go I promise – just not tomorrow.

So, have a great holiday all.  See you next year.  Salamou Alaykoum.

 

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