Dead Presidents & Cheezburgers

While in Dallas, I escaped from the hotel long enough to make a 15
minute walk to where JFK was shot. The spot is marked on the road by
an ordinary white x. The scene is incredibly condensed, the grassy
knoll is just yards away and isn’t any larger than a slice of my front
yard, the buildings nearby are all so ordinary and plain, my initial
thought was, “what a terrible parade route”. The walk to the spot is
pretty depressing, lots of empty city streets and most folks that I
encountered were upon hard times. Between the oppressed, depressed,
and deceased president, it was not an uplifting jaunt, but glad to
checked it off my list.

I have a big event in Chicago tonight at 5:30PM, but my flight got here
at noon, so I walked about 2 miles to the Billy Goat Tavern. This is
the restaurant that John Belushi found inspiration for his Cheezburger,
Cheezburger skit. It is also the same tavern whose owner tried to
bring a goat to the Cubs game in the World Series, but was refused and
ever since the Cubs haven’t won a World Series and suffer the goat’s
curse. After walking 2 miles to the address, I looked around and only
saw a Walgreens. I checked the address again and realized it was 430 N
Michigan Ave Lower Level, which meant I needed to go downstairs under
ground. There’s an entire dark city underground and it looks like the
kind of place to get yourself stabbed. The restaurant was exactly as I
expected, but felt a little charm in that it was fiercely loyal to its
hometown, Chicago. The Cubs were playing and were well ahead against
the Reds, all was great in Billy Goats. I asked for a cheeseburger,
but they refused and made me order a double. The double ended up being
good because the patties are about as thin as a slice of American
Cheese. I would go back again, maybe with more time and less on the
agenda so I could enjoy a pint of Schlitz and take in the last 5
innings of a Cubs game.

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