Chicago, IL USA:
"The Presence of RedBalls (or Red Balls) in our Life confirms and logistically keeps us safe from Harm's Way. Acting as a Warning Symbol, it's been engrained in the Human Psyche of Modern Man as a civilized manner in which to alert Mankind of impending Doom or that Something is diabolically wrong and that TAKING ACTION to avert that Catastrophe is appropriate."
Quote of: ASK
Saturday, September 13,2 008 - 10:25 AM
After-Thoughts as Hurricane Ike devastates Galveston/Houston, Texas
Friday ATB: At The Ball
DATELINE: September 12, 2008:
Did a construction crane lower Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project between the Boat's Watch Tower and the rusty, rusting LaSalle Street Bridge where just 93 years previously, The Eastland Party Boat capsized and 800 people (Chicagoans taking a picnic from work) lost their Lives OR was it yet another Wonder that KP dreamed up? Inquiring Minds would like to know.
Nothing (as in the form of a Storm, high Winds, or other detrimental Weather Forms, etc.) would deter The Spirits of those early Morning Risers who watched it being hoisted some 20 feet into The Air, evidently, inflated through the Top Window of the old concrete structure, as reported by Rebeccah, one of the RBP's Assistants. Now, indeed that was a Marvel! A Marvel-In-Red (MIR) that I didn't see as my Plans for Friday were to catch the Closing Hours of the RedBall Project and to see it deflated.
CURSED WEATHER CONDITIONS: Due to rain and inclement weather, GORF, my Trusty SideKick (a/k/a: 'Chicago's First Green Mascot' & 'The Icon of The Green Movement') stayed at home (toasty and warm) with his other 4 Plush Toys). Real Frogs can take 'The Weather' as they endured the last 217,000,000 years on Planet E(arth), but Plush doesn't take in 'my books' - or should I say GORF's Books...all 15 of them. "Lonely is as lonely goes" is what Forrest Gump would say about that.
However, Rain from Hurricane Ike snuffed out those Plans, cutting my planned Visit short...to only 45 minutes from 4:00 - 4:45 PM. Rush Hour Traffic (between 5-6 PM) would have brought on a colorful Assortment of Colorful Umbrellas (that any Photographer would enjoy shooting); however since Rain makes People seek Shelter (from The Storm or its Aftermath), the Comraderie...
now referred to as:
of Standing OITR: Out In The Rain prevented any really lively Conversation to take place, one thing that always makes a RBP: RedBall Project all the more fun & entertaining. Besides, with no Conversation, how is a Blog to be written? Inquiring Minds wonder about this, as well (and we're not talking about the Watery Kind here, either)!
HOWEVER: Of pertinence to note was a Comment that Peter (One of the Assistants for The Day) made to me after he saw me meandering aimlessly around The Ball. Paraphrased from an Actor's Point of View, he commented that The RedBall was around before Sponsorhip (through Target - the 2nd largest Retailer in America).
Handing out The Souvenir Booklets, one of Chicago's Favorite Comedians, Sarah (a lifelong Resident of Chi-Town) assured me that The Ball was not leaking Air, but Rain that dripped off the Giant Ball itself.
The Temperatures registered in the mid-70s. It seemed almost balmy except with no Sun out, Dismality took ovr. It seemed hotter with The Raindrops dripping from The Ball that acted like a huge Umbrella itself. Asthma Sufferers would not have faired well in with the Humidity being this high.
No Wind prevailed, although Chicago does received the Remants (brought up on the jet streams) of every major Hurricane or Tropical Storm the Gulf suffers. As a Survivor of Hurricane Camille (Sunday, August 17, 1969) that was clocked in as the most powerful 'Cane to hit the continental USA in recorded Weather History (to that date), hunkering down is no picnic.
A HAPPY ENDING TO THE WEEK:
However, amists the inclement Weather Conditions, seeing The Ball naturally made a Person smile and it again served its purpose very well. Even a short(ened) Visit, was better than none at all.
The Big Question Remains:
Will Kurt and Crew (Tony - Rebeccah - Monica) rise and shine with The RedBall tomorrow, Saturday, September 13, 2008 or will Weather (our Greatest Terrorist) rain down on our 'Weekend Parade?' To find out merely:
Stay tuned for another Lively Version of RedBalling, The Sculpture that outlasts any Storm, regardless...here on the virtually impacted Pages of Koopersmithin'.
RedBall Report by ASK:
Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Koopersmith's Global Communications
GORF Werks Central
Saturday. September 13, 2008 - 7:10 AM
UPCOMING REDBALL PROJECT DATES:
The ‘Street Treats’ Continue in Shades of Red on and at:
September 14, 11 am – 6 pm: Chess Pavilion, North Ave at the Lakefront
September 17, 2008 11 am – 6 pm: Union Station & Jackson
September 19, 11 am – 6 pm: Hyde Park Art Center (5020 South Cornell Avenue)
September 20, 10 am – 5 pm: IIT’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center (3201 South State St.)
September 23, 11 am – 6 pm: 19 S. LaSalle Street
September 24, 11 am – 6 pm: Federal Plaza (230 S. Dearborn Street)
September 25, 11 am – 6 pm: Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street)
A SPECIAL NOTE: For those Target Stores in the Texas Region where Hurricane Ike relentlessly hit the last 24 hours, the Chicago Red Cross is making special plans to deliver medical, food, blankets, etc. beginning on Sunday, September 14, 2008. Phone The Chicago Red Cross if you care to contribute to this Humanitarian Effort. GORF is...
Posted by ASK: Saturday, September 13, 2008 – 11:48 AM CST