Changes

7 10 2014

Well a lot has changed in my life since March when I posed last. I got a new job, Andy moved back to Michigan (without me) and my life has been non-stop craziness. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

On October 4th Redmoon Theater hosted the first annual Chicago Fire Festival. The concept was spectacular. The beginning with the parade of fire and boats I hear was awesome, but with the 30,000 some people that turned out to see the event, my friends and I couldn’t see much at all. After the intro there was a long pause where some of the giant hand built structures began to light on fire. Then there was an announcement that they were having electrical troubles and were going to be attempting “manual ignition.”

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Volunteers proceeded to climb on the rafts that were supposed to be engulfed in flame and throw lighter fluid on the buildings and light it. The flames would roar for a few seconds and then disappear. I guess they didn’t plan on it being cold and raining all morning. It was unfortunate. People cracked the same jokes repeatedly about how Chicago couldn’t even burn itself down intentionally now and etc. The crowds thinned out and I climbed in a bush to get a good view. After several attempts to light the structures they went ahead and had the giant hydraulic arms with fire fighters perched on top rise out of the water to “fight the fire” even though there wasn’t much fire to be fighting.

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Though the technical issues were pretty epic this year, I really hope the city agrees to the festival again next year. The concept was spectacular and I bet it would have been quite the spectacle had it gone off without a hitch. There was so much planning and time and effort put into the event. At least the fireworks were a beautiful ending to the evening!

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