Day 1 ANA Rant
Drive over to Loew's hotel for lot viewing. Accessing the Rosemont area from the northern suburbs is most circuitous. One takes I-294 to I-190 west (toward the airport), reverses direction on I-190 by taking the Mannheim south exit and curving around the cloverleaf to I-190 east, at which time River Road is accessible.
The hotel parking is ridiculously priced at $31. Whatever. I head in to the garage and quickly learn that floors 1-4 are reserved. When you get to floor 5, THERE ARE NO PARKING SPACES. It's like on that episode of the SImpson's where Homer buys $1,100 worth of Itchy and Scratchy money, and enters the amusement park only to be greeted with multiple "we don't accept Itchy and Scratchy money" signs. After awhlie I eye a spot, and the person coming from the other direction also does, and attempts to back in even though I am much closer. I kind of pysch them out and zip in. If that was you I apologize. Problem one solved.
Stack's lot viewing is going swimmingly, love those Fairmont coins, when a coin pal calls and asks for unloading help at the convention center. I walk across River Road, the first of many times for the week, and nearly get obliterated out by the oncoming traffic. Rosemont is anything but walkable. Finish unloading into the security room, where three people will be sleeping overnight, and walk back to lot viewing (again dodging traffic), which is conveniently located right next to Heritage lot viewing. The Bender coins are just sick. They will sell for a lot! I look through the Heritage $10 gold pieces, which is a real eye opener after looking at Fairmont coins.
While waiting for one of my coin friends to finish viewing lots i have a chat with one of the CAC guys in the lobby. Always enlightening.
After that it's over to Malnatti's in Elk Grove Village for pizza with coin friends, which is ten times better than any of those expense account places around the convention center. All in all a good day. Back at it Tuesday.