I am no grump. I'm sardonic, but no grump. Yesterday, while attending to some Christmas shopping in Chicago's Gold Coast, I had the occasion to witness the conclusion of the Santa Speedo Race for Diabetes.
About a hundred and change young adults fought the chill of Chicago's arctic winter to raise money to help combat diabetes. For a drop of Forty Dollars ($40), participants donned Santa hats and other Yule-tide trimmings and bells and Speedos - the negligible underparment worn by Europeans and Ipanema types in the Western Hemisphere and ran a mile and change in the snow and slush to Michigan Avenue and back. The goose-fleshed honed and "prime figured" of the Internet Generation comported themselves handsomely and appeared to, by and large, behave themselves during the three hour open bar
Naughty or nice....A Hearty "well Done" to the owners and staff of Shennigans!
Buddhist, Sikh, Christian or Jew...
Santa wants YOU to be part of his SPEEDO...bikini...snowsuit ... RUNNING crew!
What: Santa Speedo Run (1 mile down Rush street and back up Michigan Ave)
When: December 4th Saturday (11am open bar, 1 pm race 1:00pm, and an afternoon of Santa mayhem)
Where: Shenanigans, 16 W. Division Street, Chicago
Who: All elves, reindeer, santas...
Attire: speedos and swimsuits encouraged... snowpants, sweatshirts, and parkas completely acceptable! Wear your best costume underneath and at the stroke of 1pm, we will strip down to the speedos and get our run on! Please note while speedos are encouraged, you don't have to run or wear a speedo...as long as its festive!
Open bar starts at 11am and lasts 3 hours. $40 cover charge inludes open bar, snacks and Santa hat.
Flip Cup tourney, raffle, prizes, contest and North Pole dancing!
All proceeds go to the Chicago Diabetes Project!
I had occasion to chat with Devin of Alton, Illinois and he said that "once you got past the 1st bug-eyed, slack-jawed reaction the balance of the trot was slicker than snot on a door-knob."
Handsomely acquited, young 'uns! In tribute to your selfless and heroic efforts, I offer Rick K and Allnighters!