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Monday, June 12 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

As all who live in the Big “Fill-in-your-City-AKA-Here”
(erm, Apple, Easy, Windy, etc.)
know, SummerTime brings a wealth of people
from all over to visit your friendly confines.

It also marks the beginning of the for real street performer scene. I have my favorites and my not-so’s; a Mime-in-the-Face is a nemesis during the rush hour bus wait. A crabby worker being followed for a half-block could happen – heh. It makes Everyone laugh (except you-know-who).

While walking with my friends down the Boul Mich, we passed my favorite:

the PuppetBike! Here he/she is working cat magic in front of the Art Institue. I am just about to ask where my favorite puppet, Monkee, a Buddhist yogi chimp whose personal hero is Uma Thurman, might be hiding. Delight awaits!

In the moment I look down to turn on my flash, up pop the puppets with a $$!! I am startled because I can’t figure out how she saw me! And a little embarrassed because I forgot my manners…

Whew! A quick stuff later and a Happy Dance begins!

And I have to heartily agree with what Kvahle said:

Thank you, Puppet Bike!! You are one of my very favorite things in the city. Every time I see the puppets dancing, I must dance with them!”

Indeed! Support Your Local Puppet!

13 responses to “Monday, June 12 2007”

  1. Toby Wollin says:

    OMG. How sweet and funny. Something that makes Chicago absolutely special.

  2. Karen B. says:

    Wow! Too cute. I’ve got to keep an eye out for the Puppet Bike.

  3. Corinne says:

    They’re vintage Steiff toys from Germany. One has the yellow id tag in its ear, and the air brushing on the mohair is also indicative.

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    Good Eye! They are Steiff — even more happiness!!

  5. Laura K. says:

    I love, love love the puppet bike! No matter how crummy a day I’h having, it always brings a smile to my face. And then I wonder if he’s ever tempted to re-do the scene from Being John Malkovich…

  6. Carol says:

    Awwww! How cute!

  7. Tracey says:

    You are lucky, as we have in the HUGE metropolis that I live in does not have a puppet bike. Enjoy!

  8. meg says:

    Aaaaw, I love that!! You’ve got me grinning ear-to-pointy ear over that! Miao! >^–^<

  9. Very cool, that made my day! Can’t wait to travel to Chicago sometime and hopefully see this street performance :) I haven’t seen anything like it in Vancouver, though we’ve got the silver-body-painted robots with the whizzer-things stuck in their mouths. Much less charming!

  10. AnnDS says:

    Oops, I thought they were Henrietta Pussycats from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”…shows how much I know about toys.

  11. Michelle says:

    How cool! We don’t have a street performer like that here in NYC…:(
    I do love street performers – they make the streets come to life. My favorit local street performer is the ‘Saw Lady’ ( ). She plays a saw :)

  12. Jason says:

    OMG! I was in Chicago around St. Patrick’s Day to see Wicked and came across the puppet bike. It was awesome!

    If you love the puppet bike, then you must visit

  13. Sonya says:

    I love the idea of a puppet bike! Thanks so much for the link – so fun to watch!

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