The trip up Friday was uneventful. We left on time (which makes this trip one for the record books) and encountered no traffic or other problems. I-57 was fully open where it had been closed for the tornado. At the rest area at Monee, I asked the attendant if I was heading for trouble, and she advised me that I could expect a significant delay at the intersection of I-355 and I-88 and recommended detouring by way of 75th St to Naper. As I came north, it didn't look like we were heading into trouble, but I decided better safe than sorry and took the recommended detour. The detour was as easy as it could be, but it was surface streets, so it probably added 10 minutes to the trip. I checked in uneventfully, asked to be moved down from the 5th floor, and got moved to the second floor. Room 213, to be exact, which I mention because due to an oddity in building layout this room is ENORMOUS (though slightly irregularly shaped). It was so big that I called the desk to make sure that they hadn't made a mistake and given me a room that was supposed to cost way more than normal, since (a) I didn't want to take a chance that they would try to tack the extra charge onto my bill, and (b) I didn't want to have to worry that the hotel would ask me to move later when they discovered their mistake and I was moved in. They assured me that it was fine, and I unpacked a bit, where I discovered that my neti pot was missing. The saline was there, but not the pot. Grumble.
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