Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Frankly, I’m shocked.

"It wasn't really a prank. I was just walking around the city and bored. It wasn't premeditated.”
Not shocked that some jerk would walk off with a statue of the baby Jesus from the creche in Daley Plaza. (And what was the baby Jesus doing in the creche the second Sunday in Advent?) I am shocked that a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago couldn’t come up with a better excuse than, “I was bored.” He didn’t even try to pass his moronic prank as ‘performance art.’ Unless the bored stuff is part of the performance.

Perhaps we should send him hints of fun things to do when bored. For example...
#152 - mix vinegar and baking soda to make a kitchen sink volcano
#75 - ‘sew’ your fingers together by running a thread under the top layer of skin. Show parents and friends for maximum gross-out value
#92 - walk the dog
#2 - clean your room
#48 - do something kind for somebody
#5 - do something kind for somebody you don’t know
or......(and I’m quoting my late parents here...)
#1 - read a book - “you’ve got a house full of books, there is a library full of books downtown - how can you say you are bored?”

Central District Capt. James Knightly said he asked the Texas resident how he'd like it if "we came and messed with the Alamo." Capt. Knightly has more imagination than the young ‘artiste.’

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