Cycling for cones at Hole in the Wall

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Friday, 28 April

Destination: Hole in the Wall Custard at 901 S. Oak Park Ave.

A job that requires some late night work, at times, also allows for some afternoons off. After some late nights this week, I have ample reason for leaving early today. Of course, I want to go for a bike ride. I propose swimming; my son declines. I sense trouble. He always responds well to choices, so I give him two: swimming at Concordia or eating ice cream at Hole in the Wall. No hesitation?#34;he opts for ice cream, but he wants to go to the hardware store first.

Ace Hardware at Chicago and Austin is just a few blocks away. He spies a spray nozzle for a garden hose and wants it. Seems innocent enough. We do need one after all. Of course, the minute we walk out the door he starts calling it his gun. My liberal wife will not be happy.

The trip to Hole in the Wall, which is just across the expressway on Oak Park Avenue, requires a little creativity. I don't like pulling a trailer on Oak Park Avenue. There are parked cars on the side; it's narrow; traffic moves quickly?#34;I avoid it at all costs.

So, from Chicago and Austin, we head south on Humphrey and cross Lake Street, the el, and South Boulevard before jogging over to Lombard. We take Lombard all the way down to Harvard?#34;one block south of the expressway?#34;and then Harvard all the way over to just before Oak Park Avenue, where we duck into an alley that gets us within 50 yards of our destination.

Unfortunately, the boy is asleep. Never in a million years would he sleep if we were at home; a 20-minute ride in the trailer and he's out like a light. I let him sleep for awhile and then gently roust him out. Two cones, and we head home.

Stepping out of the trailer with spray nozzle gun in hand, he says something about not shooting family. I figure it's a step in the right direction, but my wife will definitely not be happy. Still, it's a great day for a ride.

Karl Lauger
Oak Park

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