Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday fun: where IS this?

     Now this rock is something frightfully important, obviously. And as much as I'd like to tell you all about this very important object -- you can tell it's important because of the velvet ropes -- I don't want to give the game away.  Last week, I really thought I had you with the abandoned South Works. So mum, really. Except to say ... it's not located in some obscure place, but in a well-known place. You'd know the exterior on sight. You might just not know that this revered piece of stone is there, hiding.
     Since my stock of posters is dwindling — if you want one, buy one, because once they're gone, they're gone — I'll offer the winner a copy of my 2008 (!) memoir, Drunkard. It's a grim story, as I like to tell people, but it ends well. It must be on my mind because so many of my new readers in American's beautiful Southern states have been bringing up various aspects of the book over the past few days, as a result of a burst of momentary notoriety on various right wingnut websites that I've never heard of before and will never hear of again, if I'm lucky. It's a long story and not worth recounting. Good luck, post your guesses below. 

Location guessed! Very impressive — and I'm pleased it took until noon, which meant that it was challenging but not impossible. If you want the answer where this is, click here and you can read about it. Thanks to all. I'll try to find another mildly-tough one next week. 


  1. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that it's NOT a rock from a famous place that fell off the lower facade of the Tribune Tower. ; )

    No idea -- the Newberry Library?

  2. Maybe a piece of Prentice Hospital at the architecture foundation?
    I know it can't be a moon rock, as that would be under bullet proof glass.

  3. I feel like throwing 30 guesses out there just so I can read the story behind it.
    If it's not Trib Tower of a previous guess, and it's "hiding," is it the Trump Tower? Willis Tower? Ok, that's 2 guesses. I'll stop and hope someone comes up with the correct answer.

  4. Oh, and stop referring to it as South Shore Works. It was simply South Works.

  5. No apology necessary. That place still has the years of my young adulthood trapped somewhere beneath the grass covered rubble.

  6. It's the Founder's Stone of Baha'i Temple! (Thanks for the rule reminder.)

  7. So is it the b'hai temple that someone answered on FB? If it is, I'll pay for a copy

  8. Still want to pay for a signed copy of Drunkard. Just tell me how much and where to send the check

  9. Yes! Congratulations, umm, "Wave" -- email me your address and I'll send you your book. As for you Paul, as you sure you wouldn't prefer winning it? I can use it as the prize until you do -- you obviously know your way around the city pretty well.

    1. Yay! I went to that centennial in 2012! Baha'i Rock(s)!

      (Yes, I'm one who had logged in to G+, once upon a time and didn't do anything with it, and I couldn't use an FB i.d. here, and so on. It's a stupid tale.)

  10. Oh, the Founder's Stone was a piece of discarded limestone that was the symbolic cornerstone of the Baha'i Temple. I wrote a story a few years back that mentioned it. I'll post it.


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