I actually checked the bus schedule.
I was originally planning to get a hotel room, stay overnight Sunday, then get a cab to the airport; but it turned out that "rates starting at $119" actually meant "$169 plus tax"--13%, which would have run a total of $191. For one night. Plus two weeks' parking.
O'Hare's "lot G" is $9 per day. That would have run me $121, plus gas, plus tolls.
And then I--as I said above--actually checked the bus schedule. It turns out that the bus arrives at O'Hare at 4:35--close enough to 4:30 for me. It's the first bus, and if I miss it I run the risk of missing my flight, but if I miss that first bus I'll just hie myself up to O'Hare in my car and pay the $121. (Cursing all the way, probably.)
The only thing I'm worried about is parking. As I recall from last year they had a pretty sizable lot behind the place, but God only knows if passengers are allowed to park back there, or what. My instincts say "no". Even so, if I have to take a cab, it'll probably still cost me less than $121.
Well, overall, if I can't park at the bus, maybe I'll just drive myself to O'Hare and pay the freight for lot "G", and screw it, because at least that way I won't have to worry about inconveniencing anyone else but myself.
...and then I happened to look intensively at their web site and found this quote on a PDF:
"Parking is available at all our locations...."
Problem, indeed, solved.
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It's been cool for the past few days. Mind you, I don't have any problem with that at all; I like the weather we've been having. I don't have to run the air conditioner; I can sleep with the windows open, and it's nice and cool in here, and good for sleeping.
I'm going to be packing some "cool weather" clothing for my trip. The weather up there has been about like this. Still, I'll also be packing hot weather clothing, my swim suit, and bug spray.
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But that's later. In about half an hour I've got to go take the Jeep for its emissions test.
So I guess I'd better start getting ready.