February 27, 2007
After a relaxing dinner with Leslie on Thursday night, Friday was go, go, go from beginning to end. I finished up some left over bank business in the morning. Stuff that needed to be done, but we didn't want to do through the mail or on the phone. Our former town has changed a lot since I was there 6 months ago. They actually finished a by-pass of the main portion of town so the road configuration is totally different. It looks good though.
Then it was on to the brand new office. The move to this place has consumed countless hours of hair tearing annoyance, but the place itself is great. Spent the afternoon out there. Got to meet one of the people I am now working with, because we never met before I moved. It's always great to put a face with a voice.
After that it was off to meet darling daughter and follow her back to her new condo. Had a little time to kill, so I was able to do a short walk around one of the more relaxing malls in the area. (When I had to shop, I went out of my way to shop there, because it is the least annoying place I've ever spent time in.) I have not found anyplace even remotely as good in the Boston area... maybe I just need more time.
The drive to darling daughter's only consumed a little over an hour - quite excellent for Chicago. What I couldn't believe is that she was able to figure out such a convoluted route. But I guess the prospect of a 2+ hour nightly commute home is a great incentive to learn the back ways.
While there, I spent nearly 2 hours fixing her wireless router and card. Not to mention cleaning up her computer. Then we went out to dinner. I left at about 10:00, only to find that (naturally) they were doing roadwork on the highway and only one lane open. Oh goody. I get to sit in traffic on Friday night. Excellent. So it took about 2 hours to get back to my hotel.
Saturday was tai chi day... YAY! We had an excellent time. I love that class. That's all I'm going to say because you'd have to be there to understand anything else.
Then it was back out to Chicago to darling daughter's place again. We did an early dinner, since it was supposed to start snowing at around 4pm. (Dire warings were flying all over the place... what else is new). Just as I was about to head out, I found out that she had no pots and pans... so off we went to buy a set because even if you don't "cook" you need to be able to heat things up. After that it was the drive back to the hotel in the snow - which was slowish, but not as bad as I thought it would be.
Next day it was off to Richmond's for her Academy Award and food-fest party. First off Richmond's will henceforth be known as the "crack-house". There was all sorts of food "crack" simply begging to be eaten. I didn't even get to all of it and I was stuffed before the night was half over. My, my that girl can cook.
I haven't watched an award show since I was a kid. Purely by osmosis I guess (from other television and radio shows) I do know something about the Oscars. I would never have watched on my own at home, but it was fun with lots of people there. I was so happy that TNT was there, I got to meet Roses, Steph (Richmond has the best friends), Akshun and his wife, also Richmond's husband Wxman (caution... NSFW) and Harvey (who showed up late because of work, but managed to fit in an entire evening of eating during the hour and a half he was there). All in all, Richmond throws one heck of a party. It was snowing for the drive back, but the tollway was clear and I made better time than I ever did getting out of the city on the previous 2 nights.
Monday was travel day. Luckily my flight was only delayed by about 40 minutes due to mechanical issues. It was snowing again in Chicago, but they merely deiced and we were off. When it comes right down to it, the "mechanical issue" bothers me more than weather does. I suppose it shouldn't, but I'm always wondering if they got everything fixed right before we take off. Since I'm here without problems, I assume all was well.
Today is catch up day. Blog a few lines, do some work, blog a few lines, do some work. I'm just hoping this post sounds somewhat coherent. Maybe I can start catching up on my blog reading now.
February 22, 2007
So, I wonder when the other shoe will drop. My flight was ON TIME!!! Holy Cow! It's been so long since that happened, I still can't believe it. That meant I had unexpected time on my hands. I hadn't planned anything for fear of being stuck at the airport or on a plane for hours and hours.
Leslie and I had a backup though... just in case things worked out. And they did! We left it open, if I got to town on time, I would call... it worked out beautifully. We had a lovely dinner. I believe the waiter thought we had taken root in our chairs. We'd be there still if I hadn't had a bit of a drive back to the hotel. There was so much to talk about...
Thank you Leslie - it was a terrific evening! Bloggers are the best people.
February 20, 2007
You Are 20% Massachusetts
You Yankees loving homo! You probably think Starbucks coffee tastes better than Dunkin Donuts.
Stolen from Leslie.
February 15, 2007
In any case, the post reminded me of a few incidents that happened many years ago before young son was born... so it's back in the dark ages.
I was a nurse, working the 3-11:30pm shift at a hospital about 20 miles from my house. And even though Chicago had about 5 or 6 million people roaming the place, by the time I got on the road to go home (usually after midnight) the tollway was pretty empty.
I was always beat at the end of shift, so unlike my daytime, bat-out-of-hell driving style, I'd drive home at the speed limit (which was 55mph back then) and was able to spend most of my trip in the far right lane. The really slow folks (those who think anything over 50mph is an insane speed) were home and in bed.
Over the several years that I made this trip, there were a few times when the State Troopers would "harass" me on my way home. Mind you, I was driving a Ford Fairmont which was as nondescript as a car could ever be - there was certainly nothing about it that screamed out "Hey this is some wild-ass teenage driver here". Yet there was something about either my car or me that attracted the notice of the cops roaming around.
These State Troopers, who had been sitting on the roadside with their radar guns, would come screaming up behind me, doing about 75mph to catch up. They'd pull up so close behind my bumper that I couldn't even see their headlights in the rearview mirror, then they'd follow me for about 3-5 miles. During which time I would decrease my speed to 45mph because I was afraid of what might happen if I had to brake suddenly with them so close behind. (45 is the minimum speed on the tollways)
Sadly for them, they couldn't manage to catch me out either speeding or with any other violation, nor could they scare me into speeding up so they could give me a ticket. Eventually they'd give up, pull around me, and go speeding off into the night. None of them ever pulled me over. But man it used to piss me off.
The stupid part was, there was NO.ONE. on the road. And I'd sit in my car fuming to myself that with 2 other empty lanes to choose from, why should I speed up when I see a car barreling up behind me? Especially when I know it's a police car (if I hadn't known that, I would have certainly sped up to get away from whatever maniac was following me). Plus with all that road space, they couldn't "bluff" me into thinking I was in their way.
I never called the State Police offices to complain. Not only did I know it wouldn't do any good, but I didn't want to invite any further attention to my driving. If there had been some anonymous way to get back at them - I would have taken it. I seriously thought about pulling over and asking them if there was something wrong. If I hadn't been so tired, I might have done just that - even at 12:30am.
Funny the things that you remember sometimes. I hadn't thought about that in years. Good thing it doesn't happen now, I'm way more confrontational than I ever was back then.
February 14, 2007
February 12, 2007
February 09, 2007
No not at all.
I was finally taking a little time to start going through my blogroll when I stopped at Richmond's and noticed the Weather Pixie in her sidebar. For a moment I thought, "Wow, it must have warmed up in Wisconsin! That's a good thing." That's because the Weather Pixie generally dons clothing appropriate to the temperature outside.
Then I noticed the temp at the bottom left. Have a look:
That's right - it's a MINUS 2 degrees! Makes me cold just thinking about it.
So I went and checked my Weather Pixie on my sidebar:
Ah yes, that lovely heavy coat and boots, yet the temperature is at a balmy 19 degrees!
The only explanation is that the Midwest Pixie is of a heartier stock than my East Coast version. I'm still feeling cold though... minus 2... I don't miss the Midwest winter at all.
February 08, 2007
Today Iowahawk, has managed to get hold of the emails Amanda Marcotte sent to Senator John Edwards. BTW - definitely NSFW due to language... then again it involves Amanda Marcotte, so you shouldn't be surprised.
Hat Tip Tim Blair
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