September 24, 2013

About a week

That's when the regular hockey season starts. Yay!  But whether you like hockey or not, this video of Patrick Kane doing some fancy stick handling is amazing.  

Of course after it went viral, his teammate Brandon Bollig had a go at it too.  Have a look and a laugh. 

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September 23, 2013

Observations while traveling

More jottings from my people watching while on the road. 


White Cotten sundress with spaghetti straps? It's only about 50 degrees outside... you look ridiculous! 

Whew screaming baby during boarding. That kid wants down NOW.  Poor mom! 

Boarding pretty smooth. Didn't have to check my bag. Always a bonus. 

Sharing a row with a flight attendant.

The video screens have been raised and lowered 4 times now all before take off. They are like yoyos or they are flapping to get us started.

Great view of Boston harbor on takeoff. First time I got a chance to check it out from the air. Cool thing to see all the buouys and islands from above. Much better than a map. 

Too bad AA doesn't do an inflight flight tracker on their wifi page like Southwest does or pilot chatter like United.  Oh well. 

All in all a fairly painless flight.  

Boarded the wrong train when leaving O'Hare (it wasn't going anywhere!).  Found a train that was leaving, good, sweltering car, bad!  Had a moment of panic thinking I hadn't taken the right train, only to realize there is only one direction for the train to go once leaving the airport... alrighty then.  Got off at next stop and waited for next train... whew a/c is nice!  

And headed back home again...

Dude on the train - all you had to do was say "excuse me" and I would have moved to allow your fat ass to sit down. Sitting on me, even partially - is bad form.  

Woman in a purple velour track suit - awesome.

Ink - 4 girls with lots of it... scanty clothes to show it off.  Ummm... okey dokey. 

Wine bar at O'Hare... damn it's way too early to get a drink, especially as I had a migraine yesterday.  *sigh*

It's not the workout studio. Really. Exercise tank and leggings for flying? Even if your shoes match the top... No. Just no. 

Aaaaaaand I get to wait an hour for the shuttle bus to get my car.  Joy. 

Lady... Either silence your stupid ringer or answer your phone. Don't just let it ring. It's irritating. 

Full bus and I get stuck behind the big overweight guy who has to recline his seat. Ugh. 

Can we get these people on board and get going? Good grief. Clueless.  

The woman next to me is making tiny scared noises every time the bus driver turns a corner.  Holy smokes!  

And made it to the car without resorting to barbed sarcasm.  I think this is a major accomplishment. 

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September 18, 2013

Travel Fun

I'm in Chicago for a couple of days for work.  So far I have managed to get one thing done I was worried would be a huge problem.  Turned out to work fine (a server issue).  Enormous relief!  Second, even more worrisome server gets dealt with tomorrow... Ugh.

Got back to the hotel in time for a storm to break.  Decided to stay in for dinner and not play hide and seek with the rain and lightning.  Met a delightful woman from New Zealand at the hotel bar. She is in Chicago sight seeing for a few days.  A most excellent way to round out a day of travel and tech. 

I may even have a new travel observations post when I get back.  We shall see.  I did manage to note a few things on the way here.  Stay tuned. 

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September 12, 2013

On a lighter note

Saw this posted on G+ today.  It's been quite a while since I heard it but it still makes me laugh. 


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September 04, 2013

A little news you can use

It looks like expedited boarding is back via the TSA. Just give them your finger prints and you can leave your shoes on. But only if you are a frequent flyer.

I must say, I'm glad I only have to fly a few times a year.

Even if you don't care to read about astronomy and various studies of galaxies, the link still has a pretty picture of a nebulae.

Mark your calendar! September 10th is the date for the announcement of the newest iPhone among other goodies.

In an effort to grab some media attention, Samsung has a new gadget.

Hmmm... not really grabbing me, gotta say.

Wonder if this is any good. I will wait for word from the encryption community. It would be interesting to know if anyone is listening in... then again it would also be good to know who is listening instead of guessing.

Last of all, let's have a glass of wine. So far one glass isn't forbidden.

You are now informed.  Have a lovely evening. 

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