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Pics from NY

I’m going to Boston and New York next week with Martina. I just hope the power cuts are sorted out by then! Cam has pictures from the blackout in NY. (Thanks to Garret for the link, nice new design!)

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I made it..

I’m in Chicago, but it’s been yet another hectic day. No rest for the wicked as they say.

Thanks Andrew for sending my old demos – I’ll have to install Vice again to take a look at them but I’m really grateful you had them lying around. I was certain I had lost the C-Force demo for good years ago!
Update! On the flight over I had the pleasure to talk to Mary Meade and her husband. Hi Mary, told you I’d mention you here!

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bye bye again!

Next time I post, I’ll be in Chicago, unless I get itchy fingers and blog something from Heathrow tomorrow afternoon!

Normal transmission will resume on Monday.

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Back in Cork

Yes, I’m back at home. Sorry Mark, can’t review LXG for you!

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Going Home

I’m going home tomorrow night for 2 weeks. I’ve been in Chicago for almost 6 weeks now and just got used to looking for cars on the wrong side of the road, and American lifestyle in general. I’ll be back though and staying until the end of August!
Here’s the view from my desk here. That’s The John Hancock Center where Martina and I had dinner a few weeks ago. From the 95th floor we looked down on the fireworks at Navy Pier!

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Train map and schedules in Chicago

When in Chicago you’re going to use the L at some stage. This is the elevated (and underground) train system that services downtown Chicago and it’s suburbs. This map is a good starting point if you want to know about the different lines and the Loop.
For reference, I’m living near “Irving Park” – follow the Brown Line from downtown and Irving Park is 3/4 of the way up.

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Images of Chicago

Here’s the first few pics. They’re all drastically cut down to fit here!


Taken at North Michigan, from the river. The building in the foreground is the Wrigley Building. The background building is the Chicago Tribune Building. It’s famous for it’s unusual architecture! Thanks to Ark/#LUNI for the corrections and additional information.


This is the guy who gave us a tour last Sunday. As you can see, it was a beautiful day! Got quite windy out on the lake though! You can see the L (elevated train) travelling across the river in the background.


A lock seperates the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. This is the inner lock.


While waiting for the lock to close behind us I snapped these kids looking at the local wild fowl.


This is part of Navy Pier – a huge tourist attraction in Chicago.


A sailing ship approaches Chicago. You can see some of the downtown skyline, voted the second most beautiful skyline in the world (Sydney got first place). I think that’s the Sears Tower in-between the sails..

More pictures to come!

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Daragh in Monaco

Nah, I’m not jealous, no sirree! Not a bit of it that you were in Monaco and driving along the circuit F1 drivers take. Good thing I’m not a fan of F1 or I might get upset and cranky but I’m not so I won’t and I won’t mention this again. *grin*
Must post pics of Chicago soon!

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Ireland – land of a thousand welcomes, but bring some cash..

Dublin remains the third most expensive capital city in the EU according to a new survey out. I’d believe it too. After coming to Chicago I’m amazed at the prices here compared to Cork (which is slightly cheaper than Dublin). (Thanks Ann for the link!)

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what a week…

Kicked off last week jet lagged by 8 or 9 hours in a plane… gah! Hostel was very nice, although I was glad when we got accomodation later in the week.
On Monday I think we went up The Sears Tower. The sky was overcast but it was still an amazing view – Mairead, sorry for ringing you from there, I know it was very later back home!
We spent Tuesday looking for an appartment. I called into the office, met Ed, Jim and others. We got to use a PC to browse appartments.com and found a few nice ones – we arranged an appointment with Carrie in Printers Square for 3pm. Unfortunately all their appartments were simply way beond our budget however.
While we mulled over our accomodation options (live in a cardboard box or an expensive studio!) back at the hostel that night we were given tickets to a baseball game that night. It was on at 7pm, we had 30 minutes to get to Wrigglyville so we rushed! I thought the tickets would be among the cheaper seats, but no, they were for a suite! We joined a line of well dressed people, and stopped outside the Fox Corporate Suite. 🙂 Opening the door, I asked, “Are we in the right place?” We were, and Brett, a marketing executive for Fox made us feel very welcome! It was the first baseball game I’ve been to, and it was brilliant! It’s the infamous one where Sammy Sousa used a corked bat and was discovered when the bat split. It’s been all over the news the past few days. I’ll post pics here tomorrow!
The John Hancock Center is amazing too, although the elevator up hurt my ears no end, and swallowing or breathing deeply never helped. Does the elevator in that building go faster than in Sears?
Finally we managed to find an appartment. It’s up north between Irving Park and Montrose and we’re sharing with 2 Irish girls and an English girl. Thankfully, they aren’t TV Soap fans!
First impressions of Chicago? It’s a great city, and I think I’m going to enjoy my time here! I’m not looking forward to the summer heat and humidity, but as long as I’m in an air conditioned office or appartment I won’t mind too much!
Oh yeah, Owen – Dream Theatre are playing here on July 19th AFAIR, I’ll let you know for sure by email!