||[Apr. 11th, 2006|11:01 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I've hardly written in here recently, not having had any inspiration for things to write. the fact that work have now blocked gmail as well as livejournal doesn't help - most posts do seem to be done when I should be working.|
Anyway, I found the brief notes I made while I was on holiday in 2003 that I seem to remember I was going to write up in full somewhere. I don't know where, as I didn't start this journal until after this holiday.
Night 1 - Chicago - Walk round streets. good place. Navy Pier - closed. Bennigan's. LOUD THUNDER
Day 2 - RAIN! Board of Trade no longer open to public. Sears Tower - no point due to visibility. Ballgame soggy. Game started 1.5 hoursish late. Ate fried chicken.
Day 3 - Cold but bright. Science Museum - Museum of Flashing Lights - SWISS JOLLYBALL machine! Left internet terminal showing United 4 Scousers 0. Lincoln Park Zoo. Northside - good area. Art cafe.
Day 4 - Train to Milwaukee. Bright but cold. Miller Park - good. Brewers - BAD. Nice hotel. Italian supermarket.
Day 5 - SNOW! Lots of it. Milwaukee public museum good - children1. Train for Seattle. Old couple, and woman resenting my presence.
Day 6 - Double seat. Bah - someone turns up late and sits in other one. Train. Hm.
Day 7 - Arrive Seattle. Aquarium - introduce capital punishment in museums? Space Needle - YES! Worst TV programme ever - George Lopez - sitcom by numbers. Dad wants kid to do well in ball game. Kid doesn't want to disappoint so practices with signed ball. Everyone learns lesson. Sassy kid and wiseass gran.
Day 8 - EMP - good. Internet in Seattle library. Seattle 0, Anaheim 3. Roof closed during game. Seattle - not as spectacular as Chicago, but easy going feel.
Day 9 - Ferry to Bainbridge Island. Ferry fun but island is too tourist twee. Kill time wandering about downtown. Phone Sean. Game at night, Seattle 2, Texas 4. Watch game from bullpen terrace, eat hot sauce.
Day 10 - Train to Portland. Meet Sean + Damien. And Bear. And Eric, Japp + Keano. + Jo2. Go to coffee shop. Watch game. See [kals?] and downtown Portland.
Day 11 - See Lloyd center. Eat big breakfast at EGGCETERA. Then say good bye, exchange gifts. Viz <-> Mets baseball cap. Get train for Minneapolis. Everyone snores, especially fat man across the aisle in body hugging t-shirt.
Day 12 - Quiet morning. Afternoon, loud man talking non-stop about shooting a bear with a .22. I wish I had a .22 to use on him. Or even better, a bear. Eat dinner w. loud woman and quiet man. Now drifting through ND small towns. MINOT.
Day 13 - Sleep but [deunited?] and fitful. Several strange dreams. Dreamt that train had got to Minneapolis but driver could not find station, which became the plot of the Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em film on Xmas day. Judge Judy - [bonio?] looks like Jonah Lomu.
And that's where it ends. I didn't record my adventures in Minneapolis, or back for a last night in Chicago. I did also write "Cut Bank, MN - people point at trains" on a separate page.
1 - I think the 'children' comment is related to the capital punishment idea in the aquarium bit
2 - Bear is a dog. Eric, Jaap, and Keano are cats. Jo is Sean's girlfriend
Also: Se ller's household is a non/smoking pet free household. - are there people that makes a difference to?