Monday, September 08, 2003

Aerial hop home

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During takeoff from O'Hare this morning, our hotel, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain and the marinas of Lake Michigan came into perfect view under the blur of our 757 jet's exhaust. The core of the city and the "Magnificent Mile" are at the top of the photo. Amy commented that the blurry edges of the photo makes the city look like a tabletop model. Well the city certainly presented a model five days of excellent weather, light crowds and great company. I can't wait to come back.

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Sunday, September 07, 2003

Chicago's tourist pier

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My view of Navy Pier from about 150 feet up in the ferris wheel and camera hanging an arm's length out of the passenger car.

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Saturday, September 06, 2003

Blue Man blesses our bluebie

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Our baby-to-be entered week 29 in the sensory extravaganza of tonight's show of the Blue Man Group. Patient wife Amy and our bluebie are pictured here meeting one of the blue men in the theater lobby after the show. We all thanked him for an incredible first Blue Man experience. I predict our dreams tonight will be ... unusual.

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Friday, September 05, 2003

Postcard-perfect Chicago

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Wandering the gardens of Grant Park yesterday.

I'll likely be moblogging some more today.


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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Easing into Chicago for five days on the run

Buckingham Fountain at twilight

My camera placed on the ground captured this pleasing view of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park tonight.

Well I didn't mean for the Picturing Jenny post to sit for a week, but then again, I didn't mind looking at the photo all this extra time. In the last few days, I had a birthday, ramped up work on our house in prep for the baby, and visited a variety of family members over the Labor Day weekend. And I'm actually revisiting an ongoing information architecture project to bridge a marketing consultant's findings into an IA strategy I am formulating for a corporate web site.

We had an easy flight to Chicago today, and leisurely dinner at a local diner. Wife Amy turned in early, conserving her energy to cope with the 28-week-old critter that's doing cartwheels in her abdomen. And I just saw Richard Gere dancing in the street.

We're here for a few days so Amy can work at the star-studded AARP National Event. Her group is running several booths to train seniors on the latest computer technologies. Thursday night (ack, tomorrow) she will give a speech at The Chicago Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association on usability in designing web sites for the 50+ population. Friday night we're going to see Blue Man for the first time. Saturday night is dinner with The Don. Whew.

On my list of things to visit tomorrow are the Prarie Avenue Bookshop, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Harold Washington Library Center, and time permitting, the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

I'll be moblogging a bit as I wander around town so check my personal blog at hiptop Nation if you have time and want to follow along.

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