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Archive for February, 2007

Chicago is cold….but OK

Posted by weehaggis on Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Currently in Chicago. Apparently I was lucky to get here. Karla sent me this news story about the horrendous weather and flights that were being cancelled left, right and center. My flight arrived into O’Hare on time and to sunshine and blue skies (although there was quite a bit of snow on the ground).

Its been mostly dry with a bit of fresh snow but its damn cold, with wind chill down to -4F. Looks sort of photogenic with the steam rising form the street manhole covers….just don’t walk anywhere near them coz they reek!!! Not too windy, but sometimes that frigid blast of wind when you turn a street corner just goes straight through you. After not too long feels like your face is just going to crack up and fall off if you try to move any of those facial muscles.

First night here just had to get me one of those Chicago deep dish pizzas. Luckily Pizzeria Uno was just a few blocks away – one of the many pizza joints laying claim to the “original” deep dish pizza…..whatever!! Anyway, shows just how crappy Peppes and Dolly Dimple back in Norway really are 🙂

One good thing about eating out  here is the “doggie bag“.  Leave so much as a bit of pizza crust and the server asks if you’ d like a box to take it home.   Not sure what the etiquette is on this in Norway, but back in the UK asking for a doggie bag is just not the done thing – its one of the cardinal sins of eating out.

Just posted some photos to my flickr.   Should be able to get then from the widget  on the  right.  Will get round to posting more later.


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Pending travels and a new friend

Posted by weehaggis on Monday, February 12, 2007

Thought I’d better say something after such a long absence from these pages (or some other bloggers might start to beat me up – you know who you are).

Looking forward to my trip to Chicago later this week. But, yikes, looks like its going to be damn cold….even colder than here. Temperatures down to -17C. Forecast predicting cloudy and sunny. So hopefully clear skies and no fog – one thing I hate is freezing fox. Rich, Karla’s other half, has been insisting that I just have to go visit the Natural HistoryMuseum. He probably wants me to have a date with “Sue” …. that’s T-Rex “Sue“. You see, Rich is such a “Ross”like dino-guru 🙂

Been filling up my Archos vid player with movies and TV shows just incase the inflight movies aren’t up to much. Lots of CSI episodes from Season 5, which I haven’t got round to watching at home yet, and a good helping of Simpsons episodes. On the movie front, A Simple Plan (such a good movie), Cars (been sitting in the shelf and not got round to watching it yet), Hidden (Heneke’s latest – no idea about this one) and The Wedding Crashers (just heard that this one was a hoot).

Recently made another really great friend 🙂 The Cable TV company have just released a new decoder with an inbuilt Personal Video Recorder. That means the box contains a 160GB hard drive which can be used for recording TV and claims to hold up to 80 hrs. The other really cool thing is being able to pause and rewind live TV. Even more cool is that the Cable TV operator seem to have made a bit of a screw up when they sent me the box. Included was a new smart card which appeared to unlock ALL TV channels.

Being the honest person that I am (and also not wanting to have to pay for it all) I called up to ask about the new card. It turns out that some kind of mistake had been made and my subscription details hadn’t been transferred properly to the new card. Anyway, I was told that it was now fixed and should reset the box ASAP. Thought I would see how long I could keep all the channels for. That was over a week ago and I’ve filling up the hard drive with lots of premium movie content 🙂 The box will be powered off whileI’m away, which mean that I’ll probably end up back with my normal channels after I get back.

Talking of movies, recently went and say Blood Diamond and Last King of Scotland. Forest Whitaker gives a power house performance in an amazing movie, but there was one excruciatingly gruesome scene in a very Man Called Horse sort of way. Blood Diamond was also pretty damn good, but let down by a lousy feel good ending.

Those two movies tooks my kinosonen membership up to the Hovedrolle level. Fat lot of good that appears to have done. Made a concerted effeort to get the required number of points and then……..nada. Oh well, its only been a week. Maybe somebody could let me know if I should expect any goodies in the near future.

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