Friday, June 22, 2007

New Runway

So, there's a new runway at Logan. It opened a couple months ago. It was fought by the folks in East Boston for years, but of course, it was finally approved and built.

I didn't think anything of it. We always had air traffic circling around our house several times a week. But now, all of a sudden, every flight departing from Boston seems to be flying right over our house. 'Til 11pm or later. And then it starts at 6am each day.

Last night, lying in bed with the windows open, I wondered aloud, "so, how long DOES it take 'til you don't hear it anymore??

Then again, I didn't even really notice it until we started sitting out on the deck every night. :-)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Weekend in Chicago!

Very fun trip! Nice hot sunny weather. We had a great time.
I still love this city!

Checked into the Hilton.
Wandered over to Grant Park for hot dogs & soda by Buckingham Fountain

Walked around the Loop.

Met up with Randy's friend Marshall
Dinner at Shaw's Crabhouse

Lincoln Park Zoo

Wrigley Field-Cubs vs Padres (Cubs Win! 4-1!)

Awesome seats, 12th row (THANK YOU, RANDY!)

Cross the street to the Cubbie Bear bar
Cab to hotel. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.
Dinner at a deep dish pizzeria.
Long walk through downtown
Buddy Guy's Legends for some blues

Walk through Millenium Park
Walk across Wacker Drive

Architecture Boat Tour

Navy Pier
Art Institute of Chicago
Cab to hotel.
Dinner at an Italian steakhouse
Kingston Mines for some blues
Buy a round of drinks?
Happy drunk tourists

Long breakfast at cafe on Michigan
Long cab ride to airport
I saw Jamie Lee Curtis in the security line.

Click title of this post for more pics! Mostly from this trip, but some at the end from my last one.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Chicago tomorrow!

Yay, 4-day mini vacation to Chicago starts tomorrow! Yay, I love Chicago! Weather should be 85 and sunny each day. Randy got us great tix to Friday's game for Cubs vs Padres. Great seats by the visitor's dugout about 11 rows back. Should see Big Fat F'n David Wells pitch (ha for those of you that know me, ya know that even though he came to the Red Sox I still gotta call him that from his Yankees days) for the Padres and Ted Lilly for the Cubbies if all works out well.
So glad to get outta work for two days too, it's been busy and brutal.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Red Sox-Yankees last weekend

So, Saturday, it was gorgeous. Red Sox in town, taking on the evil empire. So, we decided, we're not doing anything, let's go down to Fenway and watch the 4pm game from the bars! So we got a cab and went to Fenway.
Always a good time. Started out at Copperfield's, worked our way to Game On, went over to Bar that Shall Remain Nameless. Bar that Shall Remain Nameless has access from both the street and from Fenway Park/Yawkey Way. It filled up during the rain delay. When we got Really Hungry. So, we dodge the last of the raindrops and get pizza on Yawkey Way, right where the gates are set up so you can't go in. So, I'm eating my first slice of pizza, we see a couple people leave. I'm like, "How can they leave in the sixth vs the Yankees?"....and then we look at each other, like, hm......Bar.....entry to Fenway?.....
Well, these two guys were leaving the game as we had this revelation. 6th inning. I'm munching on my second slice of pizza, Randy walks up to the guys and says, "Hey bro, can we have your tickets? We wanna try to get into the game." Well, they're not season ticket holders, and therefore their tix aren't regarded as souvenirs, (not like our beloved 2004 World Series Game Two Curt Schilling Bloody Sock tickets).
So, he gets the tix. I'm like, "There's gotta be SOME way they can tell you came in from the ballpark." We decide to try at Bar that Shall Remain Nameless. So around the corner we go, through the bar. Doorman has a scanner. Ohhhhh, THAT'S how they check. So, of course, our newly acquired tickets are not in their scanner.
Doorman: "Are these your tickets?"
Randy: "No, man, we got 'em from a couple guys who were leaving the game. Thought we'd try to use 'em.
Doorman: "Did you pay for these tickets?"
Randy: "Nope," and turns to go back into the bar.
Doorman:.........................."S'awright man, go on in."
Exchange of looks between me and my sweet one.
We walk in. Get beers. Giggle and smile. "FREE!"
(Makes up for one of those 2x-face-value tix games we went to)
Bottom 6th. Tied up. 5-5. (People LEFT?! I still don't get that!)
Top 7th: Yanks score on Melky Cabrera's home run. 6-5 Yankees.
Then the incredible 5 run 7th for the Sox.
One more run in the 8th. Gravy!
Okajima WIN.
Randy and Ris retire to the deck in Somerville for hot burgers.