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Weekend Recap


Our flight out was wonderfully uneventful. I forgot the flowers, but a grocery store was en route so we stopped by and got another bunch, which were well-received. Our hotel room was very nice, with a king-sized bed and some comfy chairs. By sheer luck as we were going downstairs to get dinner our elevator door opened at the same time as the other one -- which had Lars in it. We had a nice chat with him and then headed off to Leona's.

The one on Dempster (which had disappointed me several times in the past) was closed, and I was wondering if our Leona's curse would extend to this trip as well. Andy knew how to get to another one, though; the one which used to deliver to his dorm. We were incredibly happy to discover that the skimping done by the Dempster Leona's manager was not repeated at the original one. Yum.

The next day was the reception. We were re-united with Bryan, Dan, and Vern (who was not wearing a suit -- this time for sure), re-introduced to Neill whom I'm almost certain I remember but he doesn't remember me, and introduced to another guy who attended Northwestern and his fiancee. We talked about many things, and I hope I'll be able to lure many of the Nerd Brigade onto LJ. I think I definitely got Vern when I mentioned the Gaiman feed. Speaking of feeding, the dinner was excellent (much as I'd expect from the same chain which did our wedding), they had a really cool seating arrangement (various kinds of bears, mixing breeds as well as toys and sports teams), and they let us keep the centerpieces which conveniently had enough mini-carnations for the plane ride home.

We went over to ILS to look around at Andy's old haunts. I was there enough when he was an undergrad to find my way around, so while they talked about boring stuff I went and read all the important things -- the comics on the office doors. On the way out we ran into one of the two professors who mentored Andy; the one I had never met, only heard of in whispered legends.

The plan was for them to meet up with a bunch of wedding folks at Navy Pier. I'm not sure how many wedding folks went, but the IMAX at Navy Pier was showing the second Matrix movie, and the core group (Andy, Bryan, Dan, and Vern) planned on attending. Navy Pier is a very bad place for me and IMAX consistently makes me sick, so we decided that we'd stop at Barnes and Noble, get me a crossword puzzle book, and pick me up for dinner after the movie. It worked out perfectly, and I did pretty well on the puzzles I did considering I didn't have the IMDB/Yahoo to plumb for popular person information.

We had dinner at Leona's again, and it was a lot of fun. The conversation was all over the place, with some memorable debates on pirating of music/software, ethics in general, and talk of definitely resuming the annual get-together[1]. Mike was in Alaska for the beginning of the weekend but flew to Chicago and got in at about 23:00 (I do not envy him the four hops it took). He had a driving adventure in which he didn't find Leona's, but thanks to the surfeit of cell phones we were able to meet him at ILS and give him a ride back to the hotel. We briefly chatted with Lars and Yee Man, then went back to our room to collapse. I nearly broke the elevator because I was chatting with Mike and kept holding the door open.

Bright and early this morning Mike called so we could meet for breakfast. It was drizzling just hard enough that Andy decided to drive to the bakery-type place. We caught up with Mike and apprised him of our plans to renew the get-togethers. I really missed turnberryknkn and
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Our flight out was wonderfully uneventful. I forgot the flowers, but a grocery store was en route so we stopped by and got another bunch, which were well-received. Our hotel room was very nice, with a king-sized bed and some comfy chairs. By sheer luck as we were going downstairs to get dinner our elevator door opened at the same time as the other one -- which had Lars in it. We had a nice chat with him and then headed off to Leona's.

The one on Dempster (which had disappointed me several times in the past) was closed, and I was wondering if our Leona's curse would extend to this trip as well. Andy knew how to get to another one, though; the one which used to deliver to his dorm. We were incredibly happy to discover that the skimping done by the Dempster Leona's manager was not repeated at the original one. Yum.

The next day was the reception. We were re-united with Bryan, Dan, and Vern (who was not wearing a suit -- this time for sure), re-introduced to Neill whom I'm almost certain I remember but he doesn't remember me, and introduced to another guy who attended Northwestern and his fiancee. We talked about many things, and I hope I'll be able to lure many of the Nerd Brigade onto LJ. I think I definitely got Vern when I mentioned the Gaiman feed. Speaking of feeding, the dinner was excellent (much as I'd expect from the same chain which did our wedding), they had a really cool seating arrangement (various kinds of bears, mixing breeds as well as toys and sports teams), and they let us keep the centerpieces which conveniently had enough mini-carnations for the plane ride home.

We went over to ILS to look around at Andy's old haunts. I was there enough when he was an undergrad to find my way around, so while they talked about boring stuff I went and read all the important things -- the comics on the office doors. On the way out we ran into one of the two professors who mentored Andy; the one I had never met, only heard of in whispered legends.

The plan was for them to meet up with a bunch of wedding folks at Navy Pier. I'm not sure how many wedding folks went, but the IMAX at Navy Pier was showing the second Matrix movie, and the core group (Andy, Bryan, Dan, and Vern) planned on attending. Navy Pier is a very bad place for me and IMAX consistently makes me sick, so we decided that we'd stop at Barnes and Noble, get me a crossword puzzle book, and pick me up for dinner after the movie. It worked out perfectly, and I did pretty well on the puzzles I did considering I didn't have the IMDB/Yahoo to plumb for popular person information.

We had dinner at Leona's again, and it was a lot of fun. The conversation was all over the place, with some memorable debates on pirating of music/software, ethics in general, and talk of definitely resuming the annual get-together[1]. Mike was in Alaska for the beginning of the weekend but flew to Chicago and got in at about 23:00 (I do not envy him the four hops it took). He had a driving adventure in which he didn't find Leona's, but thanks to the surfeit of cell phones we were able to meet him at ILS and give him a ride back to the hotel. We briefly chatted with Lars and Yee Man, then went back to our room to collapse. I nearly broke the elevator because I was chatting with Mike and kept holding the door open.

Bright and early this morning Mike called so we could meet for breakfast. It was drizzling just hard enough that Andy decided to drive to the bakery-type place. We caught up with Mike and apprised him of our plans to renew the get-togethers. I really missed <lj user="turnberryknkn"> and <lj-user="yarnowl">, but the former is busy enough for three people and the latter has an infant to care for, so wasn't up to visiting. Hopefully we can get them into the loop again with the get-togethers. Then it was time for Mike to go socialize and for us to return our rental car and go home. The return went very easily, the ride to the airport and security were all routine, and the flight was happily uneventful.

Andy dropped me off at Clark's while he went to run errands. Betty, Sheba and two kitties I hadn't met were adopted, and Big Red is also on the board, but his new folks can't pick him up until Tuesday. I finally found Cuddles, the gray Manx who had eluded me on Wednesday and Thursday. Kitty City feels empty with only nine residents, most of whom are on the quiet side. After Clark's closed Andy and I went out for dinner, then went back to the apartment which was not a smoking crater, despite any of Gail and Heidi's plans.

I caught up on LJs and mail and looked up a bunch of the cultural references from the puzzles. Once I'd done the last he installed a new card in Skein while I worked on the puzzles given the influx of clues.

Needless to say we also foozled the stuffing out of the kitties. Heidi was extremely talkative today, and she makes so many cute sounds. She also sat on my back, my legs, and my shoulders, all at different times. I think Gail is a bit uncertain at the moment, and she may end up thinking tomorrow is Sunday because Clark's closes at 17:00 and I'll be doing the weekly grocery shopping afterward. I figure once we begin the routine on Tuesday she'll quickly bounce back.

[1] Three years ago, or whichever year September 2nd last fell on a Saturday, I managed to surprise Andy by getting a startling number of the Nerd Brigade to come to NC for his birthday. I started over a year earlier to achieve this. We decided to make it an annual event, and I believe the next year we all trekked to Lars and Yee Man's place. Then we sort of never figured out where it would be the next year, and it fell by the wayside.
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