Chicago Day 3 and 4

Dale at Chicago Second CityDrupalCon is in full swing so the time for sightseeing is gone. Although there's a convention related activity happening for almost every waking moment last night and tonight I blew off the organized conference activities to do some things I wanted to do in Chicago.

Being a pizza fan I just couldn't leave Chicago without trying deep dish pizza. My partners in gastronomy were Dee Ann, who's covering the conference CMS Wire, and a work colleague. We found one of the recommended places and gave it a try. I never thought I'd suffer from a cheese overdose, but I did on Tuesday. It was tasty, but not a style I see myself craving that often. I don't even want to know how many calories it was.

Tonight was a show at Chicago Second City. I am forever thankful for my colleague thinking of it. It was awesome A-Game comedy. We were right in front of the stage and somewhat in harms way, as it turned out. I became part of the show for a brief moment when one of the actors kissed me on the head as he exited the stage. Now there's a unique Chicago memory!

Tomorrow is my last day in Chicago, and sadly it will be all conference and no play time. I haven't been to that many American cities, but Chicago has become my favourite. I could even see myself living here. I really hope I get a chance to come back one summer.

It's the day before the conference starts, the day when everyone, myself included, are arriving and checking in for DrupalCon. After breakfast this morning my Wisconsin friend dropped me off at the Sheraton Chicago, which is both the conference hotel and where I'm staying for the conference. I love it when I can stay in the conference hotel!

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Yesterday I arrived in Chicago and met up with a friend who came down from Wisconsin. Ultimately I'm headed to DrupalCon but I came down a day early to visit and see a bit of Chicago.  Today we headed out to explore and I got to see Chicago and the surrounding area in the light. It's so flat here! We didn't get a chance to do a lot of exploring but did drive around a little and make it over to the Field Museum.

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Yesterday I traveled through Seattle on my way to Chicago. To save a few beans I caught a plane out of Seattle instead of Vancouver. Originally I had planned on taking the Vancouver/SEATAC shuttle bus, but it turned Marina and her beau were headed to Seattle for the Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) so I hitched a ride to downtown Seattle. I figured I'd catch one of the hotel airport shuttles when I found out about a Seattle's new Link Light Rail system out to SEATAC airport.

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If you've Seabussed to North Vancouver or walked around Lonsdale Quay you've seen the red tower with the rotating Q on top. Did you know the tower platform is open the public? If you answered no, don't worry, you're not alone. Tower access isn't well advertised and most people, including North Vancouver locals, are unaware that the best public view on lower Lonsdale is only a 30 second stair climb from the Lonsdale Quay Market.

It feels like lightning has struck twice in the same place. By same place I mean the Burrard Drydock Pier in North Vancouver, and by lightning I mean a visit by a foreign Navy from a different continent. Last weekend the Republic of Korea ships (ROKS) Yang Man Choon and Hwa Cheon visited North Vancouver and were open to public for four days. They're on a combined good will and training tour, visiting all the nations that fought on their side in the Korean war.

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