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Ode to Chicago

I haven’t quite been able to put my finger on the pulse of this city.  Maybe that’s because it is at the same time so many different things.  Downtown is huge and vibrant, but without the hustle and bustle of NYC or Philly. The vibe is young and active, fiercely proud, with clear bent toward party town. Arts and culture abound, while sports, signature foods, outdoors, architecture, and natural beauty give it character. The lake is enormous. The pubs are ubiquitous. There’s not enough time to experience it all. And something tells me even if I had enough time I still wouldn’t get to know this city completely.

I think Mark Twain had it right: “It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago – she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.”

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Posted by on September 19, 2010 in Random, Thoughts, Travel


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San Diego and L.A. 2010

Finally back home – what a trip – both exhilarating and exhausting. Can’t believe how much we squeezed in. Some highlights:

  • Two Padres games
  • One 5.7 earthquake
  • La Jolla beach, seals, caves
  • Visiting San Diego relatives Marv, Elaine, Serena
  • Beers at The Tilted Kilt with @johnhancock61
  • Visiting med school friend Dawn
  • Gaslamp dinner at Rockin’ Baja
  • Legoland
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with set tour
  • Dinner at Prosecco in Teluca Lake with relatives Penny, Les, and Briggs
  • Santa Monica pier, beach, dinner
  • Biking from Santa Monica to Venice
  • California science center
  • La Brea tar pits
  • Watching Lakers win and not starting a riot
  • Vintage car show in Pasadena Old Town
  • LA Opening of Toy Story 3 at El Capitan with Fun Zone
  • Hollywood and Highland
  • Hollywood sign
  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Malibu Paradise Cove beach
  • Pepperdine area/dinner
  • Star party at Griffith Observatory

Oh, and I worked for 3 days, too!

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Posted by on June 20, 2010 in Family, Random, Travel


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