Interrupting my Hawaii updates for this PSA: Vote!
Last year my polling spot was the Logan Square library, but this year things have been redrawn and I had to go to a senior citizen apartment building on Sacramento. There was no line. The big holdup, for me, was because I was the first person to request touchscreen instead of paper. The people there could not figure out how to get the touchscreen working so I had to do it the old fashioned way on paper. Not a huge deal, but man, it sure seems so antiquated! At least I didn’t have to punch anything. I just had to draw in the line with a pen.
As I approached my office, I saw that a lot of roads are already blocked off. I think Biden is arriving in Chicago soon and Obama will be here sometime after that. They’re going to be at the Fairmont, across the street from my office. The campaign headquarters is two buildings away. I’m sure it’s gonna get crazy around here!
Around 4:45 p.m. someone noticed that Lake Shore Drive (on the left in these photos) was totally empty. Barack Obama would be headed up to the Fairmont to meet up with Joe Biden. We watched for a while and then someone noticed a ton of lights progressing north around the Field Museum. Sure enough, a few minutes later we watched the entire presidential motorcade. So cool!!!
This week from our office we saw the government helicopters practice and then Marine One and the other helicopters bringing the president in yesterday. Last night when I left work The Loop was blockaded off everywhere. President Obama was here for a fundraiser at the Chicago Cultural Center, just a couple blocks from where I work. I’m starting to realize how things like this affect us in our new office! Today, I was at Target and I saw the helicopters fly back out. I was watching the news tonight and it confirmed the time I was at Target and the time the president left… so it was for sure him. Quick trip to Chicago. At least he got to spend the night at home!
This weekend is the NATO summit in Chicago. It’s a big deal, to say the least. All week long there have been protestors in The Loop and nearby my office. This photo was taken on Monday outside of the Prudential building, where Obama’s Chicago headquarters are located. Eight people were arrested. The Prudential building is 2 buildings away from the building my office is in.
…that I use constantly every day both in my personal life and for work. iPhone (3GS), iPad (2), MacBook Pro (I have 2 of them). In addition, Dallas supports iOS at work and has the iPhone (4) and the iPad (1). The first computer I remember using was an Apple IIGS. Always Macs in school, right? After high school I had a departure into PC-land, but I have been using one Apple product or another for the past eleven years or so.
My favorite quote from this address: ““Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
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“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” —President Obama last night on the passing of Steve Jobs