I love National. The people in the Bloomington location already know me well and treat me well. They gave me a free upgrade to a Mustang last week :). So I had this cool car to go to Lafayette ;). It is a great car besides the automatic transmission. It made me mad because it made the powerful machine feel really really sluggish by switching in the wrong moment. And it was great to find those wrong moments – pulling out to pass and the stupid transmission switches up :-(. I don’t like automatic cars …
I had pretty bad luck with the airport rental … they gave me Chrysler 300 (this is a freaking tank!) with a broken gas gauge (never showed full). And they wanted to charge me for gas in Indy so that I had to discuss with them … oh man. But it finally worked :).
The small thing next to it is my car … oh man … but the 300 was fun in GTA IV (undistructible).
Yeah, I cooked more seaweed soup … it’s awesome. Try: broccoli, tuna, carrots, lettuce, seaweed, pepper and soy sauce and you’ll get:
incredibly affordable parking downtown 😉
The building where we met (23rd floor, Microsoft)
The Hancock tower.Â The building in the left of it is the building behind our hotel. Our hotel is much much smaller … even though it had 15 stories :). See next pictures.
We lived in the Westin hotel … ohohoh, man, this looks freaking small next to the tower.
A church … kind of ridiculous between those skyscrapers.
Just came back from the third MPI Forum in Chicago. We finished MPI-2.1 (I guess) … mostly. I think we’ll just have to vote on it at the next meeting :). It’s good that this is finished and we have a nice single document mandating the newest MPI standard. We’ve also been able to fix many bugs (see the ML). This meeting was at the Microsoft location in Chicago … in the 23rd floor of a skyscraper downtown. Pretty neat … nearly. One day, I decided to take the stairs (to not get fat in America) to find the door on the 23rd floor locked, after 7 minutes and 552 stairs. Great … actually, all doors but the lobby were locked :-(. So I walked down again *hmpf*. I complained and was told that this is a security feature – how weird, the lobby exit is right next to the elevators, i.e., one can just exit at the lobby and use the elevator to get to any floor – security, huh? I guess this is typical American security, like everyone has to take his shoes off at the airport.
What’s wrong in this picture? Me or the Microsoft logo?