Monday, October 18, 2010

Hey guys.. remember Chicago?

So, uh what day is it? Looks like we forgot to recap yesterday's crazy shenanigans in Chicago. It seems like a million years ago doesn't it?

Do you remember Saturday night, when we rolled into an RV park in the middle of a corn field in Kellog, Iowa? There was a campfire and some questionable music which probably made everybody else in the RV camp our bestest friend. Oh man then Jinnah cracked out his illegal stash of Four Loko and destroyed my liver (but doogle's urine has returned to normal again, thanks for asking). Good times. I'm so glad that I was able to maintain my dignity (edit: not so much) and I've mostly regained sensation in the left side of my body.

Anyway things settled down sometime between 3 and 5 am with a few of us sleeping under the beautiful Iowa October sky, so full of stars. It was great. Do you remember those awesome 5 hours of sleep we got before Neal started hollering at us? It was hilarious when Jinnah started driving the RV around before half the people were in it and boy, Neal sure has a big voice in the morning! My head felt so awesome and people had a bounce in their step for sure.

And then, what a day. We drove all the way across Iowa, then pretty much all the way across Illinois to wind up at Revolution Brewing in Chicago at 3 PM. Issao is a great driver, I just wish he'd drive a little faster. Sometimes he would stay below 80 MPH for two or three minutes at a time and we'd all be sad. Remember how much fun it was to drive through Chicago! People were so happy to see us they were pointing and honking and everything. After we stopped a bunch of traffic and parked our RVs across a slew of parking spots we went in to the brewery to meet up with Brian Fitzpatrick and about 10 other folks from the Google Chicago office.

Man it was so great to see Will Robinson, we were afraid that he wouldn't come because his in-laws were in town. But then he brought not only his lovely wife Lauren, but her parents too. I know.. brave, right! I don't think they were too worried.

And remember how happy that bar was to see us? But remember how sad folks were that they only had California style pizza? I can't believe they let us order deep dish pizza from a different restaurant and have it delivered. It might have something to do with the ridiculous amount of beer we were ordering on one of their slowest days of the week. Or maybe Jelena just gave them a lot of money. Either way, that pizza was gooood. And the bacon fat popcorn. And those little sausage things. What was with that lard dish, though? Yeah I don't know either. Either way, heart attack!

And how about that sweet Data Liberation shwag Brian brought for us? Boy that was cool. Remember how many people had to wear those shirts the next day because they were out of clothes! And oh man I almost forgot those retardedly huge tubs of popcorn, those things are a tub of death. We liberated a lot of beer from the bottle with those openers he gave us. And Will gave us an awesome pink princess shot glass. Remember how we gave it to Jelena and now her new nickname is Princess? Haha, she didn't remember that this morning either.

Yep, I had a great time in Chicago. I'm glad that we got the chance to meet some folks from the engineering team there. I remember meeting Kelly, Nathaniel, Tony, Jacob, Paul, and a bunch of other people. If I had less to drink I probably would have remembered more names. I'm going to have to go back to see them again! Maybe next time I'll actually be able to see the office itself. I hope they let me in.

Then I was sad that Jinnah and Astrid had to leave to get on a train to a plane right after the bar. I sure did have a fun time hanging out with them. And doing double shots of caffeine. Wait no, I didn't like that part - whose stupid idea was that? Wait, it was mine? Wtf, stop me next time. Anyway don't forget that Jinnah and Doug are supposed to have a shirt-off next time we all get together. That's going to be great, isn't it? What do you mean you don't know what that is... oh you weren't there. Ok, that's a story for next time, along with our trip to the Hoons. Haha, Vinnie what were you thinking?

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