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Posts Tagged ‘New York’

I’m going to New York!

03.06.2011 16:17

When I checked my account this morning, the funds I was looking for had finally arrived.

I ordered travel insurance, booked the flights and hotel to New York, confirmed my attendance to the fan meeting, and even booked additional flights, hotel and tickets for a detour to Winnipeg to catch two Blue Man Group shows on their North American tour, which has their absolute latest material. The stop in Winnipeg was their only tour stop within a two-week radius of the fan meet in late July, and I really wanted to experience it.

So there you have it. In case someone wants to hook up, I arrive in New York on the evening of July 16, then hop on the early morning flight the next day for Winnipeg (not a direct flight, though) to catch the 1 PM show (and the one at 8 PM), return to New York on July 18, and fly out on my way home on August 1. And, there’s the fan meet on July 30. To sum it up: Winnipeg on July 17, New York from July 18 to August 1.

Assuming, of course, that there are no problems when crossing the border (and I don’t expect there will be any problems – it’s just that little insubstanciated fear that lives inside me).

Now I really have something great to look forward to!

See you around!

Happy New Year!

12.01.2011 22:44

Well, sorta. Considering we’re almost a full two weeks in, it is rather late. Then again, I had quite the way to start the new year.

On the morning of New Year’s Eve (December 31), I woke up with a sore throat. Not a good sign, I can tell ya. I wasn’t exactly in a party mood. Then again, we were going to babysit my 8 month old niece that night, we weren’t about to go into full party mode anyway.

The next morning (January 1), my condition was more or less confirmed: I had flu-like symptoms, not unlike what my mother’s been having for the past week or so. In the next few days, I was taking turns coughing, sniffling, sleeping and going to the bathroom (due to the increased fluid intake – what comes in has to come out), and not much else. You could say that I was in no condition to get started on my work plans for the new year. Then again, since I have a job that allows for telecommuting, it doesn’t stop me completely from doing at least some work.

By Thursday (January 6), I felt an improvement that would allow me to get a fresh start after the weekend. Saturday morning, I was proven wrong, as I woke up with an even more sore throat, and my voice completely gone. You could say I didn’t get to enjoy that weekend as much as I had hoped for. Just wonderful.

And now we’re into Wednesday, almost two weeks into the new year, and my voice is only at about 50-60 %. It still hurts a little just to talk, and with a teleconference meeting (using WebEx) scheduled with a client earlier today, I just had to make the most of it. I’m still coughing, too, and every little cough hurts a little.

I’m not too happy with how 2011 started out, and I seriously hope this doesn’t set the mood for how the rest of the year is going to be like.

Oh, and there’s a big Blue Man Group fan meet in New York at the end of July this year, and it coincides with their 20th anniversary in New York. I seriously hope I’ll be able to make it there – and stick around for a total of 2 weeks, with the fan meet day either at the end or at the middle of those two weeks. All financial options are being considered. Following the advance planning I did for my USA vacation in 2009, I should have everything in place (flights and hotel stays) by the end of March or mid-April. Occasions like this don’t come around often, so fingers are crossed.