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... how I felt about the Wieners Circle. Instead I'll give you the short story. Customer service normally revolves around a pleasant manner and helpful service. This place spits in the face of conventional customer service and slaps it in the face with its wiener. The staff went easy on me, probably acknowledging I was foreign and could easily have stumbled upon this place by accident not knowing what I was in for. They merely swore at me, as I was ordered to sit my ass ...
... to Chicago was only just over two hours, and, well, for want of a less cliched phrase, it flew by pretty quickly! Once again, friends and colleagues at school had marvelled over the fact that I was flying, not just to another province, but a whole other country this time, for the long weekend. But that's what long weekends should be for, right? Especially if you've been blessed with a salary that allows you to afford it, and you're on a time line as to how long you can live ...
... and it dropped us right at the American Airlines terminal. We checked our luggage in, hoping we would not find it stained with bottles of broken wine at the other end. Security was negotiated without too much trouble and we were soon at Gate 56A, laden with books, puzzle magazines and food to sustain us on the trip back to O'Hare airport in Chicago. Max and Sarah joined us shortly after, and our 'Priority Access' had us seated in the plane within moments - ...
... Tower (formerly Sear Tower) and do the Skydeck but as it would take me 90 minutes I decided against it. Instead I decided to head back to the hotel (after picking up two pairs of Levi's for £50 #Bargain) to go and see the second of the White Sox/Royals game.
The rest of the night was, pretty much, the same as the night before... Go to the game, get beat, watch the fireworks and come back to the hotel. Which is where I (literally) am right now.
... into their rooms at the gorgeous Palmer House Hotel downtown in The Loop and relax a bit before the Program Orientation. The larger group has been broken into three smaller groups for the week and I’ll rotate each day to spend time with the Red, Yellow and Green groups.
Although it was a long travel day for our participants flying in from all over the country, there was happy buzz of conversation at the Welcome Dinner ...