America, there is a world out there, you know

Yes, that comment is tongue in cheek to some degree, though I do wonder at times.

Many years ago, someone joked to me that for a number of Americans, international included Canada, world also included Mexico, and beyond that…!

Funny thing is, I’ve seen a couple of examples of this over the last week, one of them, a major US company, AT&T.

Quite simply, I bought (an absolute boon) a pre paid mobile, a Go phone, I think it was called? Yes, it does international calls, as the website states, you’ve guessed it, as long as you only include Canada and Mexico, you’ll be fine lol! I’m not saying the roaming rates shoukd be a bargain, but in these days of contractual arrangements, surely AT&T must have some sort of facility to use their phones over here?

Ah well…

Rant two,

I wanted to order something online yesterday for someone, fine, not a problem you would think with a pre paid card. Wrong, I couldnt use the facility unless I had a US billing address! Please, dont tourists (or even Canadians) ever want to buy things from these voucher companies?

So yes, at this moment in time, I’d like to point something out to some Americans out there, the world doesnt end at your borders, didnt you know lol?

Of course, if someone wants to provide me with a US address, and workplace, so I could do those things, well I might not say no lol!

Frustrated of UK.

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A robotunit in Boston, last part

Well it isnt quite all over, but its not far off it.¬† I’m sort of hoping to get a last quick dash into the city in tomorrow, but a lot will depend on what time I’m being picked up to go to the airport on whether thats practical or not. Fingers crossed, but will have to wait and see how packing etc, goes for that.

Wednesday, I got taken down to Falmouth on the Cape, the weather was wonderful, so was lunch, eaten with a fantastic view out over a very calm sea. Fantastic area, and look forward to getting back there, and far sooner than the gap leading to this visit to the area.

Yes, yesterday was the big event, the getting together of 3 ‘Gardeners’ and what a fantastic day it was. So alright, I knew Kate already, but this was the magical day that both of us got to meet James for the first time.¬†He looked just like I expected him to, but thats hardly surprising, I’d seen a picture of him beforehand lol! An absolute gentleman, lovely to know, and we went to lunch, and the aquarium together, and I have the¬† picture to prove it!

After that we teamed up with Kate, and did the ‘Duck tour’ of Boston, an entertaining and informative trip, in wonderful company. Then dinner, and back, having worn poor Kate out in the process.

Today, Kate and I managed one last trip out, before parting for now, though hopefully her problem with her phone has been sorted out by the time I write this.

Special thanks to her for being such wonderful company this week, and for chauffering me around so much, its so appreciated. Thanks to James for finding me this wonderful, peaceful place to stay, and the books he provided me with.

Next posting will be from England again, not quite sure when I will be straight enough to do something, but suspect it will be the early part of next week. Until then, I leave you with a song from a Boston group, that ties in with what Kate has done for me this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvL21-cXIXM

A robotunit in Boston, Part 2

Well today is the first¬†day I get to ‘wreck’ Boston single handed lol! I’ll be fine, have done this in plenty of other cities, so stop worrying Kate!

No prizes for working out that I might be heading to MIT Museum, hoping they will transform me into one of their latest robot exhibits, but wont hold my breath on that lol! Then just planning to head back downtown for some lunch, and see where the mood takes me from there.

So what do I need to catch avid readers up on? Sunday was fun, we went out for lunch, and as Garden readers at least might know, the temptation to run down walkers who insisted on walking in the street, despite pavements (sidewalks as they seem to be called over here) existed, but anyway…I got to see New England play, and win, also got to see bits of Buffalo playing and winning once the Jets were home and dry. Well, almost saw Buffalo win, the TV station in their ‘wisdom’ left the game with 27 seconds to go, and the Bills parked on the 6 yard line, needing to score to win. Alright, we all know they did, but waiting for that news to filter through…even¬† more so when the last play news only reached my ears 2 hours later.

Yesterday was Fenway,¬† an amazing place. I was pampered by a very dear person, and went in the Pavillion suite, a real experience for someone like me. We had a couple of photos taken before going in, and I’m only pleasantly surprised just how good I look in them. Kate looks wonderful anyway, but no, no link to the photos will be provided lol. They are expensive to buy, but I’m tempted all the same, I dont often get good pictures of me to be honest.

Yes, next special event is Thursday, when I get to meet this wonderful gentleman I’ve known over the internet for a while. Hopefully he’s blushing as he reads this, looking forward to meeting you greatly.

Thats pretty much all the news, hope MIT have got the robotising gear ready for me, lol! Holding breath for that to happen, nope lol!

A Robotunit in Boston, part 1

Still waiting for MIT to come and take me off for robotisation, but anyway…lol!

Yes, its happened, I’ve met a fellow Garden person now for definite, and what a wonderful person she is too! Doesnt look at all like her avvie, but otherwise…I suspect I’ll be saying that same about an equally wonderful person after Thursday as well!

Its a funny thing, you can never be sure how things will work out in such matters, but with Kate and I, its worked a treat. We had a wonderful time talking over dinner last night, and indeed before then, and had a great time.  Yes, a lot of it did concern sport, as well as other matters, but neither of us were complaining about that. Heading out later with her for more fun and mayhem, and hopefully to catch at least part of some games this afternoon, the only thing lacking in my lovely suite here, being a TV! Its more fun getting out and about anyway.

Yes, its fair to say that I was a bit nervous about meeting someone else from the Forum’s before it happened, but now I’m not worried in the slightest about it. As long as no one actually expects me to be silver, and talk in a monotone voice, all is fine! I always was looking forward to my next meeting with someone from the Garden anyway, even more so now, it will be a wonderful event, and one I’m really looking forward to. Of course, it does take¬†two to tango as they say, so there will be many I never meet, some I’d love to, some maybe less so. Of¬† course Kate may not have been the first, Nab might have been, though we would never have known it.

Now supposedly, in Buffalo next September,….well you never know! ūüėČ

Its Leaving Old Ireland

Yes, a few sharp ones amongst you may note that ‘someone’ wrote a story of that name at some point in the past lol! And without even knowing it would happen in the future, the US setting was Boston! Must have been subliminal, I guess?

Thankfully I will not be arriving by an emigrant ship of the 1840’s, but a modern jet plane, care of Aer Lingus, I wonder what those brave souls would think of that? I think its fair to say that we would be revolted by the conditions on those ships, from what I’ve read at least, it was pretty horrendous.

Its actually 5 years since I weas last in ther Republic of Ireland, probably one of the longer periods between visits, and to call these 2 a flying visit would almost be literal. 3 hours or so at Shannon flying out, just over an hour at Dublin coming back! So not exactly re-dedicating myself to my ancestral homeland, am I lol? Mind, from what I’ve heard, I might feel like I’m in Ireland when in Boston!

Why havent I been back in that time? I think a lot of it is the problem of getting around the country by public transport, it isnt easily done, especially in the midlands, and the west, where my ancestors are from. I cant really blame the currency change, I have to do that for the US after all, but when you can visit Northern Ireland for cricket, and not change currency, well…

Its funny really, its a number of generations now since my families came across from Ireland, but still you feel an affinity for the country all the same. And lets face it, Americans certainly seem to feel that way about the old country, thats for sure! Have never worked out if Ireland is just the prime country for this, or the most noted one though?

Unlike my story heroine, I dont expect to make my fortune in Boston, but I guess you never assume anything in this life. Looking forward to the trip for several reasons, its fair to say that you can expect a blog from Boston at some point!

Across The Atlantic

Its hard to believe that just 100 years ago, the only way to cross the Atlantic was by sea. Indeed, even as recently as the 50’s, when my parents flew home from Bermuda (my father was in the Navy there at the time) the flight took nearly 20 hours, and they had to ‘fly backwards’ to Gander to refuel en route, as planes couldnt carry the fuel load for the ‘long haul’ back then. And really, its only been the 80’s onwards that ‘ordinary people’ could afford to jet across the Atlantic for holidays anyway. My, havent things changed!

There is another matter, general communication across the Atlantic too. Even when I was a child, alright, thats a while back, but…you had to book a phone call across the Atlantic, often days in advance. Calls would cost ¬£1 a minute (and thats 60’s prices, so what that equates to today?), and you would be allocated a length of time to hold your call as well. Nowadays it costs pennies a minute, direct dial whenever you like, for as long as you like!

As for chatting on computers to people anywhere in the world…lol!

The title of the video relates to an even older method of communication, though the song itself carries little mention of that, but anyway…an Irish connection, the transatlantic cable’s last point in what was then part of Great Britain was Valentia Island, in the far west of Kerry. Now part of Ireland lol! I believe the other side came up in Newfoundland, but dont quote me on that, but I’ve seen the plaque mentioning¬† it on Valentia Island, which is how I know! Imagine how long a message took to be sent, and received back then!

Some will already know my love of OMD, already shared one song here before in this blog, and indeed used that song in my other blog as well. I think the video will appeal, even if the song doesnt lol! If my stewardesses Saturday are half as cute, I’ll be happy. I suspect the cheerleader outfits and things might be popular too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow1wFrIsicY&feature=related

Total flying time out, just over 8 hours, coming back, just about 7! There are stopovers to add in, but even so…things have changed!

10 Years Ago Today

Yes, as a special one off tonight, you get a blog that bears no relevance to my normal stuff here.

Its funny, I remember that fateful day so well, that really its quite scary! I was living and working in Newbury at the time, and by sheer irony, 11th September 2001 was my day off. Didnt have a lot on, so pottered around at home in the morning (oh alright, probably spent time on the computer too) before heading into the office to join the other staff there for lunch, as often happened if I wasnt busy on my day off. No, my memory isnt quite good enough to know what I ordered lol!

I guess it was soon after 1 (all this is UK time btw) that I left them, and started to head for home, via Tesco’s to do some shopping. When I got home, my phone was ringing merrily, and I was told to put the TV on quick. You can guess the rest, it was about 5 minutes after the first plane hit the World Trade Centre, and all hell was breaking loose. I watched everything transfixed for the rest of the day, as the whole horrible tragedy of events played out. Its not like I wanted to watch it, but you couldnt do anything else really! Someone later jokingly said that it was the longest period I stayed off the computer at home after I got it, lol! Not quite true, but…

All I do remember is that it was pretty nigh impossible (for whatever reason) to get connected to the internet that night.

The thing is, two of those fated planes flew out from Boston, an airport I will be landing into next Saturday afternoon (their time), 23 years or so after having last landed there. And to add to it all, I went up to the observation deck on one of the World Centre towers, and had my photo taken there, by my partner of the time.

Its hard to believe all that happened 10 years ago, that day still seems so clear even now.

RIP all those good souls who died on that awful day, I dont think I’ll forget it, and you, until I die.