kybearfuzz: (Mark in Browns)
It's not so bad, coming back to work after the trip. Everyone is usually very happy to see you home. I did managed to comb through the 200 photos I took and posted a selection of each.

Teddington Station

Click Above to go to Teddington, London, England

Glasgow City Centre Station

Click Above to go to East Kilbride, Glasgow & Edinburgh in Scotland


Happy Monday!
kybearfuzz: (Old Lady Shades 2)
Its snowing here. Kind of fun, I suppose, that my first snowfall of the season is here.

Last night, after leaving the warmth and wifi of the local Starbucks cafe, I wandered the streets of Teddington looking for a restaurant for dinner with little success. It's not like there is a shortage of places to eat, but a third of them are Indian food and my system couldn't handle a second night of that. So I walked around a lot looking for something appealing and found nothing. I've always been told that if you don't know what you want, then you're not really hungry. Eventually, I begged off and just had a bag of crisps and a diet coke in my room while reviewing some things for work. Boring, I know.

I did find a couple of interesting night sights to photograph. I'll post those when I get home.

One of the things I have enjoyed are BBC game shows. One is called "Pointless" where the goal is to find the lowest number of guesses to a question. Sort do the opposite of Family Feud. The host is adorable.

Well. Off to brave the snow. Happy hump day!
kybearfuzz: (Old Lady Shades 2)
Last night, I ate dinner at a local Indian restaurant. It wasn't crowded. The only other folks in the main dining room was a trio of young 20-somethings. Young and loud, I couldn't help overhearing their spirited and dramatic conversation.

It seems that one of the young ladies had a cheating boyfriend who had been shagging his ex-girlfriend. She had discovered a litany of undeleted emails on his phone between them and she was alternately reading them to her friends and sobbing during the commentary. All through this I was playing a zombie game on my phone.

Her main goal was "totally" confronting him in public, embarrassing him in front of friends and family for being a cheating loser, and giving herself "closure" in the incident. Naturally, she remarked at the cheating pair would likely get back together now that she and he were over and they "deserved each other."

Eventually, she couldn't stay and apologized to her friends for wrecking dinner and left to confront the boyfriend. The friends continued to comment after she left, the young lady wondering if she should have gone with her. Her boyfriend seemed happy she didn't. She begrudgingly agreed that she have likely been stuck waiting three hours in the car waiting for her. Or worse, be stuck between the fighting pair.

The couple left soon after. I finished myself and went for a frigid walk. I felt sorry for the young lady, but I can't help but be somewhat entertained by such a strange public display of emotion and drama. That sounds evil, doesn't it? It just seemed a bit over the top. I half expected the trio to walk about asking for gratuity for the show. It did ring of Eastenders, I thought.

Happy Tuesday all.
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In response to some requests from my LJ friends, I went through my 350 some pictures from my Ireland-England trip and found a few more worth posting. These are some odds and ends really, but I liked the quirkiness of some of them. Enjoy...
kybearfuzz: (Click)
I slept about twelve hours last night, a testament to how utterly exhausted I was after flying home. Thank heavens I didn't go to work today.

New Ross, Ireland picturesI spent the morning working on pictures from my trip. I didn't realize that I'd had so many of them, even in New Ross, Ireland, but I guess I snapped pretty much anything that caught my eye. Clicking on the photo on the right will take you to the New Ross, Ireland photo gallery. Ireland is a beautiful country, I sincerely hope to go back someday on vacation, when I wont have to work. I feel like there were so many sights I didn't see. On Ireland, I noted a few things. One, watch where you step, the dogs crap everywhere and there are no apparent scooper rules. Two, the Irish seem to be all business when working. It seems idle chat is more for the pub, most of the customer service at restaurants or shops, the folks seemed very short because they had to get back to the other things. I'm not saying they were rude, just always seemed busy. Three, cell phones! Everyone had one, it seems. It made me wish mine worked over there :)

Welwyn Garden City and London picturesAfter the bombing incidents, I admit that I wasn't all that keen going to England, even though I was working outside the city. In looking at the pictures, I realized I caught some decent shots of the city and the Tower of London. The pictures of the missing folks sent some remorseful feelings. Some of the missing are being identified every day, but it's a painstaking process and their recovery from the tube is not easy due to the unsafe conditions.

On the lighter side, I did catch a few cute guys here and there. One of the finest was the London Tower Beefeater to the right. Clicking on his handsome mug will lead to the picture gallery for London and Welwyn Garden City, the latter being where I was staying.

Again, big hugs to everyone who wished me a welcome home, it is greatly appreciated.
kybearfuzz: (Opus Flying)
It took nearly sixteen hours to get here, including nine hours of flying and the rest waiting in airports. Needless to say, I am completely exhausted as I got very little sleep on the nearly packed flight from London Heathrow to Chicago.

Still, it was very exciting to get back into my house, which thankfully was still standing and no where near as messy as I remember it. I will be posting pics soon, but I have two discs to go through (nearly 240 pictures) from the last two weeks. I hope to have the best on tomorrow as I'm taking it off from work.

I pity any telemarketer or coworker who dares call me in the morning...
kybearfuzz: (Adventurous)
First, big birthday hugs and wishes to [livejournal.com profile] bigsabu and [livejournal.com profile] njbearcub1! I wonder if your moms knew that their baby boys would grow up to be such handsome, furry men :)

I'm at the Heathrow airport waiting on my flight. I fly into Chicago and then to Cincinnati. If all goes timely, I should be at my front door by 4:30 PM or so. I can't wait.

Unfortunately, I am going to miss seeing[livejournal.com profile] bleuvalentines and [livejournal.com profile] davemassive due to amazing scheduling incidents. First, Dave's trip to the UK was canceled and I was disappointed, then my work ended early so I changed my flight to today, then Dave's trip was reinstated and I couldn't change my flight back. Sigh.. it just wasn't meant to be. I'm sure they'll be other opportunities though :)

I didn't go to bed last night, I stayed up so I'd sleep on the plane and try to get my sleep schedule back to something normal for my time zone. My ride here was pretty exciting though. My taxi driver was this burly English bloke, very hot in a blue-collar way -- wide shoulders, rugged good looks, and that accent... sigh.. I should have taken his picture. While waiting here at the airport, I dished out the bucks to get the wireless internet here, about 5 GBP for an hour, which is steep, but it'll help pass the time. And it's not blocked, so I can finally read up on what you guys have been posted in my journal and your own, thank goodness. I don't have time to comment on them, but I'll have more time when I get home.

Well, t-minus 55 minutes and counting before home.... I'll post a final trip summary, with pictures, when I get home and can relax.
kybearfuzz: (Cheers!)
My work will likely end today thankfully, which left me a choice of staying here until Friday or trying to get home early. Despite the fun had this past Sunday, I am ready to sleep in my own bed for a change, have fully unrestricted internet access, scratch my cats behind the ear, cook a meal, do laundry, watch my 500+ television channels.. well, you get the picture... I'm ready to come home.

I managed to get my tickets changed for tomorrow morning, but I'll have to be at the airport dreadfully early. Given my current schedule, I should be home by 4 PM tomorrow. Fingers crossed that nothing changes.
kybearfuzz: (Big Bear U)
Andy Parsons

I was watching a show called Mock the Truth last night on BBC 2, a sort of What's My Line type of show, and saw this comic named Andy Parsons on there. I can't help it, I think he's adorable. I haven't had a chance to check out his website, but will do so when I get home, which may be sooner than Friday :).
kybearfuzz: (Adventurous)
The computer here at the cafe has paid me the ultimate insult. I cannot even read the comments to my last journal entry because the child safety-computer-security thingee has blocked me. My kingdom for my home internet back!

Venturing Downtown and the Tower of London -- Long Post )

I took many pictures, filling up an entire mini-cd at the Tower of London. I will post them as soon as I'm home. Yesterday has actually put me back into the good mood, and the weather, sunny and warm for a change, I think has helped with that :)
kybearfuzz: (Adventurous)
After yesterday's purge of emotional blackness and some nice sulking and watching of DVD's in my room, I'm feeling much better today. Mostly, in part, because the sun came out (for a change). I suspect that [livejournal.com profile] bookish_cub has used his amazing weather-controlling powers to send me a sunny and warm day. Thanks Erich :)

I still can't view my friends' recent entries page due to the stupid computer child-security crap, so I attempted to review some journals individually. Apparently, you are a naughty bunch, because the system will not let me read about half of the ones I tried. Some of those on the blocked list include:

Sigh... I did managed to read one of two journals, so I should count my blessings. Not sure what I'm going to do today. There is apparenlty an Italian Market festival going on here in the shopping square, but I'm still tempted to do something else.
kybearfuzz: (Screaming)
I went to see a morning showing of Valiant, an animated comedy-action film about carrier pigeons in World War II. It was pretty cool and offered some shelter from the rainy British morning walk. The movie gets released in August in the States. I'll likely go to see it again, it was pretty funny in most parts.

I'd hoped that it would have lightened my mood and it did some, but not nearly enough. I hate to say it, but my curious Mary Sunshine side has been locked in a dark dungeon by the sadistic Sister Desdemona Ignatius of Our Lady of Pain and Perpetual Apathy. With the continuous overcast sky, cooler temperatures, windy conditions, I've sunken into a funk of sorts. Adding to it is the fact that my plans for the week have fallen through, by completely unpredictable circumstances.

I'm not interested in the local museum, the flower garden, the walking paths, the shopping mall, or anything. I know London is nearby and there is a lot to see there, but truth be told, if I could wipe away this weekend and start work sooner, I'd do it.

To add insult to injury, this computer that I paid to use, has it's child-friendly locks on so I can't chat on 411 or even see my friends' recent entries, the latter because apparently someone has posted something it deems unacceptable.

It's my third week on the road, the hotel sucks, the internet sucks, and I'm in a tired and irritable mood. Ladies and gentlemen, it's official...

...I'm homesick.
kybearfuzz: (Adventurous)
Well, I'm here, safe and sound in Welwyn Garden City, about 25 miles north of London, here in England. Traveling over here wasn't bad. The cab I took to Waterford had to go the long route because of the Tall Ships festival which had most roads closed, so we took the ferry across the River Barrow, which was neat because I'd never ridden one. It took about ten minutes to cross and I managed to get a photo of a nice burly daddy bear. The only negative from the cab ride was the cabbie, who reeked of tobacco and actually farted when he got out of the car to ask for directions. No photos of that.

The small airline I flew to England milked me out of 30 Euro because they said my bags were overweight. To which, I responded, "They're not overweight, they're stocky.." I loved the blank response I got from the ticket guy. I did get a picture of a cute bearded worker guy in the airport. I'll be posting pictures for a month when I get home. The plane itself had propellers, I swear... again, another photo.

My new hotel is strange. There's no phone in the room, which puzzled me greatly. Apparently you have to stay in their "Metro" locations for a room phone. Now, since when is that a perk? I've stayed in some crappy hotels before, but they've always had phones. They may charge you and arm/leg/nut for it, but it's there. And the WIFI network there has great connectivity... for a price... about $12/hour. Uh, no... Now I know why the signal is so strong on my 3rd floor room, because no one is apparently using it. No posted pics until I can get home, I'm afraid.

The hotel's only saving grace is its location. I'm about 1/4 mile from the mall and the train station. I'm using the internet cafe in the mall right now for a much more reasonable price. I'm actually debating going into London as the trains and metro are working for the most part and there isn't much to do here. We're not supposed to let the events of Thursday ruin plans, so I think I may be venturing out. More pics forthcoming.

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