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Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006, 09:32 am

We have arrived in Boston safely. So far I've eaten a packet of beef jerky (Meaty goodness) drank some root beer (pleasantly cough medicinal but it went into my lungs) smoked cherry flavoured cigarillos (harsh yet sweet) and eaten a Burrito you could beat a man to death with. Then I discovered that american toilets aren't capable of dealing with a truly manly poo and that they flush more like a suggestion that it should leave rather than the more bouncer-esque methods of firing the contents of the bowl out to sea that the irish ones employ.
Also, I forgot to turn on roaming on my phone before I left so if anyone needs to contact me, they're better served texting followthebird in an emergency or emailing us. Right now I am sitting on the steps outside iresprite's place smoking my duty free in one of the nicest neighbourhoods I've ever seen. Last night iresprite took us around the area and brought us past the comic store and the gaming store so I know where to bring all my money. We also went to a "best buy" where they sell all the same stuff that I could get in Ireland only for about a third of the price.

Now we're going to have a shower and go get utterly lost trying to find our way into the city.

Number of gun battles seen so far: 0.

I see I've managed to miss our glorious government acting the complete bollocks and the PDs bending over and spreading wide in the name of sacrificing "principle" for political gain, the Garda leadership fucking up again and creating a situation the rank and file weren't equipped to deal with and causing injury to protesters a big scandal behind a telecoms company that thinks it shouldn't have to do things it doesn't want to. I actually felt my IQ go up when we left shannon (where we did all the immigration stuff to save us doing it in metal cages in the US - nice move, at least now that little spitoon of a town has a purpose)

Edit: re: the mayo thing - do people seriously believe that Shell told the gardai to get over there and a hundred and seventy of them listened or something? Michael McDowell and his corporate masters are where this one begins and ends.

Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)

that little spitoon of a town

I think that's actually Cavan town...

Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)

Also, while in Boston, make sure you go up the John Hancock Tower (hee!), it's pretty amazing, although I'm not sure if the gallery is open any more, after 9/11.

Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)

I think we were pointed at it by the tourist info crowd today, highest building in the city? you can go out and get a look at the view and all that? seems to be open, definitely on the list of things to photograph endlessly. That and the museum of massive naval battles and fucking enormous cannons.

Thu, Oct. 5th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)

you could a few years ago when I was there. v. cool view from the observation deck. my sister ended up doing a series of prints based on the city and the lake seen from above.

Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)

On the contrary, I've found American toilets to be able to swallow stuff I used to make a tradition of clogging up Warpcon's jacks with. Sure they don't use the loud explosive barrage of flush-water, but more of a flowing toilet aikido.

La Migra's been set up in Shannon for years and years, as far as I remember.

Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)

Well, this particular aikido is a little geriatric but I got it there eventually. Six flushes and four plunger attacks later like...

So if the immigration thing has been happening in shannon for ages what the fuck are people complaining about? would they actually prefer to deal with the american american immigration? the one that deals with every nationality on earth as opposed to one that is almost exclusively irish and american and entirely more laid back and mainly gunless? Christ... people are mental.

Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)

eh, no, that would be the Minister for Communications, the Marine and Natural Resources (hah) and the erstwhile Minister for Justice signing off on any large Garda operation. convenient that it happens on the day when bertiegate was in full swing up in the Dáil, though.

Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)

Sorry, yeah, that'd be more accurate alright. So apart from that one major inaccuracy my point stands :) - the gardai aren't entirely innocent of this but everyone seems to be blaming them while the fucks responsible for it aren't getting even a sideways glance from what I'm seeing.

Thu, Oct. 5th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)

that's because you'ld never see a Minister dressed up in a luminous jacket out on a country road at 6am in the morning...

Wed, Oct. 25th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
darlithia: *dies laughing*

That was quite possibly the most wrong post I've ever read...BUT it did have me in tears. :p Was good to meet you both while you were here. When I move to Wales we'll all definately have to get together for drinks. We're kind of long distance neighbors at the moment but I hear that it's not that far a trip from Wales to Dublin! See yahs there soon!