phew! – bit of an epic shop day

Well got up b4 9 on a Saturday.

In the car to Exeter went to the camera shop, he didn’t think my camera needed tightening or the lens ring replacing after the other week’s smash. The dude also had a f3.5 35-70 Minolta MD original solid lens hood – what a start £5. Minolta UK wanted £15 + VAT. It would cost £38 to replace the baynet ring and fit it, the frame counter is knackered – £48. Er so it’s cheaper for me to part/ex it for another second hand one with a warranty than fix it properly! That’s cold logic for you.

I also spotted a lovely De Vere monorail for 200 quid :-). Wow I’m dreaming. (Py it also needs two lens to go with it and a *uck off tripod, so it will be a while before I visit the shop again. It’s £700 project but he does have them go through all the time 🙂

Next I popped into town and ordered the 2 seater Boston futon, Py you’ll now have to guess which material I choose for the loose covers 🙂

All day breakfast at the place we went to last time. (Sorry you weren’t with me Py.)

Found a wallet for the trip to Chicago. (Py insisted I needed a new one)

Off Trago to fill the car up. 76.9p per litre – v cheap around these parts. 79.9p/l being normal.

Ashburton. Found a present for my Py’s dad and a cheap watch to wear in the US – ‘cus my travel insurance won’t cover my watch 🙁 & Py’s birthday card 🙂

Saturday evening – bought a Hoover Junior! £15 – advert I spotted in the local paper on very late Friday night.

…more spooky connections

The contracts have been exchanged – completion date August 28th. It was going to be August 27th, but that’s a Bank Holiday – which must have been the first time Py and I became connection. It was that Bank Holiday two years ago to the day I surfed Yahoo! UK’s Regional Forum and spotted Py’s posting asking about studying in the UK… And the rest as they say is history!

“The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.”—Leonard Sweet

An uneventful Sunday

Got up, papers, tidied old office – (loads of books to do with the move), mowed the lawns.

Funny thought – what ever happened to the Double Deckers? :

Which then begs the question – whatever happened to Mr Benn?

High point of the date – called Py

Check list time – Mr Bean II goes to America!!!

If anybody spots something missing – please post a comment

Air Ticket – tick
Passport – tick
Train ticket – tick
F/x & travellers cheques – in progress
Travel insurance – tick
Clothes – got to go in one suitcase
Present for Maria my potential mother-in-law – HELP?!

Spent evening up in the roof clearing out boxes, sweeping up and discovering yet more darkroom gear was still there!

American Express Fee Free Exchange Partners in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Here are all the Fee Free Exchange Partners in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Data Last Updated: Jun 22, 2001 – (44) 1 273 571600

Note: Not all services available at all locations. Please call ahead.

Click here to see the Opening Hours and Holidays for USA

Bank of America NA
231 S La Salle St
1 312 2694600

Bank One NA
4636 S Archer Ave

Bank One NA
6623 N Damen Ave

Bank One NA
3145 S Ashland

Bank One NA
4730 W 79th St

Bank One NA
2636 N Clybourn

Bank One NA
3856 W 26th St

Bank One NA
2524 W Devon Ave

Bank One NA
2000 W Cermak Rd

Bank One NA
3454 E 118th St

Bank One NA
222 S Riverside

Bank One NA
1122 N Clark St

Bank One NA
3335 N Ashland Ave

Bank One NA
6245 S Western

Bank One NA
3032 N Clark St

Bank One NA
122 W 79th St

Bank One NA
2170 Clybourn

Bank One NA
1825 W Lawrence Ave

Bank One NA
1660 N La Salle

Bank One NA
39 S Wabash

Bank One NA
4145 W Peterson

Bank One NA
208 S La Salle St

Bank One NA
47 W Polk St

Bank One NA
35 W Wacker Dr

Bank One NA
605 N Michigan Ave

Bank One NA
8340 S Kedzie Ave

Bank One NA
875 N Michigan Ave

Bank One NA
3227 W Addison

Bank One NA
2101 E 71st St

Bank One NA
6650 S Stoney Island Ave

Bank One NA
7050 S Pulaski

Bank One NA
55 W Wacker Dr

Firstar Bank NA
Suite 300, 30 N Michigan Ave

US Bank National Association
2701 W North Ave

US Bank National Association
1953 N Clybourn Ave

US Bank National Association
745 N Milwaukee Ave
US Bank National Association
410 N Michigan Ave

The Usual Opening Hours and Holidays for Companies in USA are:

2001: Jan. 1, 15; Feb. 19; May 28; July 4; Sept. 3; Oct. 8; Nov. 12, 22; Dec. 25/2002: Jan. 1, 21; Feb. 18; May 27; Jul. 4; Sept. 2; Oct. 14; Nov. 11, 28; Dec.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – A date for flat – trip in the “heart of gold”

Steve & Lee invited me round to watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

I called the vendor of the flat I’m trying to buy – August 25th! 8 weeks late. What about my lost interest?

Back to the film, different for a martial arts film – it was quite good.

Steve dropped me back at Camp Cross and had a cup of tea – he left with his life & body intact and then…

Let me take the ship (VW Corado VR6) with improbability drive down the line at Torcross.

quick update

Saturday bought a rug for the back of the car in Dartmouth.

Visited Simon Hart’s Art Gallery – I wish him well this summer, he looks like he’s got everything sussed. There about 40 artists in his gallery – so it is worth a visit.

Sunday – caught up with the lawns and unwound for the week ahead.

Miss Py loads – 19 days to go ’till I see her!

“Friends” from C Jans

Chris – these are cool – Cheers MARK

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
— Winnie the Pooh

“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”
—Charles Caleb Colton

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
“Friendship is one mind in two bodies.”

“Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.”
“If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend.”
—Stone Temple Pilots

I’ll lean on you and you lean on me and we’ll be okay.”
—dave Matthew’s band

“If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn’t jump with them, I’d be at the bottom to catch them.”

“Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.”

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.”
— Tim McGraw

“My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.”
—Lee Iacocca

“Hold a true friend with both your hands.”
>>—Nigerian Proverb

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”