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Nov. 15th, 2006

04:45 pm - Chicago!

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I have arrived in the Chicago area! Right now I'm at the Hyatt, to see if will get here this evening. However, due to planning adjustments, I'll be spending tonight in a Motel 6 and then checking into the Hyatt tomorrow.

BTW, I hate this area; the signage sucks!

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From:nevermint
Date:November 15th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Oh how much do you hate the area? Do tell!
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:November 15th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps you were expecting one of these?:

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 16th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Would that BE too much to ask?! Honestly!
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From:orv
Date:November 15th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
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The highways in that area are confusing as hell. I like that there's decent food within a short distance of the hotel, though. At FC you're sort of stuck with the hotel restaurant, which like all hotel restaurants is mediocre and overpriced.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 16th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Oh, there are several restaurants near the San Jose Doubletree, if you don't mind walking more than two blocks.
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From:orv
Date:November 16th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Seems like when I tried that, I found they all rolled up the sidewalks pretty early. I suspect they mostly cater to the business lunch crowd.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 22nd, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 16th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Is the signage even less adequate than that in Philadelphia?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 16th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Well, two(IIRC) years ago when I flew in, I was trying to get from the I-90 tollway (westbound) onto 290 (southbound) to get to the hotel. I saw from a map that it's a cloverleaf junction, so I assumed I needed to take the second exit. Except I saw a sign telling me the first exit ("NEXT RIGHT") was for southbound. This made no sense, and I figured the sign was wrong. A few dozen yards later, I saw another sign saying that first exit was actually for northbound. Yeah, that first sign musta been wrong. So I drove past the first exit.

But guess what! They were both right. There was no second exit! The first exit led onto a parallel road which the cloverleaf was attached to instead of the main road. So I missed my exit, and I had to drive several miles, pay an extra toll, and then backtrack through the city streets to get to the hotel.

Another problem is that the city streets tend to be inadequately signed. I want to turn on Golf Rd. Here's a road coming up; is it Golf? Where the hell's the damn road sign? WHERE'S THE SIGN?? HERE'S THE RIGHT TURN LANE AND I HAVE TO MAKE UP MY MIND _NOW_!!! ...Oh THERE'S the sign damnit'ssosmallSCUSEMEIHAVETOTURNHERE!!!
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From:orv
Date:November 16th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
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There are unfortunately very few cities I've been in where the streets are consistently well marked. Usually they only give you a tiny sign at the corner, which can't be read from very far away and often gets blocked by trees or lost in the roadside clutter. Ann Arbor, MI was pretty good about hanging big, lighted signs over major intersections, though.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 22nd, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Usually before I go on a trip I look up the route on some map site (I prefer MapQuest! That's a good one too! Google Maps is the best! True that! DOUBLE TRUE!) ...but of course that doesn't help much if I miss a turn, either by mistake or by discovering that the turn I'd hoped to make is impossible or illegal, and the map doesn't show it.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 16th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Sounds bad. I just remember going to Anthrocon in Philadelphia and finding about half the intersections not to have streets visibly labeled.

Then there are cities in Italy where the street names change every two blocks....
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:November 17th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
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Then there's Winnipeg. Most of downtown streets are one-way (alternating north-south or east-west), many change names several times throughout their length, and there's a few confusing places, having lived here for over 25 years I'm not one to judge, but there are places that even get me (there's even a place where 4 or 5 roads (and 6 or 7 streets, remember the street name thing?) meet called "Confusion Corner", interestingly, I've been able to navigate it pretty well, there's more confusing corners than that one.

I think it comes from a combination of 12 different suburbs and the city of Winnipeg merging 35 years ago to form what we call "Unicity" (there aren't really any suburbs of Winnipeg per se, not under a different town name anyways), creataing the different street name thing (when one town would go into a different city, that city would have it's own name for a street. Now that the borders are gone, the different names remain however); and the other bit in the combination is that Winnipeg was built in the 1870s (at least the downtown part) where traffic was lighter, therefore streets could be narrower. Once modern traffic evolved, they determined the streets are two narrow for two-way traffic and made the streets one-way traffic.

But I'm sure every city has it's idiosyncracies.
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