It's the Sears Tower!

Thursday, 16 July 2009 08:24 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: Pout)
Dear Arrogant Assholes looking for a marketing ploy,

Fuck this shit! It'll always be the Sears Tower. You can take your name and stick it up Bruce's arse, for all I care - leave Chicago alone. You don't even own the Tower - you're renting some of it!

There are no words for how deeply lame that is.

Do you honestly think renaming a world-reknowned landmark to reflect your douchey insurance company is going to endear you to anyone? Really? It just shows that you have no respect for the city or its heritage. No one wants you or your name.

Fuck you, Willis Holdings.

Furious, of Brighton.

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Friday, 5 December 2008 01:43 am
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
American (and particularly Chicagoan) friends: is there a convention for using terms for roads on the grid system?

For example, when talking of the junction/block on W Wilson Ave and N Broadway, would you be obliged to use one particular road first? For example, east-to-west coming first, rather than north-to-south, and vice versa.

Is there a difference (or error) in saying Wilson and Broadway, or alternatively, Broadway and Wilson?

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Sunday, 20 July 2008 11:43 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Happy)


Fuck. Yes.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008 02:02 am
rosiedoes: (CS: Meh)
I am so fucking bored.

This video drives me insane wishing I was in Chicago.

And for the record, this is the kind of rap I can appreciate.

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Monday, 23 June 2008 02:36 am
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
I just applied for a job with a major international company in the North West Chicago area.

I don't know if I'll get it (I doubt I will, on account of the fact they'd have to sponsor me) BUT I thought. "Why not?"

The chance of an email saying, "No thanks" over the opportunity to live and work in Chicago? NO BRAINER. I am SO FUCKING QUALIFIED for this job.


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Tuesday, 13 May 2008 02:14 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: Pout)
Last year, when I was in Chicago, I had a hotdog and curly fries on Navy Pier. The fries came with a really thick, bright yellow, cheese sauce. It was like someone had taken cheese slices and melted them. And it was delicious.

I hadn't thought about it at all for ages - but this morning I actually woke up craving it.

This makes me sad. We don't have it over here, as far as I know. DX

I need to go back to Navy Pier and have some. Julie and I have kind of decided to go back for a couple of weeks, next summer, so we can really enjoy the place. It'll be awesome. But I still want the goddamn cheese sauce.

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Monday, 5 May 2008 03:06 pm
rosiedoes: (Season: Summer)
It's a really pleasant, balmy day in London, today... and all I can think of is how much I'd rather be in Chicago.

Last summer was so fucking awesome. I wish every summer was like that.

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Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:40 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Facepalm)
So, does anyone know any cute Chicago boys (you know my type, surely?) who would like an English girlfriend wife with massive boobies?

Will marry for love and a visa.
rosiedoes: (Mood: History)
2007, then.

I keep saying to myself that this year sucked. And I guess in a way it did. I stopped loving my job, I almost walked out. But then, this has also been a fucking amazing year in so many ways.

I sat here, exactly a year ago, listening to From Under the Cork Tree and watching Kerrang! TV intermittently. I had no idea at the time how fucking huge this year would be.

...a year in pictures )

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Monday, 26 November 2007 04:28 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Stalk)
Hey kids,

Having an awesome time -
♥ changed a tyre on the Interstate - traffic side! - by ourselves and got the seal of approval from a Random Rugged Dude™ at a gas station, for our handywork;
♥ met Jack The Camera Guy Who Was Clearly The Hottest Person On That Tour (he is so, so cute, guys. SO CUTE!);
♥ watched Cobra & TAI's soundchecks in St Louis;
♥ watched them film the new TAI TV;
♥ met up with the lovely [ profile] babygotbass & [ profile] _lolapolooza and had deep and meaningful discussions about the inner-workings of the Wentzmind;
♥ saw two adorable teenage boys who were clearly dating (and couldn't have been more than about sixteen and were very boyish and not at all camp) and spent all the show sitting on the balcony snuggling and being adorably tender with each other, which basically made our night - we all felt insanely proud of them, I think, for having the nerve;
♥ was recorded for the TAI DVD (don't know whether it'll be on there but we were asked to record a message);
♥ met all of Cobra, at last (these kids are genuinely lovely people, really);
♥ met Jay J. and Neeraj from HRE for lunch, with Andy from Hewhocorrupts;
♥ hung out with the awesome guys from the Clan Store (♥ - J will be visiting next year so we're going to hang out);
♥ got my own Bat Heart Bar hoodie made (pics later);
♥ bought the Ninjas, Summer Camp & Drama King Clan shirts (yay!);
♥ got our new tattoos (this is on my outer right forearm):

Jay R. totally got what I meant with the scratchy stars - the girl is amazing and will be in the UK in summer! Woohoo! We have agreed to meet up.

It's been generally awesome, so far. Heading out for breakfast and a drive, now.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, guys!

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Saturday, 10 November 2007 02:37 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
So, yeah - I'm tidying my room, right, and I think, "Well, I may as well put the stuff I'm not going to wear between now and Chicago into my suitcase so it's out of the way."

The only things I haven't packed are a towel, unwear and my black converse. And I'm talking right down to electrical adaptors.

We don't fly until the 22nd.


I kind of feel like I need more stuff. I definitely need to buy another pair of jeans before I go, that's for sure (I can live with four pairs, but I don't think I can get by on three - especially when two of them make me look like a dollop of lard). But damn. I've even packed my combat boots in case it snows (note to self: must buy new boot socks).

My carry-on luggage is going to include a laptop, A4 notebook, pens, rainbow fleece blanket (STFU!), wallet, snacks and a video camera (most of which will be in a rucksack).

Thank God I won't have to walk more than 15 minutes at any point.

I need a Chicago icon.

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Sunday, 28 October 2007 03:40 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Happy)
So, thanks to Gabe, I'm really excited about my holiday and the trip down to St. Louis. It's going to be amazing.

The itinerary is as follows, so far:

21 November, Wednesday: Julie flies in from Waterford, arrives c.10.30pm; I get hair bleached and re-dyed (same as now, but my roots will be fucked)he - my hairdresser is calling me from the airport to tell me she's back in the UK for this, and to set off. Helene wins.
22 November, Thursday: Leave house c.7.45am to reach Heathrow for 9.00am. Fly at 12.15pm. Arrive in Chicago around 3.00pm - on Thanksgiving (right?)! Will anything be open?
23 November, Friday: Drive down to St. Louis (five hours, according to Google), hopefully arriving around 1-2pm. See Cobra Starship/The Academy Is... show. Stay at motel just outside town.
24 November, Saturday: Drive back to Chicago. See the last date of Sleeping With Giants. Aftershow? We have no clue.
25 November, Sunday: No plans for day; getting out tattoos by Jay Redden at The Tattoo Factory, at 10.30pm (I know, right?).
26 November, Monday: MY BIRTHDAY!! Plans only include dinner, so far.
27 November, Tuesday: Last full day in Chicago. Will probably involve shopping.
28 November, Wednesday: Fly home at 5.15pm.
29 November, Thursday: Arrive in London at 6.50am. Sleep. A lot.
30 November, Friday: Hang out.
1 December, Saturday: I can't remember whether this is when Julie flies home or not. But whatever. I'm back at work on the Monday.

If you would like to insert yourself in this intinerary, please let me know! XD At some point we might catch up with another friend over there, but I don't know when he'll be free.

During the holiday, we should both be taking our laptops so you can follow the trip on [ profile] bandrdocanada, although it's obviously not Canada, this time.

In conclusion: Eeeeeeeeeee!!!1!!

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Thursday, 11 October 2007 10:18 pm
rosiedoes: (CS: Religion)



Birthday of Fail

Wednesday, 10 October 2007 11:09 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: Noes)
Oh man. I am so dull. So, so fucking dull.

In five weeks or so, I will be going to Chicago and celebrating my 25th birthday on Monday, 26th November. So far the plan consists of going for dinner at a seafood restaurant.

Guess what I did last year?

And the year before?

Guess what I'll probably do next year?

However, dinner doesn't take that long, does it? So, you'd plan something for after. Except:

1. I don't drink and I pretty much hate bars.
2. I don't dance.
3. I can't sing any more, so no karaoke.
4. I don't go to the theatre, I just act in them occasionally.
5. I don't want to go to the cinema.

What the fuck else can you do in a city while all dressed up for a nice meal?


Saturday, 1 September 2007 03:46 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Happy)
Holiday is booked.

We leave London on 22 November at 12.15 and arrive in Chicago around 3pm.

We will be staying in a hostel in Lincoln Park, which is an area that Liberty and I really liked when I was out there. It's pretty, it's close to the lake (although, y'know: NOVEMBER IN CHICAGO!), and close to downtown. Perfect.

We fly back on 28 November at aroun 5pm, getting into London the next morning.


I will be out there for that, obviously. The only person who has booked any of our time, so far, is Jay J. and I think the guys and girl from the band (Jay R. has also been contacted about our new tattoos, though). If you Midwest kids want to meet up, let us know!

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Thursday, 30 August 2007 12:33 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: TrohMG!)
Julie and I have decided we're going to Chicago - probably in November.

Fuck. Yes.

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Monday, 20 August 2007 06:47 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: OMGRLY)
Does anyone want to come and see Fall Out Boy in Chicago?



Thursday, 14 June 2007 05:42 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Stalk)
Some pics from Chicago:

Tatts on the beach (my new jumpwings, ft. bad sunburn):

Lib's 'Slump tattoo vs. my Champagne tattoo. In Borders cafe in Chicago. Ya rly.

Borders, Michigan Avenue. We don't know if this is The Borders, but we like to pretend it is.

Johnny Rocket's! There are no booths inside, like there are in Seattle. This makes me sad.

The postboxes are pure comedy:

I have a few pictures of the Lake, but those are kind of boring.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2007 02:39 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: Pout)
I'm home. I miss Chicago. I miss the beach and the lake and intermittently exchanging, "I love Warchief. He's so fucking awesome..." with Liberty.

I miss AIR CONDITIONING and I miss slurpees.

And I'm hungry.

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Monday, 11 June 2007 09:10 am
rosiedoes: (Default)
So. Last night. I don't know what to say, really.

Lib and I are both very, very suburned. Mine isn't that sore, because I have naturally dark skin, but my nose and shoulders are pretty horrific. I look like an alcoholic. We got there at about 9.45-9.50am, having been to breakfast, back to the hotel and then walked three miles to the venue. In the blazing sun.

There was drama with our tickets - we didn't get them until literally five or ten minutes before the gates opened, and it turns out some of the crew etc. are staying in our hotel. We haven't seen anyone.

We did see Charlie before the show, who kind of introduced us to his goddaughter which was adorable. I told him about the problem we were having with the tickets, asking if he knew whether Mike's rep was around yet and he said, "I have no idea, but it sucks to be you!" He's such a bitch. But a good one.

Cobra opened and they were typically awesome. Gabe kept coming down to our side and singing with us because we knew the words. I was really dancing along and stuff, and he definitely noticed that, which was pretty cool. He also saw us holding up the knickers and laughed, kind of. I think they were just glad to have fans. Ryland was having a lot of fun, too, actually.

Unfortunately, the mood kind of sank when Paul Wall came on. People seemed to be really trying to enjoy it and be supportive, but his set was too long and we all just ended up bored. He seemed like quite a nice dude, though. But if I hear teh phrase "What it do?" one more time, I might stab someone.

There was a guy in behind us, who was huge and wearing a t-shirt that said, "I WANT TO FUCK THE BUTCHER!" on it. He kept yelling it at their entourage and eventually the Butcher came out on stage to see it. He laughed. The guy was really obnoxous and kept on yelling it. I think they started to feel a bit unnerved. Also: their photographer is fucking adorable. We kept smiling at each other and when he came down into the security pit we shared this little grin. He was quite possibly the cutest person there. He reminded me of Patrick.

+44 were fun, I guess. Mark was having a laugh. At one point he laid down on the stage with his mic and sang a song into this huge black security guard's ear, and then stroked his head and kissed him. The guy looked stunned and then laughed and then just kind of went with it. But it was still, as Lib described it, (Blink-182)+2-Tom.

The boys themselves were fucking amazing. They played really well, Joe was really on form (and there were a couple of occasions where we kind of rocked out together because I was on the barrier right in front of his monitors and we kind of caught each others' eye and sang along and kind of headbanged together, which was really awesome), Andy's little bit down the front was absolutely brilliant - I love that guy, and watching the intense concentration was amazing; Pete completely blanked Ashlee, who was apparently very drunk and being obnoxious (she was clinging to one of the girls in the entourage and jumping all over her while Gabe and Dre stood on the side of the stage, trying to hide her from the crowd) and Patrick... well. Although he was running around and almost competing with Joe for the fierce rock-out action, which is certainly not the norm, he was really, really quiet. He was also a bit unresponsive, I thought, although he had a couple of moments with Pete when they got all cute, and a couple of moments when Joe decided to rip-off some of Pete's moves. Joe kneeling down beside him was really, really cute.

Pete seemed a bit off-colour, come to think of it. He had Charlie and Dre and a one of the roadies do some of his screaming parts, which was funny, but weird. Dirty also seemed to disappear after a couple of his band intros and we got the impression something had happened backstage, between Paul Wall and TAI, because they were late on and then just ambled on stage by themselves.

In the middle of the show, some local hip-hop act came out and everyone stood on the side of the stage to watch; Joe and Patrick were hidden behind an amp on my side, but Pete, Andy, Gabe and the others were on stage left. Pete made a point of singing and nodding along, Andy standing beside him and apparently enjoying it at first. Then, Andy seemed to realise the crowd were largely thinking, "What the shit is this? I paid to see Fall Out Boy." And then he just started looking worried, like maybe he thought they'd taken that one a bit too far. This was also when Ashlee scampered across the stage with her hood up, like she thought this would mean she wouldn't be recognised. If I was Vicky-T, I would have smacked her in the mouth for stealing my style. Seriously.

(My problem isn't with Ashlee generally, but the fact she's totally riffing someone else's fashion sense at their own party pisses me off.)

The end of the show was pretty amazing. The clouds of silver paper floating down was just... kind of like a spiritual experience, really. It was in my mouth, down my shirt, landing in my hands... everywhere. It was actually really beautiful.

We went outside and were going to head down to the back stage part, as we normally would after a show, but the security were horrible. Then Charlie came out and I tried to say to him that I'd made a point of not throwing the panties too hard so they wouldn't have to chase after them, and he a said, @I have no idea what you just said!" because of my accent and my croaky voice. It was kind of funny, but he was obviously busy, so we sat on the grass for a while to see if anything was going to happen, talked to a couple of other fans, and the eventually walked up to the top of the road and waited for Jesi's mum. We think we saw Pete driving out in the back of a people carrier, and we saw Charlie getting the shuttlebus to the car park, with some friends - oh, and Diaz, who I just waved at and got a wave back - but that was all.

To be perfectly honest, although the set itself was amazing, the day generally kind of sucked. I am already in SO MUCH PAIN that I've been on Tylenol all week, after falling over the first day (my leg is all swollen and bruised very deep under the skin), I'm now sunburned, which looks ridiculous, and there was so much stress about the tickets... I just couldn't really enjoy it.

The fact that we didn't get to meet the band, or get anything other than being, basically, dumped in Chicago, told which hotel to go to and then left to our own devices, kind of feels like a let down. I mean, yeah, they sent us to Chicago, but we could have arranged everything we did here by ourselves. Everything we did do, like meeting up with HRE (who are realy, really lovely) we arranged by ourselves. There were not extras or anything to make it feel special, and I'm really sad about that.

The girl at their PR has been awesome. She really went out of our way to make sure we made it into the gig, even working late into Sunday night UK time, to make sure we were okay. I'm going to send her cupcakes or flowers or something.

I mean, don't get me wrong - we do appreciate the chance we've been given to come here and see the city and meet up with friends, I just feel like it's been an anti-climax. They just didn't make the effort to make it special, really, and that feels kind of lame.

Anyway - have to go. Will report mroe when we're back in the UK.

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