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Marina City

I’ve been a big fan of these buildings and today I got a get a close-up look at them. Marina City was a mixed-use tower concept created in the 1960’s with a really wild modern flair. There isn’t one square room in these buildings, with every unit having at least one balcony with a city view. At the base of the building is a marina with boat slips available in the middle of downtown Chicago. I’m now reading Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision for a bit of history on the buildings and the architect.

Metra Maintenance of Way

I was in Chicago today and happen to catch Metra doing some track work.

Visiting the Windy City

I’m in Chicago this week for the AREMA shows and committees. It’s a beautiful city with lots of cool architecture and art.

Visiting Marine City

We had some free time this afternoon and took a walk around Marine City near where I grew up. Right across the water there is Canada.

Up North

We’re at the cabin in Michigan this weekend, it’s a beautiful 68 degrees at the moment.

Ember.js Framework

I played with Ember.js framework a bit today as a potential replacement for an older Prototype / Base.js application. This looks like it has a lot of potential, especially neat is it’s abillity to automatically updated the DOM when a variable changes. Check it out:
http://emberjs.com/documentation/

Rainy Weather

It was quite the drive home today… Not my photo, but this is just down the street from the office.

Just Married

Today I’m proud to have Kiley Brianna Maas (now Mitti) as my wife! We’ll be throwing a small wedding party up in Michigan in August.

San Diego

I’m in San Diego for the day again today. Decent view from my hotel, and of course no trip to California would be complete without a visit to In-N-Out Burger.

Austin Texas

I’m in town this week visiting our Austin Office. Ed was kind enough to take me to Allens Boots where I found some awesome cowboy boots but couldn’t stomach the $1,000 price tag. I had a great time with the crew in the office, hung out with our HR folks, and had some great food while I was at it!