Chicago

1. Visit the Art Insitute of Chicago

2. Eat Pancreas / Pretend to be Abe Froeman, Sausage King of Chicago

3. Lean on the glass at the top of Sears Tower

4. Walk the loop, location of the Von Steuben Day Parade

5. Check out Wrigley Field

I haven’t done very well on my Ferris Bueller checklist today. However, there’s still this evening and all of tomorrow to work on it. I was disappointed to discover that Chagall’s America Windows, the ones Ferris and Sloan kissed near, are not currently on display due to construction. The Cubs games are all sold out this weekend or I would have gone to one. I think I’m over seeing Wrigley Field, honestly. I’ll update the list tomorrow when I get back to Davis.

Update: The idea of eating pancreas kinda grosses me out, and I’m not that big of a baseball fan anyway. I did go to the top of Sears Tower, an event which took $12 and 3 hours of my life. I suggest avoiding this tourist trap on the weekend if you ever have the choice. Pics up soon.

Whistle while I work.

I’m a working man! After my first week of training, I’ve met some awesome people and learned a ton. Orientation and pre-requisite courses were last week, and this week Solution Delivery Fundamentals. We’ll start coding tomorrow or the next day, which I’m looking forward to (being a nerd). In my position there’s no guarantee that I’ll be a developer; most likely a tester. I know by now that I’ll be stationed in the downtown Sacramento office here, just a few blocks from the state capitol building and my favorite sushi bar, Mikuni.

Until then I’m training in SF in Spear Tower at 1 Market Street. Accenture rents the top three floors of the building so we get a bird’s eye view of the San Francisco bay. Today that view was seasoned with thousands of ralliers for immigrant policy reform. Even from 42 floors above the commotion the crowd was clearly audible. I support them and commend the efforts of every person who has made his or her voice heard. Too bad there aren’t any American citizens speaking up about important issues, myself included.

My roadtrip with Smeags was a blast. We checked every destination and individual off our list, including a trip to the Willamette Valley for fine Oregon wine tasting the Ballard Locks in Seattle. Thanks go out to Matt in Eugene, cousin Kristen in Portland, and Lauren, Kenny and Justin in Seattle for their hospitality.

Tonight I’m in week two of my five-week training. I’m staying at the Club Quarters, a beautiful spot in downtown. I’ll be here for two weeks, then to St. Charles, Il for some more Accenture school.