August 11, 2010
The Ireland Invasion: Coda'ed
All good things must come to an end, right?Continue reading "The Ireland Invasion: Coda'ed"
August 10, 2010
One More Blast at the EFF
This marks my fourth consecutive visit to Edinburgh for the annual laugh known as the Edinburgh Fringe Fest!
This was the last order of business for the Ireland Invasion. I thought it'd be a great way to end things. Better still, I was here for six days, which had me at a metric tonne of shows! Good times!Continue reading "One More Blast at the EFF"
August 4, 2010
Slán agus Beannacht Leat, Éire
That's Gaelic, for "Goodbye and Blessings Be with You, Ireland". But, as I told Irish elite at Ulster, no "good-bye"s, just "until next time."Continue reading "Slán agus Beannacht Leat, Éire"
August 3, 2010
The Coda's entered act two. Life here's wrapping up.
Today was the last full day in Dublin, and it's the last day to do things. Things like collect my UB Sharesave money, collect some delivered post, ring an investment co., and, of course, visit the bank ppl one more time.
It was a busy one, which was fine, as it kept me from getting to caught up in the significance of these activities and what they represent. Despite crossing all but one off my list for today (the rest have to be done tomorrow, on my last day)...
It's hard to leave.
August 2, 2010
One More Blast in Blackrock
Mary, Eoin, and Suzanne were kind enough to join me this weekend for one more blast in Blackrock.
Mary's been a good friend since the beginning, when she moved here into that house on Barclay Court three years ago. Her bf, Eoin (pronounced "Owen" -- it's the Gaelic spelling) is a good laugh. They're some of the best folks I've met here, and was delighted to have one more night out with them. Having the lovely Suzanne along just made life better.
We hit a few of the local faves: Jack O'Rourke's (great food!); the Breffni (which was bereft of the crazy old men I promised Suzanne); Conway's (how much longer will it be open?); and the Wicked Wolf (which supplied the crazy old men missing from the Breffni). Great night out, which made for a sluggish morning.
Suzanne just left, and I've got a bit of time before Mary comes by to check on me.
It is going to be so very hard to leave.
July 30, 2010
Coda in High Gear
The movers came today, and whisked away my boxes. What was supposed to be four ended up being six: the third big box was separated into three smaller ones, for ease of transit.
There's still a fair few things to do, like see some BR friends tomorrow. Worse still, there's a few things that won't be done until Wednesday when I leave. It's a bank holiday here on Monday, and Tuesday's going to be action packed.
It's going to be hard to leave. (And this time, it's not just emotionally speaking.)
July 28, 2010
A Dark Knight Over Northwest Ireland
Two minor trips made here over the last month were Sligo and Donegal.Continue reading "A Dark Knight Over Northwest Ireland"
July 20, 2010
Lunch with Old Ulster Friends
Met Brian, Helen, and Derrick for lunch today, at Davy Byrne's. I've never been to that bar/resto, but it was nice, and did a nice (but a tad dry) roast pork carvery lunch.
Brian was the main attraction here. We haven't seen each other in some months, since he left the bank at the end of 2008. He, Helen, and I worked together for some months there, and got along well. Good to see D-rock again, too. Good times had by all.
D-rock and I went for a few games of pool afterward, in the Palace, on Camden. Good times. (Bad pool, but good times.)
This is why it's going to be hard to leave.