It's quite a long time I don't "use" this blog anymore. "Use"? Update? Whatever you prefer, the point is that I'm not writing here.
My facebook "page" is regularly updated and lately even more considering that I bought a smart phone.
As you may (or may not) know I recently moved to the US, Chicago. I work for the same company, just now for the US Firm; my job is IT Audit & Consulting.
You can probably imagine how many things I had to do in the last few months, first before coming here (and leaving my company in Italy right at the end of the peak season) and then once here. Things like finding an apartment (I live in downtown Chicago now!), get a SSN (I will not tell you!), open a bank account (no credentials either), assemble an awful lot of IKEA furniture (you damn swedish), watching Bulls games (Go Bulls Go... let's kick Lebron's ass once per all!), become a member of the local Ducati Owner's Club (in the hilly Illinois), buy a 2009 Ducati Monster 1100S (sweeeet), buying the first track day for Memorial Day (here, at Autobahn Joliet) and so on.
My first verdict so far is...
- Making "foho" (which in my jargon means have a nice, fast motorbike ride on nice, fast, twisty roads) with the bike here is a hassle: even if Illinois can sorta sounds like "hilly", it's definitely not. And you still have to drive 500 miles a day. You can go to Wisconsin but nothing like the bike's heaven that Italy is. So far, my biggest concern. (seriously)
- cold, too damn cold and horrible weather. here the locals are telling me that what we are experienced so far is not normal, that soon the weather will get warmer and super-nice but still. it sucks.
- I think it's quite the normal and first thing experienced by expats, but, being raised in Florence for the last 30 years, made me accustomed to one thing, probably the most important: friends. Friends that I know since I was a kid, friends who I shared almost my entire life with. This is definitely something that hit me more than expected. I'm putting this not on top of the list since, well, it had to be this way I guess, regardless of the location I would have moved to (read: California).
The Americans? Well, besides the fact that my girlfriend is american (and probably reads this blog), I would say: nice and friendly people. The people I knew at the Ducati Club for example have been really nice: they helped me a lot and, honestly, I felt quite embarrassed ... I have to buy some wine for them! :)
Anyway, it's still too early... let's wait for the next update. Hopefully it will be sooner than a few months! :)
I'm really glad and excited telling you that starting from March 7th I will work in the US! Chicago!!!
Depending on how well you know me, you could wonder about the title of the post, but, shortly said: it has been 2 years that I asked my Company to move to the US (look at the date in the URL of the link ;). My expections lately weren't that high anymore, but I applied for an open position at the beginning of September.
After english tests, motivational interviews, technical interviews and such, I signed my contract with the US branch of my company shortly before Christmas! And icing on the cake, I can't even be more happy than this since my darling lives just in Chicago.
Well, obviously it didn't happen randomly: she was my english teacher in Florence when I made the decision to take private lessons in english to prepare better for the needed tests for this internation project I wanted to join. Then... she became my girlfriend :)
My first choice in the US was, and has always been, San Francisco, but you know... Love is love! :)
Did you read Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" ? Do you have kids in school age?
Continue after the jump, then.
Behind the longest and worst-sounding (and possibly wrong) post title ever there is my coming back on this blog, after more than 4 months.
Well, I don't really know if copying and pasting a few links count as 'blogging', but at least I hope my work can be useful for someone.
Here below the links to the calendars for the 2010 MotoGP and World SBK seasons, in xml, ics and html format.
Spoiler: the first race is Phillip Island, Australia, for the SBK! :)
and yes, no calendar this time for the Formula 1 ! :(
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