A Trip to Libertyville, Illinois, USA - 31st August 2004

A busy work trip with Nick C from 3G Lab/Trigenix to Motorola at 1000 Technology Way in Libertyville, near Chicago in the U.S. doesn't leave any time to wander around downtown Chicago, but gives a couple of hours here-and-there to look around Libertyville itself, a rather quaint Midwest town in the state of Illinois, 40 miles north of the Windy City. It also gives the chance to fulfil a number of American clichés including a diner, a school bus and a fire engine. There's also the discovery that portion sizes are so off the chart that Nosher and Nick - both known as big eaters - can survive by sharing three starters between us. But first, The BBs have a mini rehearsal in Nosher's spare bedroom

next album: Claire and Paul's Wedding and The BBs, Thrandeston and Brome, Suffolk - 4th September 2004
previous album: A Trip to Ickworth House, Horringer, Suffolk - 22nd August 2004

Max twangs his bass

Rob fiddles around on guitar

Max and Rob play stuff

Jo and Max

Marc Nijdam from Qualcomm is over at Matrix House

Tim Simpson chats to someone

John Scott

In a pub somewhere, Wavy racks up

The resevoirs of Heathrow

Flying over the UK somewhere at 20,000 feet

Chicago's O'Hare Airport, which looks just like it does in MS Flight

A state trooper scopes our hire car out

Nick tries out his laptop in his room

A vernacular church in nearby Mundelein

A Mundelein civic building

Classic American houses

Forest Park comprises a housing estate made up of mansions

Nick on the 'beach'

Forest Park, on the edge of Lake Michigan

In Mickey Finn's microbrewery and restaurant

Our dinner for the evening - three starters

The next day, Nosher has a short stack

One of the characteristic Libertyville Onion-shaped water towers

The parking lot at 1000 Technology Way

Nick strides up to reception

Motorola's engineering section consists of actual Cube Farms

Nick and our contact, Joel

Motorola's canteen is the size of a small town

We explore a bit more of the offices

A lake with a fountain

Nick and Joel stride around the campus

Libertyville Main Street

The Ansel B. Cook house

Nick stands in front of Old Glory

The Libertyville 'village' hall

A fire engine rushes past

Another icon: the old-school cinema sign

Our regular haunt - Mickey Finn's

A yellow school bus

The donut line at Krispy Kreme in Gurnee is in full swing

Thousands of donuts trundle past

Nick shows off his prize: a 12-box of donuts

The gates are full on our return to Heathrow, so we have to get the bus

Paddington Station

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Max twangs his bass