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post #1 of 17
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As some of you may know, I spend a fair amount of time in Peoria with one of my clients. As business travel goes, it's not a bad place at all (although I do miss being home!). This trip, it's especially nice...



This is a view from Peoria Heights looking northeast towards the Illinois river...
post #2 of 17
Caterpillar?
post #3 of 17
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Caterpillar?
No, although the company spun out of Cat R&D (I work primarily with fast-moving, emerging, and VC-backed start-ups). Firefly Energy is creating new energy storage systems based on lead acid technology... but without the lead...
post #4 of 17
Cube and I were just in southern Indiana and Ohio over the weekend. That area and locally here in northern KY looks a lot like Steve's picture. Cold is headed this way over the weekend, and that's going to be it for the leaves here.

Interesting thing on the trip....We couldn't get the camera out fast enough to snap a picture of an Ohio license plate,

SSH-3

I know you have been spending a lot of time in the area...but moving here is almost a dumb as me moving to Kentucky.
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As some of you may know, I spend a fair amount of time in Peoria with one of my clients. As business travel goes, it's not a bad place at all (although I do miss being home!). This trip, it's especially nice...



This is a view from Peoria Heights looking northeast towards the Illinois river...

You should have had some Dan Fogelberg playing in the backround.....he grew up in Peoria

The River

I was born by a river rolling past a town
Given no direction...just told to keep my head down
As I took my position,a man fired a gun
I was so steeped in tradition I could not run

I was raised by a river weaned upon the sky
And in the mirror of the waters I saw myself learn to cry
As the tears hit the surface I saw what had been done
I gave feet to my freedom and I did run

Someday later I saw the writing in the dust
It told me how I should travel
It told me who I was

I ran far from the river...far as I could see
And as the sun hit my shoulders, I felt it burning me
How I longed for the waters as the fire raged
How I longed for the river as I aged

I will die by a river as it rolls away
Bury me in the nighttime...do not waste the day
High above the waters that roll on to the sea
All the angels in heaven will laugh at me
They will laugh at me....they will laugh at me
They will laugh at me

My life was naught but a river rolling through my brain
Made of so many teardrops...made of so much pain
post #6 of 17
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Thanks, Rossi... with XM in my rental car, I should be able to find some Fogelberg, eh?

Yes, Peoria and this whole area mourned when he died...
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Interesting thing on the trip....We couldn't get the camera out fast enough to snap a picture of an Ohio license plate,

SSH-3

I know you have been spending a lot of time in the area...but moving here is almost a dumb as me moving to Kentucky.
Naw, haven't moved. I'm just here often enough that Hertz has a few cars just for me...

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Thanks, Rossi... with XM in my rental car, I should be able to find some Fogelberg, eh?

Yes, Peoria and this whole area mourned when he died...

As did we all....

Saw him play many times over the years but one of my favorites was @ Vail for a political fundraiser for Gary Hart. I believe it was the first time he played "Leader of the Band".

Gone too soon....but will live on in all he touched with his music
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No, although the company spun out of Cat R&D (I work primarily with fast-moving, emerging, and VC-backed start-ups). Firefly Energy is creating new energy storage systems based on lead acid technology... but without the lead...
Cool! Do you pass through Chicago?
post #10 of 17
Nice Steve. It looked like that here, about 3 weeks ago.
post #11 of 17
Believe it or not in my "wonder boy days" I've been to that same spot when I had the pleasure of inhabiting Central Illinois.

I'm interested in reading about your client's technology. I have a brother who sells a chemical product into the lead smelting business and his customers are primarily "battery breakers" recovering the lead.. I noted that your client's technology does not utilize lead. Of course environmentally you can't find too many things that have a worse profile than lead.
post #12 of 17
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You'll find more on Firefly here: http://fireflyenergy.com/
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Cool! Do you pass through Chicago?
Yes, I do... Usually O'Hare to the Hertz lot, 294, 55, 74 to Peoria... then back a few days later. This week, I'll be there on Sunday, return to Chicago Wednesday night and fly back on Thursday.

Why do you ask?
post #14 of 17
Hi,

I have a farm about 20 miles from where you took that photo. I have a creek that runs into the Illinois river. I didn't get up there to see the colors this year. It can be quite nice.

If you like garage sales or flee markets go to the Spoon River Drive one year. Its usually 2 or 3 weekends in October. If you hit it right the leaves are changing nicely.
http://www.spoonriverdrive.org/
post #15 of 17
I used to live right on Grandview Drive. Beautiful.

That pic must have been a week or two ago though?
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I used to live right on Grandview Drive. Beautiful.

That pic must have been a week or two ago though?
That was taken on the 3rd. This was what it looked like on Monday this week:


Snowed that day, too...

post #17 of 17
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...and then the snow came...

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