Leading Off (10/09/09): Moving Day Edition

Today D Magazine will officially vacate the building that it has called home for nearly the entirety of the Aughts. Most of us have already emptied out our desks. We’ll be “working from home” while a moving crew and our soon-to-be-suffering IT department get our new downtown office set up. We’d like your business to be as unproductive as ours while that happens.

1.  The Oak Lawn Avenue building we’re leaving is Hampton Court. That name is shared by a 16th-century English palace originally built for Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, a key adviser of King Henry VIII. The king later took possession of Hampton Court himself and expanded it. Excuse enough for us to do a little jousting.

2. For the last three years, I have had a dream of a commute to work. I live close enough to our office that I walk nearly every day. But come Monday, I’m back to relying on an automobile. Strangely, because I am opting for a less-expensive parking option downtown, I’ll actually have to walk a greater distance from the parking garage to our downtown office than I currently walk from my home to our Oak Lawn building. And so a little practice walking under difficult circumstances could still be helpful.

3. We’re relocating to St. Paul Street, in a building called St. Paul Place. To help familiarize you with the D Empire’s new patron saint, see if you can avoid being martyred. You may need to brush up on your Baltimore Catechism, or maybe just Wikipedia.

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