Monthly Archives: October 2006

Strange games and more car suffering

I watched an unfamiliar billiards game on TV today – hold you jokes, I only have five channels to select from (one of those keeps running some documentaries about deer – !?!?), there is very little to choose from… The game is called Snooker, which sounds familiar, for some reason. There are many balls of

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Stupid credit history

Sometimes, things come up that you have not really considered when you thought through various pros and cons of a potential life-altering decision (such as starting a new life abroad). When they do, you feel stupid on multiple levels. Stupid, because you did not consider them in the first place. Stupid, because you feel that

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A lonely traveller

Everyone knows why we are doing it, right? I mean the London move. It’s because we want to be able to travel around Europe with more ease than is possible while living Stateside. Should I be at all concerned then that it has been two weeks and I went into the city for the first

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A day of firsts (plus a bit more about cars)

Saturday was again spent on the run, and it was certainly a day of several firsts. I had my first full-day experience of using public transportation in suburban London. The atlas provided to me by the relocation agency keeps proving invaluable, plus I printed out several potential itineraries from the London Tube website (it is

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Cars, cars…

Driving on the left side of the road is not hard after all. After a couple of hours, I was still struggling with the turn signal and wiper handles being on the wrong side (they are positioned correctly – from my US-centric perspective – in newer cars), and had to catch myself a couple of

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Commuting pains

Nothing to speak of as far as adventures are concerned, so here is a quick update on how commuting works out. First commute from the office was rather a disaster. I stayed in the office quite late, then left without checking the schedule. Subway ride was a few minutes slower than expected, and when I

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Our new house

First commute took 55 minutes on the way in – but I came to the station good 10 minutes earlier than the next scheduled train. Once I start properly timing it, it should be closer to 45. All the way standing, though, – not a single vacant seat on either commuter train or subway. Let’s

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First full day

Well, we are now officially the proud renters of a nice house in Southeast London. The first full day as an England resident started with several mishaps. First, I went to the offices to check emails and get some stuff mailed to me at the office address, and found out that I am actually sitting

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