Monthly Archives: September 2007

Small triumphs

Just like the old times – a work week from hell. Unreliable vendor, spotty testing, can’t-miss regulatory deadlines, all-hands-on-deck firefight – many of you would easily recognize a basic run-of-the-mill software release… As a result, I have been coming home after 9pm every day this week. Mind you, I am not actually doing anything to

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Happy Birthday, blog!

Exactly one year ago, I wrote my very first post in this space. In certain sense, I am amazed that I lasted this long. But I did, and it is time to raise a pint to being a seasoned writer. Or, at least, to being stubborn and dedicated, even if the end result is of

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New commute horrors

Some bloke knocked on our door a couple of days ago and offered Natasha to wash our car. And wash he did, inside and out, stopping just short of waxing. The car is disgustingly clean. The job cost quite a lot compared to what we’d pay at a car-wash in the US, £13, but the

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How many of me

Here is a quick useless Internet toy for you. There are0 people with my name in the U.S.A. How many have your name? The funny thing is not the fact that this supposedly U.S. Census Bureau-backed database does not know that I exist (one could make an argument that at this particular moment, the

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Last week’s recap

On Wednesday I thought, I don’t feel like posting right after 9/11, I’ll write something Thursday. On Thursday, I went out for drinks with co-workers, and after a few beers, whatever little desire for blogging I might have had was encompassed by the strong desire for bed… On Friday, I went to gym after work,

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On September 11th

Today is the first anniversary of the September 11th tragedy on which I have my own personal podium. I would like to use it to say something poignant or momentous in commemoration of the day that changed so many of us. Alas, nothing comes to mind. Whatever little eloquence I might possess, it utterly deserts

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Active weekends are back

On our first weekend back together, we couldn’t just stay home, could we? Suppressed for the last couple of months, the urge to resume our explorations dominated our thoughts and ultimately led to a couple of excursions. If you’ve been following our adventures for the last year or so, you surely consider us an active

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On passport renewals

My last entry has reminded me of a topic that I wanted to dedicate a separate post to, along the lines of Things You Tend To Not Spend Time Thinking Seriously About When In The Process Of Relocating Abroad. The previous article in this series discussed finer points of relocating with kids. This entry is

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Family’s back, I’m going to the gym

Ah! Bliss! The family is back home. The shirts are ironed, the fridge is full, the dinner is delectable, the TV is constantly turned on to Hanna Montana and Zoey 101… It’s on to resuming morning school runs starting tomorrow. While the girls came back and almost immediately started the next school year (in Kimmy’s

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More classical music and golf

A cousin of mine plays clarinet with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. And what do you know – they were coming to play Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Just like that, I was going to my second classical music performance in less than a week. The concert was beautiful, although

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