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To the park on a hot day

Today is hot and sunny, despite our continuous joking that summer in England has already passed. Natasha decided to take advantage of the good weather and took the kids and her Mom for a few hours to the Greenwich Park. The park was full of people on a similar mission,…

Out with friends

Just a brief note that the dinner in honor of two recent birthdays (one of them that of yours truly) took place last night in an atmosphere of mutual fondness and amiability over great food and somewhat overpriced wine. In fact, the dinner was so successful that I managed to…

Nice and efficient Brits

Sometimes, a small and fairly inconsequential thing happens, which makes me think: “Hey, I can’t imagine this being handled so efficiently and positively for me in America”. Natasha received a parking violation ticket a couple of weeks ago. That was before our recent discovery of mobile-phone-enabled payments, but it occurred…

Working on alternative careers

The last couple of weeks both Natasha and I have been heavily occupied with our Home PC-related careers. Natasha’s is all about travel. Having successfully seen through my parents’ visit to Paris and London, she had to turn her attention to the upcoming visits of other relatives. Let’s just say…

Cell phones can be useful

Contrary to my recent rant about cell phones, they do come in handy in more than obvious ways. For instance, more and more parking lots around England allow you to pay your parking fee by calling an automated processing service, so you no longer find yourself in a pickle when…

To the nearest gastro-pub

The old dilapidated pub on one of the corners of the big intersection near our house has recently re-opened after a renovation. It dropped the word “tavern” from its name, remaining simply “The Royal”, and now markets itself as a gastro-pub. Even in our Brooklyn years, we have never lived…

Same old topics: Driving and weather

The downside of having spring break holidays de-synchronized this year is that, while Becky went back to studies immediately upon returning from the American trip, Kimmy is now spending almost two weeks at home, with little to do and with Natasha having to come up with entertainment activities. The upside?…

No longer lonely

The family is safely back with me, and the usual routine of getting up earlier to drive Becky to school has kicked in already. Kimmy is fortunate enough to have a two-week school break still ahead of her, which means that Natasha will be quite occupied with keeping her busy.…

Snow came to London

… even if it took until April to happen. Seeing how it does not stay on sidewalks, it will probably all melt by tomorrow. For now, it’s Winter Wonderland here…     [update 3:30pm] Already mostly melted, even on the grass, where it normally stays longer.

Lonesome again

Well, here I am, with only a computer for company, four full weekend days ahead unencumbered with any plans whatsoever, and an unappetizing concept of surviving for a while on my own once again. On a bright side, I should shed a dozen pounds, having no one to lovingly feed…

Selling IT to schoolchildren

A colleague from work and I volunteered to participate in a local educational workshop program for high school children. The theme of the program was promoting the notion of the Diploma in IT, and our task was to come up with an engaging way of illustrating the importance of IT…

Phones restored

In case you were wondering, the agency that manages our house insisted on fixing the phone cabling problem described in this post. The technician showed up, confirmed that some wiring was torn apart, fixed it in under ninety seconds and wrote up a report that will allow the agency to…

Either doors or phones

The property management agency for our landlord has decided that doors and windows of the laundry room need to be replaced. Fine by us – it’s not like we are paying. The contractors did not show up when they were expected several weeks ago, but except for a little annoyance…

Blackheath at lunchtime

On what was likely the first nice day of the year, I decided to work from home. Actually, I decided that the day before, since there were a couple of important chores to attend to prior to leaving for our Alpine skiing trip. The nice weather was purely coincidental. That…

Freezing but happy in the end

We have arranged with our friends Mila, Andrey and their kids to spend the Saturday afternoon on our territory, and the weather was seemingly cooperating, sunny and bright. The meeting point was Greenwich Park, and we got there a bit ahead of the time in order to spend some time…