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Mr Torre, it’s time to go

Now that the Yankees have ignominiously exited the stage yet again, I cannot understand all of the hubbub surrounding potential firing of Joe Torre. While he is certainly a great person, who holds especially dear place in Natasha’s heart as the keynote speaker at her college graduation (not really! –…

Ways to increase blog traffic

Natasha posted my Bath travelog entry on Fodors and the traffic to my website immediately shot up. A little marketing never hurt anybody, I guess. What’s rather weird, though, is that the most frequent internet search that led people to my website in the past month has been one for…

Weekend mischief

Becky complained that she spent twice as much time on the bus during her class trip to France than actually touring. While I suspect that she is exaggerating, there is certainly a bit of a shortcoming with the whole day-trip to France concept: Getting to Calais takes at least two…

Nothing much is going on

It’s all about your mind-set. A couple of days ago, having to slalom through the obstacle course of the cars blocking my way on a roundabout, I caught myself thinking, “This is kind of fun!”… Seriously, a car that handles well gets a workout on British roads like nowhere else.…

Trip to Bath

The historic town of Bath, in Southwestern England, was for quite some time on our list of prospective destinations. We finally found our way over there last weekend. The weather was as typical English weather goes: Overcast skies, intermittent rain, short periods of sunshine. But the town and its charms…

And a year went by…

Another day, another momentous anniversary to celebrate! Yes, exactly a year ago, I landed for good in this country that I currently call home. Has it really been this long? Actually, it feels even longer. Which likely is a function of many events and adventures squeezed together into a space…

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…

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…

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…

How many of me

Here is a quick useless Internet toy for you. HowManyOfMe.com 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What England Does Better

I frequently rant about things that we do not like in England (the last obvious example of that was the driving license treatise), and even wrote a post once about things that we took for granted in the States. But occasionally, we come across a concept that makes us think,…

Classical music and football support

There is nothing quite like a classical music concert to take your mind off mundane happenstance, even if the first piece of the program is somewhat disturbing Also sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss (which has been immortalized by Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey, but is more likely to be associated with…