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Radio Silence

By , August 21, 2006

So it’s been pretty quiet here on these web pages for a while. I s’pose this is a sign I’ve been busy. Often I get caught up in just doing and enjoying than worrying about all the ancillary tasks that most people take the time to do. This bothers Kris to no end I think– like my inability to write a thank you card, the simple things that go a long way.

Anyways– I have been busy for the past several months….

san francisco / nashville / vegas
This was in may and june. I went to a conference called Java One in san francisco. It was actually a really interesting conference, though of course it was packed with geeks. I learnt a lot, though I still have failed to follow through on [the ancillary task of] producing a report on the conference sessions for work.
So the Thursday morning I flew back on shitty southwest airlines, I arrived at LAX and went straight to work. I arrived home to my buddy John and his [now fiancee] Lani, who were visiting from the UK. We played in LA for a day or two, and Kris took the liberty of showing them about while I worked the thursday. I took a ‘health and wellness’ day for friday [this is actually the real name for a work perk-- I get 2 per annum], and attempted to show them about, but it was like the blind leading the blind. It’s hard to know what to show people in LA, but I’m sure as I settle in a little more I will figure this out. Friday afternoon, we flew to Vegas for the weekend. I arrived back to LAX monday, and you guessed it, straight to work. Tough day, large cobwebs.
The following weekend, Kris and I went to Nashville, for her sister Tat’s graduation. A wonderful time was had by all, including some post graduation partying. Kris’ dad, Gene and I squeezed in two rounds of golf at two of the most amazing courses I’ve ever seen. Particularly impressive was The Golf Club of Tennessee.

Palm Springs
Kim [Kris' girlfriend], her boyfriend Ryan, Kris and I took a trip to Palm Springs for the weekend. This was in July. It was as hot as hell out there in the desert, but thankfully they took to strapping little ice buckets to the back of the golf carts, so Ryan and I were ok.

Hawaii, Maui
My dad and his wife, Bev, were holidaying in Hawaii for a couple of weeks, and Kris and I decided to meet them in Maui. We had a wonderful time relaxing over drinks and dinner on the beach, did some snorkelling and drove up the taller of the two volcanoes on maui, Mt. Haleakala. It was really great to see dad, and to relax for the weekend in Maui. We landed at LAX at around 7am and I went straight to work.

Berlin, London
I took a trip to Berlin with my buddies Christian and John. I took a week off work, flew to London, then the three of us took a dirty Ryanair flight to Berlin. We were only in Berlin for 4 nights, but it was definitely worth the trip. We didn’t really see too many sights in depth, though we did take an eight hour walking tour of the city, which by the way Mel, was awesome. Most of our time was spent sitting at cafes pretending to eat, but largely focused on talking crap and boozing– I’m not going to lie. The gravitas was in effect. To paraphrase Christian, ‘… underneath the surface of Berlin lies madness waiting to let loose, and we scratched that surface.’

to be continued….

Copa Mundial

By , June 26, 2006

So tomorrow is the big day. I am so excited the socceroos are part of the round of 16 in the world cup. Anyone who has been a Camel Jockey or an Alstonville Bear will know that I am not a fairweather football fan.^ Kris an I have been clad in Aussie apparrel for both games so far jumping out of the couch screaming and cheering when the soccerroos score. The venue for the final game of group play was the ‘Cock and Bull’ pub in Santa Monica. I took a long lunch and downed a few sneaky pints with Kris and some random Aussies in front of a giant screen, and the best thing of all was a British audio feed. The American comentary here is terrible, and I much prefer to watch the Spanish feeds even though the picture is terrible and I understand nowhere near as much as Kris.

Seems like work is getting in the way of football tomorrow as I have a meeting scheduled for 9.30-10.30, which corresponds to the whole of the second half. Hopefully it’s already decided by the break…

I am aware I have been pretty lazy with this site, so apologies. Email has been pretty slow too, and that is bad on my part, so sorry again. It is tough to manage anything but the couch after a day of work and battling traffic on the way home.

Should be some more photos up soon.

^ I just realised I forgot to mention two more football teams, PowerPlus and QSIPayments.

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