April 2007 Archives

We'll always have...wifi.

| No Comments

As I pen this blog entry (well, not pen, of course, but you know what I mean), sitting in a big, beautiful apartment overlooking the 7th arrondesment in Paris, France, it occurs to me that the most important thing about our spaceous, clean, hundreds-of-year-old apartment is that it has WiFi. Although people say "get away, go on vacation, disconnect from the world", I can't imagine doing so. Too dull. My world is connected, many of my friends are tied to me this way, and there are too many useful things available online to pull the plug. Paris is lovely, but don't make me give up my laptop. Pathetic, but true.

As for our trip, so far it flops along nicely. A minor, confusing starts involving passports left sitting at home, but leaving for the airport early enough meant never having to say "we're sorry--you can't board because you forgot your passports." Air India, our inexpensive carrier-of-choice was actually very comfortable (if you count sitting upright while trying to sleep comfortable) and right on time. Amazing that Air India to Paris, France was on time and American Airlines to Chicago, Illinois, never seems to be.

Anyway, we spent yesterday wandering everywhere trying, mostly, to eat and stay awake. The former was not a problem--we found a lovely little bistro and kept them there much later in the afternoon than they wanted to be open as we worked on grilled lamb, some sort of tripe-y thing, and frites. The latter, however, was managed with difficulty, although I think I did make it until about 10 before I passed out. Alain, our host, has an extremely comfortable bed, which I have now risen from some 12 hours later as Kim heads off to forage for pastries.

The weather was perfect yesterday, but rumor has it that it will turn rainy for the next few days and cooler. This may not be too much of a problem as apparently everything is also going to be closed for the next few days. Good thing we don't actually care what we do, as this would be somewhat of a dampener for us if we did. Who knew that everything in Paris is closed on May 1st for May Day. Solidarity, brothers! I won't work that day either.

More from the city of light as it becomes available. And relevant. And interesting.

OK, I'm not going to break out and sing, but for anyone paying attention to the Yankees, or indeed, baseball at the moment, cannot help but being stunned and amazed by the show Alex Rodriguez is putting on for the major leagues. Hitting a home run is supposed to be hard (unless you're on steroids like a certain San Francisco Giant), but ARod is making it look like you should hit at least a homer every game. At this point, after having his his second of the night against the Red Sox, he's up to 12 homers and 30 RBIs after a total of 15 games. Now, no one has ever hit 10 homers in the first 14 games--this is the stat they showed at the beginning of tonight's game. My guess is--and this is only a guess--that it's a good deal less likely that anyone's ever hit 12 homers in 1 more game than that. Every swing, every at bat, this guy is making the rest of the league look silly.

The only question is will he cool off, or will other teams just start walking him every at-bat.

Sports Nut

| No Comments

It's been awhile since I've posted about my teams, as the Giants were awful and the baseball season just started. However, as I watch the Rangers go up 5-0 on a power play goal, I have to say how much fun it is to watch them play the Thrashers in the playoffs. It's been TEN years since the Rangers won a single playoff game, and a win tonight will put them up 3-0 in their first round series. They're young, fast, and their goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, has been absolutely amazing. This game in particular is one of the most dominant performances in a playoff game I've ever seen.


Time for Tots

| No Comments

Ellen, Katie and I were walking to the car after I picked them up from school, and a discussion about school lunches led to this observation:

Ellen: Daddy, your tater tots are better than the ones at school. You make them from scratch, right?
Me: No, you've seen me open the bag, El.
Ellen: Oh, right. You should make them from scratch.
Me: I think you know why I don't.
Ellen: Probably not enough time. Ah, the life of a computer consultant.


Early use of email

| No Comments

Ellen has started using email with MS Entourage, a "real" email client. Her first email to her parents? Her plans for the online game she is playing, Runescape:

Dear mom and dad
I have a picture to show you. It is from the heros quest. As you probably
know, it is from RS. I really want to do it, because if I do, I think I get
an amulet of glory. Also ,if you do heros quest you get accses to the heros
guild. By the way, the person in the picture has full splitbark (which is a
kind of magicians robe) an elemental shield (which is a magic shield that
has elemental ore in it.) and a lava staff (which is a staff that has
combinations of earth and fire in it giving you an infinet amount of those
runes. I also think he has a ledgends cape on. His armour siginalises
that he is a mage.


This siginalises that she's a bit obsessed.

Religion Over Easy

| No Comments

Two days ago, our dinner conversation turned to what Easter was about. When Kim and I explained the myth of Christ raising from the dead, a puzzled look appeared on Katie's face:

Katie: I didn't know Easter was about all THAT.
Me: what did you think it was about?
Katie (exasperated, as usual): Eggs!

Those of the non-gentile persuasion should not snicker too quickly...both kids think Passover is about Matzoh.

Well...isn't it?

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from April 2007 listed from newest to oldest.

March 2007 is the previous archive.

May 2007 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.