December 2007


Dreaming of a White…

My initial days in Colorado were picture perfect and free of snow. It stayed that way for my trip up to Ft. Collins where I had a generally good time.

Christmas morning we awoke to snow falling—probably a total of 10 inches by the time the day came to an end, and after one day […]

WWJD: Christ-like Behavior

Growing up, I lived across the street from a church.

A worse neighbor I could not imagine, so it was no surprise when one of my siblings announced this Christmas eve morning, that she was looking forward to another year of the family’s annual park-up-the-street event.

It’s the family’s way of eeking out revenge on […]

Not for sale here…

I realize that products can vary from country to country, but it was still a huge surprise to me when I discovered that Crispy M&Ms are not in the States.

Me, I get them one out of every four trips to the movies in Europe and for some odd reason, I had a Crispy M&M […]

Colorful Colorado

Returning to my home state as a kid, the sign at the border was a white on brown wooden sign that said, “Welcome to Colorful Colorado.”

Last night I had just such a welcome—unfortunately my plane window was too grimy and dirty to make it worthwhile. From my vantage point in seat 3D, I had […]

On the Pond’s West Side

I am in Detroit, and I am happy to report I have been fully inspected.

This morning, at the first security checkpoint in Frankfurt, I learned that my Timberland Boots contain just enough metal to set off the metal detector. Having learned my lesson, I took off my boots at the second checkpoint, only to […]

On the Road Again…

And this time it’s personal, although I will be working one or two days on projects whilst visiting the family in Colorado.

There’s something magical about flying—I adore the feeling of getting on the plane, stowing my luggage and then relaxing for a couple of hours: reading The Economist, listening to some podcasts, and taking […]

Frohes Weihnacht!

I guess it is safe to say that Christmas is, essentially, here.

There’s one last night in Weimar before I head off to the States for a short period of time when I will see my parental units, siblings, and nephews. I suspect that it will be just like previous years, for the most part.


Efficient Weekend

Despite the fact that I am not going to be physically leaving town for something like 48 hours, I am ready.

Twenty-four hours ago, I was still in a state of panic.

Since returning from Rotterdam, it’s been a busy week. Wednesday afternoon I discovered somebody I needed to talk to was in town—thus saving […]

Snail Talk

A year or so ago, I picked up Stephen Clarke’s book, A Year in the Merde. It was an amusing take exploring how an Englishman spent his year living in France, dealing with the peculiarities that come with the French setting.

Although I enjoyed the book, I never felt like buying the sequels to the […]

Microfinanced Today

The last time my friend Samee and I had significant face time, she introduced me to Kiva, a microfinance website in which she was a lender, lending $25 at a time to small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing parts of the world.

It’s microfinance and at the time I thought it was a really cool […]