Some notes from fall school vacation 2013
- Said on the cruise ship, the morning before driving from Rome to Winterthur: “I could have one Bloody Mary now and not mind how bad the Italians drive. Or, I could have two Bloody Mary’s and drive like they do.” “I think it would take three.”
- Cruise destinations:
- Messina, Sicily
- Piraes (Athens), Greece
- Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
- Chania, Crete, Greece
- Road trip notes / stops on the way to the cruise.
- San Gotthard pass
- La Spezia / Cinque Terre
- San Gimignano
- San Bernadino tunnel (on the way back)
I’m reading advice on giving presentations. Putting “imagine your audience naked” right after “practice in front of a mirror”… not helpful.
Friend: My psychologist says I have obsessive compulsive tendencies. I don’t know what she means.
Nick: I’ve decided that I don’t have OCD. I have CDO. It’s very much like OCD… except with the letters properly alphabetized.
I wish I could keep the pictures I take with the camera(s) in my dreams.
… for getting what she wants from dad.
- Words are power
- Work hard
- Be smart
- No cute
- No whining or crying
I’ve been reading a lot of articles about networking recently. Many of them mention that meeting new people requires confidence; don’t fear failure, just do it. Lack of confidence, however, is not what stops me (at least that’s what I tell myself). I’m generally happy / happier to be left alone. I don’t approach people because, in the same circumstances, I wouldn’t want to be approached by someone; I’m afraid of annoying them.
I think in Fahrenheit when I’m in Boston / the US and Celsius in Switzerland. I just realized that my thoughts on how comfortable the temperature is are not apples to apples. I think of x Fahrenheit in Boston as implying ~75% humidity and y Celsius in Switzerland as implying ~30% humidity.
… is it “I’m wearing shorts” but “I’m wearing a skort”?
Supper yesterday with Dan?: Thousand year eggs, kim-chee, seaweed salad, enoki mushrooms, home-made ginseng & ginger tea, broth (onion, garlic, carrot, leek, shallots, celery, anise, peppercorns, salt, ginger), 3kg of beef tongue (Dan agrees that it was, in fact, as bragged about, melt-in-your-mouth), celery, anise, apricots, white wine.
Bonus: Turning 40 doesn’t bother me (yet?), but I still had the thought yesterday that turning 40 is better than not turning 40.
Alex: I hope Santa doesn’t come tomorrow. — 12°C and drizzling.
iPhone: Chaotic Evil –> Chanticleer.
I’ve spent the past week in Germany with two American friends. My brain hurts much, much more than it would have if I were alone.
Apparently I can understand a fair bit of German, but the need to translate it into English interferes with my comprehension, speaking, and mental well being over a prolonged period of time. My English is also day by day worse becoming.
On the good side, the trip has made me realize that I actually think in German.
Today I learned that Hieronymus translates to Jerome. Huh.
Alex likes watching the “cool moves” of dancers. We started with Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation. Then Michael Jackson at the 1995 MTV Music awards.
Alex: Is that a guy or a girl?
Nick: A guy.
Alex: Did he just grab his crotch?
Nick: Yes. You shouldn’t do that when you’re dancing.
Alex: Did he grab his crotch because he has to go potty?
Nick: Uh. Maybe?
Alex: I think he has to go potty.
Apparently the Swiss weather ghods have decreed that the following weather schedule, by month, for 2013:
It is currently 8°C (50°F) and raining. If we get Snow in June we might as well move back to Canada.
Amazingly, Arianna has taught herself to whistle over the course of the last week. She does it surprisingly well. Even Alex is envious and impressed. I tried to have her imitate me today, and she can modulate / imitate pitch. So… she is learning the beginning of Patience by Guns’n'Roses. Note that she may be the only one in the family with patience.
I realized half-way through writing a prescriptive email to another manager that I had to erase it all, ask questions, and let him come up with his own answers instead.