Where would you live?

I’m off out tonight to have a few drinks with an ex-colleague who is about to head to Merika, for life (well for a while at least). He’s sold up, got his paperwork in order and he, his lovely wife and their still new son will fly over to Texas and setup a home and life there. It’s an intriguing thought, leaving the UK permanently and one I’ve toyed with a few times. Some times I think it would have to be an English speaking country with Australia and the USA being the main candidates, with Canada not far behind, but occasionally I harbour desires of heading somewhere completely alien to me, where I don’t know the language or culture …

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Setting the standard

So, who’s got a summer holiday booked? We’ll probably make it out to the in-laws in the south of Spain but I don’t see the budget stretching much further to be honest. Anyway, for all you lot off to sunnier climes (or colder climes, whatever tickles your fancy) be aware that you can’t just chuck a few photo’s up and say “Weather’s here, wish you were lovely”. Tha diamond geezer bloke has raised the bar (again). If you haven’t caught his reports from San Francisco then I suggest you grab a coffee and a hot-cross bun and head over there. It all reminds me of my trip to San Francisco – Pleasanton for the main part but a day in …

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MiscellaneousI have nothing to say about this: The Prior-Art-O-Matic.“It’s a series of randomly-generated product ideas! It raises questions about the nature of prior art in patenting issues and is occasionally amusing!” I have a lot to say about this: When is middle age?.“If I had to pick numbers, then I’d probably choose the range from 25 to 75. Why? Thinking in terms of myself and others I’ve know, I’d say most of us are truly independent of our families and on our own at least by 25 and most of us are dealing with the infirmities of old age by 75. Everything in-between would be middle age.” What do the following things have in common?The song Eye Level by Simon …

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Earthquake

[Cue drum roll] “And the prize for, funniest coverage of the recent earthquake in San Francisco goes to… [dramatic pause, lengthened because I can’t get the envelope open] little.yellow.different!!!” [Cue wild applause and hysterical screaming]

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Brand Spanking

So this is the new design. Also (finally) posted my ‘diary’ of sorts from San Francisco. I’ve got a few other bits and bobs to finish off but given my recent timescales I wouldn’t hold your breath.

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Greener Grass

Sun is shining (weather is sweet), makes you wanna move your dancin’ feet! Was musing to a friend that since I returned from San Francisco, I’m questioning why I would want to stay in Scotland. We had things MUCH better when we stayed down south (financially, socially, weatherly) but why limit it to England. America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada (uhhh except for all that snow….). As I’ve stated to others I’m going hang here for a couple of months until things pan out, but the trouble is the new job information is so accessible, and even something basic like a salary comparison is easy… depressing but easy. Still it’s not just about the money. Right? …RIGHT???!! Next redesign started last …

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Acquired

Well the cat’s out of the bag now, the company I work for has been acquired. What does this mean? Well it depends which level you look at it from. Business wise it should be good for ‘us’… yadda yadda yadda. Main change for me will be a different boss. Initial reaction to that piece of news wasn’t good, but that’s unfair to my new boss who I don’t know well enough to judge. There are a multitude of other thoughts fizzing round my head, not all positive, but I am growing increasingly apathetic to the situation. 4 weeks ago they told us. 4 weeks and that’s all the information we’ve had. Not good. One of the main contributing factors …

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Home

Back in sunny Scotland. Well cloudy Scotland anyway… Will post ‘diary’ from San Francisco soon, should be a riveting read, and will keep you completely engrossed for days on end… or perhaps not.

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San Fran Diary

I’m getting far to accustomized to this lifestyle. Beautiful weather, friendly laidback atmosphere, and peace and quiet to do my work. Heading into San Francisco tomorrow to be a tourist, then have to complete my assigned shopping list on Friday a.m. (4 pairs of 501s please) and pop into the office to say bye to some people. Then the long journey to a cold wet country called home. Still I know there is a cosy little place waiting for me when I get there. I miss her.

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