Friday, July 29, 2005
You can vote for him here: http://interaktiv.vg.no/avstemning/?id=2851 even if you haven't heard a word he's said, or indeed understood it.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I told her about Cecilie's love afair with 'The Yellow House', that she'd picked out her room already, and she seemed happy that our family would take over.
Pictures of the wretched interior to follow soon - I always wished I'd documented the shocking interior of the Sonning house better!
Monday, July 25, 2005
I am here at the Las Vegas Market http://www.lasvegasmarket.com/, the hottest new in the furniture industry, with ambitions to topple High Point as THE place to meet and buy / sell furniture.
The venue is red hot, it really is a step up from High Point, but the question is if we will be able to meet more qualified buyers here than in New York or Los Angeles... jury 's still out, got to suck it in and talk to more people (networking, my favorite;)
Last night I stayed in the very "old Las Vegas" Four Queens. Made me think of a time a long time ago in the middle of my hayday of gambling when I won $400 at the Golden Nugget across the street (I am still in the black on the aggregate); here's to Rangvald, Paal and Thomas for the best roadtrip in history.
I doubt I will have time to make it to the strip this time, miles of floor to walk before I am taking the red-eye back, tomorrow I am seeing Peter and Brad (and possibly Jim), then we are completing the house purchase on Wednesday, before we have our anneversary on Thursday and I head up to Cape Cod on the weekend after seeing Claire's play and possibly wedging in Chelsea v. DC United at FedEx field.
A regular international (more "national" I suppose) man of mystery...
Friday, July 22, 2005
This morning I got an email from Jon Endre (my brother) about his new job as a financial adviser at Fokus Bank's flagship "store" in Oslo, he's NOT too impressed about his email address ("JONI", how do you get there from his name?) and he wanted to know about shirts and suits which he now needs a few of, so I replied with my standard advice: http://www.brooksbrothers.com and got on my merry way.
Heading for the headlines next, it turns out that his bank was held up shortly after he sent his email. http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/oslo/article1084583.ece I got this stinging feeling that maybe I should have written some sentimental stuff in that email too, at least tell him I love him. His cell phone is turned off, so now I AM panicking, and call dad... "Oh, you've found out already!" (still being blown away by this new technology, my dad) I'm told, "he's fine, he was in 'the line of fire' if that's what you can call it when you are being held up with toy guns. What they got away with we don't know, but he is fine!"
So there you are, he is fine, and I am really glad that I managed to tell him that at Brooks Brothers you can get 100% cotton non-iron shirts, sized by arm length and neck width (another thing to add to my top 10 list about living in America), because that means he can actually make use of this very important information.
I suppose it is a little bit ironic that today Washington seems to be the most peaceful place (from our list) we could choose to live (some severe knocking on wood going on in the background...)
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The woods are lovely dark and deep, and I've got miles to go before I sleep.
- Cheap mixed drinks
- Water brought to your table in restaurants without having to ask or pay for it
- Public Broadcast Radio
- The Yellow house (that's our new one - yes)
- Size (of the "market" (be it for jobs, services, our business, the arts, etc.))
- Madness - and lots of it
- Early releases of independent movies - the day of preferential treatment of blockbusters seems to be long gone
- Mexican food
- Family - if you are family and don't live in the USA, please don't feel offended, just move here;) (it is of course compared to England, where we have a lot of really good friends, but sadly NO family)
- Dramatic weather
- Cheap consumer goods
We recognize a good thing when we see it and when Eileen introduced us to blogger.com it took a 4 second family conference to move and pass that we would do our own.
Shameless, we know, but SO MUCH FUN.
This is this summer's official family picture, it was taken in May, when the Schneider clan met up in Charlston to celebrate Grampa's 60th. Lars has grown a lot since then, and lost most of his hair, like daddy!